Spring Makeup Trends with Joy Adenuga

April 26th, 2021

April 26th, 2021

Celebrity makeup artist, Joy Adenuga, has revealed the colour trends to snap up for Spring.  The MUA, who counts the likes of Michaela Coel, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Keisha Buchanan amongst her clients, is tipping grey, orange, green and brown as her must-haves, and reveals how to get the most out of the trends in an accessible way.


From throwback Rihanna Pon de Replay to Rachel from Friends iconic 90s grey shadow, we are SO READY for this time-warp colour refresh!

Joy says,

For Spring we’ll be seeing the new colour of the year, grey! Whilst it’s not a particularly flattering colour on your cheeks, this would look most amazing on the eyes, and if you’re daring – on the lips!

M&S Smoke and Mirrors Eyeshadow Palette £6.00

Pantone COY 2021

Nine blendable and buildable vegan textures from the Obsessed range with velvety smooth, pigment-infused shades.


Charlotte Tilbury’s The Rock Chick Eye Kit £40.00

Pantone COY 2021

A quartet of shadows in shades of dove grey, charcoal, smoke and pearlescent pewter.


Depixym cosmetic emulsion in #0102 Light Grey £18

Great as an eyeshadow as a less intense smokey eye on its own or as a great base for a really intense smokey eye, if you blend with darker colours .  If you’re feeling brave use it on your lips.


Essie Serene Slate £7.99

Pantone COY 2021

Dark grey nail colour with a creamy finish.



Channelling our inner-Em-Rata (we can dream).  If you’ve not been living under a social media/Pinterest rock, you’ll have seen the colour of the moment, with no exceptions to makeup!

Another colour on the rise are richer toned browns.  We can thank wearing masks for this trend. People who prefer nude browns are now getting bolder with this shade.  Hello smouldering eyes!


Nars Eyeshadow Quad in Bayadere £28.70

Four longwearing, high-impact shades in matte, satin, and glittering finishes.


ELF Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow in Galaxy £5

Liquid eyeshadow with high-impact, metallic finish.


Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Nougat £22.50

Soothing, high-shine lip lacquer in light beige.


imPRESS Press-on Manicure – So Unexpected £7.99

Super quick one step manicure in taupe with gold glitter accents.



Update your liner and eyeshadow with hues of green, with hues to compliment every eye colour and skin tone!

A trending colour I’ve been noticing lately are greens! Not your usual go-to colour but when done right, the colour is quite striking.  The trick to nailing wearing this shade?  Stick to the under tone of your skin – Warm undertones look mesmerizing in warm jewel toned greens and Cool undertones can rock cool shades of green. Like the grey – I wouldn’t recommend using this shade as a blush except if you’re Pat McGrath that can transform any colour to an editorial look for the runway.


Barry M Colour Glide Eyeshadow Wand in Meadow Green £3.99

Matt finish for a wash of diffused soft pastel colour.


Huda Beauty Obessions Eyeshadow Palette in Emerald £32

A selection of nine highly pigmented mattes and striking shimmers, all with a smooth and blendable texture.


Depixym Cosmetic Emulsion #0577 Green £18.00


Eyes, lips, cheeks… these longwear, non-transfer, vegan, cruelty free, matte, blendable, mixable, waterproof emulsions work anywhere.


Lady Showbiz Nail Polish in Trailblazer £12

Luxury Gel Effect Nail Polish in a deep intense teal.


Crazy Color in Pine Green £5.50

This semi-permanent deep green hair dye was inspired by the palette of the forest.



Get excited for warm, glowing orange hues for a transformative spring look. This new-look orange is bold, bright and incredibly complimentary to brown eyes and darker complexions. Joy continues,

One colour I’m slightly obsessed with at the moment is the colour orange!  On women of the colour, this brings the complexion to life and can be worn on the eyes, cheeks and lips.


Revolution Beauty Chocolate Orange Palette £8.99

Full of brown and orange shades in a mix of finishes, in a chocolate bar case.


Depixym Cosmetic Emulsion #0924 Orange £18.00

This matt cosmetic emulsion works brilliantly on the lips.  Or use it to create a sunset eye.  Or as blusher.  Longwear, non-transfer, vegan, cruelty free, matte, blendable, mixable, waterproof.  Experiment.


Nailberry L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer in Decadence £15

Bright, bold and lively, opaque high shine colour in one sweep.


Fudge Professional Paint Box Colour in Coral Blush £10.95

Enriched with moisturising agents and keratin proteins, the formula stains the hair’s cuticle for long-lasting effect, whilst conditioning and hydrating strands to leave hair luscious and healthy-looking with enhanced shine.


Still feeling unsure about rocking one of these colours?

Joy advises:

If you find wearing bright colours overwhelming, my advice is to start with a bright coloured pencil. Apply the pencil close to the lash line and use a pencil brush to smudge. Wear this a few times and when you’re comfortable start adding a bit of corresponding colour to the liner. This builds your confidence to wearing colours.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Liner in Steel Grey £21.00

Pantone COY 2021

Saturated, smudge-proof pencil with a hidden sharpener at the other end.


3ina The Color Pen Eyeliner in 759 and 188 £12.95

Intense, vibrant colours in a long-wear vegan formula, with matching eyeshadows and mascaras available.


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