Spring and Summer are my two favorite seasons, I love all the bronzed tan skin and bright colors Spring has to offer. There is no better place to be inspired by than your local Sephora, I find my self spending hours sampling and trying new shades of color. This usually means several bags of makeup and a pretty large bill. Some would say I am a bit obsessed, but these purchases really inspire me and help me create some really beautiful looks. Below, I have created my top 10 Spring Beauty Must Haves list. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please feel free to ask any questions or post any comments.
Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer is an amazing product. This tinted moisturizer evens out the complexion effortlessly and blends well with other cream products, especially the Make Up For Ever HD Blush below. I even use this product on men from time to time and it is virtually weightless while offering ample sun protection.
I am really obsessed with these NEW High Definition Blush’s from Make Up For Ever. They are super pigmented and a little goes a long way. Pump out a little product on your fingers and blend into the apples of your cheeks for a dewey finish. Skip the powder with these cream blushes and keep the skin luminous.
The genius at NARS who created the original Orgasm Blush has turned this beautiful shade into a cream highlighter. I have quite the collection of highlighting creams but this one really stands out in my kit and the pink and gold undertones flatter all complexions. Just take a pearl sized amount and blend into your cheek bones, bridge of nose, middle of forehead and chin for a youthful glow.
The Josie Maran Cosmetics Bronzer is stunning! I have been using this all over the face and body on all of my shoots in the last month. This product offers the perfect amount of color to complement all skin tones while giving you that perfect “Sun Kissed” look. This bronzer is also great layered over the cream bronzer from Josie Maran Cosmetics. Josie Maran Cosmetics are all formulated with natural ingredients that are non toxic, Paraben and frangrance free.
These finger paints in “Lovely” from Josie Maran Cosmetics is a fantastic “All in One” product. The four creamy shades can be used on eyes, lips and cheek for that effortless beachy look. Use the darker shades for a golden smokey eye and the lighter shades for highlighting the face. When you need to pack light, this is a must have!
Vibrant poppy hues are all the rage this Spring. This Lavender and Violet eye shadow duo from NARS Cosmetics (Jolie Poupee) is perfect for those days when you want that extra pop of color. Use the lighter shade all over the lid up to the crease and then apply the darker shade in the crease for some dimension. Make sure to blend well and then apply a coat of black mascara for flirty lashes.
These 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils from urban Decay are great for adding a vibrant pop of color to a nude eye. I love all the blue and purple shades for adding just a hint of color to the lash line. They can also double as cream eye shadow and are water proof.
Smashbox Bionic Mascara is one of my favorite mascaras right now. This mascara leaves you with longer, stronger and more voluminous lashes. The brush defines and separates each lash as you apply and does not clump up. Bionic Mascara is also water resistant for beach days and pool side fun.
For that perfect nude colored lip, try Guava Lip Stick in Natural Pink. This lipstick has a really great texture and feels amazing on the lips with out being opaque. Guava lipstick is the perfect choice for those days when you want just a touch of color and a little moisture. The Lip Butters from Korres are also great options as well.
I can not escape hot pink, no matter what! I am just really drawn to this color. One of my favorite looks is pairing a nude eye with a bright lip. Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss is a great gloss that adds luminous shine and a pop of color. Electric and Starlit are my two favorite shades for achieving this look.
ALL products mentioned above are available at any Sephora or online at http://www.sephora.com