Take Your Makeup into Spring
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Take Your Makeup into Spring

Your makeup should change as the season does.

Lighten Up Your Makeup

As spring approaches, it's the perfect time to put away heavy winter makeup and start your transition into a warm-weather face! Here, 10 ways to do it:

1. Start with bronzer. Winter skin can take on a sallow, pale look. As the sun starts shining more, add bronzer to your morning routine. Dust a light shade of bronzer onto cheekbones and chin for a warm-but-not-too-summery look.

2. Ditch heavy liner. Dark eyeliner pencil is too heavy for spring. Instead, go a shade lighter (slate gray, warm chocolate, even navy) and apply with a light hand.

3. Pick brighter blush. Like bronzer, bright blush gives your skin spring warmth without being too obvious. A great shade now: Sue Devitt Studio Los Angeles ($20), a warm, sunny coral.

4. Go light on powder. Winter's face is matte and smooth; for spring, go a little dewier by dusting the lightest veil of translucent powder over skin so your natural shine comes through a bit.

5. Add gold shimmer. A hint of gold warms up any complexion. Use your finger to swipe a gold shadow under brows or even across cheekbones for a true glow.

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6. Skip lip liner. Liner can be used to give your lips a precise shape, but in spring, that preciseness looks overdone. Avoid the liner altogether, and apply lipstick straight from the tube -- much more natural.

7. Try colored shadow. While you don't necessarily want to break out the Technicolor summer hues, a light swipe of golden-green or mango shadow gives eyes a subtle update. Pair with black or brown mascara.

8. Wear creamy lipcolor. Look for formulas labeled "cream" or "soft shine." Both give full coverage, but have a bit of shine to them, giving lips a soft look for spring.

9. Don't forget nails. A colored manicure is a great way to get a taste of spring as the weather warms up. Try shades like shimmery peach, true pink, and sheer coral.

10. Go for gloss. Lip gloss is probably the easiest way to lighten makeup as the season changes. Top your cream lipstick with a touch of gloss, or, for weekends, try a pink or orange gloss on its own.

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