Beauty Finds

7 Spring Beauty Trends, Plus 20 Products to Try Now

The need-it-now makeup, hair and nail products we saw everywhere at spring fashion week

DOLCE & GABBANA (PHOTO: MATT LEVER) spring beauty trends


1. Berry Lipstick
“Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean you have to wear a light lip colour,” says CoverGirl makeup pro Veronica Chu, who has worked at Toronto Fashion Week. “Berry and mauve tones bring a sense of freshness when paired with soft eyes.” Instead of a fully pigmented finish, try patting on a cream formula using your fingertip and blotting it away with a tissue for a stained effect, as spotted at Dolce & Gabbana and No. 21. “It brings out your lips’ natural colour,” says Chu. If your skin is fair, look for crisp shades with cool undertones, such as raspberry; darker, warmer skin can play with vampier hues like Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala.

FLARE Picks:
1. CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Tempt Berry, $11. 2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Blow, $36. 3. Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Saxifrage, $36 (all pictured above, top to bottom)



2. Petal Eyeshadow
The classic smoky eye is getting a colourful update. Diffused pale pink and blue washed over lids at Rochas, while orchid adorned eyes at Matthew Williamson. “It’s a more youthful take, not heavy,” says Lucia Pieroni, makeup creative director for Clé de Peau, who created a similar look at Vera Wang. Getting a tasteful result is all about blending—and restraint. If you’re timid about wearing non-neutrals, apply shadow from your lashes to your eyebrows avoiding the lower lash area, says makeup artist Tom Pecheux for M.A.C, who swept mauve over eyes at Derek Lam.

FLARE Picks:
1. M.A.C Is Beauty Eye Shadow in Wow Factor, $19. 2. Clé de Peau Eye Color (from Quad in Moonbeam), $60. 3. NARS Eyeshadow in Subra (from Narsissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette), $90 (all pictured above, top to bottom)

MIU MIU (PHOTO: MATT LEVER) spring beauty trends


3. Oil Spray
Most of us have tried the wet-hair trend (which started last year and still has traction) unintentionally—as we’re running out the door in the morning—but at Balmain, Marni and Miu Miu, sopping-looking strands were deliberate. “It’s almost boyish from the front. There’s something very fresh about it,” says Kérastase lead hairstylist Odile Gilbert, whose look at Zac Posen was inspired by the slickness of ’50s Cary Grant. Off-runway, new oil-based mists add a touch of gloss. “At a fashion show it’s done in an extreme way to make a point,” says Redken global styling director Guido Palau, who sculpted saturated, sleekly combed ponies at Alexander Wang. “But by adding a little shine, you can subtly change your hair without a big statement.”

FLARE Picks:
1. Herbal Essences Naked Sheer Shine Mist, $5. 2. Fekkai Soleil Pré-Soleil Hair Mist, $28. 3. Wella LuxeOil Keratin Boost Leave In Conditioning Spray, $22 (all pictured above, top to bottom)



4. Micro Crimper
Crimping—the tight, squiggly texture popular in the mid-’80s—turned up anew at Jeremy Scott and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. But its most wearable reincarnation went down at Stella McCartney, where Wella global creative director of care and styling Eugene Souleiman pressed zigzagged hot-iron plates over random sections before pulling hair back into a low ponytail. The trick to not looking like a Cyndi Lauper throwback? Use a miniature crimper to keep kinks subtle (think: a brushed-out micro-braid effect) and alternate crimped sections with undone pieces.

FLARE Picks:
1. Hot Tools 1” Micro Crimper, $65. 2. Panther Mini Crimper, $30 (all pictured above, top to bottom)

DKNY (PHOTO: MATT LEVER) spring beauty trends


5. Filter-Effect Lacquer
“Just like you add your favourite Instagram filter to a photograph, you can do the same with nail polish,” says Essie lead manicurist Michelle Saunders, who surprised by painting a peachy base coat over beige polish at Alexander Wang. “It’s like adding Valencia, which softens, making the look warm and fuzzy.” If you’re more of an Amaro addict, try a sheer eggshell to lighten a deep colour, like Saunders did at DKNY. For a Hudson effect, use a finishing layer of translucent pink, “to tone down a shade, while staying true to its hue.”

FLARE Picke:
1. Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle, $10. 2. Essie Nail Polish in Allure, $10. 3. Essie Fill the Gap Treatment, $10 (all pictured above, top to bottom)

spring beauty trends


6. Smudgy Eyeliner
Graphic black liner takes on a DIY feel. “Before, it was all about a perfect application and a specific shape,” says Chu. Now, anything goes—from the Just Cavalli to the squared-off cat eyes at Céline. “You can place it wherever you want, as if you swiped your eyes and left without really thinking about it.” Try a soft kohl liner in place of a liquid or gel, since precision is hardly the point.

FLARE Picks:
1. Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Matte Black, $21. 2. Dior Diorshow Khôl Stick in Smoky Black, $32. 3. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Onyx, $26 (all pictured above, top to bottom)


JASON WU (PHOTO: MATT LEVER) spring beauty trends


7. Creamy Illuminator
A natural, fresh-faced glow—the kind you have after yoga, a facial or, um, sex—is replacing the heavy, matte textures of seasons past. “We’re enhancing the features and making skin look luminous,” explains Lancôme consulting makeup artist Diane Kendal, who highlighted models’ skin at Jason Wu. To recreate the grease- and glitter-free gleam seen at Alexander Wang, use a creamy highlighter in a neutral tone, and then apply it wherever the light would naturally hit your face, such as across your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and along your browbones.

FLARE Picks:
1. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, $24. 2. YSL Touche Or Rose, $50. 3. Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby, $11 (all pictured above, top to bottom)