By Savannah Howard
Blog Content Contributor
Twice a year, new makeup trends arise for the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. New trends are always based on or inspired by the previous year’s trends and by what celebrities have been wearing. However, some trends are included every year so I would go as far to say that they are staple makeup looks based on the seasons. For example, dewy skin, glossy lips, and rosy, flushed cheeks are popular every spring and summer. These looks are beautiful and easy, but unfortunately don’t work for every skin type. I have an oily skin type and the thought of having dewy, oily-looking skin is a nightmare to me. So, I came up with a few hacks for people that have oily skin but still want to try these trends.
Here are my tips for an everyday, natural-looking face. For any makeup look, you want to have a good base. I always use a mattifying primer and matte foundation no matter the season. This will help control shine throughout the day. To make your skin look glowy, use a shimmer blush and highlighter on your cheeks. To achieve the rosy cheeked look, make sure the blush your using is the right shade of pink for your skin tone. Shades appear differently on different skin so don’t always rely on advertisements for how products will look on you. For the lips, just wear your favorite gloss. I prefer the ones that are hydrating and not sticky.
The New Trends
There are two big trends that are appearing in 2018. They can be easily done by oily skin types because they draw attention away from your skin and to other areas of your face. So, you can have a matte face and still work these trends flawlessly. The first is a natural makeup look with a pop of color. A nice color to try for this idea would be Ultraviolet which is the color of the year according to Pantone. This trend is about bringing attention to a certain area, like the eyes or lips, with a bold, monochromatic color. For example, it can be done by wearing a bold lipstick, colorful graphic eyeliner or one shade of eye shadow over the whole eyelid.
The second trend is smokey eyes and metallic colors. This seems out of place for spring and summer which are all about bright colors but it’s good to try new things. For the eyes, try using metallic eyeliners or colorful smokey eyes using shimmer eye shadows. For the lips, dark colors that look like ink are in. Dark hues of purples, blues, greens, reds, and grays are the ones to reach for when attempting this bold lip.
Once your look is completed, I recommend locking it all in with setting spray. I prefer to use a matte setting spray because although it controls shine and oil for hours, my oily skin always wins eventually and I end up having dewy skin anyway. Also, during the heat of the summer, if a matte setting spray is not used on oily skin, your face will look extremely wet, oily, and sweaty.
Whether you follow makeup trends every season and every year or not, you can integrate some of these tips into your everyday makeup routine. If you have normal to dry skin, all of the mattifying products won’t be necessary but you can try these trends as well. Trends are a great way to try new things and they can inspire you to come up with your own unique makeup looks.
Featured illustration by Savannah Howard.