Spring fever with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

curly hair

The Mumster has been “fluttering and dancing” with the daffodils this week and put a spring in her step – and her make-up

Nothing says spring in The Mumster household like the sight of daffodils in the local park where I walk the dog. (Unfortunately, this sight is often accompanied by the dog having a crap next to the said daffodils, but you get my drift.)

Lighter evenings and warmer days mean a change in clothing and in make-up. Suddenly the foundations that felt right in the depths of winter feel too heavy, especially when you get a few days of unseasonably hot weather.

With this in mind I went in search of a lighter formulation, somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a medium cover foundation. Before hitting the shops I did some online research and Nars Sheer Glow Foundation came out well.

Nars

They weren’t wrong. It’s a gorgeous sheer foundation that gives the skin a lovely radiance and strikes the right balance between cover and a lightness that doesn’t feel suffocating in the warmth.

It comes in 20 shades and I was matched to Mont Blanc, a light shade with pink undertones, but I may well need a slightly darker shade if I have a bit of a tan. It doesn’t have an SPF in it but I usually apply this separately anyway (more of this in a later blog about summer-proofing your face).

I also bought a Nars Concealer Stick, which has a thicker consistency to the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer, which I used here, but it seems to stay in place for longer, and a new Nars Blush in Torrid, a warm coral with a golden shimmer. It gives my face a lovely warm glow that makes me look healthy.

Another new purchase is Memi Creative Control Palette, a label that does cruelty-free and mostly vegan make-up and skincare. It’s amazing value at £22 for 12 warm brown, purple and red shades in mattes and foils that are very easy to blend.

Memi Creative Control Eyeshadow Palette

After applying Urban Decay Eye Primer (I’ve found that if I just use a fine layer it doesn’t feel so drying and the shadow doesn’t budge), I used Solo (a matte cream) all over, Big Boppa (a matte reddy-brown) in the crease and on the lower lash line, Legacy (a matte brown) on the mobile lid, Loco (a dark matte brown) at the outer corner and along the upper lash line and then finishing with Self Made (a golden beige foil) in the inner corner and up to the middle of the mobile lid.

Then Clinique Intense Chubby Stick in Roomiest Rose on the lips, Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer and Estée Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Mascara and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade to add definition and I was ready to go.

Writing this hours later, my eyeshadow is still in place and while I have some shine on my nose, it’s not too bad.

I also curled my hair with my daughter’s curling wand and they haven’t lasted too badly either but I could do with more practice – despite wearing a protective glove I still managed to burn my arm.

How do you change your look for spring? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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