The Best Ready-For-Spring Primpers — We're Crazy For Them!

Anyone else feeling some transitional anxiety? We're all for changes in season (especially when that season is sunny, blossoming spring), but the sudden change in temperature and humidity has us feeling a little out of (beauty) whack. To get spring-ready, our beauty team has been making some key swaps in their medicine cabinets, makeup bags, and even in the shower (we're talking to you, long-unshaven legs). Read on to scoop the R29 beauty department's latest obsessions — April showers got nothin' on these prettifying picks!
Monthy Beauty Picks_11. Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection See-Thru Blush in Light Show
"I plan to start spending my free time in the sunshine, and nothing looks better outside than pure, perky pinks (on my extremely pale face, at least). This blush is everything I've ever wanted in a shade of pink — no subtle mauves or oranges mixed in. This is just the real deal, and it looks like a natural flush." — Gabrielle Korn, beauty production assistant
$50, available at Estée Lauder.
2. Pacifica Lip Tints
"So, I recently read Jessica Alba's book, The Honest Life. I was a little skeptical at first, but now I feel that my eyes have been opened to all of the chemicals and additives in some of the products that we use, and I'm trying to switch to more natural options. These Pacifica lip tints are petroleum-free (so I don't feel like I'm eating gunk all day), and the blood orange scent reminds me of a summery cocktail." — Tara Rasmus, assistant beauty editor
$6.99, available at Target.
3. Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color in Blush Guilt
"Thanks to a lack of sun in NYC and my tendency to hibernate when the temperature dips below 50 degrees, my pale skin has been looking a bit more lackluster than usual (read: corpse-like). Tom Ford's Illuminating Cheek Color is a new addition to my makeup rotation that has helped bring my skin back into the land of the living. The color is so complementary to my complexion and the pearl finish adds a gorgeous luster that highlights my cheekbones and lights up my whole face — so I don't have to worry about getting chased down by one of those zombie apocalypse enthusiasts when I finally do venture outside." — Megan McIntyre, senior beauty editor
$58, available in May at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Photographed by Maia Harms
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4. ShiKai All Natural Hand and Body Lotion in Sandalwood
"Now that the freezing winter air isn't totally drying out my skin, I can start using a lighter moisturizer on my body. I love this all-natural one in Sandalwood. It smells so earthy and fresh, and it absorbs into my skin instantly. Since it's about to get super humid here in the city, I'm not trying to add any extra grease to my life, and this product keeps my skin hydrated without going overboard." — GK
$7.99, available at
5. Gilette Olay Venus Razor
"Admittedly, I used to have kind of a thing against girly razors. I hadn't used a Venus since high school, and I felt that maybe these lady-centric gadgets were a little bit more gimmick and 'pretty colors' than actual shaving skill. Then I tried the latest Venus iteration, which includes Olay moisturizing bars on either side, and let me tell you, I am a believer. This thing, with its long handle and rotating head makes it so much easier to shave my legs in my inconvenient apartment shower that I might actually start doing it on the regular. Which is saying a lot." — TR
$10.65, available at
6. Nude Purifying Toning Water
"I have yet to meet a Nude product I don't like, and this one is no exception. I've long believed in the power of probiotics for my digestive system, but this toning water brings them to skin care. A spray of this is a refreshing way to finish off my nightly routine, and the light, natural scent feels like spring." — Annie Tomlin, beauty director
$26, available at Sephora.
7. Redken Tousle Whip 04 Soft Texturizing Cream-Wax
"After lopping off six inches of my hair into a shoulder-length bob, my usual hair products just aren't cutting it. Since the majority of the weight is gone, I don't need to focus on volume — I'm more interested in adding shape and movement. This lightweight texturizing cream helps add a sexy tousle to my strands and bring out my hair's natural wave pattern. I apply it to towel-dried hair, then twist my strands, section by section, and let them air dry. A quick shake out with my hands and I'm left with perfectly tousled, sexy waves." — MM
$16.50, available at Redken for salons.
8. Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation
"Admittedly, I'm a sucker for pleasing design, but this compact is good inside and out. The beauty editor part of me appreciates how this foundation provides a matte finish and sunscreen with a respectable SPF 36. Good stuff, right? Then there's my inner wannabe artist, which is enamored with this cheery packaging. It's inspired by a Shiseido ad campaign from the '60s, and it's wonderfully mod." — AT
$31, available in May at Shiseido.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

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