From unexpected highlighter hues to galactic glosses, three beauty champions present the trends that feel fresh right now.

By By Kate Sandoval Box
Updated: March 30, 2018

The trendiest makeup looks this season are high-impact, which means they aren't the easiest to master. Layering on bright or shiny colors can go south real quick. To get it right, follow these pointers from three top makeup artists. (Related: The Best New Foundations for Your Makeup Look)

Icy Cheeks

"This season's take on radiant skin: a dusting of opalescent lavender, cream, or even blue highlighter," says Huda Kattan, the founder of Huda Beauty. It's a far cry from the golden bronzer we're used to seeing in spring. But these hues are just as flattering, and they create a pretty, ethereal glow on any skin tone. Use a fan brush to dust a sheer layer of powder at the top of your cheekbones. Because it's iridescent and shifts as it catches the light, it really makes cheekbones pop, Kattan says. (Nail the holographic look in five minutes with this tutorial.)

Photo: Claire Benoist

Clockwise from top: Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow ($40 for palette; anastasiabeverlyhills.com). Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette ($45 for palette; shophudabeauty.com). Lottie London Shimmer Squad in Holographic Haul ($11 for palette; ulta.com). Jane Iredale White Fan Brush ($18; janeiredale.com).

Smoky Red Lids

Sienna, burgundy, saffron, rust-these warm, brownish-red hues create the season's statement eye. "They're bold and colorful, which makes them wearable," says Sir John, a celebrity makeup artist for L'Oréal Paris. (When you try to do a sheer wash of a true red, you enter that sickly, haven't-slept territory.) They're also versatile. "You can play with whether to apply a little or dial it way up," he says. The minimalist version: "I love to create an undereye look, smudging a single color on only the bottom lid." To go all out: Brush a sandy tone on the entire lid, then blend a rust hue into the crease and a burgundy shade along the lash line. "That red-on-red action is superfun," Sir John adds. Plus, all these colors will make green eyes (or the green flecks in brown eyes) look more vibrant.

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Clockwise from top: Pixie Beauty Eye Reflection Shadow in Foiled Magenta ($20 for palette; pixibeauty.com). L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Acro-Matte ($6; target.com) Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked Heat in Scorched ($54 for palette; urbandecay.com). Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa in La Vida Mocha ($38 for palette; beautybakerie.com).

Pearly Lips

Lip gloss is making a big bang this season with new color-shifting finishes," says Wende Zomnir, a cofounder of Urban Decay Cosmetics. "We were able to load transparent glosses with more pearl pigments than ever to create a holographic effect that makes lips look fuller," she explains. "And despite all that shimmer, the glosses feel cushiony, not gritty." Wear one on its own, Zomnir says. Or do as she does: Take a deep wine lip liner Urban Decay Hex ($20; urbandecay.com) and line only the corners of the mouth. Then blend that out toward the middle of your mouth, and layer a prismatic gloss on top. "The liner acts like a stain, giving my lips a little bit of color and more dimension and helping the gloss stay on longer," she says. (Here are more ways to wear colored makeup this spring.)

Photo: Claire Benoist

From left to right: Lottie London #Holo Duo Chrome Lip Gloss in Iconic ($7; ulta.com). Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Crème Lip Gloss in Rose Pearl ($22; sephora.com). Lottie London #Holo Duo Chrome Lip Gloss in Twist ($7; ulta.com).

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