Whether you’re chopping off your hair or exchanging your floor-length parka for something new, spring is the perfect time to break out of your comfort zone and try some of the season’s top trends. Switching up your beauty routine is a super easy and inexpensive way to try out new looks without adding another pair of gauchos to your closet (why, fashions gods, why?!). We’ve compiled some sophisticated beauty looks to rock at every important event this spring. Add these looks to your morning rotation, and you’ll be showing your best face this season.
Your Best Friend’s Wedding
Even if your BFF’s wedding colors are blush and bashful, that doesn’t mean you have to be. Stand out in the crowd of well-wishers with a bold lip and nail combo that spells out confidence and life of the party with MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($16) and Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in Lola ($18). This bright beauty look pairs well with spring’s popular gingham trend.
Your Uber-Important Work Presentation
Office beauty can be a tough nut to crack, especially in conservative work environments. Stay polished during your big presentation with a neutral, barely-there lip and a modern greige nail color. The subdued look will keep the focus on your business know-how and outstanding public speaking skills. Pair your NARS Lipstick in Belle du Jour ($27) and your Deborah Lippmann Nail Color ($18) with a utilitarian-chic dress for a kick-butt look.
Your Cousin’s Graduation Party
It’s graduation season, which requires a beauty look that can go from commencement to celebration with ease. Stick with a soft rose lip like Marc Jacobs’ Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake ($30) and a playful pink nail — our favorite is Butter London Polish in Macbeth ($15) — that seem both classy and personable. Add an on-trend navy shift dress that will have a welcome spot in your closet for decades.
Your Coworker’s Baby Shower
What is it about babies that goes perfectly with spring? Celebrate your coworker’s bundle of joy with a fun and fresh beauty look. We’re all about Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Salmon Pink ($16), which glides on like a dream. Stay gender neutral with a classic taupe nail color, like this Formula X nail polish in Thrilling from Sephora ($11).
Your Easter Sunday Brunch
Easter is the perfect occasion to take advantage of all the beautiful pastels spring has to offer. Wear your best little white dress to better complement a bubblegum pink pastel lip like Urban Decay’s Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22). Wrap up your spring-themed look with Illamasqua’s robin egg-inspired nail varnish in Freckled ($24) and a pair of blue suede pumps.
Your First Picnic of the Season
Is the first outdoor fete of the season approaching on your calendar? Channel that “English Rose” beauty look with a muted, ladylike lip and nail combo. Tarte’s LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Rose ($24) won’t smudge on your vintage tea cup, and Ciate’s Twinset and Pearls nail varnish ($8) will let you leave your actual pearls at home.
Your Mother’s Day Luncheon
Head to a special luncheon in Mom’s honor with a clean, subtle beauty look that lets her shine. Benefit’s Cheek Me Out! set ($13) delivers a subtle pink lip tint and highlighter for a glammed-up version of your everyday look. The Formula X White Party set from Sephora ($23) gives your nails a modern update with shimmery, barely-there colors. Hint: These sets are mom-approved, so buy them for her as well!