By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market
With spring’s arrival, we’re reminded that it’s time to develop a healthy glow, get our feet sandal-ready and update our makeup bags with something light and fresh.
If you’re ready to spring ahead, check out these beauty picks that will help you master the season’s hottest trends.
Spring is all about a fresh face, but it takes more than neutral makeup to achieve the look.
Start by getting your skin into great shape by exfoliating daily with the Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System ($99 at clarisonic.com). The travel-size brush’s 300 gentle vibrations per second clear pores and remove dead skin cells to breathe life into dull winter skin.
Once a week, paint on Peter Thomas Roth’s Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask ($58 at Sephora) to draw out impurities and infuse skin with natural moisture and vitamins.
Once your skin is in tip-top shape, trade your full-coverage foundation for a lightweight formula, such as Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 25 ($40 at Macy’s).
Then focus your makeup application on one attention-grabber. Play up your eyes with a great nude shadow. Keep your options open with the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sands Eye Palette ($70 at Bluemercury; available May 1), which includes 12 neutral hues. Add an inky-black liquid liner and apply the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme extension kit ($35 at Sephora) for maximum impact.
If a bold mouth is more your style, start by exfoliating your lips with Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($18 at Macy’s). Then go for a rich pout in a bright berry color, such as Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm in Showy ($9 at Bartell Drugs).
For Hair & Nails
This season, hair’s hottest look is soft and undone. Get the look by distributing a couple pumps of TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam ($8 at Ulta) evenly onto damp hair and blow dry.
Then loosely curl 1-inch sections of your hair, holding your curling wand vertically. Finish by spritzing in Drybar’s Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray ($25 at Sephora) as you finger through the waves. On day two, weave hair into a loose side braid and call it good.
Treat hair weekly with an ultra-deep conditioning mask, such as Kerastase Crème Chronologiste ($65 at Gene Juarez Salon & Spa), to keep hair healthy, shiny and manageable.
Spring’s manicure is all about neutrals. Achieve the look at home by applying a nude polish with a glossy, opaque finish, such as essie Nail Color in Picked Perfect ($8 at Target). Or try a pale-peach semi-matte such as local sweetheart Julep’s Nail Polish in Janet ($14 at Julep).
Before you pull on those shorts, do some legwork to get your skin in show-off condition.
Exfoliate with a non-oil-based scrub — which won’t create a barrier for your self-tanner — such as H2O Plus Oasis Body Scrub ($25 at beauty.com), which will keep skin soft, smooth and ready to receive color.
For a subtle, gradual glow, smooth on Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glotion Self-Tanning Moisturizer ($38 at Nordstrom) two or three times a week. If you prefer something more long-lasting, try the new Vita Liberata pHenonmenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse ($54 at beauty.com), which is odorless, free of toxins and lasts up to three weeks before gently fading out.
Between applications, moisturize skin with your favorite body cream or oil, such as the super-luxurious Fresh Life Body Oil ($48 at Bluemercury).
And don’t forget to protect skin with a good sunscreen, such as Supergoop’s Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil ($34 at Nordstrom). It’s a light, non-greasy formula that enhances moisture retention as it shields skin from UV rays with SPF 50.