As spring is unfolding, we are (finally) beginning to emerge from our winter hibernation. We are incorporating more color into our outfits, we may be adding highlights to our hair, there is more light everywhere. It feels like it’s time to brighten and define.
Here are a few spring beauty tips to help you get ready for the beautiful, bright spring season.
Incorporate a Little Glow
If your skin has lost its natural dewy and glowy luminance (pretty much true for any of us who are over 30), giving it a little artificial glow may be in order. A number of highlighting products are available to help you look radiant. A few of my favorites are pictured (and linked) below: Bare Minerals Well Rested, Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, and Benefit High Beam.
Apply sparingly at first until you have a sense about how it looks on your skin and in combination with foundation or on its own if you don’t use foundation. Here are the areas of the face that you should highlight: forehead, above eyebrows, bridge of nose, top of cheekbones, apple of cheeks, Cupid’s bow (above your lips), and chin.
Be sure to BLEND well. This should be a subtle highlighting. You don’t want it to look like you have high beams on your face.
To read more about highlight, read: Highlighting to Give Your Face a Youthful Glow.
Do Your Eyes “Pop”?
These suggestions for your eyes are really seasonless, but as a spring beauty tip, it’s something to try now if you haven’t yet. With all that light calling attention to your face and reflecting in your eyes, you can do a couple of easy things to highlight your beautiful and unique jewels. Use the following suggestions independent of each other if you’d like, however, you will notice the most difference if you combine them. It truly will take only about 5 or 10 minutes after you become accustomed to using the products. (I can complete my entire makeup routine in 15 minutes, and I have many more steps than the three here. So these simple steps CAN take only a few minutes.)
Define your eyebrows – You may be really surprised at how a little bit of grooming and filling in of your brows will highlight your eyes. The eyebrows play the role of framing your eyes – kind of like a frame that enhances a work of art. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on this, just filling in the sparse areas with an eyebrow pencil or a little shaping will make a big difference. You can read more about how to shape eyebrows in the post: Frame Your Eyes – About Eyebrows.
Line your eyes – A very simple neutral pencil liner will help your eyes stand out. The goal is to make your eyelashes appear thicker, rather than create a dramatic eyeliner look. Use a brown, gray, or black soft eye pencil and get the pencil as close to the lash line as possible. If you aren’t used to pencil lining your eyes and want to try it, you can try starting with a series of dots along the lashes rather than drawing a continuous line. Once you have the dots in place, you can connect them with the pencil.
Line the outer corners of the eyes, rather than lining the whole eye, which can sometimes make your eyes appear smaller. By lining the outer parts of the eyes, you create a more open look.
Apply mascara – A little mascara really is the finishing touch to creating an “eye popping” look. If you have lush lashes, or lash extensions (that’s a whole other post!), you can skip this step. But even a small swipe or two of the mascara wand on your bare eyelashes can make a difference. Here are my favorite mascaras:
Define Your Jaw Line
With more sunlight bathing your face, all those facial hairs that have been invisible during the darker months are suddenly in the spotlight.
This was shockingly apparent to me some years ago while attending a music festival on a very sunny day. I looked to my left down the long row of seats and couldn’t believe the number of women who looked like they had fur on their faces. It almost glowed, like it was backlit! (Because of the bright sun factor that plays a part in making this phenomenon more obvious during spring and summer, I consider it a spring beauty tip, however, it really is something that’s worth paying attention to all year.)
Since then, I’ve been especially attentive to facial hair removal when the sun plays a bigger role in my daily life.
Facial peach fuzz gives a less defined appearance to the jaw line. It blurs the demarcation between the jaw and the neck. Removing the fuzz creates a “sharper edge,” which is more youthful and flattering. I read this a few years ago in a magazine, and had never thought about it before, but it made sense to me.
Banish Witch Hairs, Mustaches, and Sideburns
When I think about spring beauty tips, I focus first on my face. And since we are talking about facial hair, let’s go with that theme. Those dang witch hairs. And upper lip hair – okay, we’ll call it what it is: mustache. And the hair on the sides of your face that you swear wasn’t there a few years ago. Well, now that we have emerged into the light of spring, it’s definitely time to attend to all that hair growing where it doesn’t belong.
If you are a fair-haired gal, you may not be too afflicted. But we of Mediterranean descent, well, that’s another story! Dealing with hair removal methods is a regular part of my grooming and beauty routines.
Here are various hair removal methods, most, though not all, which I have used:
- Waxing – This is one of the most popular methods for removing unwanted facial hair. Of course, there is a cost, which depends on the amount of hair being removed and the particular salon or spa. I’ve had my face waxed and the result is great – very smooth. I usually reserve this method for pre-vacation due to cost.
- Cream Depilatory – Depilatories dissolve hair by chemical process. Depilatories are most effective on fine hair but can be irritating to the skin, especially for people with sensitive skin. I use a cream depilatory to remove my facial hair and have not had a problem with this sensitive skin version.
- Tweezing – Tweezing is a tried and true, no frills hair removal method that anyone can do at home. Removing facial hair by tweezing a large area can be difficult. But wait . . . this strange looking tool by Tweezerman (see photo below) is quite useful. I’ve found it to be very effective and easy to use for removing facial hair. In the photo I’m using it with one hand, but you actually need both hands to use it (tough to take a selfie with no hands on the phone!).
- Threading – Threading, an ancient method of removing hair, is thought to have originated in the regions around India and Egypt. It’s become very popular with women, and you’ve probably seen threading salons or kiosks in malls. I haven’t tried it, but I know people who swear by it. You can read more about threading here.
- Electrolysis – Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method that removes individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, the hair is removed with tweezers. I’ve had electrolysis in a few different areas. It’s not inexpensive, but the permanence can make the cost worth it. I was VERY happy with the results.
- Laser – Laser hair removal is a permanent method for removing hair. It is a medical procedure that uses a laser – an intense, pulsating beam of light – to remove unwanted hair. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which inhibits future hair Laser hair removal can be expensive, but since it is permanent, many people feel it’s worth the cost if they have the budget for it.
Add a Fun Accessory
Finally . . . some fun clothes talk! This may not seem like a spring beauty tip, but think again. Accessories are all about beauty + style and fun.
Adding just one focal accessory to your spring look can really take a simple look to a styled statement. Have some fun! Add a colorful scarf (there a lots of lightweight scarves that work well as spring accessories). Choose a statement necklace to complement your outfit. Wear those red or pink or blue flats. What about trying a new spring trend, like a stack heel, peep toe, perforated bootie. A beautiful spring bag is another way to kick up your look. You get the picture. Don’t be shy.