This spring I am excited by all the beautiful neutrals that are popping up everywhere. Lace, chiffon, and other soft fabrics have been featured in every imaginable shade of nude, blush, and taupe. This fresh bloom of femininity has me thinking:  what does this mean for makeup? A while back, my questions were answered with the Smashbox Spring 2011 Collection, In Bloom. Smashbox, as you know, is one of my all time favorite brands, known for highly pigmented colors and beautiful artistry. This is an ultra-pretty lineup of shades embodying the fresh feeling of spring. I am in love with the soft and subtle greys, muted lilacs, and dewy cheeks.  This is a look that anyone can rock; how far you go is up to you!

Here are two of the featured looks, Grey Glam on the left and Petal on the right. I am especially in love with the lilac look of Petal. It’s so sultry without looking like you have on a face-full of makeup. It accentuates the eyes, and the light is hitting all the right places on the face.  You can always tone it down or kick it up a notch depending on your mood. These looks have a fierce femininity to them without being overpowering. I was so inspired and excited by this collection that I wanted to share some of my favorite tips to create a soft spring look. Incorporating some Smashbox was a no-brainer, and I have also included some other favorite standout products that work so well for me.

Brand new and highly anticipated is the Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer. Philosophy has been a long time favorite for those of us serious about skin care. Based off their bestseller Hope in a Jar, an award winning daily moisturizer, this tinted moisturizer embodies the same qualities we love so much in the original. Now in a tinted formula, this little tube of joy is loaded with antioxidants and armed with an SPF 20 to keep you looking naturally beautiful.

Looking refreshed and alert is hard to achieve at 7 AM. Unless you are a naturally ethereal goddess and look amazing in the early hours of the morning, this will be your new secret weapon! My favorite high lighter to date, Benefit’s High Beam, is one of those products that is hard to live with out once you try it. This lumizing cream adds the perfect highlight needed to achieve that dewy, healthy look. Dab it along the tops of your cheekbone and blend out towards the temple, swipe lightly along the top of your nose, and a dab on your your chin giving you the perfect glow. Don’t worry about looking like a disco ball! This product is just glowy enough with out having too much shimmer or sparkle. Be advised that a little goes a long way and blending is key!  Luckily, it is rich and creamy enough to blend easily.

 

Cream blushes are the best thing to use when trying to achieve a fresh spring glow! More moisturizing than a powder blush, cream formulas are easy to apply with your fingers and blend out very naturally. My new favorite is the In Bloom Creamy Cheek Duo from Smashbox in their new spring line, In Bloom, mentioned above. I love the peach and deep pink combo. Natural flush? Yes please!

This is the grand daddy of eye shadow paletttes! Introducing the fabulous, the one, and only Smashbox In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette! This amazing set has 10 soft shimmer and matte shadows to create a myriad of combinations this spring. If you buy one beauty product this season make sure you snatch up this pallete before it is too late. You will not be dissapointed! Imagine the possibilities!

 An amazing mascara has no season, and the Dior favorite that has been making the beauty world go ’round for some time is Diorshow. Runway inspired and crafted to create the most dramatic and thick lashes, this mascara is a favorite of pros and makeup fanatics around the world. With spring makeup being softly smokey in flower-inspired shades, a great lash line will be very important to draw attention to and open up those eyes! This product will take your lashes to the next level. While not exactly the price of your typical drugstore mascara, it is definitely worth every penny!

Last but definitely not least is the oh-so-popular Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. Kiehl’s has been around since 1851 so you better believe they know how to make a good lip balm! This little tube will have you addicted you from day one, so watch out! Perfectly smooth and moisturizing, this lip balm leaves the slightest shine to complete your spring look! Stick this in your pocket or purse and trust me, don’t leave home without it!

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients to create the face of Spring 2011, you need to get shopping to find some to-die-for spring wardrobe necessities!