These Are the Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist

We have mixed feelings about the term "trend" when it comes to beauty. After all, there are so many amazing products and focus points for inspiration (the red carpet, Instagram, the girl sitting next to us on the subway, etc.) that narrowing down our spring makeup aesthetic to whatever was spotted on the runways feels rather limiting. And while many of the beauty trends we've seen during fashion week and other showcases are, indeed, noteworthy and beautiful, they're not always what translates to the trends our celeb- and makeup artist–studded IG feeds are filled with once the season actually hits.

Of course, we encourage experimenting on your own whenever possible. There's never been a better time to be playful with your approach to makeup. Oftentimes, though, it's helpful (or at least interesting) to see which products and looks are a high priority for the industry's top makeup artists. To zero in, we reached out to legendary artist and global executive director of creative artistry at Stila Cosmetics, Sarah Lucero. Suffice it to say, with a hand in the brand's product development and as a seasoned fashion week veteran, Lucero knows what's up. With the arrival of spring being just around the corner, Lucero broke down her exclusive spring makeup trend report featuring five of the most noteworthy looks to try out for size.

Trend #1: Shine Shrine


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Glowy skin, glass skin, cloudless skin… Clean, bouncy and bright skin has been trending for a while, but that doesn't mean it's any less important to this spring's makeup trend report. However, according to Lucero, there is one small difference worth noting for spring 2020: "It's something I like to call 'Shine Shrine.' It's kind of like a clear glass base with shine and sheen everywhere—the lips, eyes, face."

This season's glow uses opalescent hints to creates a wet effect that's brighter than the glossy looks of the past.

Trend #2: White Liners


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There's nothing we crave more come spring and summer than a pretty makeup look that will require as little time as possible. Hey, we have beaches to hit and cocktails to sip, after all! The good news? Lucero says that all it takes is some white liner. "White eyeliner and white eye shadows are going to be a major thing. It's a beautiful kind of matte monochrome finish."

Trend #3: Pastel Peepers


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Those watercolor-like washes you've been seeing pop up all over your Instagram feed? Expect to see that continue through the spring and summer seasons.

Lucero notes, "Everyone's doing a wash of color." As for what colors exactly, "Pink and coral eyes were seen all over the spring 2020 runways. Also a lot of lilacs and baby blues like a robin egg and a periwinkle…"

Trend #4: Fresh Face Meets Bold Lip


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The bold red lip is back. But before you start dreaming up retro-inspired makeup looks to plan, you may want to hold back on adding any the thick cat-eyes.

Lucero shares, "I'm seeing a lot of opaque, rich red lips. They were seen all over the red carpet this season in classic colors but it’s a vinyl shine finish that makes it modern. Bold red lips are also being paired with a gorgeous, clean, almost crisp eye. Leaving a neutral face can allow the lip to kind of speak for itself."

Trend #5: Geometric "Pop Art" Eyes


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Playful, artistic looks have been sweeping our beauty-studded IG feeds lately. According to Lucero, the trend has only just begun.

Go ham and experiment with whatever colors you have on hand to create a bold eye look. But don't just focus on your lids—feel free to apply product up and above the crease. The only real rule here is to make sure you're framing your shadows with a black or similarly dark liner. Lucero says a black outline will give the shape more drama.

Up next, the most exciting beauty products to hit our desk this week.

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.

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