Favorite Spring Makeup & Skincare + Tutorial

Spring and summer are almost here and I couldn't be more excited! If I'm being honest, I've already done a bit of shopping for my spring and summer wardrobe. There's definitely going to be a look book coming very soon (hopefully both a blog post and a video up on my channel) so keep an eye out for that! However, today we're going to be talking all about spring make up essentials.

At the end of today's post you'll find a quick tutorial of all the products I mentioned but if you're interested in learning a little more about each product, how it wears, how much it costs, and where to find it then make sure to keep reading!

Skin Care

Before you even think about putting products on your face, it's important to take care of your skin first. Having clean and clear skin plays a huge part in anyone's confidence. I know it does for me. I struggled with acne and scarring until I was about 22/23-years-old. I finally found a routine that works for me - which actually included birth control but that's a topic for another day.

Cleansers

I've been using the Tatcha One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($50) and I've been loving it. It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean without over drying or over moisturizing. I use it in conjunction with my Clinique Purifying Cleansing Brush ($90) which I know seems pricey at $90 but I actually found mine at a make up discount store - the kind at outlet malls that carries discontinued or discounted brand name makeup - for around $25! Make sure you look around for discounts before you ever commit to a big purchase.

Moisturizers

My holy grail moisturizer is the Clinique Moisture Surge ($52 for the big pot). There's a few different moisturizers in this range and I'm currently using the 72 hour thirst relief which is a thicker white cream. The Moisture Surge looks more like a pink jelly but both are great! The nice thing is that you can easily go to an Ulta and pick up the travel size of the moisture surge to try out before deciding to splurge.

When my skin needs even more hydration (which it often does living in such a dry climate) I love using the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($25). For $25 I think this is a MUST HAVE for all my dry skin peeps. Even if you don't have super dry skin, using this mask once or twice a week will leave your skin feeling fresh, full and radiant. 

Face Masks

I love a good face mask. It's like a little pick-me-up for your skin! I believe masks are a great way to take that extra step in taking care of your skin and they don't have to be expensive. I love going to Target and picking up a few Pacifica sheet masks ($3) for whatever skin issue I'm having that week! They're a great, budget friendly option.

Base Products

Foundation

I would consider myself to be a medium to full coverage girl so my day-to-day foundation would be something along the lines of Estee Lauder Double Wear ($42). This might seem pretty intimidating given that it's such a full coverage foundation but fear not! It is extremely lightweight, long-lasting, non-poreclogging, and has the prettiest, dreamiest finish of any foundation ever. I don't even have to use a primer with it. It sounds too good to be true, I know. But I have yet to find a better foundation than this and I try out a lot of foundations. You can even use it with a sponge for a medium coverage that's more suitable for day-to-day tasks.

During the spring and summer however, when my skin gets a little more sun and a little more salt water from all those beach trips, I love leaving my skin as natural as possible. I'm talking like a tinted moisturizer at most. I don't even care if a little bit of redness or a few imperfections peek through. I live for sun-kissed, bronzed skin. My favorite "foundation" (I'm use air quotes here, folks) is the No.7 Lift & Luminate Foundation ($15). One of my favorite tricks with this foundation when I haven't quite reached sun goddess levels yet is to get it in a shade darker than my skin tone and then proceed to bronze the living life outta my face. Also, make sure to use your hands! I love applying this with my hands as it gives the best coverage and zero streaks.

Concealer

I have very dark under eye circles so normally like to make sure those are concealed. I'll go in with a touch of the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer ($27) and a little bit of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind ($9) under my eyes as well as down the center of my face and pat it in with my fingers.

TIP: I try to use as little powder as possible to set my face to make sure it looks as natural as possible. I use the Maybelline Loose Fit Me Powder lightly all over my face!

Bronzers

I love bronzers. If I had to choose between bronzers or blush I'd go for bronzer every single time. The funny thing is I don't have an all-time favorite bronzer! Go figure. For now I use two: the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($30) which has a bit of a warmer tone to it and the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($15) which has a cooler tone. I love using a big fluffy brush like a Real Techniques Powder Brush but lately I've really been loving using a duo fiber brush like this one from Sonia Kashuk. Real Techniques have a similar brush as well I believe.

Highlighter

You'll notice I skipped blush. Like I said, when I'm doing my make up I usually leave out the blush all together. As for highlighter, I don't always like to use highlighter either (since I still have a little bit of texture on my cheeks that I'm a touch insecure about) but when I do, boy do I love me a good natural glow. Bonus: all of my favorite highlighters are from the drugstore.

First up: Wet & Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Precious Petals. This pretty much blew up last year as being one of the most intense and buttery highlights from the drugstore. Not to mention that $4 price tag which made it a huge steal. I love using this lightly all over my face to give my skin a nice, dewy look.

Next is the Maybelline MasterChrome Highlighters in Molten Gold. At $7, this highlighter is also a steal. If you're looking to really boost the look of your tan skin, this is the one for you. I'm also dying to try this in the Rose Gold shade! 

TIP: Use a damp beauty blender/ makeup sponge to apply highlighter to the tops of your cheeks to create an even more natural, more intense highlight.

Eyes

This is actually my favorite part of applying make up because I love my eyes! I think they're the best feature of my face and I love getting to accentuate them as much as possible.

Eyeshadow

I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes I could recommend to you (The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette, the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, etc) but my go-to lately has been my Morphe 9C Jewel Crew palette for a whopping $10! It's got all my favorite colors (oranges and purples) which make it easy to create a simple wearable look as well as some beautiful shimmer/glitter shades. I haven't been able to stop using it. If you have green or blue eyes I definitely recommend checking out this palette.

Eyebrows

I've tried lots of brow products over the years but I'm still in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown ($18). If you know how to use the dipbrow properly you can create beautiful bold brows or more natural brows! I leave switch up products every so often but I always go back to this one. It never fails. 

 Mascara

My all-time favorite mascara has got to be the L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara ($10). Don't get the waterproof version, though! That stuff is a nightmare to get off at the end of the day. The original Lash Paradise give you length, separation, and volume at the base of your lashes and lasts all day long without smudging!

That's everything guys! These are all my favorite products to use during the spring and summer months. To watch everything I mentioned get put to the test just check out the video down below and don't forget to subscribe to my channel! I (try to) post vlogs and videos every Wednesday! If you purchase any of these products or recreate your own looks make sure to tag me and let me know.

https://youtu.be/XfDGDOVSxVc

Have Fun Creating!

xo,

The Honest Pisces