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Spring-clean your makeup routine

Rebecca Waldron is freelance writer who recently relocated to sunny Chandler, Arizona, from Denver. She enjoys everything from shopping and fashion to learning how to surf, and she loves spending time with her two dogs, Play Doh and Brut...

Spring beauty tips

For the past few months, we have been sticking to the same winter routine, which usually includes battling dry skin (everywhere), steering clear of pastels and perfecting smoky eyes. But now, with spring on the horizon, it's time to refresh your makeup regimen. Here are some simple things you can do to get yourself ready for spring.

Spring Beauty Wearing Makeup

Get your makeup ready for spring

Add sun protection

If you don't already use a face moisturizer containing at least SPF 15, now's the time to start. This is an absolute must if you want your skin to look great and stay healthy. In the warmer months, you need to get in the habit of slathering on an SPF moisturizer every time you leave the house (if you do not already do so). For a great moisturizer with a matte finish, try Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 from the Body Shop for $18.

Remember, too, that the sun does not skip your lips, and they need protection as well -- so next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a Chapstick containing SPF, which will cost you less than $3. Your lips will thank you.

Get your glow on

Go for sun kissed, not orange, and use a bronzer for that sun-kissed glow instead of the tanning bed. Not only is a bronzer a healthier choice, but it also will keep your skin looking younger. Try a loose powder bronzer for a natural look, such as Bare Minerals All-Over Face Color for $18, from Sephora.

Color with coral

Add some color to your makeup routine with coral lipsticks -- perfect for this spring and a great way to put the blandness of winter behind. Just remember: If you are going to play up your lips with a dramatic color, keep your eye makeup toned down.

Embrace pastels

Pastel pinks, purples and corals are perfect for lightening up your eyes and adding a touch of color without going overboard.

Get bold lips

Don't throw out that red lipstick you bought for that holiday party and never thought you'd wear again. Bright lips are a must for spring; bold reds and pinks look great paired with any nude eye shadow and provide an extra pop that will keep you from blending in this spring.

Exfoliate

Aveeno's Positively Ageless Warming Scrub ($7.99) feels great and gets rid of those dry patches from winter, so your makeup goes on much more smoothly.

Brush up

Spring calls for a fresh start -- right down to your makeup brushes, which hold onto your winter colors and germs. Wash your brushes regularly and gently with brush cleaner or with soap or shampoo.

Throw out all of those dirty makeup sponges. After all, they're super cheap and easy to replace. New ones will give you a clean spring look.


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