Spring into the new season and upgrade your skin care and makeup routine with these great ideas and tips that we here at Pin Up Boot Camp have compiled, just for you. Your Winter weather skin will thank you! During the Winter, our skin has to deal with things like indoor heat and outdoor cold which can leave the skin feeling dry and flaky by the time Spring rolls around. And for a lot of us, our winter makeup palette can certainly use a colorful springtime update.
SUPER SPRING SKIN CARE
The number one tip in springtime skin care is exfoliation. However, there are some important do’s and don’t’s that we would like to share with you. WebMD’s article titled: Spring Cleaning: How to Pamper Your Skin recommends to never use an exfoliation machine on your face, and it also warns that certain exfoliation scrubs may even be too harsh for the delicate skin on the face:
“Scrubs that contain walnut shells or apricot pits, for example, can cause microscopic tears in the skin that can ultimately make dry winter skin look and feel much worse, especially on your face,” says Heidi Waldorf, MD, director of dermatologic laser surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Instead, Waldorf suggests a cleanser or moisturizer containing an alpha-hydroxy acid, such as this Beauty Without Cruelty Alpha Hydroxy Facial Cleanser, or beta-hydroxy acid (for those with acne), like this Dermastage Beta Hydroxy Cleanser. If you feel you must try some “mechanical” form of exfoliation, Waldorf suggests gentle cleansing cloths like the type made by Dove or Olay.
DEWY GLOWING MAKEUP
Dry flaky makeup is not allowed in the Spring. Thick cakey makeup is not allowed in the Spring. For Spring you want dew drop skin with a touch of glow. An easy way to do this is to trade your liquid foundation to a tinted moisturizer; especially one with a sunscreen, like this Aveeno Positively Radiant, in SPF 30. You can also accomplish the same thing by mixing your liquid foundation with a moisturizing facial sunscreen, like this Neutrogena Ultimate Sport, in SPF 70 which is also water-resistant.
Forgo the heavy powders and switch to a loose setting powder; the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Loose Powder is perfect and we love this brand because it is great quality and really affordable. If you are typically not a liquid foundation user, then now is the time to make the switch to an SPF face powder, which can be used instead of a liquid sunscreen. We recommend using an SPF powder that also provides coverage, such as this e.l.f. Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen Powder.
SHOW YOUR SPRING COLORS
Shifting from the wintertime neutrals, Spring time allows us to flirt with color, which we love! The first thing you can do is play up the natural color of your skin by adding a highlighter to your makeup routine. Use a highlighter, like the e.l.f. Mineral Booster Shimmer, to show off your favorite features, one at a time. Experiment on your cheekbones, eyelids, or browbones; just remember to pick one feature to highlight, and then try a new one the next day. Shimmers and highlighters come in varying amounts of glow-inducing intensity, so make sure that you aren’t overdoing it. And by no means should glitter be confused with a shimmer.
You can easily transition your Winter look into Spring by choosing one accent color to add to your daily-to-day makeup. While it is fun to play around with the season’s trendy colors, like orange and purple, you should feel free to choose any color you like and see how it works. A simple way to add color into your daily makeup look is to use colored eyeliners; baby blue or teal are great colors to get you started. If you really want to spring into Spring, the NYX Spring Fling Palette is an awesome mini-palette with great spring time colors and it will look really cute on your vanity beside some fresh Spring blossoms. Makeup is supposed to be fun, so you can have fun coming up with different color combos everyday if you like!