Spring has long been my favourite season, partly because I just love the weather (just warm enough, with a slight chill in the air in the evenings or early mornings – perfect for cuddling up under a blanket with a good book), but also because I love the sense of possibility and the feeling of newness that abounds – not to mention the perfect opportunity to play around with Spring makeup looks.
This feeling of a fresh, new start extends to my beauty routine, too – September is when you’ll typically find me decluttering my beauty collection (if you follow me on Snapchat – chereen_ftboi – you’ll know this already!) to clear out some old, unused products to make way for exciting new launches.
And although I’m not typically one to experiment with bright colours or veer too far from my usual, everyday makeup look (BB cream, a dab of blusher, a slick of eyeliner, loads of mascara and a little lipstick or lipgloss), the Spring feeling recently took hold and saw me playing around with the brightest eye palette I own – GOSH 9 Shades To Play With In Vegas Shadow Collection.
Ok, so I didn’t go all out and stuck to the more wearable shades featured in this palette, but I think it’s a really pretty, girly look that’s just perfect for Spring. You’ll find my step-by-step guide for recreating this look below, along with short reviews of each product used. Feeling lazy? No problem! I’ve also linked a video tutorial down below – grab a cup of tea and a snack, hit ‘play’, and please leave a comment or give my video a thumbs up if you enjoy it and would like to see more like it (I’m also open to any suggestions for beauty videos, so leave a comment with your ideas. Smoky eye tutorial? How to pick the perfect shade of red lipstick? Let me know what your burning beauty questions are and I’ll do my best to help!)
Step One: Prime Your Skin
Although using a primer certainly isn’t essential, I do find that it’s a useful step when going out (it just helps to ensure that your foundation lasts a whole lot longer) and find it particularly handy to stop your foundation from slipping and sliding during the warmer months. Much like you’d use a primer before painting a wall, a primer – or ‘complexion perfecter’, as they’re so often called – fills enlarged pores, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and provides the perfect base for your foundation to ensure that it stays put for hours on end.
One of my most recent discoveries is Benefit The PoreFessional, which has fast become one of my favourite primers. It has a slight tint to it when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but don’t worry – it can be used on all skin tones, and doesn’t leave your skin looking ashen or chalky. I like to apply it using my fingers and I gently press it into my skin, particularly on my nose and chin, to help fill enlarged pores.
Step Two: The Perfect Base
Next, I’ve applied L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation in 20 Sand to help even out my skin tone and disguise any imperfections. This foundation is ideal for anyone with oily to combination skin, and I think it’s going to be super-handy during the summer months as it has a mattifying effect that lasts and lasts.
I like that it offers medium to full coverage, but still looks and feels like skin. There’s nothing worse that heavy, cakey foundation!
Step Three: Hide, hide, hide!
And by that I mean cover up those pesky spots, of course! I like using Smashbox 24H CC Spot Concealer to cover up my blemishes – it has a super-precise applicator and the formula provides great coverage, while treating dark spots and blemishes at the same time. Sounds pretty good to me! I’ve found that the best way to use this concealer is to apply a dab directly to any spots or blemishes, then leave it on for 30 seconds or so before gently patting it into your skin.
To cover up dark circles under my eyes, I like to use a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than my skin tone to help brighten problem areas. Revlon ColorStay Concealer is my go-to under eye concealer and has been for a good few months. It covers dark circles brilliantly, is easy to use, and is super-affordable, too.
Step Four: Gimme Brow
Literally. I recently discovered Benefit Gimme Brow and I am OBSESSED! I’ve never been big on defining my brows (bad beauty blogger!), but this little guy makes it so easy – anyone can do it! It has a teeny tiny applicator (much like a mini mascara wand) that combs and tames unruly brows in one go. It also contains fibres that help sparse brows look a whole lot fuller, and it has a slight tint to darken your brows to boot. Such a winner!
Step Five: All-Over Base Shadow
To even out my lids and create an eyeshadow base, I’ve applied Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Eye Shadow in Truffle – I just love this blendable, buttery soft shadow!
Step Six: Bright Eyes
And now for the star of the show and the inspiration for the Spring makeup look: GOSH 9 Shades To Play With In Vegas Shadow Collection. When I first laid eyes on this palette, I was terrified. I think most women would be! I had absolutely no idea how to wear the colours, or even how to attempt application. But after really looking at the palette and isolating each colour individually, I realised that the shades are a whole lot more wearable than they first appear. For example, there’s a beautiful turquoise hue (bottom row, centre) that would look absolutely stunning as a pop of colour on the ball of your lid and paired with bronze eye shadows.
But back to my Spring makeup look: I decided to use the dusty rose -or is it mauve?- (top row, left) and apply it into my crease, then I applied the gorgeous orange shade (middle row, centre) all over my lid. I further defined my eyes by applying the bold pink shade (top row, centre) in a ‘v’ shape right at the outer corner of my eyes.
I think it turned out pretty well – what do you think?
Step Seven: Line And Define
I’m a huge fan of good ol’ winged liner, so I’ve used The Body Shop Bold Oversized Felt Eye Liner, but you could just as easily use your usual pencil to define your eyes – no need for a wing if you don’t want to play up your eyes too much. (If you do want to try a winged eye, but you’re a bit nervous, be sure to watch the video below as I do share a few of my tips for creating a near-perfect wing).
I also used Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Pencil in Smoke to tight line (or line my inner lashline – or waterline).
Step Eight: Mascara
If I had to choose a favourite makeup item, it’d definitely be mascara. I love mascara, and am constantly trying new mascaras in order to find the one that creates just the right amount of length and definition. I’m really enjoying Benefit’s They’re Real mascara at the moment – it lengthens and thickens each lash, and I really like that it’s buildable (so if you’d prefer a natural look, one coat is fine, but you can create more length and definition with each subsequent coat).
Step Nine: Get Cheeky!
I do love a good blusher, and I’m currently smitten with Chanel Powder Blush in 260 Alezane, from Chanel’s Autumn Makeup Collection. It’s a super-flattering, dusty rose shade with little flecks of gold shimmer – but don’t panic! It’s not glittery or overly-shimmery in the slightest; instead, it creates a perfectly contoured look with built-in highlights – no complicated contouring required!
I used my new Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this – I never knew it was possible to fall on love with an actual makeup brush! This brush is utterly divine – it’s super-soft and it’s tapered and shaped to hug my cheekbones perfectly. Love, love, love!
Step Ten: Illuminate
The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer really is all that and a bag of chips! I applied this gorgeous highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, the very tip of my nose, my brow bones and to the inner corners of my eyes to make them appear bigger and brighter.
Step Eleven: Lips!
I decided to stick to a fairly neutral lip colour for this look, and ended up choosing Bourjois Rouge Edition Acqua Laque in Rose on the Rocks. This pretty pink lip colour is extremely comfortable to wear (I love the slightly cool, watery feel of this when you first apply it – so divine!) and lasts surprisingly long on the lips, considering that it’s a gloss. I really like the applicator tip – it makes for super-precise and easy application that can be done on the run, without a mirror.
Step Twelve: Finishing Touches
Now, I know that my choice of nail colour is a bit strange – especially since this is a Spring makeup look, but as I mentioned here, I’m a big fan of unexpected nail colours (so dark, moody hues in Spring and Summer, and bright shades or pastel hues in the middle of winter). Here, I’m wearing Chanel Nail Colour in 669 Chataigne, a rich, chocolatey hue from the Autumn Collection, and I’m spritzing a couple of spritzes of Elizabeth Arden’s gorgeous new fragrance, Always Red.