Spring is a time for new things. I don’t mean shopping for new things (who am I kidding? We all know that’s what I secretly mean) but rather swapping colours and formulas to suit the new season. I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites with links to previous posts on the products I mention.
1. The Glow Getters
This is purely personal preference, and those with oily skin might beg to differ, but to me Spring and Summer are about radiant, dewy, highlighted skin. I prefer to save my more matte foundations for winter and crack open the lighter foundations and CC creams (or BB cream if you’ve got skin good enough to carry off a tinted moisturiser). My favourites right now are the Chanel CC Cream, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and the new Dior Star foundation.
When the weather heats up primer is a great way to keep your makeup on your face and double as a glow-enhancer too. I absolutely love Clarin’s new radiance-boosting complexion base in champagne which has the benefit of some extra coverage (although it isn’t much of a primer per se) as well as L’Oreal Lumi Magic Pure Light Primer, and Chanel le Blanc Sheering Illuminating Base. If you want to keep a shiny t-zone under control, try Bourjois Pure Light Matte Serum Primer or my new wonder-product, Dior Pore Minimizer.
2. Cream Blush
Cream blush is fantastic all year around, but especially perfect in Spring for that fresh, dewy complexion. Also when you’re outdoors a lot, it’s much easier to reapply in with your fingertips. My current favourites are the new Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balms, which have such a pretty, natural look. They are dewy without looking greasy, sheer but buildable, and so easy to apply! I also love the cream blush which came out for Spring from Clarins, the Chanel cream blush and Stila Convertible Colour. If you really don’t get on with cream blush, look out for the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes! The gerbera daisy shape screams Spring.
3. Lip Shine
I also love gloss this time of the year. Dark reds and plum lip colours prefer to be matte (I’m just being presumptuous and speaking on their behalf here) but lighter pinks and peaches and coral pinks like to be created in gloss formulas! Lip gloss is more casual, quick and easy and generally summery. My favourite lip glosses are by Clarins, their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors for a sheer wash of colour and their Gloss Prodige for a brighter pop of colour with the same non-sticky, hydrating feel on the lips. Bourjois 3D Effet gloss and Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss are also great if you like something light and non-gloopy. If you’re feeling super spendy, the Dior Fluid Sticks are worth a look – the shine of a gloss but the pigmentation and longevity of a lipstick.
4. Magic Wands
Lastly, I am a huge fan of click-pen style highlighting concealers all year round. I don’t suffer from dark circles so most days this is all I need to brighten my under-eye area. But even if you need to conceal first this is a must have product for subtly highlighting your face and brightening up shadowy areas, under the eyes, between the brows, the cheek bones, cupid’s bow and bridge of the nose. It is so easy to brush the product on, and blend out with your fingers in a rush, but I prefer to blend mine with a damp miracle complexion sponge, I haven’t tried the legendary YSL Touche Eclat, but I love the Clarins Instant Light Brush-on Perfector and the new Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-on Glow BB Highlighter.