Goodnight, Coats. Goodnight, scarves.
Get out the flippy floppies and pick up a new pair of super dark sunnies because Spring is happening – like right now. Spring makeup trends have always been my favorites because bright, fresh colors are welcomed after the stark hell that is late winter in Virginia.
This year lip crayons are everywhere, drugstore brands appear to have finally mastered matte bronzers, and cheek trends are loud and proud. I’m feeling all of it. This is a massive post because Spring is that awesome. Who am I to hold her back? :)
Milani XL All Over Glow in “Fake Tan”
First of all, you get a ton of product in this massive compact. That’s both a plus and a minus because the packaging isn’t best for travel, which summer is all about, but that doesn’t matter because this bronzer is quality. The matte, darker shade glides on well without going patchy. I can build it up if I want to, and it doesn’t wear off unevenly throughout the day. Because I’m so pale, I’m a great test for how evenly a bronzer applies. ANY streakiness or unevenness is glaring on me.
I don’t have much use for the lighter side because it’s far too orange for my complexion, so do be aware that it’s likely you’ll only use one of the two shades in the palette. If this happens, give the less workable color a try on your eyelids, and you may find that it works well as a shadow.
Pro Tip: For an even application, always apply just a touch of translucent or setting powder over your face before you whip out the bronzer. Otherwise, your moisturizer, foundation, and skin’s natural oils may all cling to the bronzer.
(From left:) Rimmel Stay Blushed Cream Blush in 001 – “Pop of Pink” and Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip and Cheek Chubby in “Think Pink”
The Rimmel cream blush in “Pop of Pink” goes on sheer and is buildable, which makes it perfect for anyone who might be intimidated by the idea of cream blush.
The Flower Lip and Cheek Chubby (worst.name.ever) goes on quite bright, and the shade “think pink” is ridiculous. I adore it, but it may not be the best first cream blush for someone. As with basically every other lip & cheek product I’ve ever tested, this does not sit well on the lips. Wearing this chubby on my lips, I felt like I’d fallen over on the playground and had sand stuck in my lipstick. Avoid.
Pro Tip: For an even application, use the stipple brush below to apply cream blush, then sheer out JUST the edges with your flattened, ring finger.
e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush
I really can’t say enough about this $3 beauty tool. I’ve purchased 4. Does that tell you anything? e.l.f. has been stepping up their game all-around recently. If you haven’t given any of their products a go in a minute, try out a brush or a lipstick.
This small stipple brush is perfect for applying cream blush, blending out cream contours or foundation, and setting under eye concealer. Lil’ Stipple deposits small amounts of product and gives you room to build color slowly.
Pro Tip: If you find that you want to multi-purpose this bad boy – don’t. Buy a separate brush for each task, so you don’t end up with random product on different areas of your face. These brushes tend to hold on to product to a fault.
Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in “3 X a Lady”
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you can probably tell I have a sweet spot in my heart for Hard Candy. It’s probably because when I was a teenager, Hard Candy was actually a High End line with completely obscene color names like “virgin” for white, cherry-scented fingernail polish. Just let that sink in. As a teenager, I was fascinated with the brand, and it just never wore off, so take my Hard Candy recommendations with a grain of nostalgia.
This trio is perfect for late Spring and into the summer. The bronzer is far more cool-toned than most drugstore bronzers, which means it suits fair skintones but wouldn’t be a good match for deeper skintones. The Milani above would suit deep skintones better. Even though it appears to have some shimmer, the bronzer goes on matte but not dull or flat.
The blush is a classic neutral pink that gives you a healthy glow, and the highlighter is – in a word – INTENSE. The first time I tried brushing this onto the tops of my cheekbones, I made one swipe and said “oop,” while staring at myself in the mirror. You will need VERY little of this highlighter on a loosely packed brush (the e.l.f. stipple) to sweep a touch of this on.
Pro Tip: If you’re dealing with any breakouts on your cheeks, avoid this blush and highlighter. Unfortunately, they’ll only draw attention to blemishes.
(From left:) Wet n’ Wild Megasticks Balm Stain in “Nudist Colony,” N.Y.C. City Proof Twistable in “Fulton Street Fushia,” Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain in “Orange You Sweet” and again in “Red Minx”
There are just loads of these lip crayons at the drugstore, ulta, sephora – everywhere. It’s raining lip crayons. I adore all four of these, especially the “Orange You Sweet”, which actually goes on much more as a bright near-red.
When you’re shopping for these, you want to take note of whether you’re buying a crayon that is just a balm or a balm stain, meaning it will also stain your lips. I prefer stains and find that the crayons that are simply balms just don’t last long at all.
Pro Tip: Don’t try to wear these if you haven’t hydrated well enough. Examples: you’re dragging yourself out of bed from a long night out, or suffering the effects of a fast food hangover. Am I the only one who literally feels like I get a fast food hangover? Never forget. These lip crayons do not sit well on dry lips even though they’re marketed as balms. If your lips are dry, stick to traditional lip balms (and grab some H2O).
Milani Baked Blush in “Bella Rosa” and “Delizioso Pink”
My heart aches a little if I spend too much time away from these guys. Milani released not one but two new matte blushes, and they are … everything. They’re high end quality without the high end price.
Even though I look best in cool-toned colors, the warmer of these two is my favorite (left). Pick one of these up, find a coordinating lip crayon, and you are set for Spring.
Pro Tip: Do make sure you’ve evened out your skintone with a little foundation or concealer before applying bright blushes. If there’s already some redness or blemishes present on your skin, the blush will look messy and accentuate the uneven color.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (in NC 15)
Ugh. I honestly put off trying this stuff for a solid year because everyone went on and on about it, and I wasn’t too interested in discovering a holy grail concealer that I have to order online and that isn’t cheap. … well, I now get a discount on MAC cosmetics because I’m a licensed cosmetologist (takes bow, head swells). And I must say, this stuff is amazing for under the eye and far surpasses anything else I’ve tried. I do feel like I am now bound to this petite, glass bottle for the foreseeable future.
I have lots of blue under my eyes, and I wear glasses most days, which, while adorable, tend to only intensify under eye discoloration. Before trying MAC Pro Longwear, I hadn’t actually found anything that concealed all that blue to my satisfaction. This concealer also sits still all day, which is another quality I had yet to find in an under eye concealer. Oily skin girls: this stuff won’t budge.
- Like I mentioned, this concealer comes in a glass bottle. While the packaging feels very nice and chic, a glass bottle is just (sighs) … don’t drop it. Not even once.
- I do NOT suggest putting this on any other area of your face besides your under eye area. If I apply this concealer anywhere outside of my under eye area, it breaks my skin out with hilarious speed. I have read of many other bloggers who are able to wear it all over their face without madness by noon, but I also don’t have skin that breaks out easily anymore, thankfully.
Pro Tip: Learn quickly how to only disperse half a pump of this concealer at a time. It’s incredibly concentrated, and you’ll otherwise waste half of the bottle over time.