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Bring On The Bronze
Come spring, my wintry palette gets put away in favour of a warmer, more bronzed version that anticipates the sunny days and balmy nights ahead. The current big hitters in my makeup reshuffle include Sann Beauty’s Nourish + Tint Solid Lip Serum in Sunset, which is a beach holiday in a lip colour, and Jones Road’s Shimmer Face Oil in Midas, a makeup-skincare hybrid which wakes up my complexion when tapped on over my base. The switch-over has also extended to my eyeliner wardrobe; on days I fancy a smudged pencil look nothing beats Victoria Beckham’s latest Olive Satin Kajal Liner, which looks especially pretty on brown and hazel eyes. When I feel like a slicker liquid line, my favourite trick is to swap out my regular black eyeliner for Glossier’s brown Brow Flick pen. If it sounds odd using a brow pen in lieu of liner, hear me out. Not only is the cocoa colour a softer, more flattering alternative to black in brighter light, the formula is totally smudge proof and designed to stay in place without fading.
Forgo The Foundation
In the warmer months I crave lighter base formulas that feel a bit less ‘done’ than foundations. It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Rose Inc range, but the latest product I’ve tried – the Tinted Serum – might just be the best yet. With one foot in skincare – thanks to its beautifully hydrating formula – and one in make-up – expect a sheer, airbrushed finish – it gives polished spring skin, fast. It’s also available in 14 shades so covers a good spectrum of tones.
Go Big On Bodycare
This is the time I up the ante on my bodycare too – after all, I don’t want my spring dress debut to be upstaged by scaly shins. I recently did my first proper tanning session of the season and I can’t tell you how much better it made me feel. To prep properly for tanning you need a thorough exfoliation to get rid of any dry, flaky bits. I need a hard-hitting formulation when I emerge from winter, so was thrilled by the body version of Kate Somerville’s iconic ExfoliKate scrub. It uses physical, chemical and enzymatic technology to reveal baby-soft skin, so it’s the perfect pre-tan option. When it comes to colour, I tried the excellent new Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Oil Mist Formula, which contains the brand’s genius colour-correcting technology for the most natural-looking tan. If you don’t like oils, Vita Liberata (a brand I’ve used and rated for years) has just launched its colourless (and therefore stain-proof) Heavenly Elixir Untinted Tan which slowly releases colour over three days. To keep any faux glow locked in for as long as possible, a good moisturiser is essential. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous scents and rich textures of Neom’s Magnesium Body Butter collection, which elevate something as everyday as moisturising no end.
Spring Clean With A Scent
My spring switch-up doesn’t just stop at my body, I’m a stickler for changing the scent of my space to match my mood. I’ve been layering home fragrances for years because it allows me to create my own bespoke blends. One of my long-time favourite combinations is the result of burning Diptyque’s Coriander and Tuberose candles together, a duo which fills the room with the most gorgeous heady, herbal scent (side note: I love this latest turquoise limited edition). A newer and no less divine discovery is pairing Athletia Beauty’s Switching Aroma Room Mist / Feel the Wind with Ginori 1875’s Gin La Dama Purple Hill candle. So punchy is this candle’s white flower and lavender fragrance, it prompted a friend to ask if I’d spring cleaned my house. Incidentally if you’re a fan of room sprays, try spritzing them (at a distance) onto fabrics like sofas and curtains which hold the scent particles much more effectively than the air.
Try New Textures
Right about now is the time I look to swap out heavy layers of blush (the brightening effect of which is still very much needed, FYI) for something which offers more of an imperceptible healthy glow. Jones Road has nailed it again, this time with Miracle Balm. It gives my skin just enough colour while also imparting a dewy sheen that feels more appropriate for this time of year. The shade Tawny is lovely on deeper and olive complexions but the latest shade Flushed (a warm pink with gold flecks) would be gorgeous on paler skin. To use it you need to break the seal of the wax with your fingers, then use as much or as little as you like on cheeks, and even lips and eyelids too.