Light Spring is one of the three Spring seasons and sits between True Spring and Light Summer on the seasonal flow chart.
Unlike Light Summer, this season is warm. However, both sister seasons are a blend of Spring and Summer, with Light Summer leaning more towards the Summer palette and Light Spring leaning more towards the Spring palette.
I. Natural Appearance
As the name suggests, Light Spring features are typically very light. That also means that the contrast between the features is low. As such, the Light Spring appearance is gentle and delicate.
Unlike Light Summer, though, there is some brightness in the colouring, which gives Light Springs a fresh glow. Consequently, Light Springs need some colour to come alive.
The best make-up looks are those that repeat these natural characteristics. So remember, a natural look on you is a delicate yet colourful look. And the Light Spring colour palette lends itself well to creating the required freshness.
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II. The Colour Palette
If you want to learn more about the Light Spring colour palette, please refer to the comprehensive guide.
Light Spring's primary colour aspect is light, and its secondary aspect is warm.
As part of the Spring family, the colours lean towards the warm end of the scale but are not extremely warm. That means they contain more yellow than blue undertones. And consequently, you will find fewer tints of blue (which is the coolest colour of all) on the palette. And the blues that you will find all have a tint of yellow to make them warmer and lighter.
Thanks to this colour season’s primary colour aspect, the colours are overall low in value – meaning there are many light colours and very few darker ones. And the few medium colours only act as supporting colours for the light ones.
The colour palette is medium-high in chroma. It is not as bright and vibrant as the other two Spring seasons. The colours are typical pastel colours because brightness combined with lightness is what creates pastel.
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III. Make-up Colours
Light Spring make-up colours are taken from the same colour palette that is used for clothing.
Complexion make-up includes foundation, concealers and bronzers. These would typically be taken from the yellow neutrals palette. Bronzers come from the peachy area of the palette.
Foundation & concealer
Light Spring skin is light and warm and ranges from fair to medium. However, it's not possible to give clear recommendations on complexion make-up - such as foundation and concealer. These are best colour-matched to your individual skin tone.
Generally, though, foundations and concealers are best when they are lightweight, liquid and yellow-based. Creamy complexion make-up may look heavy and apparent on a Light Spring, so opt for lightweight formulations with little coverage and a dewy finish.
Bronzer & Highlighter
Bronzing and contouring typically do not improve a Light Spring's appearance. That is because their light complexion cannot handle many darker, earthier bronzing and contouring colours.
If you really want to wear a bronzer, opt for a lighter one with a peachy undertone. If your skin leans more towards tan, you can handle a slightly browner colour - such as medium gold; just make sure it's yellow-based. And don't over-apply bronzer. A light application is more than enough for a Light Spring.
But it's best to stay away from contouring altogether, as it can look heavy and dirty and is especially problematic on your delicate complexion.
Eye make-up colours are also taken from the neutral area of the Light Spring palette with the exception of eyeshadow colours. Highlight eyeshadows come from the lightest complementary and accent colours.
Eyeshadow colours usually come from the neutrals on the Light Spring palette - the creams, browns and greys. Eyeshadow greys are less blue than those of the Summer seasons and lean more towards yellow.
For highlight eyeshadows, opt for the gentle pastels with yellow undertone on your palette. Some of the more colourful options are pinks, peaches, greens and blues.
When choosing eyeshadows, opt for creamy, sheer colours with pure pigments.
Avoid bright colours or those with a cool blue undertone. The former will make you look like a clown, while the latter will drain you.
Due to the lightness of this season's appearance, even small shifts in darkness level are amplified. Black mascara on the lashes is therefore not your best option, as it can attract lots of attention, appearing almost aggressive against the light complexion.
Your best mascara options are much lighter than black - various shades of brown and grey.
Neutral eyeliner colours are similar to mascara with the addition of more colourful options.
Again, avoid black, as it's too harsh on you. Your darkest colours here are rawhide and castor gray.
Lip & Cheek Make-up
Lip and cheek colours come from the peach, coral and pink area of your colour palette.
Blush colours come from the peachy pink and coral area of your palette. Make sure your blush is yellow- and not blue-based.
Your blush should have a slight shimmer. It should be light, shiny and colourful. Make sure not to over-apply blush, though, as it can look like paint if overdone.
You have quite a few lipstick options to choose from - from warm pink over apricot and peach to coral pink. But often, it's a form of trial and error until you find the perfect one.
Light Spring lipsticks are often glosses or stains, which achieve a natural and delicate result.
Choose creamy, sheer colours rather than dark, muted ones. Brown lip colours are also not great.
Overly bright, opaque colours also don’t look natural on you. As a delicate season, you don’t need bright or dark lipstick to dramatise your look. Aim for a gentle but colourful look.
IV. Make-up Looks
Light Spring make-up is at its best when it's fresh and delicate.
A natural make-up look is one that will mimic the characteristics of your natural appearance. For a Light Spring, this means lightness and freshness.
A dark lip combined with heavy eye make-up on a Light Spring will make them look overwhelmed. This season doesn't need much make-up to achieve a natural look. What is required here is minimal eye make-up and a light, nude lip.
For instance, you can create a natural make-up look with a pale peach lip. For your eyes, apply a slight wash of taupe eyeshadow (or skip the eyeshadow altogether) and add a little bit of mascara like Gwyneth Paltrow.
For dramatic looks, the same principle as above applies. Keep your make-up light and fresh, and avoid heavy, opaque colours.
Sheen, gloss and a bit of sparkle are what work magic on a Light Spring.
Although Light Spring is gentle, it is also very colourful; which means your make-up looks can get quite colourful too!
Just take your natural look a bit further with one of the more intense coral lipsticks and slightly more eye make-up to create playful, dramatic looks.