By Andrea Cirillo
Budding flowers and sunshine are right around the corner as spring rolls in with the top down. What better way to celebrate the new season than with a whole new look? We’re talking bold, daring, and completely unexpected. This season is all about strutting outside of your comfort zone and owning your own look, whether it be bare faced or bolder than ever. Check out the top five beauty trends for this upcoming season. Spring has never looked so fearless!
Bare Beauty, because less is more.
Ah, another morning that I wake up and realize that I’m not Beyoncé. My morning ritual usually starts with me gazing into the mirror at all of the sunspots on my cheeks, the freckles on my nose, and the bags under my eyes that definitely aren’t Gucci. I forcefully come to accept that I, indeed, woke up like this, dammit!
For some of us, and by some I mean most, stepping outside with a bare face can be a little scary considering we all don’t wake up fabulous and ready to take on the world. If you happen to be part of the population that can walk out of the house as is, you’re either a strong-minded woman with an even stronger self-love (can I borrow some?) or you simply just don’t see the need to take the time to apply make-up — and there’s nothing wrong with that.
As a young woman, I’ve relied heavily on make-up as a mask to conceal and cover all my flaws. As someone who has no problem accepting the things that simply cannot be changed, I have a deep and utter obsession with presenting myself with high regard, and that starts with a healthy glow. This can be achieved with the ever so popular “No Make-Up Makeup Look” which, ironically, requires quite a handful of products.
I am a huge fan of the bare face beauty trend that’s been glowing in popularity – yes, glowing. This is because it’s just so easy to achieve. So what’s the secret, you may ask? Great skin, that’s all. While maintaining healthy skin is not the easiest chore, as everyone’s skin is different, taking the right steps can help you achieve this look with little to no effort. It’s all about feeling beautiful in your own skin and showing how versatile women can really be.
For starters, always remember, a clean face is a healthy face, which is exactly what we are going for. A good face wash can make all the difference in your skin’s appearance. Make sure you’re washing your face regularly, especially at the end of a long day. Also, get into the habit of moisturizing. There are great, inexpensive cold creams for all skin types that can be found at your local drugstore. It’s like giving your face a little bit of extra lovin’. Another key to great skin and that healthy glow is by far the easiest and my all-time favorite: hydration. Drinking 6-8 cups of water a day can help you maintain a youthful look by minimizing fine lines and give the appearance of bright, fresh, healthy looking skin.
If you aren’t completely comfortable baring all for the world to see, there are ways to achieve this look with a little bit of help from cosmetics while maintaining a very natural appearance. Just remember: Less really is more. B.B. creams and tinted moisturizers are ideal for reasons like these. They do just enough to give you coverage, but are light enough to look au naturel. Check your local drugstores for some great products that are inexpensive and ideal.
If you’re feeling a little sassy, you can also apply a lip color that is close to your natural shade. You can go with bare lips and a simple lip balm, but adding a hint of color will accentuate your natural beauty. Apply a clear gloss for an extra pop!
Going bare is acceptable any day of the week. You can throw on some boyfriend jeans, a loose V-neck tee and pair with some booties – for a look that is super comfy yet casual chic. You’ll look like you just rolled out of bed, in the most fabulous way of course. It’s effortless and empowering, not to mention it cuts your routine in half!
Bronzed Goddess… Gilded & Guilty
That sun kissed summer glow that we all know and love is coming early this year, as it has been showcased as one of the hottest make-up trends for this spring. Let it glow with shimmering gold, champagne, and bronze.
Whether it’s the perfect gold highlight right on the top of your cheek bone or a smokey bronze eye shadow look (or perhaps both), you’ll look stunning and illuminated. The best part is that you can take this look from subtle to smokey in no time.
For a quick and simple daytime look, a champagne color on the lid with a matte light brown shadow in the crease will give you that touch of glow without overdoing it. Casual and cute is always a winning combination. Take this look from day to night and add a shimmering dark bronzed shadow to the outer V and under the waterline. Adding a gold shimmer shadow right to the tear duct will give your eyes an extra pop and also make your eyes appear larger. To intensify this look, take a bronzed highlighter and apply it right at the top of your cheekbones and swoop it up to your temples in the shape of a “C” for a dewy glow. This look is so versatile, and it’s perfect for any occasion.