"Typically, spring beauty is all about transitioning your routine for warmer weather—fewer hydrating products, more air-dried hairstyles, brighter and more colorful makeup," says Well+Good senior beauty editor Zoe Weiner. "But this year, the trends all feel much more individualized than what we’re used to seeing. The overarching theme here is beauty as a form of care—as in using your routine to empower yourself to care for your hair and skin in a way that works for you." Moral of the story? Self care is always in.
To get the low-down on exactly what's to come in the beauty realm this season, we tapped Weiner for her intel on all the can't-wait-to-shop spring beauty trends—along with a complete shopping list from Saks Fifth Avenue (PSA: Saks has tons of products, and free shipping, always) to help you get in on the trends yourself.
Keep scrolling for the top spring beauty trends to keep an eye out for this season.
1. Skin-care tools and devices
After the shift to working, working out, and socializing from home, it was only natural for beauty treatments and dermatologist appointments to follow suit, which has led to the rise of some next-level skin-care tools.
"When the pandemic pressed pause on in-office appointments, people started to look for solutions that would deliver comparable results in their own bathrooms—like LED light masks, micro-current sculpting devices, and vibrational therapy tools," Weiner says. "This rise of in-home devices has empowered consumers to take their routines to the next level, and it’s shown no signs of slowing down even after professional services have reopened." (Which we called back in December, FYI.)
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2. Functional makeup
The candy-colored makeup of spring seasons past is out, and this spring it's being surpassed by makeup that not only looks natural, but supports your natural beauty, too.
"Instead of wanting a foundation that will cover their blemishes, people want a formula that will nourish and protect their skin; instead of wanting a mascara that will temporarily lengthen or volumize their lashes, they want something that will condition and care for them, too," Weiner says.
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3. Hair care for all
Previously, hair care began and ended with products that would make your locks look good. Now, the emphasis has shifted to products that will truly care for your hair (are you seeing the theme now?)—and the category has expanded to include all types of tresses.
"Thanks to an influx in funding for Black-owned hair-care brands, we’re seeing new research and an increasing number of offerings on the market that make shopping for safe, effective products easier and more accessible than ever before," Weiner says.
This spring, look out for products that nourish hair from the root (Weiner notes that scalp care is becoming an extension of skin care, too) to soothe the scalp, help hair grow, and keep it looking and feeling healthy from the inside out.
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4. Skin microbiome
Winter is all about protecting your complexion from harsh weather, but this spring the emphasis has shifted to a different type of protection: the skin microbiome, which is one of the most important factors in restoring sensitized and sensitive skin.
"We’ve seen a major increase in the number of people reporting that their skin falls into one of these categories, likely due to a combination of experimenting with the wrong types of skin-care and using a lot of skin-stripping antibacterial products throughout the pandemic," she says. The solution? Look for gentle, barrier-strengthening products that have ceramides to help restore your healthy skin, without stripping anything away.
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5. Longevity-boosting skin care
Last but definitely not least, this spring will see a continuation of another of the trends we called in December: the realization that it's never too early to start thinking about how to protect your skin as you age.
"With that in mind, instead of looking for products that treat things like wrinkles and dark spots after they’ve appeared, people are looking for formulas that help to prevent these issues in the first place, and we’ve seen brands starting to shift their product offerings accordingly," Weiner says.
From collagen-infused cleansers to nourishing oils with a boost of retinol, opt for products that provide the one-two longevity punch your later-in-life glow deserves.
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Top photo: Saks Fifth Avenue/W+G Creative
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