spring 2023 beauty trends
Prabal Gurung Spring 2023. Photography Courtesy of ImaxTree.

The Spring 2023 Beauty Trends to Start Wearing Now

From draped blush to bright blocks of eyeshadow, these joyful spring beauty looks are the fastest way to pull yourself out of the winter doldrums.

This article was originally published on October 4, 2022 and has been updated.

We’re in the depths of a long, grey winter, folks. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of warmer, more colourful times ahead. With the Spring 2023 fashion shows in our rearview and photo galleries full of inspo at our fingertips, it’s time to start dipping our toes into sunnier looks — starting with our makeup. Because if we have to wear parkas and fuzzy hats for the foreseeable future, why not complement them with a flush of rosy blush or a swipe of colourful eyeliner?

From pops of colour to sparkling bedazzlements, the top spring 2023 beauty trends are fresh and fun. Discover them all.

Draped blush

Blush draping, whereby you swathe your temples and cheeks in bright and beautiful shades of pink or red, first became popular in the ’70s. Since then, it’s been worn by everyone from Rihanna at the 2017 Met Gala to Arianna Grande this past summer. Thanks to Aliétte, Christian Cowan and Etro, the beauty trend will continue right on into 2023.

The wet look

Would it even be Fashion Month without models who look like they walked off the set of Flashdance? This season at Atlein, Giambattista Valli, Balmain and Dries Van Noten (not to mention Marni, Proenza Schouler and Molly Goddard), dry hair was out in favour of slicked-back knots, damp finger waves and straight-up stringy manes.

Embellishment

Glitter: it’s the ultimate pick-me-up — and this season’s key makeup artist’s all agree. From the sparkly brows at Peter Do to the metallic-and-sequin lids at Giorgio Armani, a little bit of embellishment is always a good idea.

Bright mattes

Tuck your nude eyeshadow palette back in your makeup bag, because Spring 2023 is all about brights. Purple, green, orange, yellow and blue are all up for grabs, as are colourful wings, blocked shadow and delicate accenting. Do it your way! Just make sure the finish is matte — à la Stella Jean, Prabal Gurung, Paul & Joe and DSquared2 — and the colour is Day-Glo.

Clean skin

This season’s skin looks just like… skin. There’s no heavy coverage, no dewy shine or flat matte texture. If we didn’t know better, we’d think the models at Erdem, Missoni, Brandon Maxwell and Altuzarra weren’t wearing any makeup at all.

Sprays of colour

Fearless makeup lovers, your face is your canvas — and it’s time to let it steal the spotlight. At Spring 2023 shows like Marni, Etro, Stella Jean and Act N°1, vibrant colour was sprayed over foreheads, brows and temples, shrugging off the notion that bright hues are just for the lids, cheeks and lips. “There aren’t any rules,” this look says. And it’s true.