Now that 2014 is well under way, it’s time we started looking towards spring for our beauty inspiration. While you could have pulled off red lips and smoky eyes for winter, the next few months should be all about pastels and fun colors. Here are 5 trends you need to test-drive now.
1. Purple Eyeshadow
Don’t worry about looking like you stepped out of an ‘80s music video. Purple eyeshadow has been popping up on runways (like the Nanette Lepore and Giles shows), so you know the look will be everywhere this spring. Try the bareMinerals Eye Shadow in Passionate Plum from Ulta or a purple powder compact from Light in the Box for some extra shimmer.
2. Apricot Blush
Instead of sticking to your tried and true pink blush, try out shades of apricot on your cheeks. The right color can help give off a tan glow – even if you’ve been battling the snow for weeks. A great inexpensive option is the Colorful Rouge Powder from Light in the Box. You can snag the apricot-colored one (#3) for only $4.99. If you have more cash to spend, check out the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful. Although it’s $26, you can still use an Ulta coupon code to help you save.
3. White Eyeliner
Even the most daring gals can be apprehensive about trying white eyeliner. The look can go really wrong if you overdo it. Models from Kate Spade, Rodarte, and Zac Posen’s shows demonstrated that white eyeliner paired with a soft lip can look both trendy and cool. Test the Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Halo if you have trouble perfectly applying liner – this gel form makes it super easy to apply. Another (tad more expensive option) is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo. It’s waterproof and long-lasting!
4. Pastel Nail Polishes
Spring is all about flowers blooming, so capture that spirit with fun, soft, pastel nail polishes. It’s pretty hard to find anything cuter than Light in the Box’s Ice Cream Shaped Sequins Nail Polish. They’re the perfect shades and only cost $4.99. You can use a discount code to get even more sweet savings! You should also check out the China Glaze City Flourish “Peonies and Park Avenue” set. These shades are only available online at Ulta – so make sure you snag them before everyone else catches onto the trend!
5. Dark Mascara on Top and Bottom Lashes
One of the biggest makeup trends this year will be dark lashes a la Twiggy. Apply several coats to top and bottom lashes for a dramatic look. The bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara has a wand that defines hard-to-reach lashes, so it’s perfect for applying to lower lashes. For a cheaper option, Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara is great for volumizing eyelashes.
Show off your stylish side with these 5 makeup trends! There’s no better way to open your arms to spring.