Best-of-Spring Beauty Shopping List

Brighten, smooth, plump up, shine: our curated selection for a radiant spring

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Bright (lite)

New sheer lip colors make wearing bold hues low risk, high reward. Our picks: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Color Whisper ($8; maybelline.com), a gel formula with a finish akin to tinted glass (shown in Mad for Magenta, top; Pink Possibilities, third from top); and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick ($34; yslbeautyus.com), a tinted balm with a kick (shown in No. 5, bottom; No. 13, third from bottom). 

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Low-watt glow

 

As much as we may be wishing for summer, July is still far off, and a suddenly sun-kissed face looks, well, weird. Instead, ease into spring radiance with Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Crème Bronzer ($11; target.com), a cream-to-powder formula that gives a subtle wash of color.

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Instant oomph

 

Scrunch in just a dab of Living ProofAmp2 ($24; ulta.com). It adds instant texture and volume to hair sans stickiness for up to 48 hours. 

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Multitasking mascara

 

Save precious minutes in the morning with a serum-mascara hybrid like Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara ($33; shop.janeiredale.com). Seaweed lipids condition while the wand’s cellulose fibers fatten eye fringe.

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Moisturizer express

 

Like other good-for-you habits (flossing, cooking at home), applying body lotion gets skipped when time is short. For expedited application and absorption, try Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer in Cocoa Radiant ($8; target.com). 

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Radiance revival

After months of winter, skin becomes as pallid as the season. Perk it up with Clarins Double Serum ($85; clarins.com), the ultimate cure-all. It moisturizes and speeds cell turnover at a rate that rivals that of retinol.

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Hair therapy

 

Tresses in need of TLC? Here’s help: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm ($7; lorealparisusa.com) may reverse a year’s worth of damage in one use.

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Nail art for newbies

 

Not so keen on nail bling? L’Oréal Paris Nail Lingerie ($9; lorealparisusa.com) may change your mind. The transparent, glittery appliqués look especially chic over nude polishes like Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Mink Brulee or Toasted Sugar ($30; neimanmarcus.com). 

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Fashionista fragrance

Drape yourself in a designer scent for far less than the cost of couture. Our favorite: peppery Marni Eau de Parfum ($105–$155; saks.com). 

 

 

Next: Spring Makeup Forecast: Candy Colors

 

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First published in the April 2013 issue

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