Spring Makeup Essentials

Spring is here, which means it’s time to ditch the full-coverage foundations and all matte products! Let your skin peek through with natural looking makeup; opt for products with a  satin or dewy finish to give yourself a beautiful glow. These are my makeup essentials to transition from the dull and dreary winter to the vibrant and refreshing spring season:


  1. Luminous Face Primer – This gives you perfect glowing, youthful looking skin without looking like there is shimmer all over your face. Foundation can sometimes make you look flat, but this helps add dimension back to the face. You can either apply this before foundation or mix it in with your foundation/tinted moisturizer. If you have oily skin, I recommend applying a mattifying primer in the areas you get oily, and using a luminous primer everywhere else. My Pick: Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
  2. Lightweight Foundation with SPF – Look for a foundation/tinted moisturizer/BB cream with light coverage that will allow your skin to peek through. You want your skin to look like skin. This is the perfect way to achieve the “no makeup makeup” look. Remember, you can still apply concealer to cover up your blemishes, hyper pigmentation, and other skin imperfections if you want a flawless look. Now that the sun is out, it is essential to protect the skin from sun damage. Foundations with SPF will help block the sun’s rays from damaging and aging your skin. (Note: I do not recommend you to rely solely on makeup for sufficient sun protection. Remember to wear sunscreen!) My Picks: BareMinerals Original Foundation with SPF 15, Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream with SPF 40 
  3. Illuminating Face Powder:  Set your makeup with a light-reflecting powder that will capture light and soften the look of your skin. Again, this will help add more dimension to your skin. My Pick: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
  4. Bronzer with a Satin Finish: Now that the sun is out and the weather is warming up, everyone wants a bit of colour added back to their skin. Look for bronzers with a natural looking sheen to achieve a natural sun-kissed glow. My Picks: Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Bronze Pearl, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer 
  5. Warm Peachy-Gold Highlighter: Mimic the sunlight reflecting off your skin by choosing a shimmery highlighter with warm, peachy-gold undertones. The combination of a radiant bronzer with a warm highlight will automatically transform you into a bronze goddess. Apply this on the high points of your face: the tops of your cheek bones, brow bones, down the bridge of the nose, and your cupid’s bow.  My Picks: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, Revlon Highlighting Palette in Peach Glow 
  6. Brightening Blush: Choose a shade of blush that will give a brightening, awakening look to the skin. Bright pinks, corals, and peaches will give you a pop of colour that is perfect for spring. My Picks: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Splendor, 3CE Creamy Cheek Stick in Pink Factory 
  7. Brightening Lip Product: Make your lips stand out with a fun bright lip colour. I like to coordinate my lip colour with my blush to bring the whole makeup look together. My Picks: Burts Bees Lipstick in Sunrise Cruise, Dior Lip Glow 

Here is a look that I created using some of the products that I mentioned above. This is my interpretation of a minimal makeup look that focuses on glowing tanned skin with a pop of colour on the lips.


What are your makeup essentials that you incorporate in your spring makeup routine? Show me your spring makeup looks on Instagram! Tag me 🙂 @mybeautydiary92