Your Spring Make-up Essentials


This season’s spring make-up look, as always, celebrates impeccable complexions, whether full make-up that gives a glamorous look where the emphasis is a bold lip or a soft romantic, wearable look where you concentrate on lashes and brows with a muted, translucent lip such as a favourite red berry or coral colour mixed with a balm or a textured lip tint.

Going into warmer months this season’s golden or tanned look definitely uses the emphasis of a smokey, smoldering eye, but in shades of bronze to give a harmonious, warm look as the summer approaches.


Whilst easy to achieve in a photographic shoot with makeup, lighting and digital enhancements, how do you create a flawless looking complexion finish that is the basis of all of these looks and will stand up to the harsher, brighter truths of daylight and to your friends, family and work colleagues’ scrutiny?

You definitely need to choose a make-up base that is correct for you and correct for your complexion cover needs. That does mean that for good complexions, the BB and CC creams with a bit of concealer can offer a fresher spring look – but if you have an older or problematic skin, such as needing to cover over spots, dark circles, pigmentation and broken capillaries, creating a fresh skin look requires more work.

Try experimenting at home and you will probably need to go one of two ways: can you get away with a lighter textured base such as a BB or CC cream, if you use concealment, for example, for dark circles around the nose and on the odd breakout? If the answer is no, the next level of cover would be more the serum texture of foundation such as Japonesque Luminous Foundation or bareMinerals BARESKIN Pure Brightening Foundation which give a lovely, supple, moist finish to a dry or dehydrated skin.

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Clockwise left to right: bareMinerals, Japonesque, Eve Pearl

Versatility of finish, where you can get from light to full coverage with a single product would be your all-in-ones such as your Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Baked Foundation, bareMinerals Original Foundation, or Eve Pearl HD Dual Foundation and Mally compacts in either cream or cream-to-powder forms.  The trick with these is to use different application techniques such as different brushes to get from a light to a full coverage on various areas of the face, where needed.


If you are going for and needing full coverage, bear in mind that sometimes layering a different textured product will give a result that doesn’t look as thick, such as using a separate concealer or a BB or CC cream as a base to build from.

To give the luminous, supple finish that makes the skin look modern and not made up, try loading up more moisturisers and serums, especially at night time. Increase exfoliation if your make up is looking a bit flat or breaking up and switch to a more hydrating or plumping primer to give a softer finish to foundation, such as Mally’s Perfect Prep Primer or bareMinerals Original. A good trick can also be using Judith Williams Magic Make-up to give a more flawless base and building a concealer and/or a powder based foundation on top which goes extremely well.


Don’t forget the legendary trick and a personal favourite of mine, apply a James Read facial tanning product once a week, especially concentrating more on the neck and décolletage to help even complexion contrast and using once to twice a week, add natural but not an obvious looking self-tan which hides the look of dark circles, pigmentation, spots and broken capillaries and makes your foundation base work easier.

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To finish surface texture to look more spring-like, you need to create a more effortless, subtle looking blush. This can be done by applying a regular blush but with a larger brush than normal, but a definite must-own would be the tint/balm cheek colours such as Stila, Benefit Lollitint, Judith Williams and Doll10.


When applied, they give a supple look to the cheek with is always useful and daylight forgiving. A top tip is always to blend quickly so that they don’t go on too strong in the wrong area. If you are not good at blending, some of them can be applied with a stipple brush and blended on the back of the hand first. An easy spring look is also to apply a small amount of these cheek textures as a lip and eye base too.

Highlighting is best done at this time of year in one of two ways. Either refine your technique so that the top of your cheek and underneath your brow has no clouding from accent shadow and blush colours which will create a natural highlighter from your foundation based products. Or, if using a highlighter, make sure it is a liquid or a balm texture such as Benefit High Beam, or Josie Maran Argan Illuminiser.

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Once you have customised your complexion work, it’s up to you whether you then add to this; this seasons naked soft eye, blue denim eye, golden goddess smokey eye or clean, sharp, structured lined eye.

In general the lip area and texture is softer and glossier than the formal winter lip unless of course you are using a perfect modern lipstick colour and texture such as Mally to create a spring statement to co-ordinate with accessories such as jewellery and clothing.


I hope you enjoy creating your new spring look and using different techniques along with some old favourite makeup products and experimenting with some new season textures and colours.  I would love you to send me your photos of your new spring looks and how you created them.

Post them on my facebook page, and you never know – you may see your picture on a future blog post, or even on air!


  1. Pauline Hughson March 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    HELP ! Concealer needed for eyeLIDS…very red but no medical cause thank goodness…concealers always mention UNDER eye…what is best cover for LIDS without being too thick ?

  2. Lorraine March 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    I use Decleor Hydra Floral Light Moisturise. I don’t seem to be able to find it. Is there an alternative you reccommend.

    Thank you for your time

  3. Theodora Cooper March 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    Can you please tell me the difference between the Josie Maran illuminizer 206360 and
    brightening face balm 206403, I know one is a balm and the other is a liquid, but are the colour the same? can you please describe the difference and what will be the outcome on each look, or are they just the same one balm and one liquid.

  4. Veronica Regina O Sullivan March 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Love your work as always Alison. However I am getting very disappointed with QVC and the big brands!!
    It used to be the case when a brand celebrated a big anniversary with QVC that they would have some good offers on pricing or free P&P. Sadly this seems to be a thing of the past, what a shame!!!
    I tuned in to all the Liz Earle anniversary shows this week only to be hugely disappointed with the lack of special pricing from a brand I love. However I can order from their own website with lots of special offers and especially free P&P regardless of how much I spend with them.
    I think QVC should take this issue seriously and encourage these big brands to do more for the QVC CUSTOMER, they all can afford to do so I think!
    Many thanks for giving my concerns your attention, I look forward to things improving in the future.

  5. poonam April 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,could you please tell me what to use apart from ultrasun on the holidays to keep the pigmentation at bay? I been using ultrasun anti pigmentation religiously everyday in the morning and night time i use my Alpha h products, which work wondere on my skin but while i was on holiday to india, my pigmentation came back and it flared up more. My query is that why these products stopped working while i am away? please please reply

  6. Pauline April 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Does Alison ever reply to any of these comments

    • Pauline April 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

      Obviously not

  7. Souad April 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I adored the midi green skirt/dress that you wore with a black top on Sunday 26th of April. I would love to know where it was from.
    I bought the Laura Geller TSV after watching your demonstrations, really looking forward to trying all of the items.

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