Stylish spring makeup

Shimmery pink lips, warm brown shadows, bold brows, loose hair - spring beauty is natural and romantic. Here’s how to create 5 stunning day-to-night looks.

This spring, we’re inspired by feminine, Bohemian beauty. Our muse is the sophisticated Bohemian-chic girl: luminous skin, brown smoky eyes, hair up and tousled or lush and flowing. She also shines brightest on the catwalk as influential designers showcase ’undone beauty.’ At Isabel Marant we saw velvety skin, defined brows and subtle cheek colour. At British Burberry, the palette was powdery, the eye shadow pink.

How do you interpret undone beauty? Here are our five radiant faves – along with quick transformations for a more dramatic spring party look.


The secret to the undone, dewy face is hydrated natural skin – think naked and you’re on the right track. Apply BB cream lightly to hydrate, illuminate and even the skin tone. Dot concealer where you need it and sweep a highlighter or rosy cream blush over the cheekbones for the prettiest spring look.

Accentuate the natural lines of your face with well-defined brows – the perfect frame for wide-eyed beauty. Use a small brush and blend shades of brown shadow along the natural brow line, brush lightly and finish with wax.

Plaits are back in a big way this year. Try a carefree and romantically messy French fishtail plait. In the French version, you pull in extra hair from each side as you go.




Sweep pale shadow across your lids and accentuate the crease in grey to add a bit of dash to your day look. Set off your face with a sheer lace blouse – and don’t be afraid to show a little skin.

Go for an elegant, slightly tousled semi updo. Start by curling all over, then twist a crown of strands. Clip at the neck and finish with spray for hold.


This season we love lips with a hint of subtle rose. Fill your lips with a pencil slightly darker than your natural lip colour and top with a shimmering rose nude lipstick.



Spring’s smoky eyes are softer than usual. Here we used a warm dark brown shadow over the lids. Loose lengths add up to sophisticated style. Wash with a volumising shampoo for texture and body. Blow dry with a round brush to create soft waves. Remember to use a heat protection product and capture the waves with spray.






For a more intense evening look, rim top and bottom lashlines in smudgy black kohl pencil. Add several coats of mascara, top and bottom.

Match the spring party look with the most romantic hair trend of the season – the side chignon. Create a low side pony, twist the tail into a bun and pin in place. Spritz with gloss hairspray for extra hold.
Words by: Photographs by: Gerrit Olivier