Spring for New Yorkers is almost like being reborn, almost a symbolic gesture of deforestation of the skin, soul, and mind. It’s a gradual way back into the beautiful colors that spring bestows upon us, bringing everything back to life. For me, it’s a time to start freshening up my beauty routine and creating a spring glow. Being someone that doesn’t like to spend too much time and fuss over makeup application, I look for effortless products, perfectly colored and hued, fresh, dewy, and modern. Read on for the 7 secret weapons that’ll update your makeup from winte and give you spring’s softest beauty.
Too Faced Liquified Long Wear Lipstick – These have been causing quite a sensation with all the pro’s out there and for good reason. There are 18 gorgeous colors, and a few quite unique to say the least. You could blend them and create almost infinite color combinations. With these liquefied long wearing lipsticks, you get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss. I would probably recommend a lip liner if you are concerned about any feathering, but the staying power is superb.
Flower Color Play Creme Eye Shadow – Flower, the brand, is the brainchild of Drew Barrymore. Hi quality products at a fraction of the cost, made in the USA and never tested on animals. I absolutely love these creme shadows. They are wonderful as an eyeshadow base, or just by themselves for a fresh, modern look. A little goes a long way, and if you only have 5 minutes to put makeup on in the morning, apply this with your finger, and follow with mascara for a polished look on the go.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipsticks – Finding the perfect colored lip is always a challenge, especially a neutral, flattering shade, that doesn’t go overboard. I think I’ve found the perfect, I mean PERFECT Spring lipstick palette I think everyone can find a shade in. This is Charlotte’s signature range of 10 lipsticks created with modern and classic icons in mind. You can build the level of desired coverage, so no need to be afraid to apply. Grab a lipliner of a similar shade to define and enhance your own spring pout.
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Illuminater – Everyone needs a shimmer. And this should be it. Almost too beautiful to use, grab the deluxe brush it comes with or use your fingers to highlight your cheekbones, brow bones, chin, forehead, collarbone, the bow of your top lip, you name it. It is absolutely perfect, and recommended for setting your foundation and creating an all over glow. This is one of the best and fastest tricks you can use to give yourself that glow you’ve been missing all winter.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Last Lip Color – Everyone needs a 24 hour long lasting lip color at some point in their life and this is my go to product. These are especially recommended for spring brides as well as work-a-holics that have no time to re-apply. The high-intensity color glides on with a moisturizing feel that lasts up to 24 hours. It comes with a clear seal that’s applied over the color base. I love a brand that takes the time and initiate to build an extensive line of colors (24 colors to be exact) at an affordable price. That’s what you can expect from L’Oreal being one of the best makeup brands out there at any price range.
Laura Geller All-In-One Skin Perfecting Beauty Balm SPF 21 – I love that this superb BB cream includes the mineral sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients and has a silky, lightweight texture that’s a pleasure to blend. Laura Geller’s Beauty Balm sets to a delicate satin matte finish and provides sheer to light coverage that evens out the skin tone and hides redness. It is fragrance free and contains antioxidants plus a Multi-Mineral Complex which conditions and protects skin from environmental damage. Optical brighteners instantly diffuse light and diminish the appearance of fine lines and blemishes. Licorice Root brightens and helps even-out skin tone over time. This is exactly what a great BB cream should be like. You can’t get any softer, and more perfect for spring skin than this.
Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beach Sticks – Nothing excites me more than easy to apply, beautifully packaged makeup. This multiple use product features Ceramidone an impressive ingredient that acts like a poly-filler to refill and plump up the skin, creating a youthful, flawless skin surface. Without it, cream products can have a tendency to accumulate in skin surface imperfections, such as pores or lines. For the perfect hint of color and glow you’ve been lacking all winter, just smile and apply along the apple of your cheek. Then blend with clean fingertips, or a synthetic brush.
Samantha Lennon, Makeup Consultant & Artist
“Your Makeup Artist”