Spring Makeup with Susie Sobol

Makeup artist and dedicated Somme Institute user, Susie Sobol, shares her Spring makeup routine with us! We’re so excited to try this easy, natural look. 

Foundation: I don’t use primer, just my skin care routine, and a light tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation. This anti-aging foundation by Korres goes on beautifully and just a tad goes a long way! I don’t use powder either, but for someone who’s oily or likes a matte finish, I recommend any light reflective powder for all skin tones. NARS and Laura Mercier make great ones.

Concealer: I go with a peachy, cream concealer under the eyes and around the nose. Chanel’s Éclat Lumiere is a highlighting pen that’s great for hiding imperfections and dark circles.

Eyes: Lately I’ve been using greasy creams for the eyes, blended with a square fluffy eye shadow brush (I really love Sephora’s new line of makeup brushes). MAC makes great neutral colors in their line of paint pots (Groundwork, Construstionist, Rubenesque, Quite Natural to name a few). They dry down to a soft finish and don’t get creasy.

Brows: I usually keep my brows pretty simple. I’ve used MAC colored brow sets for years. I like to keep my brows full and warm in tone. Show Off is my color of choice and it gives me ashy toned brows.

Mascara: After black mascara, curling lashes with the Lancome curler (I’m obsessed with Benefit They’re Real mascara right now). I might add a black cream liner to the roots of the lashes. Here’s a little how to: use a pointed, thin eye lining brush (Laura Mercier makes one specifically for detailed lining). Dip it in water and then a pigmented matte black shadow or wet to dry cream liner (MAC and Lara Mercier make great cream liners) loading the brush with the product. Tilt your head back until your eyelids are flat and run the brush into the roots of the lashes, using your other hand to slightly pull your lower lid taut. User skinny qtips dipped in water to fix any mess ups.

Blush: My absolute favorite blush right now is Giorgio Armani sheer blushes. I use color #5 as contour and then drag the blush brush across the apples of my cheeks for a touch more color. They are so well-made, with finely-crushed powders, so they blend into the skin super smoothly.

Lips: Lips are usually pretty minimal with this particular eye look. A really great product that will harmonize the face and not overpower is the Satin Lip Pencils by NARS. They go on a bit glossy, but settle into a kind of ‘satin finish’ that almost stains the lips. The color range is quite wide. I love using neutral, fleshy tones or soft peaches like Isola Bella, Biscayne Park and Lodhi. The berry tones are great with a more minimal eye. I use my ring finger to pay the color into my cheeks and lips, sort of like a two in one product (lip and cheek stain). Hyde Park, Palais Royal and Jardin Des Plantes are three great modern Spring brights.

Highlighting: Highlighting creams are also great to have around. Just add to the brow bone, high planes on the cheeks and a touch on the eyelids. But maybe not for daytime or work makeup. Save for nights out or daytime events like weddings. I love Jouer Cosmetics highlighting creams. Pearl is the most natural.

What’s your Spring makeup routine? Let us know in the comments!