We’re back from our Easter break and are hop, skippedly jumpin’ excited that April has arrived on the scene in such a burst of sunshine. I mean, how amazing is this weather?! With this in mind, it’s time to shake off the last vestiges of winter and update your make-up bag. To help you along the way, our brilliant Beauty Insider Rachel Fiddes has picked 4 must-haves for this super-sunny spring.
It’s that time of year when I’m torn between a pop of colour from a hot pink blush or a light bronzer to give my cool winter pallor a bit of colour. So when this little gem arrived on my desk, it was the perfect answer to my beauty dilemma. The Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick combines the flush of a blush, glow of a bronzer and radiance of an illuminator all in one easy to use compact. Just swirl with an oversized blusher brush and sweep over the apples and up to your temples. Unlike Bobbi’s best-selling Shimmer Brick, this isn’t glittery, just sheeny, so suits older complexions that don’t need shimmer settling in fine lines and highlighting them! Go for one of the pinks if you have a cool pale complexion, the Coral and Peach look great on more olive tones, while Tawny and Cranberry give darker skin a really pretty burst of colour. £34
Everything she touches seemingly turns to gold and her latest venture into beauty is no different. This brand new tomato red VVB Judo Red will be one of this season’s hottest shades – just the right tone of red to complement summer skin. And it’s all wrapped up in a ultra chic, white matte, chunky glass bottle. £25
Trying to get hair blow dried and 3 kids out to school is not happening for me at the moment, so the beachy windswept look is more my current school gate style. Anything that might help with looking a little less dishevelled and a bit more put together goes straight in my tester drawer. Session stylist supremo Neil Moodie’s range Windle & Moodie have launched the superb Matte Texture Spray. Heaven sent for those of us that want to look boho undone, not just a mess! (And it’s a very fine line, easily crossed!). Spritz on for instant texture, volume and body in fine hair that needs oomph. It also seals in moisture on over-processed and coloured hair. Genius! £20
The beauty world’s gone contouring crazy since Kim decided to reveal exactly how she sculpts out her cheekbones and slims her nose. But in reality, how easy is it to achieve contouring – and look natural? Unless blessed with serious make-up artistry skills, not very easy at all is the answer! So Clinique decided to take the trickiness out of highlighting and contouring with these brilliant brand new Chubby Sticks. Add depth and make areas recede across cheekbones, jawline and nose with a simple glide of the Curvy Contour onto bare skin or over foundation. While light reflecting optics in the luminous Hefty Highlight will enhance and bring your best features forward. £19
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