I do not especially love cleaning … but I love Spring Cleaning. Mostly because you can apply the idea way beyond the reaches of your rugs: Spring is a great time to chop off a few inches of hair, brighten up your color, streamline your wardrobe to highlight those pieces you really do wear, and whittle down your beauty products to the bare necessities.
I’m not saying to throw your teal liquid liner and bold red lipstick in the trash – oh no, not at all – but rather to take a look at your everyday morning routine and see if anything can be taken away … because one thing the past couple of years have taught me is that when it comes to makeup (as opposed to the kind of makeup you’d wear for, say, a major event or for photographs), less is often more.
Take my skincare routine, for example: since I write about beauty and try to take lots of different products for a test-run, I have a pretty cluttered vanity … but lately I’m trying to be extra careful about the ingredients in the things I’m putting on my face.
I’ve cut my routine down to the basics: face wash (right now it’s Simple Skincare Moisturizing Facial Wash, because I’m feeling dry in the wake of a cold), moisturizer with SPF in the morning (the Protecting Light Moisturizer), and a slightly richer moisturizer in the evening (Nourishing 24 Hour Day/Night Cream). That’s it. (Incidentally, for those of you who are expecting and want to make sure your skincare products don’t include anything that’s potentially unsafe for pregnant women, Simple is a great choice because it doesn’t contain anything that might cause an adverse reaction in sensitive skin.)
For makeup, what I’m into at the moment is a super-fresh look with soft color: an almost-bare face (just a little blush and concealer where I need it) with lengthening mascara (I curled my eyelashes first) and smudged-on watermelon lipstick to brighten things up. Simple, sweet, springy.
This article originally appeared on Jordan Reid’s blog, Ramshackle Glam.