Every season, beauty enthusiasts look forward to new releases from both their favorite and up-and-coming brands. In this round-up, you’ll meet 6 contenders from both categories which have one thing in common – they are what’s up this Spring.
The secret to flawless makeup application is skin prep; if you tend to overproduce oil in the warmer months, Bioderma’s Sebium Pore Refiner absorbs shine, smooths pores, and provides an even base for light foundation. Don’t use too much of this product – apply it only in the areas you need oil control.
One of Spring’s cyclical trends is makeup simplified. Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1 is triple threat serving as your eyeshadow, blush, and highlighter. Fantasy is described as a “nude blush pink shade” but on fair to light skin tones pulls a bit more rose gold. It’s super flattering regardless, not to mention easy. Although you are using only one product on the eyes and cheeks, it doesn’t give you a monochromatic look – Fantasy’s soft texture lets it add depth to the eyes and a soft sheen on the face.
Speaking of multi-tasking, the Sequin Ray Luminising Quad from & Other Stories is an ideal handbag companion that contains 4 gorgeous cream colors. They can be used as eyeshadow, contour, blush, or even on the center of the lips for a pouty look. It’s perfect for those 5-minute makeup days when you don’t have time to sift through drawers of makeup. Everything you need is inside this little gem which you can fit in the back pocket of your jeans for on-the-go touch-ups. Side note: The brand’s latest nail polish release is a great way to incorporate pastels in your wardrobe; shades of soft blue, coral, and green brighten up skin tones easily. They have a cream finish and look best with 2-3 coats.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigment collection features an Illuminating Primer and Serum Foundation. When used together, the result is a dewy, skin-like finish that looks natural but even. Both contain antioxidants and vitamins for your skin. Phyto-Pigment Serum Foundation can vary in coverage depending on what you use to apply it, but using a round foundation brush gives you medium coverage straight away. The finish is what puts these products on the radar – it’s truly a case of that “lit from within” glow done right.
The new Contour Kit by ISH (which stands for “#IMSMOKINGHOT”) is a one-stop-shop that includes an everyday shade of highlighter, blush, contour and bronzer. The palette is compact and easy to travel with but each pan is large enough to fit a traditional-sized brush. What’s nice about this particular kit is the truly neutral shade of contour – there is, literally, a perfect balance of warmth and coolness, making it extremely versatile for a large range of skin tones. This also means that you can self-tan to your heart’s content and still be able to contour without the worry of looking like mud!
At the end of a long day wearing all this fresh new makeup, treat your skin with a micellar water rather than a makeup wipe. It’s more gentle and effective at removing makeup, especially Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O or Hydrabio H2O (choose depending on your skin type – Sensibio for sensitive skin and Hydrabio for dry). It ensures that all makeup is removed before you cleanse, so the active ingredients from your normal cleanser can absorb deeper into your skin. While these cleansing waters may seem like an unnecessary step, once you start incorporating them daily, you’ll see just how big of a difference the extra minute makes. It’s 100% worth it.
Have you tried any of these goodies? What do you think? As always, send questions, feedback, or photos of your Spring looks to firstname.lastname@example.org.