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On Our Radar: Spring 2023 Make-up Trends

Springtime is fast approaching – are you ready to give your best glamour? These trends from 2023 should do just the thing.

Latte make-up

Glass skin gave us dewy days for the past few years. Cloud skin gave us a soft-focus, hazy, lit-from-within look. There’s a new kid on the block – latte make-up. Signature elements of latte make-up are a matte application and warm, bronze colours, making it perfect for spring and summer.  



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To nail this trend, use a mix of brown hues, tan and golden shades to bring warmth and dimension to the cheeks. Swap out your pink-toned blush for one that has brown, olive, tan, or yellow undertones to achieve a natural look.  

Lined lips  

The trend of dark defined liner has resurged in the beauty space and is being flaunted by celebrities like Rihanna, Hailey Bieber and Gigi Hadid. The style originated in the ’90s when Black and Latina women lined their lips with brown or black eyebrow pencil or eyeliner because matching lip liners weren’t as widely available. The application can be done in a soft gradient look à la Naomi Campbell, or full-on statement lip like Kali Uchis.   



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Barely-there brows 

The skinny brow, made famous in the 1930s by celebrities like Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow, has made a comeback. So have bleached brows, which we much prefer because no hair removal is needed to sport a narrower arch.   



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Bleached brows allow your eye make-up to become the focus. If you aren’t brave enough to bleach your brows, a smidge of concealer combed through them will do the trick.  

Chrome eyeshadow

We’ve seen it on nails, but chrome has been creeping its way into our make-up routines, too. This trend is all about shimmer, shine and multidimensional pigments showing different colours in the light (think: motor oil or petrol).   



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Common picks are pink-to-green and blue-to-brown shifting chrome shadows. If you’re not keen on darker colours, try gold, brown and champagne hues on your lids. 

Barbiecore make-up

Greta Gerwig’s highly acclaimed Barbie movie took the world by storm, resulting in bubblegum-pink hues infiltrating everything from beauty and fashion to decor. Shocking-pink eyeshadow might be a leap, so opt for pretty pink pastels instead of bold colours on your lids. Line your eyes with fuchsia instead of the usual brown or black to complement. When it comes to your lips – go wild! If you want a subtler lip, add boldness to your look with rosy cheeks.   



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Glam grunge make-up

‘Glam’ and ‘grunge’ are two words you would never expect to see together. Glam grunge is achieved through heavy mascara and messy application. It’s an ‘I woke up like this after a night out’ aesthetic, which makes it pretty easy to achieve for when you’re on the go.   


To replicate the look, all you need is a couple of layers of heavy-duty mascara, a light brush of eyeshadow on the lower lash line and a pink-nude or dark lip. Done. 

Words: Emma Follet-Botha

Photography: Pexels

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