After months of frigid weather, chapped lips, and neglected pedicures hidden inside boots, it’s finally time for spring beauty! March 20th is the first day of spring, which has us admiring all of the gorgeous flowers in bloom: pale-purple lilacs, orange lilies, pink peonies, and white crocuses. Nature is peacocking its most beautiful colors right now. So why not take inspiration from those shades of spring? Here’s how to do it and look as pretty as a spring flower.
Now that it’s finally starting to warm up upside and you can shelve those snow boots, of course you’re smiling. Bring some attention to your lips with happy, springy shades from Ilia, who blends brilliant pigments with organic ingredients. Try their lip conditioner, made with 85% organic ingredients, to soften lips that have been dried out by cold winter air, in Dizzy (a juicy melon-orange) or Nobody’s Baby (a nude-pink). Also subtle and springy is their lipstick in Neon Angel, a bright pink that’s as showy as this season’s spray of pink flowers.
Or go bold with Back to Life, a shade of lavender lip gloss that brings to minds lilacs and orchids.
After a pale winter, bring some natural-looking warmth back to your face with a subtle, shimmery pale pink blush. Sweep IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi from the apples of your cheeks to your temples, and you’ll look like you just took a stroll in a botanical garden (even if you were actually just sitting at your desk).
Purple flowers—from light lilac to deep purple crocus and iris—are basically nature showing off. You can span that same range in your eyeshadow, keeping it in the purple-nude family, adding drama with rich amethyst shades, or mixing them, with the Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Body.
Winter is all about dark polishes—and nothing will feel better than shelving that merlot or charcoal gray lacquer for a burst of springy pinks and oranges. RMS Beauty Nail Polishes in Curious, Honest, and Sublime bring to mind lilies, snapdragons, and Gerbera daisies.