Spring has sprung in Melbourne, and it’s time to shed those winter layers and let yourself shine. While you’re swapping jeans for dresses and heading outdoors for some much-needed sunshine, take some time to update your makeup routine.
From switching up your foundation to adding a pop of colour to your look, we have all the best tips to take your makeup into the new season.
Spring clean your beauty bag
There’s no better time than spring to clean out the clutter and make a fresh start. But your house isn’t the only thing that deserves a refresh. Your makeup bag could also use a good spring clean to rid it of unnecessary and old items.
Beauty bags can be a little like black holes. Things get sucked in, and they never come out. Over time, our once refined edit of makeup products begins to build into a mass of junk. So, if you’re guilty of hoarding more makeup than you need, there’s no better time than now to purge the inessentials.
Not only will spring cleaning your makeup bag lighten your load, but it’ll also improve your morning routine. From saving you time (no more searching through a mountain of lipstick to find the one shade you wear) to improving your skin (say goodbye to old, bacteria-ridden powders), this simple task will transform the way you use makeup.
Prep your base
Your skin provides the base for all the beauty products you wear, so it’s an essential factor to consider.
We all know winter can be harsh on our skin, so chances are your complexion is looking a little dehydrated and dull. Prevent your makeup from looking flaky and dry by showing it some love.
Special treatments such as chemical peels are perfect for sloughing away the dry and dead skin cells that plague us during winter to reveal fresh, new skin. Chat to a MySkin Clinics consultant to discuss these treatments and find out how you can improve your complexion for a beautiful base.
Refresh your makeup for spring
Every season brings with it a change in the weather and a need for fresh makeup to suit the temperature and aesthetic.
For spring, the new wave of sunshine means reaching for products infused with SPF. Likewise, as the weather warms up, it’s also a good idea to swap your full-coverage winter foundation for something with a lighter formula. Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup products, which protect against UV damage, are perfect for this.
The shade of your foundation is another important factor to consider. As the spring sun returns colour to your complexion, you may need to opt for a slightly darker hue to ensure your makeup continues to suit your skin tone. Try to select one with a natural, dewy finish for a fresh appearance.
Make the most of the extra light
Take advantage of the longer days and more frequent sunshine to showcase your best features with shimmering shades. Use bronzer for a glowing appearance; dust it where the sun naturally hits your face, like the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and on your forehead.
Spring is an excellent time to try a brighter makeup look and experiment with different shades. Where a pale, shimmery eyeshadow can look faded in the winter gloom, in spring it adds a touch of lightness. Look for neutral eyeshadows with a sparkle like copper, gold or champagne. Apply across the lid, blending into the socket. Add a hint of white to the inner corners of your eyes to really open them up.
Be inspired by the runway trends
While we all have a favourite daily beauty look, there’s nothing more fun than experimenting with the latest trends. This season, it’s all about bright and bold makeup, so express your confidence and embrace exciting colours in spring.
Straight from the international runways, this season’s makeup trends involve daring pops of colour, bright blush, sparkling glitter, graphic eyeliner, and smudgy smoky eyes. While this all may sound intense, select just one to highlight for a gorgeous, on-trend appearance.
Switch over your foundation
The foundation you were using throughout winter may not be as suitable now the weather is warming up. The hydrating, full-coverage formula that gave you smooth, fresh skin may now be too heavy and oily.
Look for a lighter coverage foundation for spring to give you that fresh, dewy look and natural finish. And don’t just grab the same shade as your winter foundation without testing first – the increased sunlight will warm your face and subtly change your skin tone so you might need to go for something a shade darker.
If you do want to stick with the same foundation throughout spring, get the lighter look by blending a small amount with your daily moisturiser for a DIY tinted moisturiser effect.
Cream over powder
The spring look is all about fresh-faced and dewy, which you can get by subbing out powder blush and eyeshadows for cream-based versions. Apply with a makeup sponge, or just use your fingers for a easy, natural look.
If you’re not already using a primer as part of your morning makeup routine, get onto it this spring.
Primer is designed to provide a base to your foundation, allowing it to glide on smoothly and last longer. Choose one designed for your skin type: if you’re oily, look for an oil-free primer with oil-absorbing properties; if your skin is dry, use a primer that contains hydrating ingredients. If you have different skin types in on your face (like, say an oily T-section but dry cheeks) you can use to different primers for each specific area.
Spring into the season
Spring makeup is all about light, feminine colours and dewy complexions. While the look for winter is all moody plum, deep burgundy and lots of kohl, your spring look should evoke the light colours and sunny skies of the warmer weather.
On your cheeks apply rosy pink or peach based blush with a pop of shimmer for a healthy, youthful glow.Use pinks, blues, lilacs and greens on your eyes for an eye-opening appearance. Copper, gold and champagne colours are also a great spring-time look. For the lips, pinks, corals and reds make for the perfect pout.
It’s all about the brows
The bold brow trend is firmly here to stay and this spring is the time to master it. While you might not have given much thought to primping your brows, even just a little bit of grooming can have a massive impact on your look.
A full brow a la Cara Delevingne makes you look younger and can really open up your face. Use a fat brow brush to get this look, applying in short, even strokes to avoid any resemblance to Oscar the Grouch.
Bring out the bronzer
With the warmer weather in full swing, it’s now totally appropriate to bring out the fake tan to give yourself a natural looking glow. Avoid going over the top – this isn’t St. Barts in the middle of summer, after all. Just a light coating of a bronze-based tan will give you that lightly-kissed-by-the-sun glow just in time for spring racing.
Of course for the best tan you’ll want to prep your skin first. A deep exfoliation will scrub away all that dead winter skin cells, while a deep moisturising treatment will vitalise your fresh skin underneath.
Just be sure to protect your skin with a good SPF coverage – apply every morning and reapply before heading out into the sunshine for gorgeous skin all season.