Get a Fresh, Natural Look for Spring with Just 4 Cosmetics


I like to try out new makeup a lot, so I must admit my cosmetic bag is packed full of stuff. Ideally, though, I’d love to pare down and in reality I only use about 4 different beauty products on a daily basis. The fewer cosmetics you use, the less packaging you’re throwing away (or hopefully, recycling) every few months – and it just makes your whole routine easier.

Spring is the perfect time to go for a minimalist, fresh, dewy look. It’s all about subtle shimmer, barely-there eye enhancement and lots of moisture for a youthful effect that only takes a few minutes to achieve – with just 4 products.

Step 1: After cleansing and exfoliating, apply Kiss My Face Tinted Moisturizer in the shade that most closely matches your own skin tone from your hairline down onto your neck. The sheer coverage lets your skin shine through for a look that’s natural, but polished.

Step 2: Apply just a hint of pink mineral blush to the apples of your cheeks with a brush or your fingers (it’ll blend in well if you do it right after applying the tinted moisturizer). I like Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Blush in Guava and Everyday Minerals blush in Corner Office.

Step 3: Moisturize your lips with your favorite lip balm (I’ve always got Alba Coconut Cream lip balm in my purse) and pat just a little of the mineral blush on top with your fingers. It’s like custom-creating your own sheer tinted lip balm in a manner of seconds.

Step 4:
Use a natural, paraben-free mascara to give your lashes some length and volume. Don’t be afraid to apply more than one coat – you want to make your lashes pop when the rest of your makeup is so subtle. Real Purity mascara is the purest lash enhancer on the market with just a handful of ingredients.

Photo credit: Digital Sophia

Stephanie Rogers is a fashion- and beauty-obsessed freelance writer with an abiding love for kale and organic wine, living in Asheville, North Carolina.