26 Beauty Looks Every Black Woman Should Try This Spring

Rev up your engines, we’re kicking your beauty looks into high gear! This spring is all about intense pigments, flushed cheeks and dewy skin. Whether you’re mixing fuchsia and pastel shadows to create a killer graphic eye look, or defining your brows with harsh lines, play around with new looks and have fun with your makeup kit. Here are 26 beauty looks we’re excited to try once the weather warms up!

Dark lips aren’t just for winter— they’re perfect for spring, too! Backstage at Anna Sui, makeup artists complimented berry lips with smoky lids and gave them a fresh twist by lining the lower water line with an opal liner that had a pearl finish to give the eyes a subtle shimmer.

Bored with your usual smoky eye? Ditch the shadow in favor of sequins, instead! Take a cue from artists at Ashish and adhere a few sequins to your lids for a fun textural effect!

Warm weather means dewy skin and minimal makeup. Models at BCBG warmed up flawless sin with a hint of rose on the cheeks, balmy lips and kept the look fresh by leaving lashes bare.

Looking for a new way to wear your lipstick? Ditch the lip liner and dab a little bit of color onto your lips then use your fingers to blend the color outward. It creates a blurry effect that looks effortless and gives that fun and flirty appearance of just being kissed.

Makeup minimalists, rejoice! If you’re not crazy about shadow, play around with your eyeliner instead. A few painterly strokes on the edge of your upper lid add an extra element of surprise to your usual beauty look.

We love a good daytime merlot lip. Opt for a matte to keep the look modern and up the ante by sweeping a light grey shadow across the lid and highlighting the high plains of the face.

Amp up your beauty look with a hint of pastel dusted along your lower lash line. Take a cue from the modes at Derek Lam and opt for two different shades. We love this peach and yellow combo; it’s super fresh and only takes seconds to do!

 Models at Desigual sported a basic winged liner and bright lips sans liner. Super fresh and tre cool!

Yes, graphic liner is back again this season, now in the form of floating liner. Forget about lining your lash line it’s all about the crease. Use a black pigment or your favorite kajal to create a graphic shape about your crease for the ultimate cool-girl effect.

Leave it to designer Alberta Ferretti to glam up a runway. We love this fresh new take on the highlight/contour trend using metallics to highlight various features. 

As the weather warms up, so should your makeup palette. Feeling daring? Dust your lids with a bold hue—we love this fuchsia hue seen on models at Alberta Ferretti— and blend upward from the crease. Keep the look fresh by leaving the rest of your makeup minimal and top your lips with your favorite hydrating balm.

The heavy liner from the 90’s is making a comeback. Use your favorite kohl and liner your lower lash line for the perfect cool girl vibe. Leave your lashes bare.

The to mastering the glossy lip look, is to keep the rest of your face matte (lip gloss aside). If you can’t find an eye gloss in the hue that you’re looking for, dust your lids with your favorite shadow and apply a thin coat of your favorite petroleum-based product over top to get the same effect. 

We all have that one liner that we absolutely never leave the house without, weather we’re wearing it or it’s in our purse. Backstage at Lela Rose, models sported balmy lips and skin paired with  kohl-lined eyes. To make the liner super clear, use a thin liner brush like the MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush ($20, available at maccosmetics.com)

Last spring the must-have lip color was orange; this season it’s this warm bubblegum pink with blue undertones. We especially love this look when paired with a little golden yellow shadow on the lids and inner corners of the eyes.

Feline flicks are getting a major upgrade this spring as the traditional cat eye gets accented by painterly strokes. Think: graphic strokes above or below the water line—sometimes both!

Last year a single dot under your lower lash line was the hot new look, this spring we’re multiplying that by three and adding a few subtle pops of color on the upper lid and a dark lip to complete the look.

The fresh new way to rock matching lids and lips? Apply an even layer of your favorite berry lipstick and blot twice. Apply a similar shadow shade to your lids and keep the color light for a barely-there flush.

Who needs makeup when your brows are on point? Dewy skin and a bold line through your brows look stylish and modern.

Lining your eyes fully is so last season. To up the ante on your liner look, consider lining your inner corner and the outer edge of your upper lash line in a bright hue. 

No surprise here—dewy skin with a summer flush is still the ultimate spring time beauty look.

Switch your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer or a CC cream to prefect your skin and still get a little bit of a glow. Highlight the high plains of your face, add a rosy flush to your cheeks and a little balm on your lips for an effortless—and super fresh—beauty look.

Curl your lashes and hit them with two coats of mascara. To up the volume, add a few lengthy individual lashes to add dimension.

Red lips are always on trend. To freshen up the look, ditch the matte and opt for a gloss or a cream formula instead.

Switch up your usual dark smoky eye and opt for shimmery cool shadow instead. To transition the look to night, add a rosy hue to the cheeks.

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