Color Riot: The Hot Hues We're Coveting This Season

A warm breeze here, a tiny bud there…spring is on its way, kids, in all of its alfresco-dining, dress-wearing glory, park-lounging glory. Now that the gray clouds are finally parting, the R29 beauty team decided to round up their favorite products for the month by color: beauty director Annie Tomlin is into new-leaf green, senior beauty editor Megan McIntyre is craving hot coral, and assistant beauty editor Tara Rasmus is digging shades of violet. They rounded up their top picks by shade— read on and get inspired!
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1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine
"I'm a devoted fan to the original Daisy — I love the fresh, sparkling scent and that packaging is too cute for words — so I was stoked to see a new twist on the signature scent. This one adds bright and juicy fruits like guava, mandarin, lychee, and apricot skin to give the fragrance a sunnier disposition. One spritz of this in the a.m., and it feels like spring, regardless of what the weather is doing outside my window." — Megan McIntyre, senior beauty editor
$65, available at Macy's.
2. Make Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Cool Aqua
"This eyeliner might look intimidating on its own, but don't be scared — it is so springlike and lovely when it's worn. It's highly pigmented and pretty much klutz-proof, which is always a plus. And, if bright color isn't your thing, you can always choose gunmetal, brown, or black. (But, really, go for the aqua. Live a little.)" — Annie Tomlin, beauty director
$14, available at We See Beauty.
3. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde Shampoo
"I may sound like a broken record at this point, but seriously: Every blonde (even if you just have highlights) needs a purple shampoo to cut brassiness and maintain your brightness between color appointments. I love this one by Alterna for its fresh scent and amazing ability to thoroughly clean my hair while moisturizing it at the same time. It's like an instant makeover for your hair. Purple rain, baby." — Tara Rasmus, assistant beauty editor
$36, available at DermStore.
4. Not Your Mother's Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler
"Once the weather starts get warm enough, I put my T3 into hibernation and go au naturel. My fine, long hair is extremely prone to knotting, so I need to give it a little bit of extra love by spritzing on detangler spray. I'm currently into this one from Not Your Mother's because it helps unsnarl my strands and smooth down pesky flyaways." - MM
$5.99, available at Ulta.
Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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5. Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Poutrageous
"It is my humble opinion that coral lipstick is the best lip color of all. It blends the best of both worlds — vibrant orange and pretty pink — into one perfect, fun, flirty, spring hue. I'm digging this soft and silky gloss because it feels creamy, not sticky, and drenches my lips in a cheery coral color that looks great with my warm-weather makeup palette." — MM
$16, available at Benefit Cosmetics.
6. Remington Painted Bobby Pins
"I fell in love with these cheap and cheerful bobby pins while shooting our chignon DIY. They have the power to transform even the simplest ensemble into something a bit more pulled-together. I want them in every color, basically — and at this price, I can afford to have them." — AT
$2.50, available at Target.
7. Chanel Sycomore Fragrance
"I smell a lot of perfumes as part of my job, and while many of them are good, only a few find a home on my dresser. Sycomore is one of them: a verdant, crisp, complex take on vetiver. It isn't an everyday fragrance — it just feels too sophisticated and special to wear with jeans — but it certainly is a fresh, green, brilliant one." — AT
$130, available at Chanel.
8. Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-Like Liner Pencil in Perfect Purple
"At a recent shoot, our makeup artist's gorgeous assistant, Bethany, touched up my makeup. Only when she got close to me did I realize that she was wearing electric-purple liquid eyeliner — somehow, the color managed to be both subtle and punchy at the same time. Since I'm not a pro, and therefore not as skilled with the liquid liner as Bethany is, I've been using this liquid pencil to get me the same awesome look with much less hassle. " — TR
$6.99, available at Milani.
9. L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Royalty Reinvented
"I've always been a big fan of shades of lavender and lilac (especially in the spring), but some of the light purple polish shades that I try just end up looking pink and a little flat once they're brushed on. Not this baby: this shade is electric lilac at its best, and the color has succeeded in brightening my cold-weather-induced blahs. Signature shade potential, for sure." — TR
$5.39, available at
Photographed by Maia Harms

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