The Perfect Beauty Looks for Any Spring Occasion


Ah, springtime. The flowers are in bloom, the days are getting longer, the weather is warmer…and your calendar is filled with tons of social events. And while you may have figured out the perfect outfit to wear to every bridal shower or graduation, what about your hair and makeup? Ahead, the perfect beauty pairings for five special spring occasions.

Graduation: Sleek Pony & Glowy Skin

Make your entrance into the real world with this stunning look. A smoothing cream, like Garnier Fructis Smooth Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream, $3.79, keeps hair sleek, transforming a ponytail from basic to special occasion-worthy. (Not to mention that it also keeps humidity-induced frizzies at bay, ideal when the graduation ceremony is outside.) Secure hair in a low pony so that it doesn’t interfere with your cap. To create extra glowy skin that will look super pretty in all those family pics, prep your complexion with a luminizing primer. One to try: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer-Radiance, $39. After applying the rest of your makeup, finish with a swipe of cream highlighter along your cheekbones and under your brows. We like: Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, $22.

Party: Textured Waves & Graphic Eye


No matter what you’re celebrating, now’s time to let your hair down. Beachy waves are fun and playful, and will only look better as the night goes on. We recommend using The Beachwaver S1, $129, which makes it easier than ever to create a perfectly tousled texture, even if you’re curling-iron challenged. Then, play up your eyes with the latest liner trend—graphic shapes.  One of the simplest? A twist on the basic cat eye; rather than drawing the line right on your lashline, move it up ever so slightly. Using a felt-tip liquid liner makes this kind of precise application a breeze; choose a metallic black hue, like Kat Von D Lightning Liner in Jett, $12, to make even more of a statement.

Job Interview: Topknot & Nude Lip

Now’s the time to keep your hair and makeup polished and professional. A topknot is all business, yet is still quick and easy to do (so that you can spend more time prepping for the interview than beautifying). Pull hair into a topknot and pin or tie in place, before finishing with a hit of hairspray to keep flyaways from cropping up. A flexible hold formula, like Pantene Pro-V Airspray Hairspray, $4.99, will do the trick without giving you helmet head. For your lips, choose a nude hue; it will make you look pulled together, but isn’t distracting. The Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Nude Collection, $4.97, offers 10 gorgeous nude shades, all in a delightfully creamy formula.

Wedding: Voluminous Chignon & Red Lip

Whether you’re wearing a simple LBD or a bold, printed maxi, this hair and makeup duo pairs perfectly with any wedding ensemble. After blow-drying, work a volumizing spray from root to tip to add texture and volume to your hair and keep the chignon looking modern, rather than ballerina-like. Our pick: Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, $29. Pull your hair back loosely at the nape of your neck, twist, and secure with pins. When it comes to picking the best red lipstick hue for you, take a closer look at the color of your complexion. Orange-y reds flatter those with warmer skin tones, while cooler, blue-based reds are ideal for anyone with cooler skin. Not sure where you fall? A cherry red is universally-flattering. Look for a long-wear formula, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Red Infallible 211, $12.99, so that you can sip champagne and eat wedding cake all night, without stressing about touch-ups.

Bridal Shower: Half-Up Hair & Glossy Lids

Go girly with this combo. No matter your hair length or texture, pulling it back halfway looks flirty and feminine. Simply section a piece of hair from temple to temple, loosely comb back with your fingers, and secure in place with basic bobby pins or a dressed up version, like the France Luxe Mod Bobby Pin Pair, $12.60. Daytime events like showers call for clean, fresh makeup; a clear, glossy lid makes a statement, but doesn’t come across as trying too hard. Dab on Milk Makeup Face Gloss, $20, from lashline to crease.