Spring always yields an exciting opportunity to make a fresh start. For many, the end of winter means a new wardrobe and beauty regime. But what are the spring beauty products we can expect to trend? Whether it be the sunshine-induced happiness, the hopeful end of a years-long pandemic, or the influence of runways and television shows, it seems that this spring’s beauty will be defined by effortless, nostalgic fun. From textured hair to glossy pouts, beauty experts walk us through the beauty product trends to consider this season.
Nothing screams warm weather like the reemergence of skin tints, lightweight foundations, and tinted moisturizers. Jen Tioseco, the makeup pro whose work can be seen on Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch, calls it “radiant skin but with some coverage.” She and celebrity makeup artist Allan Avendano are fans of Rose Inc’s Luminous Skin Tint, which the latter says “gives you a beautiful luminous finish and evens out complexion but feels like nothing on your skin.” Otherwise, he is a fan of Tower 28’s Sunny Days tinted sunscreen for a lightweight glow.
“Undone texture has been in style for a while now, but [I’m] also seeing a more curly, bouncy, modern take on Julia Roberts’s texture,” says pro hairstylist Kiley Fitzgerald of the looks that will reflect this season’s fun and flirty vibe. “Maybe not as much height like the ’80s but definitely more curl.” Amp up your texture with texturizing sprays from Paul Mitchell or Oribe for all-day volume and hold—even for fine, flat hair types.
Silky Smooth Skin
As hemlines get shorter and the days get longer, skin is certainly in. Upgrade your body care routine with nourishing, exfoliating formulas that will leave you silky smooth all over. Cleanse and buff away dull skin in the shower with Tula’s 3-in-1 polish, or massage in Tata Harper’s Redefining Body Balm post-shower to hydrate and minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
“Glossy lips with a more shiny effect will be big,” says celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek. “Shades from naturally nude to Candy Apple red will be everywhere. I think this also pairs beautifully with a stronger blush and sheerer skin.” Pat McGrath’s Lust Lip Gloss or Dior’s Lip Maximizer will surely perfect that glossy pout.
Modern Classic Press-Ons
“During the springtime, I tend to bring out the soft tones such as nudes and pastels,” says celebrity makeup artist and nail technician Lysette Castellanos. “I love a deconstructed French with a lilac and sheer blush tone. Just a swipe of color and a matte or glossy finish.” To get the look without hours in the nail salon, consider press-ons for a quick and easy nail change. Kiss’s Bare But Better press-ons offer a natural-looking nude, while Chillhouse’s Chill Tips in Going to the Barre offers a cool girl take on that timeless French mani.
“I think the 90s/early 2000s hair trend will continue with sculptural updos, conceptual coloring with metallic accents and styling,” says pro hairstylist Iggy Rosales. “But I think we will start seeing a lot of big, sexy, Pamela Anderson tousled hair instead of the super sleek straight hair we have been seeing a lot of.” To achieve this, she relies on hair extensions to switch up a look without the commitment. Hidden Crown’s clip-ins are her favorites because “they are so quick and easy to install” and “give the illusion of a full-bodied head of hair.” To volumize natural hair though, Rosales likes Bed Head’s thickening spray. Her tip is to blow-dry it when hair is wet, then style to maintain volume all day.
Sesnek predicts bright, bold blush in cream or powder formulas for a sun-kissed look that pairs well with lightweight foundations. “I think this spring/summer is going to be about blush with brighter looking shades from coral to suntanned shades,” he says.
Christine Cherbonnier is expecting washes of color, too, but with multiuse products which offer freedom to apply wherever you like. Think Freck’s Cheekslime or Jones Road’s Miracle Balm which offers versatile pigments for the cheeks, lips, and eyes. “I’m dropping my bronzers and contours this season for vivid color on the eyes and lips, leaving skin natural and free, and only accentuating natural features like freckles, blushing of the skin, and highlights,” says Cherbonnier.
Whether you’re experimenting with hair color, trying a new cut, or are hoping to grow your mane, it seems everyone is leaning into healthier hair now more than ever. While K18’s leave-in hair mask is known to reverse damage after just one treatment, Fitzgerald recently became a fan of Sisley Paris’s The Hair Protective Fluid. “This product forms a protective film that protects the hair from the harmful effects of the sun, sea, and swimming pool water,” she notes.
Expect eyeliner to make a bolder statement this spring. “Graphic eyeliner in shades from black, neon and pastels and everything in between. Formulas in pencil, cream, and liquid can all be used for this look,” says Sesnek. Take your pick between liners from Pat McGrath and Fenty Beauty for ultra-pigmented options in an array of high impact shades.
Firm, Hydrated Skin
On the skin care front, Dr. Corey L. Hartman, founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama, says that as people look to show off their face sans mask, he’s seeing two trends in his practice: even-toned hydration and diminished wrinkles. Along with the ever-trending sunscreen, he says to look out for “lightweight serums packed with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants are going to be huge this spring.”
Hartman recommends EltaMD’s UV Clear formula as a preventative measure for even-toned skin, along with “benefits of niacinamide to reduce past signs of sun damage like dark spots, plus sun protection to prevent new sun damage.” Next, he explains that one of the main culprits of fine lines and wrinkles is inflammaging, or low-grade, everyday inflammation due to stress, pollution, and sun exposure. To combat this, he’d look to the Heraux Molecular Anti-Inflammaging Serum to protect skin from these external stressors.
So long are the days when high tech beauty gadgets are reserved for in-office treatments and the likes of celebrities. Now, anyone can achieve similar results at home in order to reach their beauty goals. There’s the Droplette Microinfusion Device that works to deliver active ingredients directly into the skin through an ultrafine mist meant to go deeper than its topical counterparts. Alternatively, there are LED light therapy treatments like Solawave which work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and dark spots with ease.
Celebrity nail artists Mo Qin and Betina Goldstein agree that there will be an increased emphasis on strong, healthy nails this spring. Honestly, who wants to waste time or money on the perfect manicure atop weak, brittle nails? Goldstein loves L’Occitane’s shea-infused oil because “it’s perfect for on the go, throw it in your pocket or bag and reapply throughout the day keeping your nails and cuticles hydrated.” Otherwise, consider the CND Solar Oil, which Qin says “keeps your nails and cuticles moisturized and conditioned all the time.”
According to Avendano, we shouldn’t fear a bit of sparkle across the eyes this spring, a trend we saw in Euphoria and across the spring 2022 runways. “It creates such a metallic impact that gets a lot of attention,” he says of his coveted Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Flakes, which he notes can be used on bare skin, on the body, or atop eyeshadow. You can’t go wrong with Hourglass’s Scattered Light Glitter, too.