1. Madame C.J. Walker Silkening Leave In ($26) // 2. Stila Correct & Perfect Color Correcting Palette ($45) // 3. Anastasia Brow Highlighter ($23) // 4. Stila Oasis Eyeshadow ($18) // 5. Pore Sebum Control Stick ($16) // 6. St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse ($16-$48)
When spring arrives, I change up my beauty routine a bit. I wear less foundation, show a little more skin, and freshen up my beauty routine. Here are the products that I’m most excited to work into the rotation.
One. Fun fact, Madam C.J. Walker was Sarah Breedlove, America’s first female self-made millionaire. She was an African American woman who made her fortune selling hair products in the late 1800s. Very cool.
The Madam C.J. Walker line is developed for women of color, but this Silkening Leave In Treatment is a miracle for any woman with very dry hair. Comb in a bit after your shower and it makes your hair feel amazing. If you only need a bit of softening, I still love Infusium 23 Leave In Conditioner.
Two. Do you have acne? Under-eye circles? All-over dullness? Color-correcting is the answer. This Stila palette gives you every tool you need to hide imperfections and give your skin a boost.
Three. This highlighter stick gives your eyes that “Sure, I slept 8-hours last night” look when applied correctly. (See this tutorial for the 10 ways to use a highlighter pencil.) This Anastasia pencil is my favorite, but there are good options in every price point. This Rimmel London pencil has just a hint of shimmer to it.
Four. Oasis by Stila, the greatest eyeshadow base ever. Lay it under any other color for a glint of gold metallic that looks fresh and natural. The closest drugstore option I’ve ever found is Iman White Gold.
Five. Makeup primer is essential in the hot, humid weather. I usually wear NARS Pro Prime Oil Free. I received a sample of this Caolion pore stick, and I love it. It adds a bit of moisture, while minimizing the look of pores. The best part? You can apply it over makeup if shine starts to peek through.
Six. Feeling pale? Yeah, me too. St. Tropez tanning mousse is my favorite. I apply it with their applicator mitt to keep it off my hands, and get a smoother finish. You can get a free sample right now using your bonus points, if you’re a Sephora VIB.