Lighten Up: Soften Your Colors for Spring

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Sensual Skin EnhancerSpring can kind of be a weird transition time between the winter and summer in terms of the tone of your skin. While you’ll always have the same undertone (cool, warm or neutral), the darkness of your skin can go from ghostly white to sun-kissed over the course of a few weeks. The hot colors for spring and summer are often the same, and the key to not making your makeup look louder than a bullhorn during the spring is to keep it soft-looking.

Tips for Soft Springtime Makeup

Concealer: Adjust the color of concealer you use during the spring just as you would your wardrobe. As you spend more time in the sun, you’ll need to use a slightly darker shade of concealer. Ideally, you should use a color that’s a bit lighter than your foundation. The Sensual Skin Enhancer from Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics has 16 different concealer shades that perfectly cover your blemishes regardless of the season.

UV protection: Those who are truly fashion-forward know you should use SPF protection all year, even on the cloudiest days. The need for UV protection increases as the months start to get warmer. Make sure the daytime moisturizer you use has an SPF component in it. If you use any type of foundation, opt for one that also protects your skin from the sun’s rays.

Eye makeup: Bright eye colors go hand-in-hand with spring and summer. When the season’s hottest colors are particularly bright, layer on the colors lightly during the spring. For some of the best springtime eye shadow color combinations, check out the Essential Eye Shadow set in the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line.

Blush: The more sun you get, the rosier your cheeks will look. With this in mind, choose a sheer blush in a tone that matches your own skin. The Pure Powder Glow blush line from Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics has six different colors designed to work wonders on any skin tone. The must-have colors this spring are Shadore 001, Dolline 002, Fira 004 and Neolita 005.

Lips: Keep your lip colors soft during the spring, and pump up the intensity as you transition into the summer months. The Lip Palette from the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line has the perfect rosy, red and fuchsia hues to help you transition from springtime-soft to look-at-me bold.

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