No intro for this post as it’s a long one, previously posted last Spring and updated for the new year. I’m sharing the 9 beauty essentials that will help kick your spring style up a notch.
My eyes are sensitive to light, so sunglasses are a year-round thing for me–view my full collection here. If you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum, then now is the time to incorporate a few pairs to your everyday style. When picking out a new pair of sunglasses, think about the lens color that will blend with most of your wardrobe as well as what you want the style to say.
- Flat top shades are popping up more and more, just in time for the festival season.
- Cat-eye sunglasses add flair and attitude to an outfit, while wayfarers give off more of a relaxed vibe.
- Aviators are a classic style that flatter most face shapes, so that’s one option if you aren’t familiar with what will look best on you. Of course, your best option is to try on a few different styles (and bring a friend) to really find your fit.
2. Floral Perfume
At the bare minimum, everyone should have 1-3 fragrances: a signature evergreen scent, a fall/winter scent, and a spring/summer scent. Although I generally like warm and inviting scents, Spring is the time to branch into the floral range. Not all floral scents are created equal, so think about your ideal smell prior to heading into a store. Do you prefer an artificial floral scent? Are you more of a natural flower girl? Or do you want a floral perfume with a hint of sweetness?
- Rosabotanica, my pick a few springs ago, has a naturally fresh scent.
- Roses de Chloe, one of my picks this year, has a “fresh-cut roses” scent with a mix of bergamot, perfect for someone who usually gravitates toward sensual fragrances.
- If you’re looking for something lighter and more sophisticated, peony-driven Nirvana White may be more your speed. (Pro Tip: Nirvana White is perfect for Spring, Nirvana Black is perfect for Fall. Mix them together and they create a beautiful year-round scent.)
3. Texturizing Hair Styling Product
Spring is the time to ease up on the straightener and instead opt for a texturized hairstyle. Sure, you can wear bone straight hair every now and then, but the effortless “woke up like this” hair perfectly blends with Spring’s love of a fresh and glowy face. I’ll certainly straighten my hair every now and then, but even then I like to use a styling wand to add loose waves. Whether my hair is in it’s natural state or styled with waves, a styling product that adds texture is a must.
- I’ve been using the Proganix Coconut Curls Weightless Mousse for my natural hair days, courtesy of OGX Beauty. It’s lightweight yet powerful, in that it adds spring to my natural curls when they’re looking weak or limp.
- Bumble and Bumble is a brand known for mastering the art of creating a hair product geared towards adding texture.
- OUAI also makes a texturizing hairspray that’s ultra lightweight and is part dry shampoo.
4. Cuff Bracelets
There’s a whole new meaning to the term “cuffing season” this Spring. In terms of fashion, bare arms, lightweight fabrics, and strappy tops are a dime a dozen during these warmer months. Finding one or two cuff bracelets to rock for the season will kick your outfits up a notch and draw attention to your fresh manicure.
Cuff bracelets are on trend right now which means you can find them at any price point. The one I feature frequently in my outfit photos is from Kendra Scott, but you can even scoop a few up with a lower price tag from Topshop and Forever 21. The key to cuffs is to keep everything fairly simple. Cuffing isn’t the time to stack multiple bracelets. Instead, wear one for an asymmetric look, or purchase a set of two for double cuff symmetry–one for each wrist.
5. Weightless Foundation
When it comes to beauty, a flawlessly fresh face with glowy skin is the ultimate Spring makeup look. I used to opt for a pressed powder as my go-to foundation, but I’ve found that a liquid foundation ends up providing a more natural finish. Even if you have oily skin, Spring is the time to ditch the matte finish. The key to wearing liquid foundation in warmer months is finding one that has a thin consistency and feels weightless on the skin.
- Lancome Teint Idole foundation is my all-time favorite liquid foundation for any season.
- For daily use in the spring, I’ve previously worn (and loved) NARS All Day Luminous foundation.
- Currently, I’m rotating between Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and L’Oreal’s Pro-Matte Infallible Foundation.
6. Pore Refining Primer
A pore refining and mattifying primer is the key to spring makeup success for my fellow oily girls. This is how you can ditch the matte foundation for a natural finish: your base will take care of those natural oils to keep you from looking greasy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as an oily girl, it’s to embrace the shine (to a point) during the warm months.
For Spring, a primer that has a thin consistency is your best bet.
- I’m currently using Dr Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refining Primer because the formula is light, mousse-like, and easy to blend.
- Benefit’s The Porefessional is another primer that feels lightweight and I’ve enjoyed in the past.
- If you’re totally fine with a slightly thicker formula, Tarte’s Clean Slate Poreless Perfecting primer also gets my stamp of approval.
7. Cheek Highlighting Product
Ditch the heavy contour for Spring and focus solely on achieving a glowy face with bronzer or a cheek highlighter. Bronzers with a finely milled shimmer like the Hourglass Ambient Light Bronzing Powder will give you the fresh-faced glow from within.
To kick up the glow even more, opt for a shimmering cheek highlighter instead.
- Becca Cosmetics is known for its intense shimmering skin perfectors.
- Bobbi Brown also makes shimmer bricks with a high color payoff and has less of the chunky glitter finish.
The important thing to look for when purchasing a highlighter is the undertone. Similar to foundation, you want your highlight to fall in line with your skin’s natural undertone.
8. Eye Opening Mascara
Nothing compares to a killer winged liner when paired with a flawless face and glowy cheek, but don’t be afraid to go light and ditch the liner on some days. If you’re afraid of looking weird without eyeliner–yes, it’s a thing and I was one of those people many moons ago–don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Your eyes won’t look naked if you skip the liner and maximize your lashes!
False lashes are a quick fix, but you don’t even have to rely on them as long as you have a mascara that gives you the wide awake look. My ultimate pick for a bold, wide awake eye that doesn’t compromise length is Lancôme’s Grandiose mascara–check out the full review and photo evidence here. L’oreal has an excellent range of “no liner” worthy mascaras if you aren’t ready to plunge into Lancôme’s price point. Miss Manga and Telescopic Carbon Black are two I recommend.
9. Neutral Shimmering Eyeshadow
While Fall is the time to go big or go home in terms of makeup, Spring is where you dial it back down…or at least dial the tones down. With the focus remaining on your skin, eyes can be left naked or washed over with just a touch of a neutral shimmer shadow.
An eyeshadow that has shimmer in it and is close to your natural skin tone will add a little oomph without being over the top. My all time favorite for this effect is NYX’s single eyeshadow, Ibiza.
Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post! I plan on taking my own advice and opting for the “your face but better” makeup routine, focusing on a natural finish foundation and glowy cheek. If you caught my liquid lip series, you’re probably aware of the fact that I own and love quite a few matte liquid lipsticks. Will I give those up for Spring? Not completely, but I will top them off with a lip gloss for a finish that matches the season.