Switch Up Your Beauty Routine for Spring
Your lifestyle changes with the changing seasons, and your makeup should too. Spring is here and summer will be before you know it, which for most people means it’s a time to get outside and active. Whether you’re on vacation soaking up the warm weather on a beach, having fun at an outdoor festival or just taking a walk through the city, it is time to refresh your beauty routine. Here are a few ways you can adjust your makeup choices to take your routine from winter to spring flawlessly:
Opt for a tinted moisturizer
With the temperatures rising, you’re bound to break out in a sweat here and there. You don’t want to pack on a heavy foundation, which could lead to an oily mess and the feeling that your makeup is melting off of your face. Instead, invest in a light coverage tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers give just enough coverage to even out your skin without leaving your face feeling cakey or heavy. Some even come with SPF, so you can protect your face from sun damage while you’re at it. Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and protected, while covering any blemishes or imperfections.
Use cream blushes instead of powder
Swap out your powder blush for a cream or gel blush to add a pop of color to your face. Cream gels sink into the skin unlike powder blushes, which sit on top of your skin. In the hot weather, powder blushes add an unneeded layer and can make your makeup feel too heavy. Try Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, which comes in 10 different shades.
Switch to waterproof mascara
Waterproof mascara is a must for the spring and summer to avoid smudging or smearing your makeup. A lot of drugstore mascaras come in a waterproof version, so check to see if your favorite mascara does. For a decently priced, good quality option, try Maybelline New York Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara.
Break out your lip gloss and lip balm
There’s a theme to this list: less makeup and lighter makeup. That goes for your lips too. Feel free to go to your usual matte lipstick for a night out. For the daytime, however, keep it a little more simple. If you’re dressing up a little, add a touch of lip gloss for some shine. For the beach or other casual occasions, throw on some lip balm — preferably with some SPF to protect your lips from sun damage. Try NYX butter gloss for a touch of shine and a tint of color, or their butter lip balms for a creamier, hydrating balm.
Pile on the sunscreen
Sunscreen can and should be used year-round, but it is especially crucial in the spring and summer when it’s hotter and we’re wearing less. Shielding your skin from harmful UV rays not only prevents you from having health issues, like skin cancer, it also prevents aging and keeps your skin beautiful. Sun damage can cause discoloration, wrinkles and sagging skin. So even if you’re not headed to the beach, you should be using at least SPF 15 every day. Keep your youthful glow and dab on some sunscreen whenever you go out! Try a spray-on product for an easy-to-apply sunscreen, like Coppertone Sport AccuSpray.
Allison Lundy is a recent college grad, writer, area professional and lover of all things beauty. Raised in southern Virginia, Allison moved to the DMV to pursue her aspirations of a career in politics. She attended George Mason, where she discovered her love of writing at the student newspaper. During the day, Allison works in government affairs for a small trade association in northern Virginia. When she isn’t busy working and/or being a political junkie, Allison focuses on her other passions – beauty and fashion. She is always looking for the newest trends and trying out new products.