As much as I love the warm, dark, and smokey makeup looks of the fall and winter seasons, I am always thrilled when spring rolls around. Transitioning into bright, vibrant, and energetic colors is fun and a great way to dismiss the lingering winter blues. So far for spring, I’ve been into peach and coral colors, blues, and purples. Here are 9 of my beauty must haves for spring + summer.
- Brown Lips
I literally just said I liked transitioning out of fall, but I’m still loving brown lips for spring. As far as trends are concerned, we’re seeing a lot of multi-season colors. With the ’90s comeback still in full swing, browns aren’t for colder weather anymore. I personally love seeing the trend of straying away from typical spring colors and really wearing what you want.
Lusting after: Colourpop’s Taurus Lippie Stick; $5
- Metallic Orange Lips
Whilst at CVS the other day, I was looking through the Milani display at their lipsticks, and I found the Color Statement Lipstick in ‘Orange-Gina.’ It’s a vibrant orange with a gold metallic shine. It will make a huge statement with minimal makeup and dewy, fresh skin.
- Coral Lips
I love coral lips year round, but this spring I’m extra excited. My favorite is ‘Niagra’ from NARS, and I have actually repurchased this lipstick a few times (which never happens).
- Coral Blush
I’m on a coral kick, it’s true. I love a peachy, coral shade on my cheeks. It pairs so well with the coral lispticks or any of your standard berries and nudes. It also pairs well with the eye shadow options I have listed.
- Vitamin C
A goal for 2016 was to find skincare that truly worked for my skin. So far, I have found some hits and misses, but I have found my skin LOVES Vitamin C. I love the entire Truth line from Ole Henrikson, specifically the Truth Serum which I use every morning before my moisturizer.
- Color Correcting
As forementioned, I love coral and peach tones for the face, eyes, and lips this season; however, I have really pink-toned skin, so it can get to be kind of a splotchy red mess if I’m not careful. Color correcting isn’t a new thing by any means, but I’m just beginning to seriously dabble into it. I’ve been loving the results. I use a green concealer anywhere I tend to get red–around my nose, my chin, and my cheeks–and then apply my foundation on top. It evens out my skin tone and creates a nice canvas for orange toned makeup.
- One-step Plum Shadow
Another thing I’ve been into is one-step smokey eyes, and for spring my color is purple. I like taking a fairly shimmery shade and applying it all over my lid, usually with my finger. It allows me to build up color in the areas I want while diffusing it at the same time. The overall look is smudgey yet still blended. And it takes less time than layering product after product.
Lusting after: NARS Duel Inenstity Eyeshadow in ‘Pheobe,’ $29
- Pale Blue Shadow
And another lid color. Think Hitchcock’s ‘Birds.’ I’m loving a pale, mostly matte, blue shadow all over the lid with just a bit of a warm brown transition in the crease. I pair this with the coral blush and lipstick, and it’s a fresh makeup look for spring.
- Gel SPF
I never skimp on the SPF. I’m very fair, and I feel like I only have to think of the sun and I will burn. However, most sunscreens for the face are very heavy and break me out. In a Birchbox a few months ago, I got a sample of a sunscreen from Coola and fell in love. It’s more of a gel formula than a lotion, and I didn’t notice any clogged pores or break outs. If you have acne prone or oily skin, try that out, or something like it.
Let me know if you’d like to see any of these must haves in action, and let me know your favorite beauty products for spring.