Beauty School: Spring Makeup Trends You Can Actually Wear

I’m not particularly adventurous when it comes to my makeup, but I’m ready to take the plunge. What spring beauty trends should I be following? I don’t want to look too crazy!

For each season, different environmental factors will drastically alter how you apply your makeup, as well as the skin regimen you have in place. In the spring and summer, protecting your skin from the sun with an SPF is key, but aside from that, a natural look is the name of the game. Heavy products can leave skin looking greasy and will slide, crease, and melt in the heat.

I loved the tonal looks that ran the runways for spring. Shying away from the neon brights, spring makeup is monochromatic with just a touch of earthy blush across cheekbones and creamy, nude lips. This is very natural and flattering on everyone. Modern matte faces are a must, but matte doesn’t have to mean flat. Use creams and powders with matte finishes to highlight and contour the face to give the illusion of A-lister cheekbones.

Avoid a retro rehash by keeping textures ultra-modern. Complement a semi-matte complexion with high-shine lips for an up-to-date take on nudes. Neutralize natural lip color before adding a touch of creamy nude gloss over the top. Use creamy concealers or nude cream eye shadows to even out redness and add natural flesh tones (varying shades of taupe, shell, blush, or caramel) to the eyes. Paired with the feminine dresses that went down the runway, the look is effortless and stunning.

If you want to really take the plunge, neons are back! Dare to be bold by trying a bright orange eye shadow like MAC Eye Shadow in Neon Orange. Starting at the inner tear duct, apply across the lid and blend upwards towards the brow, stopping just short of the brow bone. At the outer corners, sweep the eye shadow out and upwards to the end of the brow to create a wing shape. Finish this look with a light coating of brown mascara to define the upper lashes. Keep lips natural and nude, to avoid an ’80s revival!

If you aren’t quite that daring, let your lips do the talking. Striking lip color can be difficult to pull off, so choose your hue carefully: tomato reds and electric fuchsias look chic on pale skin, while warm corals and neon oranges will bring out the golden tones in darker complexions. My JK Lip ID changes color depending on your pH balance, and therefore helps you to pick what shades best suit you.

With any statement lip, it is important to prepare the lips well. Apply a lip primer to give an even base and also increase the color pay-off of your chosen shade. It will also work to fill in any lines on the lips and help lipstick last longer. Line and fill the lips with a lip liner which is similar to your lipstick. This season, the finish is all-important too. Create a flawless canvas, then add a touch of subtle color to cheeks. For timeless Hollywood glamour, add a flick of jet black gel liner on the upper lid, then curl your lashes and apply coats of mascara. And for an extra pop of vibrant color, pick a neon nail polish — OPI has a fantastic selection!

Jemma Kidd is a world-renowned makeup artist who has painted the faces of Naomi Campbell and Jerry Hall, and now she’s here to solve all of your beauty dilemmas. Not only does she have two makeup lines of her own — Jemma Kidd Make Up School and JK Jemma Kidd — she’s also worked with Max Factor, Rimmel, and Stila. Yes, she’s a total beauty guru. Have a question for Jemma? Email it to info@styleite.com!

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