Taking Your Makeup from Winter to Spring

At last, the first day of spring has finally sprung and it’s brought with it warmer days and sunnier skies (if you ignore the odd downpour here on campus). When it gets to spring I like to switch my makeup up a bit, saying goodbye to the heavy contour and hello to sun kissed, bronzed skin. Here are some of my favourite products to create a fresh look for the new season.

MAC Face and Body Foundation

In the colder months (who am I kidding it’s always cold in the UK) I prefer to wear foundation with a heavier coverage, but when it starts to get a bit warmer I gravitate towards lighter coverage, dewier foundations. One of my favourites is MAC’s Face and Body Foundation (£23.50 for 50ml, comes in 13 different shades) because it leaves my skin super glowy and feels really light – it’s a light to medium coverage but is buildable.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

As I mentioned before, I tend to ditch the grey-toned contour powders when Spring comes around and reach more for my bronzers to warm up my skin, in an attempt to feel like I’ve just been on a 2-week holiday to Palm Springs. My favourite all-time bronzer is Hoola from Benefit (£24.50) as it isn’t too dark or orange-toned (which is rare considering how pale I am) and leaves a natural, sun kissed look.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector


I’m a dark-lip kinda gal – I’ll choose a dark purple or blue liquid lipstick over a nude lippy any day. But when it comes to the warmer months, I love a gloss to create a fresh-faced look. These ones by Clarins (£18) are the best as they’re not sticky and are super moisturising (they’re technically classed as a lip balm). I always have one in my bag.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

To go along with a more bronzed look, in spring I tend to reach for a slightly warmer toned highlighter too. In autumn and winter, I love a frosty ice-toned glow but I prefer a more gold-toned one when the sun starts to come out more. Becca do incredible highlighters and have a great range of shades but Champagne Pop (£32) from the Champagne Collection, which was created by Jaclyn Hill, is stunning.

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow

I love a smoky eye but when it’s warmer I lean towards a simple gold/bronze shadow. MAC have so many great ones but All That Glitters (£13.50) creates an effortless wash of subtle shimmer across the lids – Woodwinked is a close second though.

Edited by Susan Akyeampong