Spring Makeup Refresh – A Guide to What to Toss and What to Add to Your Spring Beauty Routine


Spring is here! As the weather changes, so should your makeup and beauty products: warmer weather demands products with staying power, a solid SPF rating and a lighter look and feel. Here’s a complete guide to what you should get rid of or shelf in your makeup bag, and what to add to your beauty routine in the spring.

What to toss:

  1. Makeup applicators, like sponges. Dirty applicators carry a lot of bacteria that can transfer to your skin, which lead to blemishes or infections. Wash these regularly and replace them every season at least.
  2. Mascara needs to be tossed every 4 months. A great way to remember when to replace your mascara is every time the season changes.

What to shelve for next winter:

  1. Heavy foundations – opt for a lighter tinted moisturiser with a high SPF rating.
  2. Black liners – a black edge looks far too heavy with spring’s lighter colours, swap for a brown liner or play with coloured liners.
  3. Dark lip shades – again, too heavy with your spring wardrobe so embrace natural and bright tones.
  4. Powder blush – work with creams to give your face a more flushed, natural look.

What to embrace and bring in for spring:

  1. Tinted moisturisers – Let your skin breathe and show itself! Don’t hide behind makeup in the spring and summer – now’s the time to let your natural beauty shine through.
  2. Bronzers with some shimmer – these are perfect for warming up skin and adding some glow.
  3. Bright lip colours – try different shades of pink and corals for a pop of colour.  These can also play double duty as cheek tints/stains too!                     
  4. Oil-free moisturisers and SPF – these are great in winter as well, but SPF becomes an absolute necessity as you’re spending time outdoors in the spring and summer.
  5. An oil-free or gel moisturiser – either of these will keep shine at bay in warmer temperatures.
  6. Cream blushers – creams add just the right amount of flush to your cheeks and keep skin looking fresh and dewy without adding shine.
  7. Multi-use products – Add in products that are multi-use and save time. Cream blush that can work as lip and eye colour, and bronzer can double as eye shadow. 
  8. Opt for lighter eyeliner colours like brown or grey.  If you want to mix it up, purples and olive greens are fun for a variety and really bring out blue and green eyes.

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