Spring Beauty Trends We Love

Woman with cat-eye makeup and bold red lips

The countdown is on! With spring mere weeks away, it’s time to start making room in the closet for your fresh florals and pretty prints. Along with those come a slew of gorgeous beauty finds destined to make spring 2019 one of the most memorable seasons in a while.

With so many exciting trends hitting shelves right now, it’s going to be tough to resist. Here are just a few that are worth it.

Top Spring Beauty Trends 2019

Cat Eyes

Mesmerizing cat eyes turned up on the runways in the most unusual ways. Instead of the usual retro-inspired flick, the modern take is sharper and far more commanding.

Can you wear it, say, to the office? No, probably not. But it’s a fun look to try out on the weekends or when you’re unleashing your penchant for fearless beauty. You can’t go wrong with Lancome’s classic Artliner ($30.50) to achieve this look.

Red Lips

As bold, sexy, and unapologetic as ever, the red lip is back with a punch for spring. This season it’s all about expressing your power in unrepentant fashion — and anything goes, whether you prefer a glam fire-engine red or a sleek and dramatic crimson that channels your favorite old Hollywood screen sirens.

A longtime favorite is Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($19.50) in Cherry Pop.

Neon Hues

Neon everything reigns supreme this spring, but it’s not the kind of palette that’s easy to pull off everywhere. That’s what makes neon nails such a great option.

You can still rock the brilliant hue without it taking over your entire look. One to try is Nails Inc Stay Bright Neon Nail Polish ($15) for its empowering bright coral shade.

Pink Flush

An intense pink flush on your cheeks is perfect for brightening up any complexion. It wakes up a tired face and gives you that fresh, lit-from-within glow that you wished was totally natural.

Thankfully it’s easy to achieve with a seriously pink shade like MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Sweets For My Sweet ($29).

Juicy Balms

A juicy lip tint is one of those items that every woman should have in her beauty arsenal. This spring it’s poised to be especially popular because it’s simply so effortless. How can you go wrong with something that adds a pop of color to your entire look but that you can easily slick on at a red light?

That’s the beauty of the Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Tint ($11.95).

Mega Shine

Think of spring as your opportunity to shine. Illuminate your face with a product designed to generate a brilliant glow that looks somehow natural and ethereal all at once. Apply it strategically to spots where the sun naturally hits, such as the cheekbones or the bridge of the nose.

Try Morphe Mini Highlighter ($8) in Spark.

And Last Year? 2018 Spring Beauty Trends

Funny thing is, some “trends” last longer than a season. Read on to find out which 2018 trends stuck around for another year!

Skin: Natural and Dewey

Spring, 2018 was all about natural radiance. And achieving a poreless, dewy complexion doesn’t require a heap of makeup either. On casual days, skip the makeup entirely and let your skin breathe. If you’re not happy with the look, up your water intake and eat more fruits and veggies. And of course, make sure you’re getting enough sleep.

It’ll also help to invest in a quality exfoliator to eliminate surface grime and a good moisturizer. Pur Attitude Hydrodrench is a little spendy for sure, but it leaves your skin soft and glowing.

For days when makeup is a must, opt for a natural foundation like Neutrogena Hydro Boost. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid which refreshes your skin for up to 24 hours. For extra staying power, follow your foundation with a couple pumps of NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray, which leaves a soft, dewy finish.

Hair: Relaxed Vibe

Say hello to soft, relaxed hairstyles for spring. Set aside the straightened, structured styles for beachy waves, loose updos and even low ponytails. Any wash-and-go style that’s easy and natural will be on trend — and gives you the added bonus of less bathroom time.

To capture your perfect low-maintenance style, try an air-dry product like Redken No Blow Dry. Simply apply it to your wet hair and twist your hair in strands. Let it dry and then tousle.

Lips: Neutral for Day, Red for Night

For lips, neutral tones and bold reds were on point for spring, 2018. To perfect your daytime pout, stock up on lip balm. If your lips are naturally pale, pair up the balm with a light, natural lipstick in a matte finish. Nudes, pinks and even light browns can work depending on your skin tone.

Swap out the nude lip for a bold red to glam up your look or transition from day to night. Red lips look lovely with a fresh face and wavy hair, so you won’t need any other adjustments.

For lip color that lasts all day, you can’t go wrong with a classic MAC Lipstick. The cruelty-free lip colors can be found in dozens of neutral shades to complement nearly any skin tone effortlessly. The world-renowned cosmetic brand also makes a popular MAC Red Lipstick — but of course, there is no one perfect red. Experiment to find your perfect shade.

Eyes: Bold Pastels or Glitter

While smoky eyes and cat eyes will always have their place, spring 2018 ushered in some brighter looks. Pastel eyeshadows and eye glitter in particular are sure to be big. Try skipping the liner entirely and instead applying a swipe of bold pastel across your lid.

If that’s more color than you want, try a glittery shadow like Stila Magnificent Metals. A little goes a long way with this stuff!

Spring beauty trends promise fresh faces, easy going hair and just a pop of color on the eyes or lips.

If you liked this post, take a look at our post on fall beauty trends!

Tanya

Staff Writer at The Budget Fashionista
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.