15 beauty trends for a spring refresh

Slip into the new season the right way with these fresh ideas and must-have products to try, selected by Sarah Brooks-Wilson.

Spring is here, so what better excuse do you need to give your beauty regimen a new season refresh? And “refresh” is exactly the right word for what’s happening this season — from insta-ready skin to perky, pinch-your-cheeks makeup and lustrous hair. And don’t forget to add a few luxe accents, from glossed-up bronzy limbs to bright coral nails and skin-illuminating booster drops. Here’s a round-up of the best looks and what you should be adding to your beauty cabinet and gym bag this season.

Club Tropicana

This season’s colour palette has taken its cue directly from glowing sunsets and summer holiday heat. Think instant warmth for your skin and a beautiful burst of sunshine for the soul. The easiest way to wear them is by choosing tones and textures that have an affinity with your complexion, so try washes of bronze or heated tints over the cheeks, and on the eyes blend taupe or brown over the lid and top with a coral or gold. Finish with a bright lip in either coral or luscious red. Try Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Illuminating Cheek Palette, $85, Nude By Nature Natural Illusion Pressed Eyeshadow, $17.95 and MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Coral Bliss, $36.

Shaggy hair

Blessed with natural curls? Good, you’re on trend. But now it’s time to add a statement fringe to bring your hair up to date. The softest way to wear it is textured and not too short; just long enough so a few curls tumble around but not in your eyes. Not blessed? Grab a curler and some sea salt spray and go to town for your own. We love Philips Conical Curler, $79.95.

Go probiotic

Friendly bacteria aren’t just great for your insides, they’re a huge trend in skincare too. Just as they strengthen your gut lining, probiotics also strengthen your skin barrier and help to calm inflammation. To give your skin a boost coming out of winter try a probiotic mask twice a week like Aspect Gold Probiotic Sleep Mask, $55, then use a probiotic moisturiser every day like Eminence Organic Skin Care Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturiser, $102. These will help to improve cell turnover, clear congested skin while increasing hydration. You’ll have peachy skin in less than a week.

Clean skin

The “no makeup” look isn’t exactly a new thing, but there’s no denying it’s having a moment all over again. Celebs and models alike are paring back their routines for that barefaced, clean skin look. Don’t be scared, you don’t have to forgo makeup altogether. To get spring’s most wanted gleam, just cover blemishes and marks with a concealer and mix a liquid illuminator like ModelCo Luminosity Shimmer Whip, $28, into your base and blend on to your cheekbones for ridiculously glowy skin.


Being able to leave your hair to dry naturally is one of the best things about the warmer weather. But how do you avoid the frizz? It’s all in the shampoo and finishing products that you use. These winning products pass the anti-frizz air-dry test. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo, $39.95, contains a botanical complex created to reduce frizz and unwanted wave, plus it has a lovely lingering scent. Pureology Hydrate Airdry Cream, $44.95, which you slather into wet hair to enhance body and natural texture delivers a faster air-drying time minus the floaty frizz. Winner.

Conscious cleansing

Basically, this is about being mindful with your shower gel, scrub or oil to boost your wellbeing. The easiest way to do it: just add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your products, which encourages you to take the time as you cleanse. Go for uplifting citrus scents after your workout, and then switch to calming lavender oil for night time cleansing to soothe you into slumber. Splash in Jurlique Revitalising Blend Pure Essential Oil, $35.

Bronzer with benefits

Bronzers formulated with antioxidant-rich powders that neutralise free radicals caused by the sun are worth the investment when it comes to shopping for a bronzer. After all, the more you can protect your skin the better. Try Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight + Contour Palette, $29.95.

Brighter blondes

Blonde is big and once again platinum locks are everywhere. One product everyone is talking about is John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Blonde Perfecting Treatment, $17.99, a weekly mask that leaves a veil of subtle shimmer on fair hair. Over 15 years in the making, the idea is that it makes hair look brighter without needing to physically lighten and damage it.

Mindful beauty

If you’re a fan of at-home facials you probably know the dos and don’ts, processes and tools to use. But are your facials missing the healing power of jade? Jade facial rollers are an anti-ageing tool inspired by ancient eastern culture, and are used to promote smooth and youthful skin. Incorporating a crystal roller into your facials will not only massage the skin, but also increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage, helping to infuse your skincare.

Infra-red sunscreen

These days SPFs are so sophisticated you don’t even know you’re wearing them. It’s all thanks to the technological advancements in the lab that brands can create sunscreens that combine state of the art technology and anti-ageing ingredients like antioxidants without compromising on efficiency. The latest thing to look out for when it comes tobuying your sunscreen is infra-red (IR). There’s new research to show that the infra-red light from the sun is just as damaging as the UVA and UVB rays. Check out Swisse Natural Defence BB Cream SPF30, $24.99. Not only does it provide a sheer, natural coverage with high protection, but it’s enriched with potent antioxidants and Australian botanical extracts to protect from the effects of infra-red.

Luxe tan

We all know there’s no safe tan like a self-tan, but this season models swished down the catwalk wearing what St Tropez called the “super yacht tan” — all rich and continental sheen.You can channel it with St Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss, $21.99. It really is the French Riviera in a tube, which doesn’t stain and washes off in the shower.

Skin shots

The inner/outer beauty movement isn’t going anywhere fast, so you need to include a skin shot into your beauty regime. New brands to look out for are Tonik Coconut Oil capsules,$29.99, Bear Journal Protect, $90 and Beauty Boosters Complexion Perfection, $44.95. Call them active naturals for when your skin and body need a boost.

Vivid nails

Not sure what colour to paint your nails this new season? The hottest hues are true red, coral and rouge noir. Not only do they suit hands and feet, but they’re an instant way to brighten your skin when it’s been under wraps. Invest in a professional Mani-Pedi coming out of winter to get rid of dry skin and overgrown cuticles. Choose one of these on-trend shades in salon, and then buy the matching colour for at-home touch ups. Our favourites are Oribe The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish in The Violet, $48, Mavala I love Mini Color’s in Mon Amour, $8.50 and L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis a L’Huile in Coral Trianon, $9,95.


Supercharged ingredients

Body products used to be “smell nice, feel nice and hydrate” but this year’s versions are loaded with actives that brightenand re-texturise. Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion, $42, is loaded with gentle acids that nix flakiness and bumps. Body oils are also becoming savvier, with actives added to focus on key concerns. Case in point isEssano Rosehip Body Oil with Pomegranate Antioxidant Oil, $27.99 and Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Body Oil, $9.99.

Pick your plait

From the skinny braids sported by Roberto Cavalli’s pretty hippies to the woven chignons worn by Erdem’s 17th Century girls, plaits appeared in countless forms on the spring/summer 2017 runways. There really is a plait to suit everyone and it’s the perfect style when you hit your gym class. Just remember, a plait works better on day-old unwashed hair as it has more grip. If you still find it a slippery business, spritz in a texturising spray before styling like Keratin Complex Sweet Definition Texturizing Sugar Mist, $31.95.