Spring is finally here on the Hill! The first signs of the beautiful Maine we know and love are becoming more apparent after a very, very long winter. With the new season upon us, I find myself swamped with papers, labs, and finals- leaving barely enough time to get ready in the mornings. As a makeup junkie, it can be tough to put on a full face while making the mad dash to class. However, it has inspired me to embrace my natural features and create a fresh, breezy look. Everybody is beautiful in their own special way and it is so important to recognize that. Additionally, taking a minimalist approach to your makeup can save time and space. Here are some of my go to’s to create that fresh spring look!
Step 1. Have a solid base
Priming your face may seem a little excessive, but with the weather getting increasingly humid, your makeup has the potential to slip and slide. Using a light-weight primer will prevent makeup mishaps and keep your makeup looking fresh for hours. Soap & Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Primer has a lightweight finish and minimizes your pores for those days you want to emphasize your skin without worrying about excessively covering up blemishes.
Step 2. Let your skin breathe
Do not hide your beautiful face behind layers of makeup! Let the world see the real you with a tinted moisturizer that hydrates your skin while evening out your complexion. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 has a wide range of shades that offer a glowy, fresh finish while protecting your skin from the sun. This is on the pricier side; a more affordable alternative could be the LA Girl HD Pro BB Cream. Because tinted moisturizers and BB/CC creams are minimal coverage, there is no need to put any finishing powder on.
Step 3. Add a natural flush
With the flowers coming into full bloom, you can mirror the beautiful colors of spring using a cheek stain. Cheek stains are more natural looking than powder blushes and last longer. No brush application is required, making it far more efficient to apply. Glossier Cloud Paint is one of Glossier’s best sellers this year with Teen Vogue and Allure writing several full feature articles about the different sunset tones.
Step 4. Apply some mascara
Add a coat or two of a lengthening mascara that enhances your lashes but keeps the separation for a naturally fuller look. The L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascara was named as one of Glamour’s 11 Best Drugstore Mascaras.
Step 5. Spiff up eyebrows
Keep the natural shape of your brows but give them a boost in terms of color and texture. Wunderbrow is a long-lasting eyebrow gel that lasts for up to 3 days and follows the natural curvature of your brow. It has buildable coverage, which makes it ideal for those just beginning to experiment with brows.
Step 6. Highlight
One of the most versatile products that both makeup aficionados and rookies adore, highlighter creates the illusion of brightness and depth on the face. It illuminates your highest features and creates a youthful glow. Pictured is “Flexitarian,” just one of Colourpop’s massive collection of highlighters. It can be used on a myriad of different skin tones and is extremely affordable.
Step 7. Soft Lip Color
Fun lip colors are an awesome way to express yourself, but for a natural spring look, a muted color is best to compliment the natural hue of your lips. NYX Butter Lip Gloss in “Tiramisu” is a muted nude that looks beautiful on many different skin tones. A soft gloss will enhance your natural pout without excess product.
I hope that this short, sweet, and simple guide makes your spring makeup routine a little more bearable.