The Ultimate Spring Makeup Essentials
Spring is finally here! It’s getting substantially warmer here in Shanghai, and my mood is rising up and up along with the temperature. It’s only natural to switch up the makeup game to match the color palette of the season. For spring, it’s important for the products to have these qualities:
1. Peachy tones
3. Staying power
I hand-picked some of my favorite products that are perfect for the spring. Let’s get started!
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Eye shadow is really a game-changer to any makeup look. Save those dark, earthy tones for winter and nights. It’s time to get peachy! The Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette is my recent obsession. The 18 shades include summer-fresh peachy pinks and corals, along with essentials such as bronzes and beiges. And the eye shadow smells like peach. Or bubble gum. Or both. The palette is rich and pigmented, so the color stays true all day.
I carry a minimum of 5 lip products in my bag at all times. No joke. Your lip color can transform your look in an instant. I’ll save the discussion on matte vs. satin vs. gloss for another time. For spring, I want to keep it looking healthy and natural.
Lip balm: The Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm acts like a moisturizing lip balm, but it has enough color to fake a faded lipstick. The color actually looks different on everyone, which is pretty cool. I have been using the pink shade for a many years and recently switched to the coral shade. Go to the Dior cosmetics counter to try on the colors before purchasing!
Lipstick: Tom Ford’s Smitten from the Lip Color Shine line has very minimal coverage but is loaded with lots of shiny particles. The end result is a barely-there pink shade that suits any complexion. This lipstick is also very moisturizing and looks so great under the sun!
Face Primer + Sunscreen
UV protection is so important in the spring and summer time. I’m naturally very pale so I always make sure to put on some primer before my foundation so I don’t get burnt after a patio brunch date. The primer also ensures that my pores are smoothed out before I start on the layer of foundation. I’ve noticed that anything under SPF 50 is pretty much useless for me, so I snatched up some Japanese products that are good quality and great value. Hada-Labo is a drugstore brand that I’ve been using for years, and their UV gel has a light coverage that goes well under foundation. Shiseido’s Anessa brand is famous for a wide range of sunscreen products. This sunscreen works both on face and body, so I’m planning to carry this in my bag with me all summer long.
Contour and blush are products that I can’t go without. I know contour is really having a moment right now thanks to all the Instagram selfies, but I think it could look very harsh particularly on Asian girls. Most of my girlfriends wear their makeup lightly, so contour would be an addition, and not an essential. So I’ll save that for another post! Blush is so, so important to me since I’m deadly pale without it. For Spring, I want shades that have a peachy pink tone to it, in line with the coral frenzy that is happening. The Nars Orgasm would give you that healthy glow in the perfect peachy-pink shade with just a hint of shimmer. The name says it all. I have repurchased several Nars blush, and everytime I’m just amazed at the long-lasting quality of it. For a more natural look, go for the Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Box o’Powder Blush. The pale pink shade is awesome for faking a good night’s sleep.
I used to layer my liquid foundation with a powder foundation so that my face stays in place all day long, but a lot of the times my face end up looking cakey and just….overdone. My new favorite is the translucent setting powder, which helps my face stay matte all day without adding another layer of color. The queen of all setting powder is obviously the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, which is the favorite amongst makeup artists and beauty vloggers. $38 USD on powder is a bit expensive for sure, but the texture of the powder is really silky soft and microscopic. And it works really well! If you have oily or combination skin, and you get unwanted shine in photos, this is the secret weapon for you.
After the setting powder comes the setting spray, of course. If you want an extra layer of insurance (to protect your face from falling apart), then I suggest giving your face some friendly mist as the last step to your makeup routine. I usually only do this for a long day out or before a night out. The one I use is Gerald Cosmetics’ Slay All Day Setting Spray, in Lavender flavor. I feel like Beyoncé whenever I use it! A quick note on setting sprays: there are usually two types, mattifying and illuminating. Depending on your skin type and the look you are going for, make sure to choose accordingly before purchasing!
It’s very easy for your eyeshadow to be “eaten up” by your eyelids by the end of the day, and this is especially true for women who have monolids or hooded eyes. Eyeshadow primer is the savior since it prolongs the wear by a lot. I have been using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion for maybe about 10 years now, and it’s still my favorite. Just swipe a little bit over your eyelid before applying eyeshadow.
Do you have any products that you use all the time in the spring? I want to know! Tell me in the comments below and have a great Wednesday!