5 Products, 5 Stunning Spring Looks (Really!)

Spring has (finally) sprung, which means it’s time to bust out all your best new makeup looks. Think you've got to invest in a ton of new products to get wow-worthy style? Not so! All you need are these five spring beauty essentials (and nothing more), to create a week’s worth of completely different faces. From babydoll glam to elegant winged eyeliner, see our step-by-step tutorials and learn how to do them yourself!
Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Makeup by Katie Mellinger at KESS Agency
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Your spring makeup essentials: Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in Brunette, $26, available at Sephora; L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, $8.49, available at Drugstore.com; W3ll People Universalist in #5, $33, available at Woodley & Bunny; Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger, $48, available at Bergdorf Goodman; Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, $22, available at Bobbi Brown.
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Monochromatic & Nude

Matching your eyes, lips, and cheeks — as seen at Preen, Diane von Furstenberg, and Alexander McQueen — is an understated way to go glam. "Using just one color is going to accentuate each feature, but not overpower any of them," says Mellinger.

To get the look, she used the multi-use stick on the apples of the cheeks for a pop of color, then used a fluffy brush to paint the hue on Danielle's eyes. She started at the lash line and blended the color up into the crease, following the natural shape of the eye. Mascara and a groomed brow finished off the look. On the lips, Mellinger layered on the multi-use stick to make it look creamy and nude, for just a touch of color and sheen.

Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Makeup by Katie Mellinger at KESS Agency
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Bold Brows

"I do love a bushy brow," says Mellinger. We wholeheartedly agree — one look at the enhanced arches backstage at Derek Lam, Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, and a slew of other shows and we knew this was a look we needed to cop for ourselves posthaste.

Mellinger first used a spoolie to brush Danielle's brow hairs down — this created a line at the top of the brow that she used as a guide when she was filling them in. Using the pencil, she then began shading in the brow using light, feathery strokes, then combed the hair upwards and filled in as needed.

"I like the slanted pencil because the angle makes it easier to work with," she said. After brows were filled in, Mellinger brushed the hair up again and used the brow gel to hold the hairs in place. Eyes got a coating of mascara and the lips were given a soft flush of color by blotting the lipstick on using her finger.

Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Makeup by Katie Mellinger at KESS Agency
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Winged Liner

While winged liner has been around for ages, the way to make it feel modern and fresh for spring is to keep the lines thin and delicate, like the models at Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and Ruffian.

Mellinger applied the liner using a small, thin brush and left Danielle's lids bare because she wanted the liner to be the statement. "Let the brush work for you," she says. "Apply the liner with the length of the brush, not the tip." She also says it's important to use a gel liner — liquid liners can be too slippery and gel liners not only last longer, but they also allow you to have more control with the application.

Brows were groomed and lashes were given a coat of mascara, while Mellinger used a brush to apply the multi-use color on Danielle's lips to make the shade more saturated. She then applied the multi-use color on the cheeks in a kind of "swoosh" shape to help accentuate the cheekbone without having to actually contour it.

Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Makeup by Katie Mellinger at KESS Agency
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Babydoll Glam

We were so obsessed with the ah-mazing looks at Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, because they managed to combine decadent glamour with a touch of fresh-faced innocence.

To create a similar effect on Danielle, Mellinger used a fluffy brush to apply the multi-use stick on her eyes, blending it up into the crease, and then used the cream liner along the lash line to give weight to the lash. She used the brow pencil to extend the brow, making it more exaggerated. The key to pulling this technique off is to fill in your brows, then start drawing down past the end, making sure you keep going in the direction the brow is naturally going, tapering it off about a quarter of an inch past the end. The line should be soft and tapered, not hard.

For the mascara, Mellinger applied it in a back and forth sweeping motion on the lashes in order to get that fullness. To keep the mascara from printing, she suggests holding your thumb against your eyelid as you apply, so any excess will mark up your finger, not your lids.

The lipstick was applied on the lips using a brush, then blotted out with a tissue to create a matte stain. Mellinger then added a tiny bit of the multi-use color to the very center of the lips to add dimension and bring out the curve of the lip, giving Danielle that babydoll pout. The lipstick was also swiped on the apples of Danielle's cheeks and blended out for a healthy flush. "In a pinch, lipstick is great [as a blush]," says Mellinger. "People don't think to carry around a blush, but everyone's got a lipstick on them. It helps to instantly wake up your face."

Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Makeup by Katie Mellinger at KESS Agency
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Statement Lips

"This look is all about the lips," says Mellinger, and that's right on trend for this season, based on the spring '12 runways, where we saw power puckers everywhere from Jason Wu to Jen Kao.

It's also beyond simple to do — Mellinger used a lip brush to apply the lipstick on Danielle's lips, giving her an opaque, creamy pout. That's literally all there is to this look. No other products were required — the lip is so strong, your face doesn't need anything else.

Photographed by Erin Yamagata, Makeup by Katie Mellinger at KESS Agency