Spring officially begins March 20, so now is the perfect time to plan a prettiness pick-me-up that will take you into the sunshine feeling lovelier than ever. Here are four easy tips that ought to help even an ice queen shed her winter blues and embrace her warmer hues:
Start fresh. Press the “reset” button on your beauty routine by exfoliating with a cleansing plan designed to slough off dead cells and leave your skin silky smooth. Lightweight and antioxidant-rich, our Bare Face Cleansing Oil is the perfect antidote to dry winter skin, especially combined with the all-natural powers of our Konjac Cleansing Sponge, which exfoliates with the help of skin-clarifying charcoal while still being gentle enough for everyday. And don’t forget those lips! Our new Buff Lip Scrub will help you leave those chapped, flaky feelings behind—all the better for trying on all those fun new lip shades you’ve been wanting to break out this season.
Glow for it. A dewy, luminous look is on-trend this spring, which means winter’s layers of foundation and concealer are best left behind you. Start with a multi-purpose moisturizer that will bring out your skin’s radiance without weighing it down. Lighten up your face routine by only applying concealer to your problem areas, putting away the heavy foundation and using Julep DD Crème, which is a great option for warmer weather because it combines coverage, SPF 25, anti-aging ingredients, and hydration into one lightweight product. Designed to prime, perfect, and protect at the same time, this one-layer wonder could become your saving grace for a fuss-free, fresh spring look.
Get cheeky. Corals, pinks, and peaches are almost universally flattering and great for achieving a soft, rosy spring cheek. Better yet, layer pink and peach shade together with a light hand for a natural-looking flush. Add highlighter to your cheek and brow bones and bronzer to your favorite contour areas to achieve a sweetly sun-kissed glow.
Look on the bright side. Blooming bouquets, the sweet shades of sherbet, and jewel-toned sunsets above crystal blue waters: these shouldn’t just inspire your spring activities, but your spring eye, lip, and nail colors as well.
Apply a wash of floral pink or ladylike lavender to your lids in lieu of wintery taupes or browns, or swap your usual black liner for cerulean blue or tropical teal to create the perfect pop. For lips, melon orange, ultra-feminine pink, and cherry red are all on-trend this spring, and the bright burst of color will provide an instant pick-me-up to your whole face. Add a juicy wash of Lip Gloss for an even more spring-perfect twist. When it comes to technicolor tones, a good rule of thumb is to pick the feature you’d like to highlight and keep the rest of your look fresh-faced—but rules are made to be broken, so whether it’s your new graphic sundress or your blossoming garden, take inspiration from the hue combinations around you and have fun playing with your palette.
Nude and light-toned nails are in this season—around the Julep office, we’re especially loving the pretty pastel hues of Lilou, Elisa, Princess Grace, and Margaret—but don’t let those spectrums limit you. You can change your nail color as often as your mood, and spring is the perfect time to experiment with vibrant or neon shades on nails, from the aquamarine glittery gorgeousness of Aretha to the electric pink punch of Madison.
Top off any of these tips with sunglasses and a smile, and you’ll be ready to welcome spring in style.