The 5 Basics You Need In Your Makeup Bag for Spring
With just a few days to go until spring officially arrives, I’ve started to make a few seasonal switches to my makeup bag. In the same way that you might be starting to think about stashing away your winter coats and heavy knitwear and re-introducing your trench coats and florals to your wardrobe, there are certain beauty basics that are always essential to my spring routine.
I’m not sure there’s another base product out there that offers up both incredible sun protection benefits—SPF 50+ to be precise—along with such dreamy skin coverage. This CC cream is adored by beauty editors for the way it gives your skin a kind of post-facial glow without compromising on coverage.
Admittedly not the highest SPF rating but I’m including this foundation for its beautiful lightweight finish and hydrating formula. I apply it with my fingers for a real skin-like finish.
This is a part-tinted moisturiser, part-foundation. It sinks straight into your skin, leaving it velvety-soft—great if you hate the feel of a heavy foundation on your skin. Plus, it does a great job of diffusing fine lines and pores. And all while protecting your skin with SPF20.
On good skin days I reach for something like this gel-serum formula from MAC. It’s oil-free with broad spectrum SPF30 protection and quenches dry skin as well as controlling oily patches. You can apply it in one sheer layer or build it up with a brush for more of a medium coverage which makes it a really versatile makeup bag option.
Strictly speaking, this is a gel-cream—rather than a traditional cream formula—but I love the way that it delivers a serious amount of colour alongside skin-hydrating benefits. This one is a glowy peach shade that dries down into a pretty stain with wear throughout the day.
I have at least two of the Glossier Cloud Paints in my makeup bag at any one time. For spring, though, I gravitate towards the perkier pastel shades—Beam and Puff. In terms of longevity, these products aren’t the greatest, but for the unique hues and flushed finish that they provide I’ll happily touch-up throughout the day.
If you’re new to cream blushes, or not sure about wearing colour on your cheeks in general, then a stick product is a great place to start. Dot this directly onto the apples of your cheeks then blend out the edges with your fingers. It delivers a surprisingly subtle pop of colour to skin but you can build it up if you want a more intense hue.
This stick verges on highlighter territory thanks to its seriously radiant formula but it looks wonderfully luminous when applied to the apples of your cheeks. Enriched with cotton and rose extracts, it really meshes with your skin for natural-looking colour.
Dispelling the myth that clean beauty products don’t deliver on pigment, this little pot of shine provides an impactful champagne glow to skin. Infused with coconut and jojoba seed oils, along with cocoa butter, it’s really creamy and perfect for getting that dewy skin look.
You can wear this metallic highlighter alone—pressing a few drops onto your cheekbones and beneath brows—but I prefer to mix a little with my foundation for all-over radiance.
Depending on the shade that you go for, the Fenty Beauty Skinsticks can be used for everything from highlight and blush to bronzer and contour. This shade, Confetti, is a cool-toned lilac that I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this spring.
This liquid formula is intensely pigmented but incredible versatile. Mix it with your foundation for a dewy base or alone to illuminate your cheekbones and Cupid’s bow. The copper-tinged hue looks particularly great on deeper skin tones.
First thing to note—the minty-sage scent of this lip balm is incredible and a real refreshing pick-me-up during the day. It’s infused with hemp-derived cannabis oil for a moisture hit as well as baby pink pigment for a subtle wash of colour.
Not only does this lip balm look beautiful—yes, that’s a real chrysanthemum inside—but it glides on clear and adjusts to your lips’ pH levels to create a personalised shade of pink.
If you’re looking for a balm with a little more pigment then Clinique’s Chubby Sticks always deliver. I love this cheery red shade—Two Ton Tomato—on days when I can’t be bothered with a full-on lipstick but still want to wear a bold lip.
Providing a healthy dose of sun protection to your delicate lips at the same time as a brightening dose of colour makes this lip balm my go-to for weekends away. It also looks pretty when dotted onto your cheeks as a makeshift blush.
A sheer gel formula that blends seamlessly with your skin. If you’re having a relaxed makeup day then just a little of this blended over your moisturiser would look gorgeous but I prefer to apply it over foundation on my cheeks, chin and nose to add some warmth to my skin.
Until recently I’ve had something of a fake tan phobia but a friendly PR convinced me to give these tanning drops a go. I’m hooked. You can mix anything from 1 to 12 drops with your moisturiser, depending on whether you want a subtle glow or a full-on tan. I mixed 2 or 3 with my night cream and woke to a healthier-looking version of my skin with no streaks or patches in sight.
The silkiest powder bronzer I’ve ever tried, this is a matte formulation with a hint of shimmer to provide luminosity. I’ll use a powder blush to lightly dust this over my cheeks and nose for a golden glow that doesn’t veer towards contour territory. It comes in five shades that range from a sandy hue for pale skin tones to a deep brown for deeper skin tones.
This is the product that changed the bronzer game for me. On holiday last year I wore just a pump or two of this on bare skin, sheered out with a brush for effortlessly radiant skin. For spring in the UK, I’ll mix a pump with my foundation for a daytime glow. Or, for an evening out, I’ll press a little more over my base for a little more oomph.