Spring essentials to add to your makeup bag.
As Spring slowly approaches, I have been swapping out the normal products in my beauty routine for a colour story that is a little bit more neutral and simple. Although I never really go for a completely natural look, I love that these colours have a fresh feeling. After compiling this list, I became aware of how many drugstore products I have been loving lately and choosing over high end makeup.
e.l.f. Mineral Pearls ($8)
These multi-coloured “pearls” add a beautiful flush to the skin with a bit of a glow. This product is versatile in that it will serve a different purpose for people with different complexions. On my fair skin, it is a nice warm colour that works well as a bronzer. On darker skin tones it would look amazing as a blush because of the pink beads mixed in. I suggest swirling a large fluffy brush around in the product for an even blend of colour. The only problem with this product is that it isn’t the most travel friendly because the pearls can crumble easily.
L’Oreal Total Cover Foundation ($17)
Shade: 301 Ivory
The mousse-like texture of the foundation melts onto the skin to create an air-brushed finish. I have a lot of acne scarring so this product does an amazing job of covering my discolouration while still looking like skin. This product does not build well in multiple layers, so for best application, apply a thick layer and blend out with a damp beauty sponge. This will provide even coverage and allow the product to really work into your skin. I would recommend this product to people with normal, combination or oily skin – it is not for people with many dry patches.
The Balm Overshadow ($22)
Shade: Work is Overrated
A thinly-milled, mineral, metallic eye shadow (try saying that five times fast) is pretty much what dreams are made of. This long-lasting formula makes your eyes look bright and awake, especially if you pop it in the inner corner. What is even better is that this product can be used as an insane highlight that will give your skin that wet look. It is also worth mentioning that the Balm has the most amazing packaging, complete with vintage styled images of pin-up girls and dapper men. In Canada, The Balm is sold at Rexall.
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($31)
Shade: Smoldering Satin
It honestly makes me sad because trying to photograph this product simply does not do it justice. The highly pigmented formula glides on with even coverage and dries so smooth that it doesn’t even feel like you have glitter on your eyes. It is the perfect way to cut the crease without having to bother with concealer and loose glitter. I also love to pop a tiny bit in my inner corner and blend with my finger.
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme ($12)
Shade: Chromattic Addict
Metallic makeup is having a moment this spring – especially in softer neutral colours. This liquid lipstick dries down completely within minutes and leaves you with a nude lip that has a bit of an edgy twist. This smell of this product is a very strong vanilla scent, which I personally enjoy because it reminds me of lip gloss I would wear as a child. I love to wear this alone, or to apply it in the center of my lips when I have just a matte liquid lipstick on. When you blend it out, it gives your lips a little bit more dimension.
Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($9)
I have naturally short, sad eyelashes. I like to layer on a lot of product which can easily result in clumpy, spider-leg lashes. This mascara builds up nicely to separate lashes. The wand consists of dense brushes, but it is not oversized, which makes for easy application. I think it also worth mentioning that when I wear this to the gym, it survives the whole time and I don’t leave looking like a trash panda (translation: raccoon).