The Lowdown: Spring's 8 Biggest Beauty Trends to Start Wearing Now


Bored of the grey, gloomy days? We hear you. Which is why, on the first official day of spring, we're bringing you our rundown of the shiny new spring/summer 2017 beauty trends to try now. It's time to hit refresh on your hair and makeup looks and start incorporating some brilliant new spring buys into your arsenal. Not every new trend is going to float your beauty boat, but we can guarantee a couple most certainly will. And what's so brilliant about beauty is that you can take a trend and wear it your way.

Love the idea of orange eye shadow but don't want to resemble the guy from the '90s Tango adverts? Then try re-creating the rust incarnation at Topshop instead. Obsessed withВ the new-look surfer hairstyle but not in the market for a haircut? Wear the texture in your longer lengths. Trends are there to be played with, and rules are most definitely made to be broken. Keep scrolling for spring/summerВ 2017's biggest beauty trends that you can totally start wearing now.

Summer SMOKE

Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Balman, ChloГ©, Rag & Bone

If the smoky eye look is your go-to, then this is the S/S 17 beauty trend for you. Whether you love graphite black, slate grey or chocolate brown, simply take a crayon or creamy eye shadow and work it alongВ the upper and lower lash lines. Use a brush or your fingers to blend out. How far you smudge this look is up to you.

The Accent Braid

Imaxtree/GETTY; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Roberto Cavalli, Christian Dior

Braids can look young, there's no denying that, but one way to incorporate oneВ into your look is to use it as an accent. Essentially this is a small braid placed with into a ponytail or bun, or subtly peeking out from under your hair like at Roberto Cavalli. During summer or for festivals, try using Bleach London Hair CrayonsВ (ВЈ4) to add a flash of colour.

The Surfer Crop

Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Alexander Wang, Francesco Scognamiglio, Alexander Wang

When you think beachy hair, you envisage a surfer girl with long, flowing hair, but not this season. At Alexander Wang andВ Francesco Scognamiglio, the hairstylists showed how this piecey texture looks totally modern worked into a lob or even a shorter bob. In naturally wavy hair,В use a lightweight wave-creating foamВ to eke out the texture.В Got fine hair and need more volume at the roots and texture throughout? Use a hair powder. For straight hair, use a wand to randomly tong sections in different directions to create that messy wave.

'80s Revival

Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Chanel, Kenzo

There were two '80sВ looks: the wholesome gorgeous supermodel beauty, all big brows and tonal bronze makeup; and the bright colorful contouring and bold lips that helped the new romanticsВ set themselves apart. The latter is making a comeback. We know it's not that wearable if you're thinking too literally. But a wash of sheerВ blush worn just along the cheekbone or a pop of bold fuchsia lipstick looks modern and fresh, and it also enables you to nod to this '80sВ revival trend without looking like you're doing your best Boy George impression.

Sporty Skin

Imaxtree; t : Isabel Marant, Mila Schon, Blumarine

Sporty skin or, as it was referred to backstage at some shows, sweaty skin, is the complexion du jour for next season. But how does a sweaty complexion translate into real life? Because no one wants to look like they've just finished a HIIT session. In the wondrously bizarre world of catwalk beauty, sweaty skin actually just means sheeny skin. But this season it's all about matte, sheeny, sweaty-looking skin. We're talking a matte, velvet complexion with a powdered highlight. And that's the key: You should use powder highlighter not liquid or cream to re-create this finish. Buff into the high points of the face: cheekbones, cupid's bow, bridge of the nose and a little on the chin and forehead. It will make you look like you've had a facial, or run around the block a couple of times and have that exerciser's high.

Pin-Straight Hair

Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Versace, Rag & Bone

Sure we haven't seen much of Kim Kardashian West of late but she's still capable of pushing a beauty trend into the limelight. A handful of shows sent models out onto the catwalk with pin-straight hair, but it's thanks to KKW thatВ we're all hankering after longer, sleeker hair. Expect to see influencers cluttering your Instagram feed with Rapunzel-esque hair pics this year.В

The key to getting this look right is a great pair of straighteners (Ghd is our go-to) and plenty of shine spray and oil or serum. To really nail this, look extensions should play a part, too.

All that glitters

Getty/Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Giamba, Rodarte, DKNY

Glitter isn't just for Christmas or festivals. This spring, accents of glitter can be worn to embellish lips, nails and even ears (yep, you read that right). Where you would traditionally apply a clear gloss over lipstick to fake a plumper pout, dab on fine glitter particles in a similar shade to your lipstick hue. At Rodarte, glitter polish was traced around the edges of nails, while at Giamba, glitter was painted onto ears using body glue for a fun and totally inspired take on the trend.

Club Tropicana

Imaxtree; PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Topshop Unique, Blugirl

A couple of years ago, had I suggested wearing orange eye shadow a lot of people would have said no way. But with more and more celebrities wearing rust-hued eye colors on the red carpet, the thought of an orange eye shadow doesn't seem so far flung. Ease yourself into the look by mimicking the warm copper eyes at Topshop Unique, and then try the satsuma-hued eyes at Blugirl on holiday with a tan. The key to keeping it looking effortless is to really blend and buff the edges and keep the rest of your face clean-just a little mascara to add definition to your eyes.

To re-create the Topshop makeup look (which we think is super flattering on everyone), see all the products below.

YSL Couture Kajal $23ShopMaybelline Color Tattoo 24hr $4ShopBobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick $21ShopBleach London Hair Crayon $4ShopeBoot 1000 Elastic Hairbands $5ShopL'OrГ©al Professionnel Tecni Art Fix Anti-Frizz Spray $12 $9ShopTresemmГ© Expert Selection Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creation Seafoam $6ShopBabyliss Pro Curling Wand $28 $14ShopRedken Powder Grip 03 $15 $11ShopChanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush $31ShopStila Stay All Day Matte'ificent Lipstick $15ShopAnastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit $39ShopMarks & Spencer Rosie for Autograph Highlighter Powder $18ShopNars Dual Intensity Blush $30ShopBecca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl $32ShopGhd Platinum Styler $165 $145ShopAveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine $18ShopPercy & Reed No Oil Oil $14ShopRimmel Glitter High Coverage Top Coat, Diamond Dust $4ShopMakeup Geek Loose Pigment $9ShopDuo Adhesive $10ShopTopshop Chameleon Glow in Shuffle the Cards $10ShopMAC Eyeshadow x 15 in Warm Neutral $65 $50ShopIllamasqua Eye Shadow in Apex $17Shop