Stained-Glass Makeup Is The Your-Skin-But-Better Look You'll Be All About This Spring

It's a well-known fact that trends fade in and out in the world of beauty. When it comes to makeup, eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, highlighter, bronzer, and even mascara colors, finishes, and styles come into and out of fashion on a regular basis. Some of these trends only last a season; others hang around for a decade or longer. One aspect of makeup that tends to continuously fly under the radar, however, is complexion trends.

While an emerging trend toward matte, dewy, shimmery, or cloud skin might not make front-page beauty news, it still makes an impact on makeup's mainstream. After years of ultra-matte, completely shine-free skin reigning supreme, there's finally a new complexion trend in town: stained-glass skin. Just as a stained glass window is tinted ever so slightly, allowing the light to shine through, the complexion trend works the same way, utilizing minimal, sheer products to produce a natural, slightly glazed appearance. Here are some examples of the best ways to rock it. 

Dewy and natural

When your skin is glowing like a goddess's, it doesn't take a lot of extra effort to create a finished makeup look. A simple tight line on the upper lash line, a touch of shimmery champagne eyeshadow, a subtle swipe of blush, a quick pop of tinted lip gloss, and natural-looking mascara are all it takes to turn heads. 

Clean wing with fluffy brows

Don't worry; you don't have to forgo your feisty wing and powerful brows to get in on the stained-glass skin look. Apply a light coverage foundation or a tinted moisturizer as your base. Keep your eyelids neutral and then draw on your flawless eyeliner wing as usual. Fluff up those brows and swipe on a glossy sheer lipstick and you're ready to slay. 

Hard shell, soft center

A hard-edged punk or alternative approach to your hair, clothes, and accessories can pair surprisingly well with the soft, ethereal look of stained-glass skin. Amp up your glowing complexion with a soft, smudged wing and a nude lip, and enjoy the absolute best of both worlds. 

Glowy glam

Stained-glass skin doesn't have to equate to a super natural look. By simply switching out your base products, you can craft your usual smoky eye, flushed cheek, shining highlighter, and berry-kissed lip. Get ready for a new definition of soft glam next time you plan to attend a formal event. 

No-makeup makeup

Stained-glass skin and no-makeup makeup are a match made in heaven. Try combining makeup and skincare by switching to a serum foundation with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, so your skin can glow from the inside out. Fill in any sparse brows with a pencil, add a single coat of mascara, coat your lips in a clear gloss, and you're good to go.