The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s a good time to put down the contouring powder and fake lashes and instead, focus on enhancing your natural beauty, experiment with playful hues, or just breathing new life into your beauty routine. We spoke to Skye McDonald, a professional makeup artist in Los Angeles and a highly rated pro on Thumbtack, to get her favorite tips and tricks to help you look fresh-faced and pretty in the months ahead.
“Makeup is a lot like fashion,” Skye says. “Just like how you change your attire for winter or summer, you should do the same with your makeup. In the winter you wear darker lips and smokier eyes, but in the spring you want to lighten that all up because the weather is lighter. Plus, when it’s hot outside, you don’t want to wear a full coverage face of makeup.”
Wear Waterproof Everything
“Waterproof makeup is really in right now,” Skye says. And waterproof also means sweat proof; waterproof foundation, eyeshadow, and mascara can all help your makeup stay put when temperatures are on the rise.
Don’t Skip Blush
“A lot of people forget to use blush,” Skye says. “The whole contour and highlight look is so popular that people bronze their life away, which I’m all about, but adding a pop of color to the cheek is really important, especially during the springtime”
Add Some Shimmer
“Add a little shimmer to the eye or the corner of the eye for a fresher look,” Skye says. Highlight on the cheekbones is always popular, but adding it to the eyes can brighten and open them and has the added bonus of helping you look more awake.
Ditch the Full Coverage Foundation
Skye says she likes to ditch full coverage foundation in the spring and summer because it’s a little heavy. “Any type of BB or CC cream is a good option,” she says. She also recommends a mineral foundation (she uses MAC), which is a light liquid foundation that she sets with powder. One thing to keep in mind: if you’re oily or greasy, the latter isn’t the best option because it goes on silky, so it can leave a shine.
Swipe on a Serum
“I think serums are very underrated,” Skye says. “But in the spring and summer, you want to save the heavy face moisturizers at night, and use a face serum under your makeup and primer during the day because it is lighter and will hold your makeup better.”
Don’t Forget About Sunscreen
If you are going to use a serum, be sure your foundation or primer has sunscreen in it. “But you don’t want to overdo the sunscreen if you’re going to be taking photos,” Skye says. “If can reflect and make your face look white.”
Be Playful with Your Eyes
“Browns, tans, and neutrals are good year-round,” Skye says. “But for people who want to go bold, yellows, light oranges, pinks, light purples, and even blues are always really fun.”
If you’re more of a natural person who doesn’t want to do anything too crazy, Skye recommends light, baby pinks (“those are very popular”) with any kind of shimmer pop in the corner of your eye or on your brow bone. In general, you want to do less of a smokey eye and avoid dark browns, bronzes, and blacks during spring and go for a more pastel palette.
Gloss It Up
“As popular as the liquid lipsticks are right now, spring is the time to ditch the deep mauves, browns, and vampire reds and go for more of a gloss,” Skye says. “It’s lighter and fresher.”
She recommends sheer pinks or berry colors. If you’re worried about gloss coming off too quickly, apply a nude, light pink, or berry liquid lipstick and then put a gloss on top throughout the day.
Use Multi-Purpose Products
Skye says she loves a cream-based stick that you can use on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. “If I’m in a rush, I’ll throw on foundation and a light powder, and I’ll take a multi-tasking stick and rub it on my cheeks, eyes, and lips.”
She likes the stick from Milk Makeup because it’s light, buildable, and not so pigmented that you need to use a brush. “Put that in your pocket and you can refresh your eye, lip, and cheek with the swab of your finger.”
What color to choose? “Salmon is big for spring.”
Go Natural with Your Brows
“The trend now is less perfect brows,” Skye says. “I always suggest a natural brow where you use a pencil that just grabs hair and puts pigment on without going too deep, dark, or heavy, and then follow with a brow gel and brush your brow up. That works better for spring and summer because it doesn’t look like you’re trying so hard.”
Use Your Fingers
“Fingers are great because they don’t apply as much makeup, so you get that fresh fun spring look,” Skye says. “Rub your finger in a little shimmer shadow and pack it in your lid, put it on your cheek bone, and use them to apply lip gloss. Then throw on some mascara and you’re done.”
[Photos via Skye McDonald]