Spring Makeup Bag Edit
April 30, 2015
As the seasons change, so must the contents of one’s makeup bag. With tangible signs of spring continuing to emerge, heavier formulas and deeper shades give way to lighter textures and brighter tones, thereby reflecting the sunlit warmth of the fairer months. Although the deluge of Spring/Summer ’15 beauty collections is sure to yield update options, here are 21 timeless and immediately accessible candidates for your spring makeup bag edit.
Skin: Makeup of any ilk works best on a well-maintained canvas. Consequently, spring is the perfect time to pursue a pared-down skincare regimen with effective results. The new La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster works to dramatically increase hydration while simultaneously helping to reduce fine lines, discoloration and the appearance of pores. One pump in the morning and skin is prepared to maximize the products to come. I like keeping a bit in a small jar and tossing it in my cosmetics pouch for a midday refresher. The Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Brightening Mask is another handbag-friendly option for moments when skin needs extra reinforcements. In less than 20 minutes, these single-use sheet masks restore luster and lift with spa-level efficacy.
Face: The warmer months are an excellent time to embrace a lighter foundation. The freshly released La Mer Reparative Skin Tint boasts buildable coverage and a glowing, long-lasting, natural finish that reduce the appearance of imperfections while still allowing the beauty of one’s skin to shine through. I like to apply this formula with the Trish McEvoy Perfect Foundation Brush (#76) for a seamless, nearly airbrushed appearance. For areas that need additional attention (e.g., dark circles, discoloration and blemishes), the creamy Omorovicza Mineral Touch, luminous Le Metier de Beaute Lueur Stylo Brightening and Highlighting Pen and nourishing Kate Somerville IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream are worthy options to suit any skin type. The transformational powers of contour, blush and highlighter are indisputable, and the Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Kit allows one to embrace all three in a single, streamlined compact. Rather genius, no? Another marvelous multitasker is the Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint. This soft rose shade adds a hydrating, ultra-natural flush to the cheeks and may also be used on the lips for gorgeous continuity. To keep oil at bay, consider the Gucci Luxe Finishing Powder; housed one of the most luxurious compacts on the market (replete with a beautiful fan brush for application on the go), this finely milled formula creates a nearly imperceptible porcelain effect that never looks dry or powdery.
Eyes: Spring eyes are all about glimmering neutrals that bring depth and light to the orbital zone. Some staples in my makeup bag include the stunning Chantecaille The Glacier Eye Shadow Trio (with three gradient shades of taupe for endless options) and the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints (shown in the bronzy brown Senso), which feature innovative liquid-to-powder performance for blendable looks that last for nearly 12 satiny, crease-free hours. For an updated take on lashes, try the Chanel Le Volume Mascara in Prune; the deep burgundy leaves fringe dark and full while enhancing brightness and adding allure.
Lips: Rising temperatures mean lips need additional moisture and the Christian Dior Creme de Rose provides a divinely scented hydrating base for lip color and SPF 10 protection for unexpected days outdoors. For those seeking a sheer splash of color, the ultra-shiny La Prairie Cellular Lip Color Effects in Maribou adds a stunning nude pink glaze, and the sunny, fresh vibe of Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer Crystal Gloss in Coral is so au courant. A hybrid between a gloss and a lipstick, the Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist is a tinted balm with immense impact; try the Berry shade for bolder lips with fabulous shine. For intense, saturated pigmentation, the Tom Ford lip color in Nude Vanille and Guerlain Kiss Kiss in Fall in Rose expertly execute both the 1960s pale pink lip and the rosy my-lips-but-better trends. With this spectrum of shades and finishes in your spring makeup bag, your lips are covered!
Body: Finally, if you are toting around a bag on the roomier side, there is no excuse not to have the magnificent Orlane Paris Soileil Cuivre Compact Bronzer in your possession. This sheer tan powder can be liberally brushed across the face as well as the décolleté, arms and legs to mimic a covet-worthy glow in seconds flat. For an unforgettable impression, finish your spring makeup bag transformation with a lilting, effervescent fragrance. I recommend the sophisticated, modern Ramon Monegal Pure Mariposa to lift the senses with fruity, green-floral and wood notes. Divine.