Refreshing My Look: Spring Edition

When we get to this time of year, I’m completely over feeling cold and miserable, and I start looking forward to the spring time. Goodbye dark nights,  hello Spring flowers!

I also like to update my day-to-day makeup bag with more season appropriate makeup. I tend to go through winter with a more matte face, pale skin with very little bronzer and dark berry or bright festive reds. For the Springtime I prefer a fresher, more dewy look that focuses on pale golds, pinks and nude shades. As this is the makeup look I wear everyday to work, I tend to stick to very neutral and ‘professional’ colours, as well as products that are compact enough to fit in my makeup bag with all my daily-use brushes.

My foundation of choice is usually the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (RRP £9.99, Boots), because this definitely gives the looks of a ‘my skin but better’ foundation. I love this foundation for Spring as it feels so lightweight on the skin, but provides a light coverage that conceals imperfections without being too suffocating. My skin is generally quite clear of blemishes, so I find this gives the coverage I need, but those who like something a little fuller may want to try something else.

Despite wanting my skin to look dewy, I still need to set my foundation and concealer with a powder, as my base does tend to slide with my oily skin if I don’t. I recently brought the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Powder in the shade Light (RRP £6.99, Boots) and I already know that this is going to be a new favourite. I always use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent, but thought I’d try this for a change, and I’m glad I did. This feels very smooth on the skin, and does a great job of creating a flawless base. It also doesn’t feel too powdery and matte, and I do think it gives a slight brightening effect.

As this is about looking fresh as opposed to bronzed, I don’t go too heavy on the bronzer/Contour. I’ve really been enjoying the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit (RRP £4.19, Boots) as the contour shade isn’t too warm or cool toned, but does a nice job of adding a little shape to my cheeks without looking too overdone. This is also a great size for my makeup bag, and blends nicely into the skin. The highlighter is nice and subtle for Spring, too. I also like to use the Sleek Highlighting Palette in the shade Solstice, as this is so beautiful on the skin! I love using the lilac powder across the tops of my cheeks, and it looks so perfect for springtime. This is a little more ‘in your face’ so I don’t tend to use this day to day, but for the weekends and special occasions it’s perfect!

As blushes are my favourite things to buy, I have quite a few that I like to use in Spring. My favourite tends to be Nars Blush in the shade Impassioned (RRP £23.00, as it’s a lovely cool toned pink that reminds me of spring flowers. Everyone always raves about Orgasm, and whilst I do like it (and use it) during this time of year I am much more fond of this shade. I also absolutely love Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the shade Ethereal Glow (RRP £32.00, John Lewis) although this is SO SO expensive, and I’m almost ashamed to admit I actually paid it. These powders just melt into the skin, there’s no other way to describe it. I haven’t used their other powders other than to swatch them, but their blushes give the most natural flush of colour.

On the eyes I like to keep things very neutral and pretty, so I’ve recently been using the NYX Professional Makeup The Natural Shadow Palette (RRP £7.50, Boots) as it contains a lovely selection of 6 neutral shades, 3 matte and 3 shimmer. This is perfect for a daytime look as it creates a very natural, soft ‘no makeup’ look. The shadows are very easy to blend, and although they aren’t the most pigmented shadows I own, I like the looks that can be created with this palette. If I’m looking for something a little more pigmented, I’ve been reaching for my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (RRP £24.00,, as they contain a great selection of matte shades that create a lovely neutral look. As this is a look I tend to wear for work (I go slightly more dramatic of the weekend), I love this palette for its creamy formula, and great shade range.

The eyeliner I use is the one I always use, and that is Nicka K New York 24H Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade Dark Brown. I first received this in a GlossyBox product, and have since gone through about 50. I really like using a brown eyeliner for most looks, and reserve my black liners for special occasions. This eyeliner is really creamy and easy to apply, it smudges really easily for a more smoky effect, and generally looks great. I find brown eyeliner looks better for day-to -day looks, and as I’ve gotten older I find it looks more flattering, so I tend to wear it more than black now.

I don’t have a particular ‘Spring Mascara’ that I tend to use; to be honest, I tend to just choose whatever I fancy and roll with it! At the moment, I’ve been using the L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara Black (RRP £7.99, Boots) as I’m a big fan of the Miss Hippy one, and thought I’d give this one a try. It makes my lashes very long, but remain quite wispy. Perfect for Spring. The one thing I’d say about this mascara – that I didn’t get with the Miss Hippy one – is that it is quite clumping, and is more prone to smudging on the lower lash line. Another mascara I’ve been using is the NYX Professional Makeup Lush Lashes Mascara – Badunkadunk (RRP £6.50, Boots) which I features in a post recently. I just love the volumising effect I get from this product; it gives a great length and volume, and I don’t have any issues with clumping. One thing to note is the size of the brush makes it quite difficult to apply to the lower lashes; the brush it too big and it is difficult to apply without getting it everywhere. I also love my trusty Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara (RRP £19.00, Debenhams), which I think is a fab all rounder. It makes lashes look full and defined, and can definitely be built up for a more dramatic look. This stuff also doesn’t budge, and still looks great 12 hours later.

Finally, onto the lips! I’m not going into a massive amount of detail regarding this, as I’ve got a full roundup of my Spring Lip choices coming very soon, and don’t want to repeat myself too much! I really like wearing pink for spring, both rosy pink hues and more dusky choices. I’ve been reaching a lot for MAC Lipstick in the shade Twig (RRP £15.50, lately, as it’s the perfect pink-brown toned lipstick for spring, and as it’s a satin finish I find it adds to the dewy effect and is slightly more comfortable to wear than a matte. I definitely prefer matte lips in the autumn/winter time, and tend to wear more satin finishes around the spring time. Plus, a satin finish seems more appealing when it starts getting warmer. I also really like Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipstick in the shade Rosewood (RRP £15.50,, which I find a very similar shade to twig, and again the cream formula makes it a lot more comfortable to wear. I love both lipstick formulas from these brands, as they are so creamy and long lasting, and are so affordable for a more luxury brand – when you think about it, they aren’t much more than a high street lipstick!

That’s it! I really like the transition from winter to spring; as much as I love a berry lipstick, I’m ready to put them away for another year and crack out the pinks and nudes!

Let me know in the comments what make up you’re using this Spring, and don’t forget to like and share this post!


2 thoughts on “Refreshing My Look: Spring Edition

    1. I agree! I have two and I love them because they’re so natural, especially during spring time x

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