Spring will soon be on its way, and so I have put together a high end makeup look featuring products that will give you a natural and beautiful Spring look – lots of light products that are going to work well for you all the way up to Summer.
Winter here in the UK is often so cold, and this can play havoc on the skin, so let’s take care of the skin first, as if you don’t look after your skin, and take the time to prep it, then your makeup isn’t going to set as well. Starting with the Janjira Marine Radiant White Exfoliating Scrub (£26), an exfoliating scrub that helps to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin whilst retaining moisture and brightening the complexion. This is going to work wonders for getting rid of dead skin cells, to leave your skin soft, smooth and clear for makeup application. The scrub contains Algowhite which is going to brighten the skin naturally, and also includes Vitamin C and B3 which will help to reduce the appearance of pores, which will be a great base for your foundation or CC cream. It is super quick and easy to include in your daily skin regime, and feels so silky on the skin, with just a hint of exfoliating grains, adding a pretty Spring glow to the skin.
Recently I have been obsessed with using skin mists, and in particular the Decleor Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist (£22). Decleor are renowned for their amazing skincare, and using this kind of facial mist takes just seconds to incorporate into your skin. The Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist can be used in a variety of ways – after cleansing, to set the makeup or whenever your skin needs an added burst of freshness and hydration. The Mist contains Salicylic Acid which gently exfoliates and refines the skin’s texture, Mint Flower Water to rejuvenate and essential oils such as Lemongrass, Thyme and Rosemary to give a pleasant aroma. I tend to spritz this all over the face before I apply my makeup, and sometimes after I have applied my makeup to set it in place.
Another skincare product which is going to work really well for tired, Winter skin is the Decleor Aurabsolu Intense Glow for Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (£30). I suffer from hereditary dark circles under my eyes, and there’s nothing I can do to change that, but I can use products to try and disguise them. The Intense Glow gives an instant brightening effect to the undereye area, and this light eye cream targets darkness and dullness in the area most prone to fatigue. This gives a cooling effect immediately after application, and it contains caffeine to aid drainage, as well as Vitamins B3 and CG to help protect and brighten the area, and Orange Pigments to provide an instant illuminating effect. It is slightly coloured which is also going to help hide the evidence of dark under eye circles. Once you have applied your skincare, then take your regular foundation or CC Cream to give coverage to the complexion, and you should now have a smooth and healthy base before you add a hint of colour to the makeup look.
Starting with the cheeks, and I take the Real Techniques Powder Brush (£12.99), which is normally a brush to apply a powder foundation, or setting powder with, but I actually also like to use it to apply blush as it adds an even amount of product to the skin, without being too concentrated in one area. I have been using Real Techniques brushes for years now, as they perform so well, and they are absolutely fine to be cleaned, and I haven’t ever had to replace one of mine, so they have good lasting power. The bristles are soft and smooth on the skin, and do not drag or irritate my sensitive cheek areas.
For a Spring makeup look, you don’t want to go too heavy with the colours you use, so I recommend using one of my favourite go-to blushers, the Benefit Dandelion (£24.50). This is my fail-safe blush as it gives just the right amount of colour to the cheeks without being too full on. It is a sheer ballerina-pink powder with a hint of shimmer which can be used as a soft pink on the cheeks, or as a brightening finishing powder which can take the complexion from dull to radiant. All the Benefit Box o’ Powders come with a mirror on the inside of the lid and a good quality brush to apply them with, in case you want to re-apply during the day.
The next brush I recommend using is the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£11.99), which is can be used with various products, but I like to apply my cream highlighters with it. Stippling Brushes help you to create a flawless base or if used with a colour product, it can give you just the right amount of product, an can then help you to build coverage or depth of colour gradually for an airbrushed, high definition result. The bristles are all different lengths, and so the finer tips towards the top of the brush pick up just the right amount of product, rather than going in too heavy, which is what you need with a highlighter.
Benefit’s High Beam (£21.50) is a liquid luminescent complexion enhancer, which can be used in many different ways. It is predominantly a liquid highlighter, but it can also be used mixed in with your foundation or CC Cream to give a low intensity, yet healthy glow to the skin, which is going to be perfect for this Spring makeup look. The bottle is much like a bottle of nail polish, and you unscrew the lid to reveal a fine brush, which you can either apply straight on to the face, or add a few drops in with your foundation and then apply for the most beautifully luminescent complexion. It is the prettiest pearl pink highlighter, and can also be used under the brow bone, down the nose, on the cupid’s bow, and of course onto the cheekbones. Girl, you’re gonna be glowin’ this Spring!
If using the Benefit High Beam mixed in with your foundation, and you want a little more glow on the skin, because Spring makeup is all about having a dewy, and pretty look, then I recommend using the Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer (£20 or £2.71 if a member of Beauty Pie). This is a cream highlighter which can be used as a highlighter or as a strobing cream, but if you aren’t sure what strobing is, this works SO beautifully as a highlighter. It has a deluxe cushioned texture, and has the most prettiest iridescent luminous finish to it. It has a champagne colouring to it, but contains so many tiny specks of iridescent sparkle to it that gives a natural gleam to the skin. Use this in a similar way to the Benefit High Beam, cheekbones, brow bones, cupid’s bow and on the tip of the nose to give added cuteness.
Moving on to the eyebrows now, and I was recently kindly sent two of the new Zoeva brow products by my best blogger friend Hannah Heartss, which are going to give a natural look to the brows, whilst defining them and giving a great shape. Firstly taking the Zoeva Graphic Brows (£7.50), use the spooly on the end to brush through the brows, so that you can see where your sparse areas are. Then using the crayon end, create tiny hairlike strokes to fill in the brow hair and create a natural looking shape to them. This crayon is so beautifully fine and easy to work with, and the formula is waterproof and smudge-proof, so your brows aren’t going to be working their way down your face. I have the shade Cinereous which is a medium brown shade and is true to colour.
To set the brows, and to add texture to them I then use the Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix (£8.50). This is a little like a mascara wand, and is effortless to use – just brush the formula through the brows to give them added definition. I have the shade Arsenic, which is a greyish taupe colour, and the superfine spiral brush means that even my natural thin brows take hold of the product. The brow gel doesn’t set ‘hard’, but provides smooth, even colour for ultra groomed and visibly thicker brows.
If you aren’t an eyeshadow girl, then a fun way to add colour to your eyes, is the Too Faced Sketch Markers (£17). These liquid eyeliners come in twelve fun colours, and have been inspired by Japanese Calligraphy Pens. Never one for dull packaging and innovation, Too Faced have made these liquid eyeliners look like stationery I would easily covet. The formula is described as to act like an artist’s best drawing ink, and has been created to be exceptionally smooth, vivid, waterproof and perfect for lining the eyes. I have the shade Candy Pink, which is a cute bright flamingo pink, and the flexible tip is super easy to use, even if you aren’t an eyeliner expert! Once applied, the formula doesn’t budge, and the colours can be worn on their own, or with other colours to add extra fun to the eyes.
For a natural eyeshadow look, I can’t think of an eyeshadow palette more perfect than the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics (£39.50). Urban Decay are another brand who absolutely slay with their packaging, and this palette looks stunning before you even open it! The Queens of neutral eyeshadows, Urban Decay have put this palette together featuring 12 shimmering and matte eyeshadows, all exclusive shades to this palette. There are neutral mattes, cool and warm natural colours, all of which are super easy to work with.
Colour-wise, from top to bottom, we have…
Blow – a pretty shimmering ballerina nude pink
Nude – uhm, a nude matte!
Commando – a slightly warmer nude matte
Tempted – a matte greyish taupe
Instinct – a slightly rosy taupe
Lethal – a very slightly shimmery chocolate brown
Pre-Game – a pale yellow matte, perfect for using as a base
Extra Bitter – a warm terracotta matte
Faith – a light milk chocolate matte
Lockout – an all-round mid brown matte
Magnet – a slightly shimmering smoky grey
Blackout – a true smoky black with just a tiny hint of shimmer
The palette also comes with a full-sized mirror on the inside of the lid, and a double ended applicator brush, which is also of the highest quality, featuring a short, flat ended brush on one end, and a longer, slightly tapered brush on the other. As you would expect with Urban Decay, the shades are highly pigmented and you are going to be able to create so many beautiful and natural eye makeup looks with this, not just in Spring, but all year round.
For the lips, you want to go for something light, and a product which always reminds me of Spring and Summer is the EOS Lip Balm (£6.50). They are packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, so your lips are going to be super soft and smooth for any Spring lipsticks you wish to apply. Another use for EOS, which I learned from Olivia Jade Beauty’s You Tube channel is to apply it onto your brows to keep them in place – gotta love a multi-use product! There are so many yummy scents and the packaging is adorable!
Please keep your eyes peeled as I have a Spring Lips post coming up featuring all of the amazing new shades released this Spring!
*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own