Style & Beauty » Vol. 69

Look your BBest

Suzanne Karioki 

Whether you’re new to makeup or just looking to refresh your routine, we’ve got the tips you need to transition your winter looks to effortless spring beauty.

Moisturizer

You want a light formula with SPF – sun protection is paramount to the longevity of good, healthy skin. Look out for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and collagen to boost moisture and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. 

BB Cream

If you’re looking for a simple addition to your daily makeup routine, BB Cream might be a great choice. Sheerer than regular foundation, BB Cream became popular in Asia before making it to U.S. shores. BB Creams are the best part of moisturizers with some of the coverage of foundation. It won’t offer the same customizable shades as foundation, but it’s perfect if you just want to up your game a little without using heavy makeup. 

Concealer

Use a moisturizing concealer to reduce dark circles under your eyes. Apply it in an upside-down triangle, starting the base under your eye and drawing the point down, parallel to the tip of your nose. Gently press the product into your skin, taking care not to spread it around too much – you don’t want streaks right under your eye. Better yet, take a clean finger and gently pad and blend your concealer into your skin for a natural, lifted look.  

Mascara and Eyeliner

A little can go a long way to make your eyes really pop. Instead of the blackest black mascara, go for a natural black or brown for a less dramatic look. To add definition, use eyeliner on your upper lid and avoid drawing a hard line on your lower lid – you don’t want to make your eyes look smaller. Less is more; draw a very thin line and build up if you need to.

Blush

Adding a pop of color can really take your look to the next level, as long as you choose the right color for your skin tone. Light pinks are best for fair skin but don’t shy away from color if your skin is darker. Medium skin tones generally look best in peaches and slightly darker pinks, while dark skin glows under dark pinks and orangey browns. Again, it’s best to start small and build up, aiming for a barely noticeable look. With practice, you can build up to what works best for you. 

Eyeshadow

Whether you’re going for a natural day look or more dramatic makeup for a night out, you don’t have to totally ditch the sparkle. A nice shimmer in your eyeshadow can add glam without being overpowering. Use a color close to your skin tone to add some subtle daytime glimmer. Choose a darker color to upgrade your look at night.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a pro, whether you’re starting at your local drugstore or stop at a specialty store like Sephora or Ulta. Makeup can be complicated, especially if you haven’t changed your routine in a while. Remember, your smile is the most important part of your look; treasure the things in your life that keep it there. 

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