I’m pretty loyal to my favourite beauty brands and makeup must haves, but I always like to try new things. With every season comes a new set of beauty woes and weather condition challenges so I’ve been busy compiling my list of Spring Beauty Essentials.
I’ve broken down my must haves into the following categories:
- Skin (includes skincare & facial makeup)
- Eyes, Lips & Nails
The visual sets I’ve created are intended to get you thinking about these types of products as we head into warmer weather, brighten our colour palette, face the frizzies and throw away our panty hose! The spring beauty essentials shown below are suggestions and some personal faves, but there are lots of options out there, so I encourage you to try them and find what works best for you!
SKIN – With warmer weather upon us, we need to transition from our intensive winter moisturizing routine to a lighter spring/summer skincare regimen. Exfoliate dead and dry skin and switch to a lighter facial makeup to let your skin breath. Don’t go too heavy on the bronzer yet – I like to ease into summer with gentle illumination and a warm blush. Don’t let tired, puffy eyes ruin your spring glow – the latest eye rollers are great and illuminating concealers help with dark circles.
Top Row (left to right): Dermalogica Microfoliant, Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15, Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller, Too Faced Beauty Balm with SPF 35, Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 Bottom Row (left to right): YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Concealer, Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter, Nars Blush in Orgasm, Bare Minerals Matte Powder Foundation with SPF 15
EYES, LIPS & NAILS – Spring is the time to brighten up! Put away the red lipstick in favour of bold pinks and corals, do the smokey eye with purple instead of charcoal grey and paint your nails with a bright spring colour palette! The colour of the year is Tangerine Tango and this hot hue is everywhere right now! You’ll shine in spring metallics and glow with floral pastels. Don’t be afraid to try the winged eyeliner trend or green nails! These are my spring makeup faves…
Top Row (left to right): Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow Quad in The Dream Sequence, Sephora + Pantone Universe Eyeshadow Quad, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Zephyr and Half Baked, NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Tzarine Middle Row (left to right): YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique, Dior Addict Lipstick in Diorkiss, OPI for Sephora Nail Polish in Paisley Attention to Me and Read My Palm, Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Psychedelic Orange Bottom Row (left to right): Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream Lip Polish in Berry Blast, NARS Lipsticks in Heat Wave and Funny Face, Sephora + Pantone Universe Colour of the Year Lipgloss Set
HAIR – Just like spring makeup, spring hair is all about soft femininity with healthy, gorgeous shine. Of course with the warmer temperatures, it’s also about anti-frizz tactics! There are some great new haircare lines on the market dedicated to reducing frizz as well as DIY glazes suitable for home use – similar to shine treatments you would pay a lot more for in the salon. With increased oil production, I’m always tempted to wash my hair more in warmer weather – be careful not to dry out your locks and invest in a good dry shampoo to extend the lifetime of your washes. As always, be sure to use quality ceramic hot tools and protect the hair cuticle with styling cream or serum. Play with beachy waves, loose curls, straight styles or even a boho-chic braid – anything goes!
Top Row (left to right): Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, Living Proof Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, John Frieda Clear Shine Glaze, Sultra The Bombshell Curling Wand Bottom Row (left to right): PreGame Texturizing Spray, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo, Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray, Moroccanoil Light Treatment, Rowenta Double Straight Flat Iron, John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer
BODY – Scrub away the dry skin of winter to reveal healthy glowing skin ready for spring dresses! Before you ditch the panty hose, invest in a quality sugar scrub, a yummy moisturizer and a gradual self-tanning lotion for those pasty legs! Don’t forget to shave! For those who wax or sugar various body parts in preparation for summer exposure, be sure to purchase the aftercare to sooth angry hair follicles. My number one must – sunblock!
Top Row (left to right): Lovefresh Vanilla Bean Lotion and Sugar Scrub, Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, Fresh Sugar Lip Balm and Sugar Lip Polish Bottom Row (left to right): Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Tanning Lotion, Dermadoctor KP Duty Moisturizer, Finipil Antibacterial/Antimicrobial (post hair removal) Lotion, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock
These are some of my favourite beauty products heading in to spring and summer, but you don’t have to rush out and grab them all – do a little research and let me know what your spring beauty essentials are! I love trying new things