Spring is for Pop & Sparkle

Living largely in the world of product releases, I often forget that spring doesn’t actually officially kick off until March 20th (and ends June 21st!)–plus I live in Arizona, where our winter is many regions’ spring.  It’s always hard to think spring when it’s January 15th and feels so close to the holiday season (aka winter).

To stretch my creative muscles a bit, I’ve been thinking about what would my spring makeup bag look like; what products would I reach for more often, if any.  I’ll happily wear whatever strikes my mood, but I also enjoy playing to the season, too–it’s like decorating with pastels for spring or bringing out garlands of leaves and pumpkins during autumn.

These are some of my top picks for spring looks, and how I selected products was creating a mix of budget-friendly and higher-end favorites, cool and warm-toned shades, and paying attention to depth. There’s no way to make every single pick work for all skin tones, so I tried to feature enough that, at the very least, these might inspire you to search through your own stash for something similar!

I’m thinking about also posting my dream spring makeup edit (you know, like if I wasn’t testing new products on the regular!) that would be just based on my personal preferences and coloring–let me know if something like that would interest you!

Eyes

While I love the idea of pastels during spring, I find that they are more misses than hits when it comes to how they translate in makeup products, so the way I like to spin that is by using them as brighter pops of color anchored by more grounding shades.  I also find that brightening using sparkly products placed on the inner corner/tearduct area or underneath the lash line are easy ways to incorporate something extra, particularly for those who may be less comfortable with brighter color.

Pops of Color

Mid-to-High-End

Matcha, Purple Reign, M748 Coral, Golden Rose (60M)

Pops of Color

Budget-Friendly

Meadow, Flannel, Lay Low, Come and Get It

Pop of Sparkle

Frog, Big Ego, 104 Blue White, Topaz Flash

Shades like Frog and 104 Blue White are perfect for layering over a myriad of other products and brightening the inner tearduct area (or try it as a halo eye on the center of the lid).  Big Ego and Topaz Flash are shades I’d tend to apply on my lower lash line for an extra pop.

Cheeks

Every spring, there’s a slew of new foundation and concealer releases, and there is a definite emphasis on skin-like finishes–a little dewier, a little glossier–and my favorite type of finish is luminous when it comes to cheek colors and highlighters.

Luminous Blush

Warmer-Toned

Dolly, Drop of a Hat, Fig Pop, Faux Sure

Dolly, which has a softer sheen, slightly less warmth compared to Drop of a Hat, which is a cream-based formula and has a bit of more of a sheen.  Fig Pop is fantastic for a skin-like finish and a warm, pop of orange-coral.  Faux Sure is the most shimmery in the group but buffs out so beautifully on skin.

Luminous Blush

Cooler-Toned

Wrapped Candy, Plum Pop (04), Lush & Libido (500), B204

Wrapped Candy is the most shimmery in this group, and it is a cooler-toned shade though it is the least cool-toned of the four–I’d expect it to run a little pinker/cooler on those with cool undertones.  Plum Pop and Lush & Libido more have a similar, satiny sheen, but Lush & Libido is lighter and more blue-based.  B204 is lighter and brighter without having a strong white base, so it will work for more skin tones than some bubblegum pink blushes.

Luminous Highlighters

Dew You, Light (01), Spotlight, Rocket Science

Dew You is a liquid highlighter that offers a warm, golden glow to skin that works well mixed in with foundation, layered over bare skin or base products, and isn’t so yellow/orange that it isn’t workable for cooler undertones as well.  Spotlight is cream-based but lightweight and thin, and it has a similar effect on skin as Dew You but in a platinum hue.  Rocket Science adds shimmer and pearl with a hint of lavender in a cream-to-powder formula.

Light (01) is a subtle highlighter that adds shine and luminosity to skin without overt shimmer, and it doesn’t have a strong, white base and isn’t powdery, so it can work on deeper skin tone BUT really, the formula is fantastic and Medium (02) and Dark (03) have similar effects on darker skin tones so swap the concept based on your skin tone!

Lips

For lips, it’s a mix of finer pearl and luminous, glossier finishes with medium (or buildable) coverage that give lips a smoother, plumper look and help them feel hydrated while temperatures are still warming up (well, for some of us!) along with sparkling, easy-to-wear glosses that work alone or layered over other products for extra shine and twinkle.

Luminous Lipsticks

Warmer-Toned

Rose Muse (211), Varnished Rosewood, Coral Aviator (81), Hot in Havana (37)

Luminous Lipsticks

Cooler-Toned

Dazzling Doe, One Mauve Time, Milan Mode, Glassy Garnet

Juicy Lipglosses

Luce (101), Earth Angel, Fu$$y, On Board

Products Mentioned

Purple Reign Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $25.00/0.04 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Purple Reign Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly...

Pat McGrath Purple Reign Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was richly...

Golden Rose (60M) Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona

PPermanent. $29.00/0.08 oz.

B

Golden Rose (60M) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a strong, metallic gold sheen. It had good pigmentation with a blendable texture...

Golden Rose (60M) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a strong, metallic gold sheen. It had good pigmentation with a blendable texture...

Meadow Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $5.00/0.06 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Meadow Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium lime green with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. ...

Sydney Grace Meadow Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium lime green with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. ...

Flannel Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

B+

Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright violet with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nearly...

Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright violet with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nearly...

Lay Low Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $4.50/0.05 oz.

A

Colour Pop Lay Low Pressed Powder Shadow ($5.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium coral with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There was very...

Colour Pop Lay Low Pressed Powder Shadow ($5.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium coral with strong, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There was very...

Come and Get It Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $4.50/0.05 oz.

A-

Come and Get It is a medium-dark pink with strong, more contrasting golden shimmer that gave it a more metallic finish overall. The eyeshadow...

Come and Get It is a medium-dark pink with strong, more contrasting golden shimmer that gave it a more metallic finish overall. The eyeshadow...

Frog Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $5.00/0.07 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Frog Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, peachy pink with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish that was...

Colour Pop Frog Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, peachy pink with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish that was...

Big Ego Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.23 oz.

A

Colour Pop Big Ego Jelly Much Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, pinky-lavender base with flecks of gold that tends to look lighter and more...

Colour Pop Big Ego Jelly Much Eyeshadow ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, pinky-lavender base with flecks of gold that tends to look lighter and more...

Dolly Buxom

Buxom

PPermanent. $22.00/0.13 oz.

A

Buxom Dolly Wanderlust Primer-Infused Blush ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, medium plum with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. It had...

Buxom Dolly Wanderlust Primer-Infused Blush ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, medium plum with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. It had...

Drop of a Hat Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.15 oz.

A

Colour Pop Drop of a Hat Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium coral with warm, pink undertones and a golden sheen. It had nearly opaque...

Colour Pop Drop of a Hat Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium coral with warm, pink undertones and a golden sheen. It had nearly opaque...

Light (01) Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona

PPermanent. $38.00/0.35 oz.

A

Rocket Science Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.15 oz.

A

Colour Pop Rocket Science Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, pearly sheen. It...

Colour Pop Rocket Science Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light lavender with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, pearly sheen. It...

Varnished Rosewood L'Oreal

L'Oreal

PPermanent. $9.99/0.1 oz.

A

L'Oreal Varnished Rosewood Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a luminous finish. ...

L'Oreal Varnished Rosewood Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a luminous finish. ...

Hot in Havana (37) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $8.00/0.14 oz.

B+

Sephora Hot in Havana (37) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. This one ended...

Sephora Hot in Havana (37) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. This one ended...

Dazzling Doe L'Oreal

L'Oreal

PPermanent. $9.99/0.1 oz.

B+

L'Oreal Dazzling Doe Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a light brown with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was...

L'Oreal Dazzling Doe Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a light brown with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was...

Glassy Garnet L'Oreal

L'Oreal

PPermanent. $9.99/0.1 oz.

A

L'Oreal Glassy Garnet Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there...

L'Oreal Glassy Garnet Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there...

Earth Angel Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $28.00/0.15 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Earth Angel LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) has a soft, yellowed peach translucent base with gold and pink sparkle. It had sheer...

Pat McGrath Earth Angel LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) has a soft, yellowed peach translucent base with gold and pink sparkle. It had sheer...

Fu$$y Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

PPermanent. $18.00

A

Fenty Beauty Fu$$y Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer ($18.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warmer undertones and lighter pink and gold pearl....

Fenty Beauty Fu$$y Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer ($18.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warmer undertones and lighter pink and gold pearl....

On Board Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.00/0.11 oz.

A-

Colour Pop On Board Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) has a subtle, peachy-brown-tinted base with multi-colored flecks of sparkle. It had...

Colour Pop On Board Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) has a subtle, peachy-brown-tinted base with multi-colored flecks of sparkle. It had...

 

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Pastels can be so dodgy! Just getting a bit more saturation into those types of shades seems to go a long way in making application + pigmentation better.

Christine, yes, I would be very interested in seeing your “dream Spring makeup edit”! I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration to add to the looks I do.
The one thing I saw from above that I not only do not have already, but that looks very cool to try out, is the darker shade of vivid lime green matte eyeshadow! Super Springy shade of green! 🌿

I’d actually classify L’Oreal Varnished Rosewood as a neutral shade rather than a warm one-it looks like it has enough pink in it that it’d work nicely for cool skin too. It’s a bit too pale for my tastes, though. I’d rather go for a couple of the cool shades you listed, MAC Milan Mode or L’Oreal Glassy Garnet.

These suggestions are fabulous, as they provide a variety of ideas to freshen up your looks with products that are at various price points.
For me, Spring releases often mean a stack of pink themed releases, the very shade that I don’t wear, so your ideas to incorporate peach, rose gold, greens and purples as eyeshadows are lovely.
Thank you so much Christine, you are always thinking of us all.

I have been using the matte yellow from Viseart Soleil a lot. It seems to have a green undertone so doesn’t appear to be pastel. For me the determinative thing is the quality of the outside light. Even on sunny days I don’t feel ready for shimmery blush yet.

Nice! I rarely alter my makeup by season, but you’ve given me the urge to look at my stash with a Spring mood in mind.

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