So I know I just wrote about my everyday makeup look last Saturday, but now that spring is very reluctantly showing itself (edit: it's actually snowing right now. on March 28th.), I was suddenly motivated to put together a more fresh edit with products that just scream “Spring” to me.
A spring makeup look, to me, just has to include glowing (but not sparkly) skin and pink or peachy lips and cheeks. You can’t get a better glow than from a tinted moisturizer. My favorites are the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (not quite a tinted moisturizer but still gives a wonderfully healthy glow), the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, and the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, depending on the amount of coverage I want (Glossier is the sheerest, NARS has the most). For concealer I just love the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter. It gives such a glowing brightness to the skin while still covering up dark circles and redness - think of it as the YSL Touche Eclat with more coverage.
Eyes aren’t as important with this look, but I love using a shimmery champagne shade such as Stila Kitten with a matte nude shade in the crease, both of which can be found in the Stila In the Light Palette (or theEyes Are The Window Palette in Soul - currently lusting after this palette but I think it's too similar to In the Light to justify). I like to smudge a little bit of liner into the lashes to define, and I’ve been reaching for the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Naked3 for a more rosy take on the usual blacks and browns. Lashings of mascara are a must, and my favorite for a fresh spring look is the Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Moving back to cheeks, nothing says fresh-faced more to me than the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub. Since it’s a liquid, it gives such a lovely, skin-like luminosity, and the subtle pink shade is perfect. Some other great spring blushes are theBalm’s Frat Boy (the best, most pigmented peachy-pink) and the MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix (a pure complexion-brightener). A subtle highlight is a must, so I’ll always go for the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, or even the Glossier Balm Dotcom for something barely-there that catches the light.
For lips, I love a complexion-brightening pink like theNyx Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait or the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip. Another favorite that I’ve recently dug out of my collection is the Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Wildflower. It’s a lovely warm pink/red shade that works surprisingly well with my cool complexion.
What are your top picks for spring?