Spring: it’s a season for cleaning out the old and replenishing with the fresh, new and beautiful. We reveal our top makeup picks for the spring season…
Felicity Padbury, Copy & Editorial Manager
Ranging from the peachy Embrasse Moi to the raspberry Hell Gate, Nars has launched a special spring edit of four limited-edition neutral liquid lip covers. The fluid formula makes it easy to apply and move around on the lips and once dry it has a velvety smooth finish with great colour pay-off. My favourite shade is Summer Fire – a soft petal pink that’s like my lips but better.
I’ve fallen head over heels for this flirtatious line of four pink lipsticks. Even their names make me smile; Mr. Right, Mr. Right Now, Bad Boy, and Good Catch. Each one delivers creamy, medium-coverage with a silky, polished finish, but it’s the very wearable, very reliable Good Catch that’s stolen my heart – a soft, suits-all pink with warm undertones.
This high-voltage pinky purple works really well on me as my skin tone is quite cool. The bullet is shaped for precision and the twist-up mechanism means you can keep it nice and clean until next time. I like the fact that you can apply a small amount for a sheer finish or build it up in layers for an intense, powerful pink.
Rebecca Fearn, Copy & Editorial Writer
I’d been waiting to try this new Laura Mercier lip formula for a while – the shade range is amazing and the matte texture is ultra-tempting. My favourite shade is ‘Cool Girl’. It’s wearable enough for daytime but also has a bright streak which makes it great to glam up a simple evening look.
Anyone who knows me will be aware that I love a highlighter. While glittery finishes aren’t usually my thing, these are too incredible to pass up. While the blue hue (Lunar) gives an iridescent cool shine, the pink and silvery gold offer more of a traditional amped-up highlight. These are going to be a staple come festival season.
Sensed a pattern? As mentioned, I’m obsessed with highlighter and these sticks are absolutely beautiful. I have tried the rose gold and champagne shades, but this shimmering gold is my favourite, and would look lovely on a range of skin tones. The formula is ultra-creamy and blendable, too so you can sport a subtle look or go all out.
Georgia Day, Head of Editorial & Content
I thought I’d found my number one in Nars’ existing Sheer Glow Foundation but as soon as I tried this latest launch, I knew it had been usurped. Offering the same amount of (spring) fresh luminosity as Sheer Glow, this new formulation offers a hint of extra coverage (which with two small kids I most definitely need) but happily, without the slightest hint of cakey-ness or heaviness. I like to build it over the Nars’ Radiance Primer to give it even more of a radiant starting point, and bounce it on with a damp Beautyblender. I think it’s safe to say this is a perennial favourite, and not just for spring.
I’ve been searching everywhere for neutral, creamy yet smudge-proof shadows, and these two spring updates from Queen of Basics, Laura Mercier, have filled that spot nicely. Just the thing on days when I want bright lips to take centre stage, but still need some definition on my lids, they’re easily stashed in my makeup bag so best of all I can scribble on sans mirror during my commute.
I love a statement lip but sometimes I don’t want to rely on failsafe red. Step up this dramatic violet shade that’s a show-stopping blend of pearlised glitter and gloss. Sounds scary but trust me, the ultra-hydrating formula makes it easy to slick on and wear all day, and the surprisingly flattering lilac shade makes teeth look white and plumps out the natural shape of your lips. I love to pair it with lashing of eye-opening mascara and fresh, dewy skin.
Hayley Grove, Senior Copy & Editorial Writer
This is spring in a palette; from the punchy pinks to the bold blues and purples, it’s perfect for trying out some new looks for the new season. While the shades look a little daring, they’re ultra-blendable so can be worn as a subtle wash of colour on the lid or blended carefully into the crease.
No spring palette is complete without a pretty blusher to dust over cheeks for extra precision. I love this feminine soft pink from new brand Surratt. It’s very wearable but can be built up for a deeper level of colour. Considering the comeback of blusher over contouring products, this is the perfect spring swap-out.
I love applying a clear gloss onto lipstick, and this slightly frosted version from Surratt leaves a lovely holographic effect on lips. It’s incredibly non-sticky and stays on for a surprisingly long time. I’ll be wearing it over a rose pink matte lipstick all spring.