Spring's Biggest Makeup Trends Will Take You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

There's plenty to look forward to when the first days of spring roll around. You get to put away those oversized coats and take out the cute leather jacket that's been collecting dust. Hat hair? See ya next year — and you'll finally be able to order a large cold brew without feeling like you're being judged by the barista.

But that's not all: When it comes to our makeup looks, there's something about warmer weather that takes our creative energy to a whole new level. Whether it's the first flower you spot after a long winter, or the simple joy of being able to meet for brunch outside, spring just makes us want to play with color, or do something we've never done before — and all the beauty trends coming off red carpets and runways recently reflect exactly that.


Before we say too much, we've rounded up the ones we've been heart-eyeing — along with product recommendations — ahead, so that you can jump on the trends before they're everywhere. Remember: A true makeup flex begins at the end of your comfort zone.

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Sun-Kissed Warmth

Bronzers are back, but instead of the heavy contouring, it's all about beating summer to punch by adding that subtle touch of warmth on your face. The best part is that a number of brands are expanding their shade range, allowing many different skin tones to find their perfect bronzing match.
When it comes to bronzer, achieving that natural-looking finish is all about finding a shade slightly darker than your own. Benefit has made that easier for those with medium and dark skin tones by creating two more shades of its cult-classic Hoola bronzer.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer$30.00 Buy
If stick formulas are more your thing, swipe on this soft balm wherever you're looking to add that touch of color. Plus, it can also be applied on the eyelids and lips.
NudeStix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze$32.00 Buy
Fuchsia Lips

We're not saying to forget your go-to reds, but we are saying that it's time to make a different statement with this bold color. Fuchsia has been making waves on red carpets, as seen here on Laura Harrier, and even on Taylor Swift's comeback cover for the April issue of Elle.
Experimenting with bold shades can be scary enough for some people — good thing the application doesn't have to be. This lipstick from L'Oréal goes on smoothly and wears comfortably all day.
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick$7.59 Buy
When you're wearing a bright color on your lips, it's hard to get away with mistakes. This new formula was designed to be budge-proof and hold up through your coffee and lunch, so that your lipstick can draw attention for the right reasons.
Smith & Cult Hydragloss High-Pigment Lip Gel$20.00 Buy
Graphic Liner

Remember when you were first taught to stay inside the lines? That rule no longer applies. When it comes to eyeliner, go wherever your creativity takes you — just make it cute. Draw inspiration from Lucy Boynton, who gave us some of the best looks this awards season and delivered Twiggy vibes at the SAG Awards with this arch on her lids.
If you're going to look to Boynton for inspiration, you might as well use the exact tool her makeup artist Jo Baker reached for to create the look.
Chanel Precision Eye Definer$30.00 Buy
But if you're better at flexing with a liquid formula, go for this drugstore favorite, which has gotten tons of positive reviews thanks to a super-precise tip that enables you to create sharp, straight lines. Plus, you can have even more fun with shade options like purple or teal.
Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Eyeliner$7.19 Buy
Orange Blush

Orange blush sounds like one of those things that only influencers could pull off, and something that'd make us look like a fake-tan-streaked Paris Hilton in 2008. But once you've tried it out, you'll see that it can provide a flattering touch of warmth on the cheeks, especially for olive skin tones. (It's all about giving it a chance, just like we did.)
The finely-milled powder of this blendable formula ensures a flawless finish when you dust it on — plus, the lasting power means you won't have to worry about it fading away.
Makeup Geek Blush Orange $19.98 Buy
Want to go all in? Snag this classic blush in a vibrant orange that will surely stand out. If you want to get a bit more creative, dab a clear gloss on your cheekbones for a high-shine finish.
MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush / Small$17.00 Buy
High-Gloss Lips

Taking us back to the lunchroom days of Lip Smackers and Caboodles cases, high-shine, glossy lips are back. Popular brands like Kylie Cosmetics and Fenty Beauty have proven that matte lipsticks are no longer on top, with their gloss products flying off the shelves. What makes the trend unique this time around is a spotlight on unexpected textures and colors, whether that's glitter or green.
This glistening gloss will get you that glassy, reflective look without the tacky feeling of old-school formulas.
Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss$18.00 Buy
Leave it to Rihanna to give us a gloss that looks good on everyone and actually conditions lips rather than dry them out, thanks to shea butter. This shimmery-pink shade had the internet going nuts when the brand released it back in December.
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow$18.00 Buy
Bold Eyeliner

2019 seems to be the year of eyeliner, but not where your usual blacks and browns are concerned. We're talking yellows, blues, and greens — which brands have been delivering in their newest collections. The key to acing the look is making sure that the rest of your makeup complements it, whether that's going monochromatic or keeping the rest of the makeup basic to let the liner shine on its own, as seen here on our latest Power Faces star Katie Jane Hughes.
In 14 different shades, these creamy liner pencils from Glossier Play won't tug or smudge, and promise to last on the lid for 12 hours (and the waterline for eight). We should know — we tested it ourselves.
Glossier Play Colorslide in Early Girl$15.00 Buy
For a liquid formula, go for this under-$10 favorite, which features intense pigment in shades like yellow and pink. You'll get the perfect bold line in just one swipe.
ColourPop  BFF LIQUID LINER$8.00 Buy
Virgin Brows

For those who like to stick to the basics when it comes to makeup, good news: Gone are the days of overdrawn eyebrows. As seen across runways at Fashion Month, natural, tamed brows are the way to go this season. All that's required for the look, dubbed "virgin brows" by makeup artist Tom Pecheux backstage at Oscar de la Renta, is taming the hairs with a clear gel and drawing in light strokes of hair where needed.
Keep your natural hairs in place with this clear hypoallergenic gel that shapes and grooms with a precise wand. As an added bonus, the formula contains marula oil to condition hairs as you keep them looking sharp.
Almay Brow Styler Brow Mascara$6.99 Buy
If you need some sort of filling in, no worries: You can still take part in the trend with this micro-fine pigmented gel. The brand recommends making sure that you don't overcoat your brush with gel for even coating, so your eyebrows stay looking natural and far from penciled in.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows Eyebrow Gel$22.50 Buy
Statement Inner Corner

Achievable by beginners and pros alike, this quick and easy makeup technique has been everywhere, from the red carpets to our Instagram timelines. Adding a bright pop of color to the inner corner of your eyes can be done with a small precision brush — and the best part? There's no perfect way to do it, so if you mess up, it's virtually impossible to notice.
NYX's Prismatic Eye Shadow comes in an array of colors and gives off major pigment, so just one dab to the inner corner will get the job done.
NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Eye Shadow$4.29 Buy
Or go for a palette that's filled with bold colors and textures, like this new paradise-inspired option from Anastasia Beverly Hills.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette$45.00 Buy
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