Pretty, Fresh Spring Makeup On A Budget

16 May 2016

As well as being one of my favourite seasons for the sunny days and cloudless blue skies, spring brings a whole lot of good makeup with it. I always feel like my look is fresher and whilst I do love the deep vampy shades of berry in winter, it's always a nice change to start adding a pop of baby pink or bright coral to your look. Partly inspired by the complete gem of a product that is the KIKO Water Eyeshadow in 'Champagne - 200' that goes perfectly with any lip, this is my go-to makeup for this time of year and can also be seen in video tutorial form on YouTube here.

Starting with L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer to add extra glow to the skin by applying it after my morning skincare routine, I like to switch out my heavier winter base for something lighter. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in 'Vanille - 10', as the name would suggest, gives a healthy semi-dewy finish and is brilliant for gliding over any dry patches thanks to its serum/gel formulation. Any blemishes or dark circles are eradicated with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'True Beige', and I forgo powder by using a bronzer all over instead. Tanya Burr Cosmetics Cheek Palette in 'Rosy Flush' contains a brilliant shade called 'Beach Bronze', and I love taking that on a tapered brush under my cheekbones, on my temples and under my jaw to add warmth and a subtle sculpting effect.

As you know I love cream products, especially when they come in a stick which means the take all of five seconds to apply, so the Soap & Glory Glow All Out Highlight & Sculpt Stick in 'Ice Shimmer' is right up my street and beautifully highlights without disrupting your base. I'm a big fan of the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush and the aptly named shade 'Lovely Pink' brings a flush of pale pink to the cheeks, and brings out your cheekbones with its pretty gold veining.

To give my eyes a little more depth I blend the shades 'Calm Before The Storm' and 'Eye Of The Storm' from my well-loved Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in 'Storm' into the crease with a couple of fluffy brushes, and use the shimmery pale white/golden shade 'Snow Storm' to highlight the inner corners and brow-bone. On my ring finger I take the star of the show, the KIKO Water Eyeshadow in 'Champagne - 200', all over my lid and under the lower lashes, running my blending brush over the edges as I go. The affordable and utterly brilliant Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara finishes the eyes with separated, fluttery lashes and then we're ready for lipstick!

The new Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte-Lip in 'Pretty Muted' is a lovely everyday shade that really compliments the rest of the makeup, and if you're a coral girl rather than a pink one I love the Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick in 'Backstage' for a bright that's surprisingly easy to wear and not 'too much'. I've also included an absolutely gorgeous cherry red as I love bright, zingy colours like L'Oreal Collection Exclusive Color Riche Lipstick in 'Julianne's Red' this time of year - especially when paired with white or stripes.

I used the brushes from the Spectrum Collections Marbelous 12-Piece Set to create this look and am really impressed so far, so let me know if you'd like a full review of those either on here or on my channel! What's your favourite go-to look for spring?

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