Your new beauty obsession = craftcore

Spring's catwalks came to us with a collage of looks straight from your childhood DIY projects. All hail stickers, stamps, watercolors and gems, because it's time to make your face as much fun as art class used to be. 

Elevated Eyes

Hinzinc Rhinestones Star Gems, $9 | Nyx Ultimate Glow Shots Shimmer Liquid Eyeshadow, $11 | L.A. Colors Iced Pigment Powder, $3

Redefine glitz with geometric shapes, layered paint-like formulas and (of course) lots of glitter. "I love using stickers and fluorescent colors on the lids," says makeup artist Natalie Dresher. Add fun details and gems to a bold, shimmery shadow or "create a bright watercolor effect by using liquid and cream products and swiping your brush in opposite directions," shares Dresher. Top with a bold mascara and you'll turn every head in the cafeteria, trust. 

Mane attractions

Claire's hair clip, $10 | Temu crystal rhinestone strips, $2 | Vitalizart ribbon, $15

Artsy accessories are a fresh vibe: Weave strips of sheer fabric or ribbons into braids by tying them in a knot at the root or using bobby pins to keep them in place, says celeb hairstylist MJ Snyder. Throw in faux flowers or even add a strip of shimmery nail or washi tape (it's not too sticky!). 

Cheeky Additions

ColourPop Heart Face Stamp, $9 | Ardell Duo Quick-Set Lash Adhesive Clear, $7 | Tattly in Bloom Tattoo Set, $15

Make your cheekbones pop with more than blush and bronzer: Models went down the spring runways with delicate temporary tattoos, statement stamps and a bevy of unexpected embellishments (applied with a dab of eyelash glue, natch). How to pull it off in the hallway? "Focus on one area to go bold and keep the rest natural," suggests Dresher. "This will keep the look high fashion as opposed to costume-y." Break the status quo and see what (literally) sticks.

Glitz and Glam-icure

Belleboost 3D Nail Charms, $6 | MqpQ Press On Nail, $10 | Kiss PowerFlex Brush-On Nail Glue, $4

This season, there's no such thing as *just* painting your nails. "One of my favorite trends for spring is adding small accents like pearls and crystals," reveals celebrity manicurist Gina Edwards. Go subtle with just a few embellishments or take your mani to the next level with 3D accents: Repurpose old costume jewelry and apply them to press-ons ("use a nail glue to affix everything," Edwards advises). The easiest way to be extra? A predesigned set. 

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by Erin Reimel | 4/7/2024