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We tasked Marieclaire.com Beauty Editor Chloe Metzger with creating a spring look using only Walgreens products, and she happily accepted the challenge. See the magic happen!
Spring is officially here, which means my dull and flaky winter skin is in hibernation, and my dewy, glow-y, perfectly flushed skin is ready to take center stage every single day until fall. The only problem? I don’t actually have dewy, glow-y, perfectly flushed skin, because I am a human being. So instead, I’m going to fake it with three ridiculously simple products picked out from Walgreens. The aisles are packed with options, you just have to know what to look for. When in doubt, ask one of the Walgreens beauty consultants—they're like personal shoppers but for all things makeup, skincare, and hair care. It doesn't get easier.
“A cream blush automatically looks more natural than a powder-based formula, since it adds a subtle luminosity to the skin that’s super realistic. Blush sticks are the easiest way to go, especially if you’re nervous about overdoing it—just lightly swirl it in mini circles over the apples of your cheeks, drawing up and over the temples to form a sideways V shape on each side of your face. Then, take a damp makeup sponge and lightly tap and dab the blush into your skin to blend it down.”Wet n Wild MegaGlo Blush Sticks in Floral Majority, $4
“If you want your skin to look like a lit-from-within whisper and not a ‘THIS IS MY HIGHLIGHTER’ scream, then choose a liquid or cream-based highlighter. For fair skin, pick a light-pink hue, for medium skin, go for a golden shade, and for dark skin tones, try an apricot shade. Tap a few dots over your cheekbones in a line, then gently dab with your ring finger to blend it out.”L'Oréal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice, $13
“The trick to getting a hardcore highlight that still looks natural is only applying your highlighter to the parts of your face where the light naturally hits it—i.e. down the bridge of your nose, above your eyebrows, on top of your brow bones, on the tip of your nose, and on your Cupid’s bow. I also dab a dot of highlighter on the inner corner of my eyes to brighten them.”
"I went with a diffused lip look. Dab on a tinted lip balm—I used Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose—then brush a rosy, red-hued lip powder over just the center of your lips, tapping the edges of the powder out with your ring finger to blend it in for a stained look.”
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose, $5
Revlon Color Charge Layer Lip Powder in Peach Pucker, $11
“You can keep your flushed spring look as is, or you can play with spring’s ‘80s trend by smoking out your eyes, layering on the lip powder, and rimming your lower waterline with chocolate-brown eyeliner. Of course, I went all out.”
NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Auburn, $4