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September has arrived, (finally, am I right!?) meaning that it’s time to give your beauty game a little shake-up. Spring beauty differs completely from winter beauty, as I’m sure all makeup junkies know–after all, a bold burgundy lip might pull your winter looks together, but it’s a whole different story when those flowers begin to bloom!
To help you make the transition from dark winter colour palettes to fresh, rosy September hues, we’ve put together our foolproof spring beauty faves. Of course, your colour palette shouldn’t be the only thing that changes! Warmer weather also means oilier skin, frizzier hair and more, so now’s the time to make a few summer-ready adjustments to your daily self-care routine.
Keep reading to find out which products will help you make the smoothest possible transition from the colder months into fresh, flowery spring beauty.
Winter is the best time of year to break out those bold, dark lipstick shades, but when it begins to warm back up again, they’re less likely to ‘fit’ with your outfits and overall vibe. I always treat spring as an excuse to lighten up my wardrobe (if only a little–black is a staple, okay?!) and often, my makeup follows suit.
If you love a good deep red or wine tone during the colder months, switch these hues out for a darker nude or dusty pink for a similarly chic effect. Girls who go vibrant with berry shades in winter should opt for something equally as show-stopping, such as a pop of orange or bright pink. It’s also a good time to start adding lip gloss back in for that carefree, spring goddess vibe. Then again, if you’re a dark, matte queen all year ’round, don’t let us tell you what to do! Wear that vampy shade with pride.
Those with already-frizzy hair know the perils of spring and summer all too well. Just like the winter cold causes static, the heat and humidity can often cause your tresses to take on a life of their own. Instead of frying all the goodness out of your hair with straighteners and heated tools, it might be time to invest in a few humidity-busting haircare products that will help maintain hair health and beat that bad case of the frizzies.
We’re obsessing over the Moroccanoil Frizz Control this spring, as it’s an all-round winner that works for every hair type and thickness. Light enough to revive thin locks yet potent and buildable for our thick-haired gals, this product will be your go-to whenever the humidity hits.
If you’ve got wild curls that need a little extra taming, we suggest incorporating a curl cream into the daily routine for some added body, manageability, and of course, smoothing. The Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse is a customer favourite that really lets your natural texture shine through in the best possible way.
Finish your anti-frizz mission with the Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix Finishing Sheets, which can be run along the hair for a final touch, or to maintain that gorgeous, sleek look while you’re on the go.
When the sun is barely shining outside, it’s easy enough to embrace the doom and gloom and let your tan fade away into nothingness. But now, spring has hit, so it’s time to get a head start on your summer tan by faking it a little. Jump in the shower and give your body a full, luxurious exfoliation with your favourite scrub. When you’re done, towel everything off and get to applying that tan in a can.
If you’re not ready to go all-out with your bronzing like the above, start out with a lighter tan such as the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Light-Medium, or even the Bondi Sands Gradual Everyday Tanning Milk for a hydrating solution that wears naturally. Don’t forget a new mitt to ring in the spring season–it’s definitely time to throw out that old one we know you’re harbouring.
Spring and summer bring on the hotter weather, and we all know what that means–sweat, shine and oil. Even if you’ve got dry skin that stays that way throughout the year, you’ll probably still need to take measures to ward off your SULA (sweaty upper lip alert, for those not in the know). Thus, now’s the perfect time to work a few mattifying products into your daily skincare routine.
Opt for an oil-controlling primer to keep shine and greasiness at bay as the day goes on. This will fill pores and smooth out any uneven texture, as well as providing a budge-free base for your makeup. Speaking of makeup, it may also be time to switch up your foundation! During the winter, it’s easy to opt for lighter coverage as the potential for slippage is pretty low, but spring and summer sadly make this a possibility again. Pick a medium to full coverage foundation to ensure it wears well throughout the day.
A new season (especially a warmer one) is the best excuse to give your haircut or colour a freshen-up. Elevate your spring look by adding in lighter tones with highlights or by trying balayage, giving your hair a fresher overall feel. Now’s also the time to lighten up your load a little with a spring-ready snip, whether you opt to chop off a few inches or simply add some layers for the beachy yet luxe look we’re seeing everywhere.
If you’re going to go for a new ‘do this spring, you’ll need a good at-home arsenal of supplies to make upkeep a total breeze. Invest in a good quality blonde shampoo to give brassiness the flick–after all, there is nothing more disheartening than seeing unwanted orange tones peep through your freshly coloured hair!
As the weather gets hotter, you’ll probably also want to start tying your tresses up–avoid creating kinks like your average hair tie will do with a traceless ponytail holder such as the Invisibobble.
Transitioning into spring will be easy and breezy if you keep our little tips and tricks in mind! Now, go forth and embrace that new spring beauty routine–before summer hits and it’s time to do it all over again, that is!
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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