The makeup trends set to dominate spring 2020

Many would agree that the best way to farewell winter is with a spring beauty overhaul. And for spring 2020, it seems makeup has plenty of artistic freedom. 

Below, BD has rounded up the most popular spring beauty looks, as well as some of the best corresponding beauty buys. Make sure to click on the links to find out more information and to download hi-res images.


Keen to distance yourself from nude eyeshadows and black eyeliners? Well you’re in luck because the neon and coloured eyes trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, ‘60s inspired winged eyeliner made a neon splash on the spring/summer 2020 runways, appearing in shows such as Helmut Lang, Versace and Nicole Miller, among others.

And from fluorescent pinks at Anna Sui to acid yellows and popping orange lids, the colourful eyeshadow trend has also been gaining significant traction this year. Bold, bright shades have been spotted on runways all over the world – with those looking for even more impact reaching for an opaque shadow and filling in their entire lid.

BD recommends:

Rimmel London Wonder'Proof 24HR Waterproof Colour Eyeliner is a liquid liner with highly pigmented colour and budge-proof wear. The rich colour is smudge-proof, sweat-proof and rub-proof.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Defining 24HR Liquid Eye Liner is a smooth liquid eyeliner that provides bold colour with long-lasting wear. It achieves a precise eyeliner look along the lash line with the micro-fine applicator. The buildable formula is waterproof, smudge proof, transfer proof, sweat proof, and quick drying.


In the past, twiggy lashes were arguably a huge makeup faux pas, but now they’re back and bigger than ever – and we can thank Lucy Boynton and her go-to makeup artist, Jo Baker, for that.

The good news is you don’t need false eyelashes to achieve the bold, twiggy look – a quality lengthening and defining mascara will do all the work with minimal effort. 

BD recommends:

COVERGIRL Exhibitionist Uncensored Extreme Black Mascara is a volumising mascara infused with coconut and jojoba oils for a no-flake or smudge formula. Cruelty-free.

Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D is a mascara that offers volume, length, curve and high definition.

Arbonne Speak Volumes Mascara is a mascara with green tea and larch extract that gives the appearance of fuller, longer lashes, with a buildable formula for maximum volume.


On last season’s runways, it was all about blush being used on everything from cheeks to eyes and everything in between. This year however, it’s time to make the long-awaited swap to bronzer.

Think cheeks everywhere being hollowed out with bronzer and blended only a tiny bit, enabling contouring to stand out more than ever.

BD recommends:

Benefit Cheek Stars Mini Reunion Tour is a mini blush and bronzer palette that features Benefit's Hoola matter bronzer, and the new and updated blush shades Sugarbomb and Georgia. 

The Body Shop Coconut Bronze Glistening Glow Powder is a powder to get natural-looking summer skin all year round. This lightweight bronzer and highlighter gives skin an instant shimmering finish. It has an easy-to-use puff for easy touch-up.

Nutrimetics nc Complete Look Make-up Palette is a multi-purpose palette containing universal, flattering shades for eyes, face and cheeks. It has four eyeshadow shades, two blush shades, a powder highlighter, a powder bronzer and a double-ended face blender brush. Its key ingredients include mica to help pigment adhere and blend naturally with the skin and pearlised pigments for smooth and silky application. 


Use skincare and makeup together to give skin a glowy, post-winter look. Use a highlighter to impart the complexion with an instantly radiant look, and serums and creams can help plump and rejuvenate the complexion.

Hot tip: blended into the high points of the face, a liquid over a powder can deliver that effortless 'real skin' look.

BD recommends:

Revlon SkinLights Prismatic Highlighter is a silky soft powder highlighter with a gel to powder formula that gives the skin a shimmer-finish. It applies smoothly and imparts a translucent, buildable glow. 

Linden Leaves Porcelain Brightening Serum is a light moisturising serum that brightens and evens skin tone while fading pigmentation. It is formulated with daisy flower extract and mulberry root to brighten, and organic white tea to repair and protect.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Perfect Concealer is a light, creamy liquid concealer that responds to the desire of immediate perfection and long-term treatment, providing instant enhancement and enduring skincare benefits.


Glossy eyes have been dominating trends for quite some time now, and while the shiny, wet-look lids may be appealing, the slip ‘n slide trend can be a little tricky to pull off in real life. 

But what can’t be done on the eyes, can always be done on the lips and it seems high-shine vinyl is coming back in a big way via ultra-glossy pouts. 

BD recommends:

Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Nourishing Lip Oil is a fusion of nourishing lip balm and sheer gloss in one. Infused with apricot kernel and mulberry oil, it enhances lips with a boost of explosive shine, deep nourishment and a comfortable finish. Keep lips nourished, plumped and volumised for a customised natural or glamorous look.

Lily Lolo Natural Lip Gloss is a non-sticky vegan-friendly gloss that coats lips in a soft sweep of luminous colour with nonstop shine. It is packed with vitamin E and organic jojoba, to nourish and protect the lips. It has a 'hint of chocolate' flavour and can be used on its own as an alternative to lip balm or over lipstick. Available in 9 shades.