It’s official – we’ve had more than a couple of hours of sunshine, the daffodils are blooming and the Easter stuff has hit the stores hard. Spring is here! I like to have a little reworking of my beauty stash around the beginning of March, and move the heavy duty products to the back so that I can see all my fresh feeling, light-weight bits at a glance. Gone are the full coverage foundations to be replaced by sheerer tinted moisturisers, the facial spritz’s are out in force and fragrance comes over all floral. So ladies, lets talk Spring beauty.
I tend to veer towards heavier, heady scents during the colder months such as Diptyque’s Philosykos or Chanel’s Chance. They last longer, evoke a sense of warmth in me and anything lighter feels as though it gets lost under the multiple Winter layers. The very first sign of sun has me reaching for the more delicate, floral options within my collection. Think Peony And Blush Suede by Jo Malone, Mon by Guerlain (a new and very firm favourite) and the lighter Eau Tendre edition of Chance by Chanel. Chance Eau Tendre is a heavenly every day fragrance and a beautifully fruity, floral scent. It intertwines top notes of crisp grapefruit, melon and quince, heart notes of sweet jasmine and hyacinth, and lingering base notes of iris, white musk, Virginia cedar and amber. Elegant, fresh and light – a spritz to the base of the neck and wrists is all you need to accompany you into the sunshine.
One of the best bits of skin care advice I could ever give would be to wear an SPF…all year round. It becomes particularly important during the Spring and Summer months as our skin gets treated to it’s daily dose of Vitamin D. Nobody wants to be smearing that thick, heavy duty sand magnet type cream all over their faces though, and there are some gorgeous alternatives on the market. My favourites come from Kiehl’s and Origins, but Kiko Milano do a brilliant budget version. The City Filter Sunscreen comes in at only £12.90 (currently on offer for £6.40 direct from their website)and gives your skin all the protection it needs with it’s factor 50 defence. The liquid sinks in quickly and feels silky smooth, leaving your face ready for the remainder of the days makeup.
The biggest transition in my makeup routine comes from my base products; bring on the tinted moisturisers and BB creams. As usual, NARS are my go-to in this department, and their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser gives me something a little dewy whilst letting my natural complexion shine through. The coverage is brilliant for a non-foundation; it evens out skin tone and leaves you with a gorgeous glow, feels feather light to wear and it is super hydrating. Easy to blend and stands the test of time with no oxidising or patchiness come the end of the day. I got colour-matched at my local NARS counter and walked away with the shade Finland (the lightest in the range, and it suits my fairness perfectly), but you can bet whatever your skin tone you’ll find a match – there are a whopping 11 colours in the line, which is a great selection for a tinted moisturiser!
I tend to veer towards creamier products over powders once Winter is done and dusted; they give that dewy radiance that I am all about. So, it pains me to say but it’s back in the bag for Channel and Stila steals the spotlight. Their Convertible Colour Duel Lip and Cheek Creams are just beautiful. From the flower embellished packaging to the luxurious creamy formula, this is just a pleasure to use. I opted for the shade Peony as it gives a natural, just-pinched flush to my cheeks. The pigment is intense so you only need to apply the smallest amount to get the perfect look, and it gives a kind of healthy, shimmery effect to the cheek too so without doubt ticks all the desired boxes for a Spring blush for me.
Finally, it’s time to perfect that pout. Although I still rock a bold matte lip when the urge takes me, I prefer to use lighter, balmier products for day-to-day. Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine range is what I reach for most of the time; soft, hydrating with a sheer yet buildable finish – I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more Spring appropriate lipstick. My favourite shades are Boheme (pictured here, a stunning coral toned red), Rendez Vouz (a gorgeous baby pink) and Liberte (the prettiest peachy hue) but there are 26 options to fill your boots with. I’ll always have a soft spot for Boheme though as I picked it up in Paris on my trip last year.
Do you stick to the same old routine whatever the weather, or do you prefer to have a little switch up like me? Let me know what products you are reaching to transition from Winter to Spring – I’m always on the look out and don’t need much persuading!