The 3 Most Wearable Spring 2012 Makeup Trends

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Spring is always my favorite time for experimenting with makeup - there are always so many fun runway trends to try! Unfortunately, many of the looks we see on the runways aren't exactly real life-wearable unless you're Lady Gaga or Niki Minaj. (Eyebrow appliques a la Gareth Pugh, anyone?)

Below, I will go over the three most wearable runway makeup trends of Spring 2012 and show you some products that will help you get that runway look!

1. Bold Lips + Neutral Eyes

Bold lips at Christian Dior and Anthony Vaccarello Spring/Summer 2012

Bold lips at Anthony Vaccarello and Christian Dior S/S 2012 |

A perpetual runway favorite, designers like Prabal Gurung, Mugler, Betsey Johnson and more are loving the bright lip this season! This look is all about keeping the rest of the make-up minimal while still keeping it punchy with a vibrant or dark statement lip color.

To get the look, test out different lipsticks to find that perfect shade - it helps to visit a makeup counter or Sephora to do this! Personally, I think NARS makes a gorgeous orange-red lipstick while Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux is perfect for deeper looks.

2. Navy Smokey Eyes

Navy smokey eyes at Rodarte and Emanuel Ungaro

Navy smokey eyes at Rodarte and Emanuel Ungaro S/S 2012 |

On the other end of the spectrum, some designers have taken eye make-up to another dimension! We've seen black and grey smokey eyes almost every season, but designers switched up the colors this year, opting for soft, smokey navy eyes on their runway models. How perfect would these looks be for a night out?

Getting these looks is easier than you think! The darker look requires a double punch of navy liner (try L'Oreal HIP Studio Secrets liner in Navy) and deep blue shadow (like L'Oreal Studio Secrets Eye Shadow Single in Midnight Sky). For the lighter look, try CoverGirl's Smoky Shadow Stick in Tempest Blue - it comes with two creamy shades that you can easily blend to create a smooth finish.

3. Bronzed Skin as the Focus

Bronzed skin at Michael Kors Spring 2012

Bronzed skin at Michael Kors S/S 2012 |

The designers certainly know how to get us in the mood for spring - many of the models on the S/S 2012 runways looked like they just came back from St. Bart's!

I love the perfectly placed bronzer high up on the cheekbones as seen on this Michael Kors model; it makes for a perfectly polished look. (Don't go too Jersey Shore!) Check out this list of good bronzers for every budget if you don't already have a bronzer in your beauty arsenal. And for the runway look, keep the bronzed skin as your focus - just a swipe of chapstick and some light mascara and you're good to go!

What do you think about the spring beauty trends?

Do you like the beauty trends this season? Would you rock any of them? What's your favorite make-up look? Have you seen any runway looks you would never wear in public? Tell me what you think in the comments!

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