Spring is my absolute favourite season. Winter is far too cold and plays havoc with my skin, and Summer melts my makeup off, whilst making me a little sweaty around the edges. (I bet you’re glad you know that. We’re all friends here.)
Spring is the season of light knitwear, flippy skirts and adorable hats. Gone are the bulky scarves of January and the heavy makeup looks that accompany them. I like to tailor my makeup to the seasons, and after the gorgeous sunshine we’ve had up here in Yorkshire over the last few days, it’s time to tweak my beauty routine for the beautiful Spring weather.
Spring is the perfect time for dewy skin. Slather on the highlighter in Winter, and you look ridiculously shiny, and in Summer you’ll just look a bit sweaty. A gorgeous dewy glow in Springtime is lovely, and it’s been all over the catwalks, with the likes of Marni and Donna Karan sending their models down the runway with a glowing face. (Vogue refers to this as the ‘sweaty skin’ look – not too sure if I’m keen on that one…)
To acheive this look at home, I love the Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter. A tube of this lasts forever, as you only need a teensy bit each time. I have Notting Hill Glow, which is admittedly a little bit light for me – I like to blend it with my foundation rather than putting it straight onto the skin – however, when carefully applied, across cheekbones, forehead and down the nose can look gorgeous (see below):
Bright eyed, bushy tailed
Winter is the perfect season for a dramatic smokey eye. However, I think that’s too heavy for an everyday Spring look; Spring is all about bright sunshine!
To emulate this through beauty, I like to add some brightness to my eye makeup routine by using a nude or white eyeliner. I use it to line my waterline to make my eyes look bright, beautiful and bigger – my personal favourite is the nude liner pencil by Rimmel: Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude (5). It’s easy to apply, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and it’s creamy enough to line the waterline without trouble.
Pop of Colour
Yay! I love bold and bright colours, and Spring is the perfect time to crack out those vibrant lippies you’ve got stashed away. Another trend that’s been all over the runway in 2015, a pop of colour adds a playful element to your look which I love. Topshop, Missoni and Zac Posen all rocked a jazzy lip in Fashion Week this year – Topshop loved a statement purple, Missoni and bright coral orange, and Zac Posen a shocking scarlet.
I’m a huge advocate of a pink lip, and I think Spring is the best time to wear one. One of my favourite pinks is by Topshop – they do really great lipsticks! – and it’s Tease. Not too bright, but beautifully pigmented, it can be worn alone or with a gloss for a real statement lip.
I love a dramatic look, and it’s with sadness in my heart that I wave goodbye to smokey eyes come April. They’re just far too heavy and dark, and look misplaced with Springtime outfits – boo!
However, Spring eyes can still be smokey – just not as dark. Forgo the liner (that was hard for me to say…) and simply use shadows in beautiful neutral tones to create dusky lids. Sometimes I like to inject colour into my look, with a lilac or purple shadow, much like Vera Wang’s Fashion Week look. (I’d recommend a nude lip with a coloured smoke, though – you might start looking a little clown-esque…)
Here’s where a palette comes in handy, as you want to create your look using a couple of different shades. I’ve gone for a neutral smokey eye here, using the Nars Dual Intensity Narsissist Palette – specifically colours Himalia (lid), Ursa Major (crease and under eye) and Andromeda (brow line and inner corners).
Less is More
Let’s face it – Spring isn’t a time for heavy makeup. Colours are soft, skin is glowing and lips are petal-pink; it’s definitely a less-is-more approach. Take it to the next level like Proenza Schouler, who only applied dabs of concealer to their models, or keep it simple with soft colour, bright eyes and long lashes, like Marc Jacobs.
Break out the highlighter, dust off your sandals and embrace the femininity of Springtime!