March is here, and although the weather still feels like winter, it’s not too early to think spring when applying makeup.
A new spring outfit wouldn’t be in full bloom without that fresh makeup look to accentuate it.
With endless assortments of colorful cosmetics ready to be purchased and worn, the decision between buying more expensive brands and the cheaper brands can come between you and your wallet.
Does the popular brand have an advantage over the drugstore brand when it comes to quality and wear? Sometimes the only way to know for certain to buy both and just experiment.
Enhanced minimalism, emeralds and ’60s contours are a few reappearing trends in Vogue this spring. However, classic looks are still as trendy as ever. Here are some products to help you spring into the season.
Foundation (with spf)
·Clinique — Superbalanced liquid foundation, 1 oz., $23
·Givenchy — Photo’Perfexion, 0.8 oz, $48
·NARS — Sheer glow foundation, 1 oz., $44
·Two Faced — Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20, 1.5 oz., $34
·Almay — Wake-up liquid foundation SPF 20, 1 oz., $13.49
·Maybelline — Fit Me liquid foundation, 1 oz., $7.99
·Maybelline — Super Stay 24 Hour liquid foundation, 1 oz., $11.79
·Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Moisturizer SPF 20, 1.0 oz., $11.99
Most women who wear foundation typically stick with the same one year-round. However, just as it is important to switch shampoos every now and again, the same goes with foundation. When the weather and seasons change, so does your skin, so you have to adapt to the environment. Being outdoors more often means more SPF protection is needed. These foundations are excellent choices for spring because they work to create that light dewy look while providing flawless coverage. Without consideration in price, I would choose Givenchy’s foundation or Almay’s Wake-up foundation.
·Quick tip: Prior to applying any foundation to your face, use a moisturizing face cream, such as Pond’s.
·Dolce and Gabbana — Italian Monica 160 — Warm Red, $33
·Kat Von D — Underage Red — Bright Crimson, $19
·Lancome — 170N Sequence Of Love — Cool True Red, $26
·NARS — Heat Wave — Semi Matte Orange Red, $26
·Smashbox — Love Me Be Legendary Lipstick, $19
·Yves Saint Laurent: 4 Rouge in Danger — Deep Strawberry Red, $34
·Covergirl — Lip Perfection, Hot 305, $5.94
·Maybelline — Color Sensational Very Cherry, $7.99
·Revlon — Super Lustrous Cherry Blossom, $7.99
·Rimmel — Lasting Finish by Kate Moss, $2.89
·L’Oreal — Colour Riche, True Red, $9.49
·Wet n Wild — Salsa Lessons, $2.99
There are many choices when it comes to that perfect shade of red. Most women have their own shade picked, whether it has a hint of orange or a darker plum tint. It’s about making it your own look and wearing it with confidence. Price withheld, I would choose either Smashbox’s Love Me Legendary or L’Oreal’s True Red.
·Quick tip: Sometimes using a lip balm such as Burt’s Bees before applying lipstick will keep your lips moisturized for longer and will absorb the color pigments, making the color last longer.
·Illamasqua — Immodest — Bright Hot Pink, $24
·Kat Von D — Backstage Bambi — Hot Pink, $19
·Smashbox — Be Legendary, Pink Petal — Hot Pink, $19
·Stila — Betsey — Fuchsia, $22
·Revlon — Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain Lovesick, $8.99
·L’Oreal — Colour Riche Lip Colour, Tickled Pink, $9.49
·L’Oreal — Colour Riche Legloss Watermelon Crush. $7.99
·Neutrogena — Moisture Shine Lip Gloss Fruity Pink, $9.49
Endless choices out there when it comes to finding just the right pink tone. Out of these quick examples, I would wear either Illamasqua’s lipstick or Revlon’s balm stain. Both give a moisturizing feeling and great pop of color to balance out a modern minimalist eye look.
·Bobbi Brown — Beige — Light Warm Beige, $24
·Buxom — Nude Beige, $21
·Dior — Dior Addict Urban 178 — Sheer Pale pink, $31
·Dolce and Gabanna — Nude 50 — Pale Nude, $32
·Illamasqua — Sonnet — Matte Pale Peachy Nude, $24
·NARS — Belle de Jour — Sheer Nude Beige, $26
·Smashbox — Nylon Nude — Peachy Nude, $19
·L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Stick lipstick, Merino Mauve, $9.99
·Maybelline — Color Sensational Lips gloss, Iced, $6.49
·Neutrogena — Moisture Shine lip gloss, natural boost, $9.49
·Revlon — Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Satin Charm, $8.99
·Revlon — Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain precious, $8.99
If dramatic cat eyes are the look you’re going for, you’ll need the right nude lip to achieve the trendy ‘60s look, seen in many shows during New York Fashion Week, including Lisa Perry’s Fall/Winter Collection. There are many more choices, these are just a few examples. If I had to choose, it would be Dolce and Gabanna’s lipstick or Neutrogena’s shine gloss.
·Too Faced — Sun Bunny — Satin Suntan/ Rich Satin Bronze, $29
·Urban Decay — Baked — bronze shimmer, $26
·L’Oreal — True Match Naturale All Over Mineral Glow in any tint, $14.99
·Phsycian’s Formula — Bronze Glow pressed powder, $14.99
Bronzer is tricky because you have to know just the right amount to sweep across. The important thing to keep in mind when looking for a bronzer is one that has sparkle. The glittering effect will brighten up your face when in the sun and keep it from looking dry and dull. If it’s just a pressed powder and no glitter, mix it with a nude or beige sparkly eye shadow to give your face the glowing affect. I like either Urban Decay’s or L’Oreal’s Mineral Glow – shimmer and lightness is key.
·Dior — Dior Skin Shimmer, $45
·NARS — any color, $29
·e.l.f. — Studio Blush, $2.70
·L’Oreal — One Sweep Sculpting Brush Posh (Mauve), $12.99
Blush can really wake up and freshen your look if you’re feeling sick and have a pale complexion. Not all blush shades work (it depends on which tone you are) and just like mascara, it’s OK to mix shades. NARS and e.l.f. both work to give a slight sparkle in your look.
·Dolce and Gabbana — Black Intense 1 — True Black, $32
·Dior — Diorshow — Black, Brown or Blue, $25
·Kat Von D — Sinful Lash Mascara, $19
·CoverGirl — Lashblast 24 Hour Mascara, $9.99
·L’Oreal — Voluminous Million Lashes, $6.99
·Maybelline — Full ‘N Soft Mascara, $7.99
Put your best lash forward. Mascara is one of my favorites. It’s the only makeup I would recommend wearing to the gym for a workout. There are limitless choices in mascaras, with every brand carrying at least three types of lash-boosting wands or formulas. Typically women reach for black mascara, but brown and blues are becoming more popular again. Keep in mind while adorning your lashes with a blue mascara, you want to keep everything else balanced. Having a red lip along with it will make you look clownish.
·Quick tip: Mixing mascaras has been some what of a taboo, but it can work. Like the separating wand of one mascara and the formula of another? No problem, mix it up and create your own unique eyelash look.
·Too Faced — Boudoir Eyes, $36
·Urban Decay — Naked Basic Palette, $27
·Physcian’s Formula — Matt Collection Classic Nudes, $6.99
·Maybelline — Expert Wear Luminous Lights Eyes Shadow Quad, $6.49
Eye shadow can give eyes great definition. Emerald is the color of the year, and it’s a color that absolutely can be worn with any color eye. Too Faced and Maybelline sells great shimmering colors for spring.
·Smashbox — Limitless Liquid Liner Pen, $22
·Tarte — Inner Rim Brightener, $19
·Urban Decay — 24/7 Glide — on Pencil, $19
·CoverGirl Line Exact Defining Liner, $7.99
·L’Oreal — Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, $9.49
·Rimmel — Glam Eyes Precise Liquid Liner, $6.49
Eyeliner can be simple or it can be dramatic. No matter how the line is drawn, it will give eyes a feminine look. Usually the pens work better because the slight bit more control you have. Smashbox and Rimmel are both great liners to try.
Butter London, 0.4 oz., $15
Sinful Colors, 0.5 oz., $1.99.
Without considering price, Sinful Colors will provide you with the same great quality as Butter London.
If you like to keep your makeup to a minimum, that’s perfectly fine. Embrace your natural look by focusing on your best features. For great eyes, give a quick sweep of eyeliner and off you go. Don’t be afraid to try new makeup looks for spring. And if the look you create isn’t quite what you had in mind, wash it off and try again.
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