While this might not be the spring/summer any of us imagined, all of the extra time spent at home creates the perfect opportunity for revamping our beauty routines. And sure, you might only be putting on makeup for your scheduled Zoom calls or for your weekly grocery store run, but why not make the most of the few glimmering moments of social interaction you have by looking your absolute best?
Whether you’re in the market for a new lengthening mascara of you need the perfect blush for achieving a rosy flush for your next selfie, we’ve rounded up the spring beauty products we’re currently obsessing over that present the perfect excuse to overhaul your makeup bag.
Read on to learn about the ten hardworking products we’re loving right now that will instantly streamline your summer beauty routine.
A makeup bag nonnegotiable: a moisturizing and hydrating primer that preps your skin for a day worth of makeup. Formulated with natural super ingredients like sea kelp, aloe vera, borage, and sandalwood oil, the No. 6 Beauty Primer works by balancing your skin and smoothing your complexion, while reducing the appearance of pores to prep the skin while adding a dewy glow.
One trend that will (thankfully) never go out of style is the ‘no-makeup makeup look’ and the best way to achieve this is with a good tinted moisturizer. The right one is made with the perfect balance of hydrating cream and pigment to give you the ideal coverage, all while leaving your skin with a natural, dewy glow that can be layered with other products — if needed. Our favourite is NARS’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer because it blends easily for light coverage or you can build more coverage. Plus, it’s one of the most hydrating tinted moisturizers we’ve ever tried, and it also colour corrects to make your skin tone and texture appear more even.
We’re all about multi-tasking products, which is why we love RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer Glow Face & Body Powder. This superfine powder with light-reflecting shimmer can be used on the face and body for that lit-from-within glow.
New this season is Fenty Beauty’s Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush — a lightweight cream that melts into the skin for a soft, fresh, natural-looking pop of colour. Not only is it available in ten shades from baby pink to violet, but it’s also sweat-resistant, making it perfect for the warm months ahead. You can also dab it onto your lips and lids for a skin-warming monochrome effect.
While summer will be here before you know it, you can achieve a natural, sun-kissed glow with Cover FX’s new customizable bronzer drops. Available in two shades, the drops weightlessly blend with your favourite liquid foundation or skincare products to deliver a beautiful sun-soaked glow.
Call us crazy, but we believe eyebrow products are the unsung heroes of makeup bags. Whether you’re running to the store, work, or a night on the town, a filled-in brow can completely change your look. Generally speaking, pencils are great for defining and filling in the look of your brows, while gels and powders are ideal for creating the illusion of volume and thickness. But rather than spending 20-minutes filling and defining your brows with a bunch of products — because ain’t nobody got time for that — we recommend using a single product that’s capable of doing all of that: Benefit’s Gimme Brow+. Tiny microfibers in this gel stick to your brows, creating natural-looking fullness and volume, while the subtle tint adds definition.
What we love about this super defining, rich-black, beautifully fluttery mascara, is that it works on all types of lashes not to mention it also volumizes, thickens, and keeps lashes elongated all day without a smudge thanks to its tubular formula.
This liquid eyeliner from Stila is a favourite of makeup artists and beauty gurus for a reason: thanks to its ultra-skinny tip, the liner is extremely easy to control and applies the perfect amount of black ink without going overboard. And because it’s waterproof, it stays put all day, meaning you can rock the perfect cat-eye from morning, noon, and night.
For those days when you want to rock a pop of colour on your lips without wearing full-on lipstick, we highly recommend using a hydrating lip balm, like this tinted number from Lano Lips. This easy-for-touch-ups balm has a pretty, sheer tint that works on practically every skin tone. Plus, a tinted lip balm goes perfectly with a fresh, dewy, and hydrated look — which we’re all about these days.