There are plenty of liquid bronzers on the market, but most of them are shimmer bombs. If you're after the matte look, you're stuck with powder. Well, not anymore: Benefit turned its best-selling Hula bronzer into a sheer, bronzed liquid that's completely glimmer-free. Pat it on over foundation to fake an incredibly natural-looking tan.
Benefit Dew the Hoola, $28 at Benefit Cosmetics
Bargain Skin Fix
If you're still suffering from winter dryness, this mask is going to be your new best friend. It's packed with moisturizing ingredients like aloe, coconut and chia seed, all of which help your skin hold onto hydration longer. Apply a thin layer and it quickly turns into a fluffy, bubbly mousse, which makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable.
e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask, $14 at e.l.f Cosmetics
Winter weather can dry out your lashes the same way it dries out your skin and a treatment mascara is definitely a must-have this time of year. The latest from Elizabeth Arden contains carnauba, olive and rice bran esters to condition as well as a peptide complex to strengthen. But that's not even the coolest part — it's the triangular brush that lets you grab every last lash and curl them with each swipe.
Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara, $24 at Elizabeth Arden
This new tinted body lotion has immediate as well as long-term benefits. When you apply, it blurs out imperfections like scars and discoloration, simultaneously giving you a bronzed glow with a hint of shimmer. Plus, it contains subtle self-tanning ingredients that develop over time. And it smells delicious — subtly sweet and fresh.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion, $30 at Ulta
Cushion compact foundations are a hot trend that came over from Asia and this one takes that technology one step further. Tiny droplets of foundation emerge from a metal plaque — instead of a sponge that gets grimy over time. If you prefer liquid foundation but you're constantly on the go, this compact is perfect for you. And the formula itself is silky and buildable.
Givenchy Teinte Couture Cushion, $50 at Sephora
Innovative Makeup Remover
This may look like a washcloth, but it's so much more. Wet the baby soft mitt and use it to remove every last trace of makeup on your face (even waterproof) without any cleanser or makeup remover. Yes, really.
Jane Iredale Magic Mitt, $15 at Jane Iredale
A dry texture spray is one part texturizer and one part dry shampoo. It gives your hair a cool, piece-y texture with very little effort. This one is light and not too dry so there's no powdery residue, and it happens to smell like a summer day.
Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, $28 at Moroccan Oil
Quickie Eye Treatment
If your under-eye area could use an intensive yet relatively quick treatment, add this eye mask into your weekly routine. You wear the patches for 10 to 15 minutes and they plump fine lines with hyaluronic acid, brighten with soy and seaweed, and firm with collagen. You'll look like you slept for eight hours in far less time than it took you to read this story.
Hada Labo Tokyo Express Renewal Eye Mask, $24.99 at Ulta
As we transition from winter to spring, it’s the ideal time to make some strategic beauty swaps. Add a bronzer to your daily makeup routine. Boost your overall glow with a tanning body lotion. Opt for lighter hair styling products like a texturizing spray.
Fortunately, there are amazing new products hitting stores now that will help you easily make these updates. And they’re super-innovative with cool new ingredients, unusual delivery systems and display-worthy packaging. Now’s the time to get excited for the warmer weather to come.