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Seasonal Shift:  Update Your Skin, Hair, and Makeup

By the time March rolls around, we’re ready for a beauty overhaul. Not only are we craving change after a long winter, the warmer temperatures and added humidity also mean our winter essentials may not be the best choices. We asked skincare, hair, and makeup experts about how to transition out of winter.. Read on for their best tips, and get ready to skip into spring.

Skin: Lighten Up

Aesthetician Vera Tuma, of Cowshed Spa Miami, takes an holistic approach to skincare, regardless of the season. Her best tips for clear skin? Drink plenty of water, eat fruits and vegetables, and get regular exercise. Happily, good weather and an influx of seasonal produce at your local farmers market makes this an easier routine to maintain come spring. On the product side, tweak your routine to fit your changing skin. You’re sweating more, so make sure to cleanse both morning and night with a gentle wash and following with a toner to tighten and hydrate skin. To brighten skin, try an enzyme mask, which are perfect for “in-between” weather because they effectively dissolve dead skin cells without irritation. One of our favorites is Naturopatica Pear Fig Polishing Enzyme Peel. You can ease up on the ultra rich creams and use a light face oil by itself or in combination with a moisturizer. Tuma says to always look for a product that is high in antioxidants, which help protect skin from sun damage and prevent wrinkles.

Makeup: Glowy, Not Shiny

Before you even think of trying on spring trends, makeup artist Leah Igo says you have to adjust your foundation. Warmer weather means our skin produces more oil, so it’s extra important to use primer for your face and eyes. Lighten up your foundation, especially if you’ve been using a more moisturizing formula, by switching to a tinted moisturizer. Igo also likes finely milled powder foundation which “help to mattify skin, and have oil-absorbing properties. Use blotting papers to touch up throughout the day — Tatcha’s version adds a matte, not powdery, finish.

Spring is a great time to experiment with color. Igo says to start with a wearable trend like coral: Try a gloss like stila lip glaze in Apricot or opt for Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Slow Zone if you’re feeling daring. “Paired with a coral blush on the cheeks, this works as a gorgeous monochromatic look,” Igo says. The eyes are all about violets right now so Igo likes to brush a sheer violet shade across the entire lid. “For a more intense color, use a violet liner to create a dramatic violet cat eye.”

Hair: Frizz-Free, Care-Free

While our hair is never a fan of chilly weather, warmer temperatures bring their own problems — specifically humidity and UV damage from frequent sun exposure. To keep hair manageable and sleek, Hair stylist Joshua Farrington of Anthony Leonard Salon recommends haircuts with longer layers, which are easier to style. If you’re dealing with humidity-induced puffiness, try an anti-humidity hairspray like Oribe’s Impermeable Hairspray. Curly-haired girls face more intense humidity battles, so Farrington recommends cocktailing, or combining more than one product throughout your hair, to achieve perfect waves or curls. Start by rinsing hair with cool water in the shower. “Don’t scrub your curls with a drying towel, as this can aggravate your cuticle and make hair even frizzier.” Next use one product for moisture, like Barex Italiana’s Re-define Creme, and a light gel like Morrocan Oil Curl Control Cream.

Spring is also the perfect time to try out new styles, particularly trendy braids. Farrington suggests incorporating our new favorite, the fishtail braid, near the front of your hair and pulling back into a ponytail for a “chic, care-free hair day.”

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