We have mixed feelings about the term “trend” when it comes to beauty. After all, there are so many amazing products and focus points for inspiration (the red carpet! Instagram! The girl sitting next to us on the bus!) narrowing our spring makeup aesthetic to whatever was seen on the runways feels rather limiting. Then again, while many of the beauty trends we’ve seen during fashion week and other showcases, are, indeed, worth noting and beautiful, they’re not necessarily what’s been stopping us mid-scroll within our celeb- and makeup-artist studded IG feeds this season. 

Of course, you’re completely allowed to do as you please this spring when it comes to your makeup MO, but sometimes it is helpful (or at least interesting) to see which products and looks are a high priority right now for the industry’s top makeup artists—regardless of whether or not we saw them on the runway for spring. To zero in, we reached to celebrity makeup artist Jerry Johnson, who also happens to be an official artistry executive for one of our favorite makeup brands in the game, Laura Mercier. Suffice to say, Johnson knows what’s up—especially with the official arrival of spring and summer being just around the corner.  

These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
Johnson recommends looking to lightweight face products, such as a tinted moisturizer with a protective dose of SPF or a featherweight, radiance-enhancing foundation that won’t look heavy or cakey under the focus of the spring and summer sun.  “These lighter formulas adhere more seamlessly and become part of the skin, versus adding too much thickness or texture to the face,” he says. “You’ll never get a buildup of these products because they melt right into the skin.”
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
For the most strategic application, Johnson recommends using a sponge or your fingertips when working with foundation (just pat it right into your skin!) and the same goes for a tinted moisturizer.
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
For a sheerer stain on the lips, Johnson suggests using your fingertips to stamp the color onto your lips versus depositing the color straight from the tube. That said, if you’re after more intensity, by all means, apply your favorite coral shade of lipstick right to your pout. “The best shade of coral also depends on your eye look,” Johnson adds. If you’re doing something more neutral, he recommends off-setting a nude eye with a brighter formula like the one shown above. 
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
Or, if you’re rocking a darker smoky eye, Johnson suggests opting for a coral shade like this top pick from Maybelline to create a sheerer lip stain. (It offsets heavier eye makeup, which looks breezier for springtime.)
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
“Start with a look that’s less busy, and layer and build as needed,” instructs Johnson. “One of my go-to products is Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour, because it’s multi-functional, user-friendly, and buildable.” (Psst! It’s an editor fave as well!) 
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
If you’re using a stick like this as an eye shadow, Johnson likes to apply it using a brush such as this one (aka one with longer fibers!) to easily wash the lid with a hint of color and shimmer. 
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
Or if you’d rather use the stick as a liner, reach for a pointed brush to work the product into the base of the lash line—one of Johnson’s best tips! We’re big fans of this affordable pick from E.l.f Cosmetics. 
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
“If you prefer a cream, infuse a dime-sized drop of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating formula shown above into any foundation to give your skin a boosted glow,” suggests Johnson. “I also love using this tinted moisturizer to craft the perfect foundation shade because there are a variety of shades that can be added to a foundation to perfectly enhance the color for any skin tone.”
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
However, if you prefer powder when it comes to getting your glow this spring, Johnson recommends using a lighter, less dense brush for application, like this one from Joah. 
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
His reasoning? Denser brushes pick up more product, so a lighter brush will give you the opportunity to build and create a softer, less harsh look as per the season’s trend. 
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
“Smoke the color very close to the base of the lash line and take it around the lining of the entire eye for added drama,” Johnson instructs. He especially loves Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Color in Sapphire $29 or Azure $29.) “When it comes to smoking, use a smaller detail brush like a smudge brush that allows you to build up the preferred amount of drama.”
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
If you want to create a soft line with a little wing, Johnson says to use a pointed eyeliner brush (like the one from E.l.f. we mentioned earlier!) in tandem with a blue marine colored eyeliner.  “This is also a great option, for doing the blue-black trend for spring,” adds Johnson. “You can smudge it into the lash line and softly line beneath the lid.”
These Are The Biggest Spring Makeup Trends, According to a Top Makeup Artist
“If you’re pairing the eye with a brighter coral lip, I recommend a clean eye with a simple winged liner using a simple black-blue liner like this one from NYX,” suggests Johnson. “However, if you’re pairing with a softer coral lip, I recommend a smokier look.”  Want more spring and summer beauty inspiration? See which products lasted a full 24 hours on my face during a weekend at Coachella. 
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