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The weather is getting warmer and we're heading into Spring / Summer, so it's the perfect time to update your beauty routine. Today I'm talking through some swaps you can make to transition into the new season!
- MOISTURISER SWAP -
One of the first things I change as the weather starts to shift is my moisturiser. I have dehydrated skin all year round but during the winter months I prefer something that will nourish my skin, as it’s far more exposed to the elements. However, during Spring, I definitely like to go for something lighter, fresher, dewier and water-based. The moisturiser that saw me through the winter months was the Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream* | £24 | full review. It’s intensely smoothing and nourishing with rose extract and the ceramides help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. However I’m noticing I don’t really need something so rich at this time of year and a product that’s perfect for radiant Spring skin is the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Cream | £42 | full review. This is water-based so melts onto the skin, absorbing quickly and just gives it this fresh, hydrated, dewy appearance.
- CLEANSER SWAP -
Also on the skincare side of things - I’ve recently switched up my cleansing routine. The Emma Hardie Amazing Skin Moringa Cleansing Balm | £47 | full review | is an absolute favourite of mine. You can use it as a morning cleanse if you have dry skin, or it’s also amazing at removing makeup. It has a rich, buttery texture and it’s incredibly nourishing and feels amazing and luxurious on the skin. As we head into Spring, I’m finding myself drawn towards fresher, more lightweight cleansers. One of my favourites is the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* | £30 | full review. This is a non-foaming gel cleanser that leaves my skin soft but hydrated and it’s just a lovely, gentle, fuss-free option. Again, this can remove makeup or be used as a morning / second cleanse.
- PRIMER SWAP -
Transitioning into makeup switch-ups - your primer plays a pretty big role in how your skin is going to look. A lot of people prefer a matte, flawless base during the winter months and the Milk Makeup Blur Stick | £30.50 | full review | is great for achieving that, as it smooths and blurs fine lines and pores, plus has a matte finish. However it’s really nice to have your skin look like skin so for the Spring months and I like using a primer that acts as a skincare booster - when I’m wearing light coverage I obviously want my complexion to look its absolute best. I recently discovered the Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Primer* | £26. I really like the extra hydration this gives my skin - hyaluronic acid is amazing at helping retain water so I’ve found my skin seems smoother, more hydrated and my fine lines are less visible when I’ve been using this primer. It’s pretty awesome that it does all this with 99% natural ingredients too!
- BASE SWAP -
The biggest change for me - as the seasons play out usually dictate what sort of base I opt for. A satin-finish foundation works really nicely during the winter months to get that flawless base and I’ve been using the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation* (Barcelona) | £33.50 | full review | so much over the past few months. The coverage is easy to sheer out or build up and it also gives the skin such a perfected, flawless look. However on a day-to-day basis, it’s great to have something that’s fuss-free and light coverage as we head into the warmer months. My personal favourite at the moment is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream | £31 | full review. It just gives this fresh, healthy look and is packed full of extra skincare benefits. You can build this into a fuller coverage, however I just use one pump to get the look I want from it.
- BLUSHER SWAP -
I definitely tend to go for powder formulas when it comes to blusher, however I think at this time of year with the sort of looks I tend to go for, it’s nice to get a fresher look using a liquid or cream. One of my favourite powder blusher formulas (and a shade that goes really nicely with a wintery berry lip) is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure | £35 | full review. It's such a gorgeous, radiant formula and I love this mauve-plum colour - it really does give some life to dull winter skin. However, for a more dewy makeup look, I like to use my hands and sponge as much as possible and dabbing a bit of the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk | £15 | full review. This is a warm peachy-brown colour that really perks up my complexion.
- CONTOUR SWAP -
I think party season means I associate the winter months with glam makeup and therefore contouring! I don't contour very often but when I do - I use the Fenty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Truffle | £21 | full review. This is a matte cream contour stick that I buff out with a brush for a more natural look. As the weather gets warmer, I'm all all about warming up my skin too, so try swapping the contour for a natural, radiant bronzer. I personally love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light | £45 | full review | for this type of look. It has a very finely-milled formula that blends like a dream and has a soft sheen to add a very natural glow to the skin, as well as warming up my complexion.
- LIP COLOUR SWAP -
Winter makeup looks are all about the matte red and berry lip colours. I personally really like the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame | £24 | full review. It's very wearable, as it's a more muted, sheer shade and it's very comfortable on the lips. For Spring - I love a warmer, peacher, more natural and glossy lip. I've only very recently started getting into lipgloss and at the moment I'm liking the Lanolips Hydrating Lip Luminiser in Desert Glow* | £14. This is from one of my favourite lip care brands, so feels very lovely and comfortable to wear. It has a slight golden sheen and is a warm pinky-brown nude colour. It just makes the lips look full and the formula is nice and opaque.