8 Beauty Swaps To Get You In the Mood For Spring
From tanning drops to colourless mists, it’s never been easier to add a warm glow to your face and limbs. Whether you’re a fake tan-phobe or wary of going orange, the latest gradual formulas on the beauty shelves will take you from winter white to spring glow in a matter of hours. James Read’s Gradual Tan Drops are packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and aloe vera for a dewy, plumped look.
Lighten Your Base
Nothing says spring more than a fresh, dewy complexion so consider swapping your winter base for a lighter formula. While BB and CC creams work well for the summer months, a bevy of breathable, next-to-nothing foundations will leave your skin looking luminous. Lancôme’s Skin Feels Good Foundation is on our wish-list – the recently launched formula provides flawless sheer coverage and is made with moringa extracts and hyaluronic acid to actively protect your skin.
Trade Powders For Creams
While it can be tempting to reach for powder formulas to keep skin matte and make-up in place, cream formulas are better suited to the warmer weather. Why? Powders can turn cakey in the heat, so opt for cream blushers, bronzers and highlighters for a more natural glow. They’re the definition of a beauty multi-tasker too, and can be used on lips, cheeks and eyes.
Use An SPF
You already know you should be using an SPF all year round but when the sun’s technically not shining, it can be easy to forget this crucial step in your skincare routine. Thanks to new technology, a whole host of SPF formulas are lighter and less oily than their predecessors, sitting perfectly under make-up and working hard to protect from skin from UVA, UVB and HEV rays.
Boost Your Highlights
Central heating, wind and cold weather can all wreak havoc with your hair, particularly if it’s coloured, leaving it dull, brittle and lifeless come spring. Revive your highlights and boost shine with a specially toned shampoo – try purple for blondes and blue if you’re a brunette; Charles Worthington’s new Blue Shampoo is the first of its kind. Seal with Daniel Galvin’s Clear Gloss to restore that freshly-coloured look.
Try A Tinted Balm
Offering hydrating benefits and a wash of sheer colour, tinted balms are the ideal middle ground if you’re growing tired of traditional lipstick. No need to constantly reapply and without the drying effect of lipstick, a barely-there tint is a simple way to enhance your natural beauty for an easy, polished look. Tom Ford’s offering – launching early May – adapts to your skin’s pH for a bespoke rosy glow.
Look To Gel Formulas
Stash away winter’s heavy oils and creams in favour of innovative gel formulas that’ll hydrate the skin without weighing it down. Dior’s game-changing toner is enriched with prebiotics, liquorice and jasmine water to rebalance the skin, while L’Occitane’s new Thirst-Quenching Gel contains thousands of micro-bubbles to instantly recharge lacklustre complexions.
Upgrade Your Concealer
Warmer weather and brighter days warrant a rethink of textures and palettes when it comes to your base, and a light-reflecting concealer is a good place to start. We’re coveting Trish McEvoy’s Correct and Even Full-Face Perfector which boasts second-skin coverage and a buildable, natural finish. Apply a single layer to correct blemishes, redness, dark circles and hyperpigmentation or use to highlight and contour.
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