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, FeelUnique.com) 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, FeelUnique.com), 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, maccosmetics.co.uk) 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, urbandecay.co.uk), 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!
Let me know in the comments what make up you’re using this Spring, and don’t forget to like and share this post!