Spring Makeup Must Haves

Have any of you started switching up your beauty routine for spring yet? Now that it’s officially here, I’m ready to add a little more color to my wardrobe and makeup. Today I’m sharing a few ways you can update your makeup bag for spring, from adding in subtle, romantic shades to going bold and bright.

Spring Makeup Musts - Tamera Mowry

Blushes & Nudes

Valentine’s Day may be over, but spring is a great time to add a touch of romance. Blushes and nudes make any look soft and feminine, while adding a warm glow that looks stunning with any of these spring dresses. Try something with a slight brown or almost light purple tone like NARS’ velvet gloss lip pencil or Bobbi Brown’s art stick, which comes in 11 romantic shades. The trick here is to choose one that adds a subtle pop, but doesn’t take the attention off the rest of your look. These shades are perfect for pairing with floral dresses and flowy blouses.

Coral & Orange

For the eyes, spring is one of the few times you can’t go wrong punching up the color even for everyday wear – so what not experiment? Depending on what fits best with your skin tone, colors ranging from pinky corals to vibrant oranges can provide the perfect pop for spring. Choose an eyeshadow palette that comes in 2 or 3 shades so you can blend your brighter pick with a more natural hue – you don’t want the shadow coming out of nowhere. If you prefer to have your color on the cheeks instead, a cream blush is the way to go. Bliss has a silky blush stick that blends easily and helps sculpt cheeks too.

Pop of Red

Another hue I love year-round, but especially for spring? A good, sultry red! Red works any time of year depending on the outfit you’re pairing it with. It easily goes from sophisticated in the fall to bold during the holidays to flirty on Valentine’s, and now – fun in spring. MAC’s Ruby Woo is my go-to, but luckily just about every beauty brand under the sun makes a good red. And if red lips are a little too bold, you can always flaunt it on your nails instead.

What are your favorite spring shades? Share with me in the comments below!


3 Makeup Tips for Transitioning into Spring

Whew, spring is officially here! From farmers markets to new activities to enjoy with the fam, I always feel renewed when spring rolls around. With that comes warmer temps and changes in the air, so it’s the perfect time to start trying out fresh, bright looks. You don’t have to full-on swap out your entire beauty collection (for the time being), but there are a few areas I like to focus on to get my makeup prepped for the April showers and May flowers ahead.

Makeup Tips for Spring / Tamera Mowry

All About That Base
You don’t have to lose foundation entirely (that can be a bit scary) but spring is an ideal time for switching from a heavy foundation to a tinted moisturizer that will even complexion without weighing you down. A hydrating product is essential because come on – the days of dry winter air aren’t exactly behind us yet. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is a brightening cream that offers that dewy spring look and it comes in several shades. You could also try a BB cream for something slightly heavier, and layer your powder foundation if you still find it necessary. Whatever I go with, I always make sure it has SPF.

Roll with the Changes
When your current face makeup colors start to look a bit unnatural, you know it’s time to reach for a different shade. Even though changes in our skin tones can be very subtle in the springtime, opting for a slightly darker shade will look most natural and allow you to keep a minimal everyday look without excessive products. Going one shade darker usually does the trick for me this time of year, but I have to make sure to go with the lighter coverage mentioned above, or else it’s overbearing – there’s a very fine line here! Also, now is the time to consider the weather in your area and whether you’ll need to account for changes in the air. LA is pretty easy to figure out, other cities – not so much.

Amp Up Your Color
This is my absolute favorite part of transitioning to spring: experimenting with colors and bringing the whole look together. Complement your spring wardrobe with your makeup (notice I didn’t say “match”!). If you’ve got vibrant pops of color in your spring wardrobe, some of your winter makeup choices will clash. If your style is neutral in spring, like white, beige and gray, having a few springy makeup products like a flirty pink lipstick or subtly shimmery shadow will punch up the look. Spring is such a good time to play with different lip colors too. A shade like Clinique Matte Lipstick in ‘Peony’ or Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip Duo in Timeless Coral will really spring-ify a low key, on the go outfit.

What are your spring beauty must-haves? Check out my natural beauty routine if you’re looking for a good basis for spring makeup.