Spring is here which means out come the brights, out come the pastels... it's time to add some real colour to our makeup!
My favourite makeup products are definitely blushers and lipsticks; they're the most fun, they're the easiest to change and can instantly refresh a look with such a simple step to the makeup routine.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my favourite spring products with you all, starting today with the cheeks.
Benefit 'Hervana' is intact one of those blushes that I find myself reaching for all year round, but it had to get a mention in this Spring edit because I've been wearing it pretty much on a daily basis lately. As you can see (and probably already know) Hervana is made of a swirl of four shades, which when applied, mix to give a peachy pink blush to the cheeks. It's not massively pigmented, but you can build it up from a very natural flush to a brighter flash of colour. The reason I love it so much for this season is that it is the perfect shade to go with a bright lip, it's neutral enough to go with a hot pink or anything glossy as it contrasts that with it's matte (yet still glowy) finish.
ELF All Over Color Stick 'Pink Lemonade' is no longer available on the UK site but they are still available online here thankfully! I initially thought this would be a bit of a gimmick product, but it's really great. If you're a fan of matching cheeks and lips, you'll love this as it can be used as a blush or a lipstick and in both areas the colour payoff is wonderful. On the cheeks you can achieve a really illuminating bright pink shade with a slight shimmer and can be blended out to a natural shade on the skin. A little goes a long way with this, and it's ideal for anyone who's constantly on the go thanks to it's small, compact packaging.
Illamasqua 'Rude' is the most beautiful peachy coral shade from Illamasqua's cream blush selection. Not only is the colour beautiful, but the formula is really creamy, and so light on the skin... I apply this with my Real Techniques stippling brush or with my fingers, and either way it blends out perfectly. The colour can be built up to achieve a brighter coral for night time or blended out for a natural glowy look for day time.
Stargazer '11' may look scarily bright in the pan, but on the cheeks it's a little subtler... but if you're looking for a pop of pink for your cheeks, whether to team with a nude lip or a smokey eye, this is the one you need! For such a bargain price, the quality of this product is really impressive, it's highly pigmented and really long lasting. I specifically love this pink for Spring because it's so shimmery, and is perfect if you're wanting a really girly, pretty makeup look... when I wear this, I usually go quite bold with it and balance the look with nude or glossy lips and simple eye makeup.
Mac Azalea In The Afternoon is from last years Spring collection and is unfortunately discontinued (so sorry for twice in one post, I try not to write too much about products that are no longer available), but I had to include this in this blog post as it honestly is a favourite, and I am already on the hunt for a dupe because I'm dreading the day this runs out. It's a very sheeny, highlighting cool toned pink which has the most beautiful finish when applied to the skin. For me, I see this as a natural but better colour for my cheeks, which looks really pretty with a nude or light pink lip and simple eye makeup - ideal for Spring days. If you know a blush similar to this, please let me know, I need a back up!
What are your favourite cheek products for Spring?