Makeup tutorial: Celebrating that spring blush

For me, spring is the time to indulge in my ultra-girly girl side. I love bold florals, flirty frills and plenty of pink and blush tones.

This look is super simple and easy to create every day. It’s all about glowing, natural-looking skin and soft blush hues. I kept it minimalistic, taking my cue from the recent Spring Summer runway shows that celebrated toned-down beauty.

Want to know more about the products that I used? Take a look below:

Lancôme Custom Glow Drops in Champagne Glow

R435 for 15ml, Lancôme counters at select department stores

Liquid highlighters are my new obsession. You can use this one blended into your foundation or on top for added luminosity – or both. I applied it like a primer all over my face, which gave it this gorgeous fresh-out-the-shower quality. It’s available in four shades – rose, champagne, bronze or gold. Champagne worked perfectly with my olive skin tone.

Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint in Beige

R495 for 32ml, Lancôme counters at select department stores

I adore this foundation. It is lightweight but offers good coverage, with skin loving glycerin, hyaluronic acid and Moringa tree extracts that also care for your skin. The finish is stunning – hydrated, refreshed and natural. Honestly, it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing anything, aside from the fact that my skin is super even.

Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer in Medium

R400, Urban Decay and select Foschini stores

This high coverage concealer really does the trick in one foul sweep of the brush. It has been formulated with a blend of polymers and humectants that give it extra long wear. It also contains light-diffusing pigments that blurs your flaws for that soft-focus effect. I’ve really been loving it. I do recommend blending this out with a brush for a smooth finish.

MUD Smitten palette

R650, mudsa.co.za

This limited edition palette from MUD is aaaaalll spring, with a collection of six shades and a nude-pink lipgloss. This was my first introduction to MUD and I am loving their products. The eyeshadows are soft and velvety, easy to work with and they offer good colour payoff.

Elizabeth Arden High Drama Eyeliner in Espresso

R280, elizabetharden.co.za

These High Drama eyeliners are fantastic. They have a super buttery quality and easy glide, making it easy to work with. And once dry this won’t budge.

Sisley Phyto Blush Twist in Petal

R775, Sisley counters at select department stores

I much prefer cream and liquid blush over powder. I find it looks more natural. The formulation is non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores and it has been enriched with Camellia oil and Shea oil that maintains skin hydration.

Urban Decay Brow Box in Brunette Betty

R500, Urban Decay and select Foschini stores

This is a fantastic all-in-one kit. A top compartment has two shades of powder, one lighter and one darker, as well as a wax to set the colour. The bottom compartment contains two brow brushes and a tweezer, so you’re all set to go. I thought it would be more effort to use this over a standard pencil but I’m really loving it. The two shades of brown allows you to create a more natural look, with the darker shade for denser parts of your brows and the lighter for the sides.

Le Volume Révolution de Chanel Mascara

R635, Chanel counters at select department stores

This is one of the best mascaras I have tried this year. It has a specialised 3D printed brush with honeycomb micro-cavities. These absorb the mascara formula before delivering just the right dose in order to gradually build lash volume with each stroke, without having to dip the brush in the tube again between applications on each eye. This means that the wand coats your lashes without any clumps, giving it plenty of volume. Another big win is that it’s super easy to take off, making bed-time so much simpler.

Do you have any comments or questions about the products? Please pop them in the section below, I’d love to hear from you.

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