In the world of beauty, there are four cities that rule the game: New York City, London, Milan and Paris.
Their fashion weeks bring us beauty lovers a new perspective on the trends, and this season, it's all about freedom — spring 2017 is offering up a "you do you" beauty approach and we're totally on board.
By now, you probably have the 20 products you need in your makeup bag for spring, but how can you put all your new tools to the test? By learning what the most coveted looks of the season are, of course! When the sun shines a little brighter and longer, we give our makeup game a little refresher by embracing all things glitter, feline flicks and that blinding cheek highlight.
So embrace your inner bronzed (and sweaty!) goddess, and try out spring 2017's biggest beauty trends ASAP!
1. A twinkle in your eye
Maybe it's something about the sunshine that brings a twinkle to our eyes, but we're into the idea of adding more sparkle to our look. Whether it's your lids, corners or lower lash line, a little dust of glitter can bring your beauty look up major levels. Not only is the look daring, but it's also incredibly romantic and edgy.
Seen on the runways of Shiatzy Chen, Sabinna, Irynvigre.
2. Sparkling pouts
Beauty lovers, don't you dare think sparkles are only for the eyes. Lips covered in glitter are also a major trend this season and we have one woman to thank for that — Pat McGrath. "It's just all about your lip being your jewellery," the legendary makeup artist said backstage at DKNY. Dazzling pigments on the mouth will make your look multidimensional and highly glitzy.
Seen on the runways of Fendi, Maison Margiela, DKNY.
3. Highlight it
We're thanking Huda Kattan of Huda Beauty for this one (have you seen her Huda Beauty 3D Highlight palette yet?!) because, hey! Who doesn't love a cheekbone that shines like an ultralight beam? Even Altuzarra's makeup artist Tom Pecheux said you want to create a look as if you're "sweating gold."
Seen on the runways of Blumarine, Altuzarra, Julien MacDonald, Pucci.
4. Eye game strong
Music festival season is coming up, and if you want to experiment with your beauty look, start with your eyes. Architectural lines with pop art drama is back this season and it's bolder than ever. Get creative.
Seen on the runways of Sophia Webster, Max Mara, Opening Ceremony.
5. Electric feel
Colour-washing the eyes with electric sunset blues, pinks, yellows and greens is SO 2017. The bolder you go with your choice of hue, the more vibrant your look will be. Whether it's just the lid, around the entire eye, or smoked out, get ready for major impact when you add a bold colour palette to your makeup bag.
Seen on the runways of Anna Sui, Victoria Beckham, Christian Siriano.
It's official: no-makeup makeup is back. Spring is the start of a new beginning — it's pure, and so is your skin. So keep it simple and fresh. Creamy matte skin, glossy eye lids and mauve lips are the talk of the town (thanks, Glossier). So ditch those heavy foundations and go glossy and vibrant this spring with a touch of peach, whether the colour is in the form of a blush or shadow, it's the hue of the season thanks to its natural glow.
Seen on the runway of Prada, Zac Posen, Lacoste.
7. The classic red
Could the red lip ever go out of style? We think not. To switch up your look, rock your red with slicked back hair and a simple complexion. And if you want to go even more bold, don't be afraid to line your lips for a fuller look.
Seen on the runways of Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana.
8. The new feline flick
The feminine cat-eye is back and it's prettier than ever. Instead of an elongated liner, create a small flick by using an angled brush to emphasize the corner of the eye. Cosmo is calling it the kitten-like effect, and we love that.
Seen on the runways of Moschino, Elie Saab.
It's a spring trend that comes back year after year, because who doesn't love looking like they have a bronzed glow after looking pale all winter long? Apply heavy bronzer to your cheeks for that luminous finish.
Seen on the runways of Alexander Wang, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger.
10. Get Sweaty
This season, it's time to sweat. And sure, hit the gym all you want, but when it comes to your makeup look, get dewy. Rose waters and face mists are great products to help you achieve the look, giving your skin that "oh, yes, I did just come back from a nice swim" look. Smudged eyeliner (we suggest ditching the liquid for this look and opting for kohl), especially along the lash line and onto the lids, is a must. You almost want to look like you've just been standing out in 30-degree weather all day.
Seen on the runways of Baja East, Givenchy, Balmain.
And don't forget to check out our 20 favourite beauty products for spring below!
Why so good? Its hydraboost complex and luminous colour leaves your lips feeling lush and vibrant. $37, available at all Chanel beauty counters.
Why so good? Its whipped shea butter gives your lips creamy and weightless coverage. It's the perfect pencil to give your lips that fuller look. $20, available at Sephora.
Why so good? This labelled palette is the perfect product for the girl on the run. Brighten eyes, make your cheeks pop and achieve a smoky eye all in one go. $85, available at charlottetilbury.com.
Why so good? Nars is known for their concealers, and this new matte formula blurs dark circles and gets rid of redness, all while giving you the best coverage. $37, available at Sephora.
Why so good? The perfect nude lip colour with a touch of radiance, this is the spring nude you need. $8, available at mass retailers.
Why so good? Its long-lasting formula will protect and hydrate your skin all day long, while still giving you that natural look. If you're not interested in wearing a heavy foundation as the weather gets warmer, this BB cream will do the trick. $12, available at mass retailers.
Why so good? You've never seen a formula this shimmery! Its formula is packed with 360° refractive pearls and dipped in a prismatic coating. Talk about luxury! $47, available at Sephora.
Why so good? Don't like wearing that much makeup? No worries, Nudestix has got you. This dual-ended stick with a long-wearing matte and monochromatic nude colour is perfect for eyes, cheeks and lips. Lazy girl makeup at its best. $33, available at Sephora.
Why so good? The palette is three matte contour shades and three matte highlight shades that perfectly enhance your features and are so easy to work with. $35. Available at Sephora.
Why so good? It stays strong all. Day. Long. Cat-eye on fleek, as they say. $24, available at MAC.
Why so good? With a silky, lightweight and shimmering formula, you'll be sun-kissed all season long. No beach, no problem. $118, available at Holt Renfrew.
Why so good? You control the velvety, matte coverage you want by using the drop formula. So if you want heavy coverage, or light, this foundation will give you want you want. $16, available at NYX Cosmetics.
Why so good? It keeps your makeup in place for more than 16 hours. Wow. $39, available at Sephora.
Why so good? That brush, though! This innovative 3-in-1 brush shape will give you bold and voluminous lashes all day long. $10, available at all mass retailers.
Why so good? Its brow gel-to-powder formula won't give you that drawn-on brow look (goodbye, Insta Brow). It keeps the brow looking natural and feathery, and gives you the control to shape the brow of your dream. $30.89, available at Nordstrom.
Why so good? Just look at these colours! Bold pastel colours can create endless spring looks for your eye all season long. $51, available at Sephora.
Why so good? One side is an ultra-hydrating balm you can use all over your face, the other is an oil-free primer that mattifies the skin. Best of both worlds. $46.80, available at Sephora.
Why so good? It's the perfect manicure colour for a new season. And perfect for that spring bride. $13.99, available at beauty destinations across Canada (April 18, 2017).
Why so good? Whether you use it with your primer, foundation, powder or cream, this legendary cosmetic sponge will give you flawless coverage. $22, available at Sephora.
Why so good? This creamy, highlighting powder feels like silk and will never cake on your skin. Get ready to glow! $46, available at Sephora.