The new season has arrived! And while you may be tempted to throw out the contents of your makeup bag and start anew for spring, think about it like this—you don’t buy a whole new wardrobe every season (I mean, who can afford to?). Instead you might buy a cold shoulder top to pair with what you already have, or cut and fray the hems of your jeans to add a fresh twist to your existing wardrobe staple. And you can take the exact same approach with your makeup.
We called on seven industry experts to share their best "why didn’t we think of that before?!" beauty hacks that will help you rework the products you already own to freshen up your complexion and bring your look bang up-to-date for spring.
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"Instantly update your look by tracing a bold liner in cobalt (a big colour for spring) over your usual black liner", says Amanda Bell, Pixi’s international make-up artist. "It adds extra drama and the black underneath takes the colour down a notch so it’s not too bright."
"Spring skin is all about glow and luminescence," explains Bell. "Take a face mist and spritz your makeup brush or sponge, then mix with your foundation—this gives your complexion a dewy finish."
"Use a mixing medium like Illamasqua's (pictured) and combine with your existing eyeshadows to create coloured liner for a pop of super-easy colour," says Zoe Peplow, Illamasqua UK brand ambassador.
"Use a brown eye or lip liner like Illamasqua Slick Stick (£19) in Dream to add freckles to your complexion for a sun-kissed look," suggests Peplow. "Bounce the pencil off the cheeks and nose, where the sun would naturally hit and simply pat with your ring finger to soften."
"Add sparkle to nails by mixing in crushed shadows or pigments into your top coat. Illamasqua Pure Pigment (£17) in Beguile works well with any base colour and is very finely milled so your nails will remain smooth to the touch," explains Peplow.
"I love to re-work Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (£50) into the skin after I have finished the makeup, patting it gently over the face with the tips of my fingers," says Lynsey Alexander, Estée Lauder UK makeup ambassador. "To me, adding moisture after makeup application helps the skin appear more lifelike and lived in. It prevents a 'too much makeup look' from happening."
"Make your contour and highlighting products work harder," says Bobbi Brown Pro Artist Hannah Martin. "Keep your eyes bright by sweeping your highlighter over your eyelids. If you prefer a matte lid, simply sweep a little bronzing powder through the crease of the eye for a subtle shadow."
"Bobbi has been known to tap Crystal Lip Gloss (£16) over the cheek for the ultimate sheen," reveals Martin. "Great if you use just a little and plan to wear your hair up—just don't attempt this with your hair down on a windy day!"
"If your foundation is still a little heavy, try mixing it with your favourite face cream or oil to give it a lighter finish," suggests Martin.
"Get more out of your lipsticks by creating a cheek stain," suggests Claire Mulleady, MAC senior artist. "Mix a little lipstick with lip balm, this will sheer the colour and give a dewy sun-warmed look to the skin."
"For a glowing-from-within highlight, add a drop of face oil to a scraping of a lightly frosted eye shadow," recommends Mulleady. "MAC Eyeshadow (£13) in Shroom and Arena work well for this. Mix together a small amount to create a texture that melts into the skin."
"To give your legs an extra boost and get them feeling summer-ready, add a couple of drops of foundation into an illuminating body cream," says Mulleady.
"Make the most of your highlighter and use it along your collarbone and the top of your shoulders, and if you’re showing your legs, apply a thin line down down the centre of your leg to add a touch of glow," suggests Florrie White Clinique's UK colour artist. "Perfect for coming into spring!"
"Try using one of your lipglosses in a peach or pink shade, and add it to the eyelids for that gleaming holiday look," says White.
"If your lip colour seems a little bold for spring, forgo lip liner and brushes and apply with your fingertips, gently rubbing it into the lips to create a diluted shade," says Janine Bird, national makeup coach for Smashbox Cosmetics. "A deep crimson lipstick will become a soft, bee-stung red when patted on, giving you double the use from it!"
"Brow pencils can sometimes be a little heavy for spring. For a more natural brow, use powder instead of pencil. Using the Smashbox Angle Brow Brush #12 (£16) lightly brush some soft brown eyeshadow into the brow hair. For on-trend brows use, a slightly metallic pencil, such as Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick (£17) in Gold Shimmer to define them further. Think of it like highlights for your brows," says Bird.
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