Last season, we hooked you up with the must-have winter makeup, and now that the clouds have cleared up to reveal our precious sun, we’re bringing you our top 5 makeup tricks that’ll help you shed the winter gloom just in time to be spring-ready!
(1) Skip the contour, make the blush do the work
We know that contouring has been one of the biggest revolutions in makeup for the past five years, but if you don’t really know what you are doing, you can end up looking like a sad, melted, chocolate, under the spring sun rays. Stretch your blush to the area where you would have put your contour and use a fluffy brush to feather it out so that it’s not too harsh. We love orange blushes for spring and Nars’ Taj Mahal has quite the pigment and works on all skin tones!
(2) Keep it matte or you won’t last
As the sun continues to creep out from under the winter gloom, we have to start leaving behind the hydrating primers for ones that can mattify our faces. This is especially true for the T-zone area (the forehead, nose, and cheeks), which can get oilier faster. The more oil you let through during the day, the more your foundation and makeup will crack. Becca makes an excellent mattifying primer that’s available in Sephora.
(3) Ditch the brown, embrace the color
During the past couple of years, we have embraced and glorified the 90s trend of a classic brown lip. Spring is coming, and we’re not in the 90s, so it’s time for us to re-add some color back onto our lips! Pinks, purples, fuchsia, and reds– the choices are endless.
(4) Let go of the shadow
With color on your lips and cheeks, it is best to keep the eye to a simple eyeliner and mascara, or you can skip the liner all together and use the mascara to get thick and long lashes. We love the Marc Jacobs black velvet mascara. It’s so unbelievably black!
(5) Leave the cake in the kitchen
It’s time to start shedding some of the weight of heavy foundations. Spring is fresh and vibrant without the burden of winter’s gloom. Likewise, it’s time to shelf all the full coverage liquid and powder foundations that can lead to a “cake face” makeup look. Instead, we love the Bare Minerals pressed powder foundation. It comes in 30 shades, so you are sure to find one that’ll suite you. The powder is lightweight and extremely natural looking, and it lasts all day!