In my house, "spring cleaning" doesn't just mean getting my place spic 'n' span. I take the phrase "out with the old and in with the new" to heart, using my big seasonal cleanup as the perfect excuse to dump all my old cosmetics and start fresh. Crisp, clean brushes, bright shadows, gloss pots that aren't scraped dry, powder that actually matches my new springtime glow… it's the most wonderful time of the year.
Each time I restock, I like to get a mix of old favorites I know will last me through the year and new, trendy colors that I can experiment with. Luckily, Lancome provides a one-stop spring makeup shop, with a blend of the quality and innovation that make makeup buying fun. Like most of my friends, I'm always finding Juicy Tubes Lip Glosses ($18) in my purse, my desk drawer, and my jacket pockets. With just the right amount of moisturizing, shine, and sweet berry taste, they're a makeup maven's must-have. My current favorite is the baby pink Spring Fling, which is sweet, subtle, and so feminine.
As far as experimenting goes, I've invested in the Color Design Artist Palette in Stylish Neutrals ($70). The eight-shadow palette comes in complementary colors and three finishes, so I feel like a total artiste, whether I'm getting ready for work (shimmery mauve, dove gray, and pearlescent bone) or a night out (dramatic glittery black and plum). The palette is also available in tawny Couture Warms and blue-based Best Dressed Cools.
Finally, no spring makeup regimen is complete without a little bronzing boost. Lancome's best-selling Flash Bronzer Glow 'n Wear ($31) is essential for breaking skin out of the pale winter doldrums. The silky gel dries in a snap and stays on my skin without that nasty rub-off (after all, no one who's been through spring cleaning likes the thought of murky bronzer stains.) Five minutes after applying, I'm out the door getting some real sun and showing off my spring makeover.