Saturday, 19 April 2014

REFRESH YOUR MAKEUP FOR SPRING


Spring/summer makeup is definitely my favourite. The bright colours are so uplifting and glowing skin is a firm staple in my daily makeup routine. When it gets to spring, your makeup will need a little updating - The heavy bases and dark colours of winter get pushed to the side to make way for the peppy pinks and glistening highlighters. In prep for summer weather, heres my edit of what you need to refresh your makeup for spring...

A LIGHTER BASE: I'm not one for heavy bases anyway, but when it comes to spring i completely shun them and opt for something fresh and light. mainly to do with the fact things can get a little sweaty with a heavy foundation, but also because with sun comes a healthy glow which i don't want to cover up. My favourite base discovery for spring has to be the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which offers a light-medium coverage with a satin finish. I've already reviewed it in full here if you want to know more. Another option would be a tinted moisturiser, my favourite is the Nars Pure Radiant tinted moisturiser as it has coverage but a lightweight feel and healthy glow, along with SPF 30 to protect you from the sun.

A RADIANCE PRIMER: With summer comes a ever-growing lust for glowing, healthy looking skin. To help things on there way, i like to apply a radiance primer such as the Soap and Glory Bright here, Bright now to give me a subtle lit from within glow. If my skin is looking particularly lacklustre then the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is thrown on for its incredible brightening properties. It gives you one heck of a glow and can also be doubled up as a highlighter - fab.

A DUST OF BRONZER: Bronzer is something which i only really wear in the summer. Sure in the winter i use it to subtly contour, but when spring comes around i like to opt for something slightly warmer which can be used alone for a bronze glow. The Jouer Mattifying Bronzer in Sunswept is a lovely warm but not orange bronzer with a very subtle shimmer which helps to brighten the skin. Its quite sheer but build able which means it can be used all over for a faux glow should you wish.

A CREAMY BLUSH: To me, spring is the time when i start whacking out the cream blushes. Natural looking makeup is my go-to in the warmer months, and cream blushes fit in with this perfectly due to their natural appearance on the skin. The Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral is my latest find, a coral-peach which looks great on the lips as well as the cheeks, and dries to a satin finish to keep the skin looking glowing. If you're an oily skinned gal or you like more of a powder finish, then the Topshop cream blushes are great for giving you that natural look whilst still setting down to a less sheeny texture. The shade Afternoon Tea is a gorgeous brightening cool toned pink which would work on all skin tones.

A PERKY LIP: Throwing on a bright lip really gets me in the mood for spring, but you don't have to go for something matte and in your face to brighten up your look. Sheerer brights are my favourites, with the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boheme sitting at the top of the lipstick charts for its sheer, moisturising formula which still gives you a warm pinky wash of colour. If you would rather something more glossy, the L'oreal L'extraordinaire liquid lipsticks give you a punch of opaque colour whilst remaining glossy and moisturising the lips. For a more muted but still brightening daytime colour, i opt for the No. 7 Sheer Temptation lipstick in Coral Peach, a true peach colour with a glossy formula.
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