As we transition from arctic winter cold to milder spring weather, it is difficult to coordinate out makeup and outfits to the erratic weather patterns. Fortunately, Amra and Elma has some helpful clothing and skincare advice to help urbanites face any season fashionably.
How does your makeup differ from winter to spring?
Amra: In winter, I love to use darker colors – smokey eyes or deep red lips. In springtime, I like to incorporate livelier colors; I will use pink-ish blush tones, berry lipglosses, and other colors that remind me of the season. I generally decide on makeup based on my mood for that day; if I am feeling daring, I will use bolder colors. If I am in a hurry, I will stick to my natural palette.
Elma: With my makeup, I am definitely on the lighter-end in the spring; I go from matte maroon lipsticks to peachy hues and lip-glosses. Also, importantly, I start using my SPF 50 Supergoop makeup setting spray. As I grow older, I am more conscious about the sun’s rays and the damage they can do to one’s skin. Lastly, I love to experiment with bronzers (caveat: make sure to blend-in with your skin really well and that the bronzer is not too dark/orange for your skin tone). Bronzers are great to contour my face for an evening party and add some color to my neck and chest areas.
How do you transition your skincare? Does your skin need to recover from the dry winter?
Amra: My skin is very dry in the winter, so I tend to keep it extra moist by using a hydrating cleanser, oil or a hydrating serum and a heavier moisturizer (especially while sleeping). When the warmer weather arrives, I switch to a mild cleanser that is intended for normal skin and use a lightweight moisturizer. I always maintain my nighttime cleansing routine the same by using an extra hydrating sleeping mask or a lotion. However, during the day, I usually wear just a hydrating serum and some tinted moisturizer.
Elma: During the spring, I definitely back off of argan oil; I use Josie Maran’s argan oil face wash and Acure’s argan oil, which is coupled with coconut oil. During the winter, I use argan oil products in addition to my moisturizer. At the end of the day, there is nothing better for your skin than humidity, which allows your skin to plump up and hydrate naturally. Also, I would advise everyone to continue using facemasks; currently, I am loving the Organic Pharmacy’s Enzyme Peel Mask. Organic Pharmacy is a cruelty-free brand that has an array of amazing products, and is not terribly costly either. Hence, definitely, my skin needs to recover from the dry winter, perhaps with a trip to Miami. ☺
What products are you ready to utilize again for spring?
Amra: I recently discovered a skincare line by a brand called MDSUN, and they have become one of my favorites; their Super Hydration B Serum is great, and I also love to wear their Repair Moisturizer as a base before applying any makeup. Diorskin makes an amazing foundation, and I wear NUDE Skin Glowing Makeup in 031. Another great product is Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for when you are getting out of the gym or when you want to just let your hair air dry. I use this spray to add volume to my hair by spraying it on roots, or when I just want beach waves and have no time to style my hair.
Elma: I am ready to use my bright-colored lip-glosses and lipsticks. I love putting on a dash of shimmer on my eyelids and then adding a bright lip-color. Of course, the light make-up is easy to pull off on sun kissed skin.
Transitioning from winter to spring, NYC has both unseasonably warm and chilly days. What clothing do you have in your arsenal to deal with it?
Amra: I love to invest into pieces that I know I can easily wear from winter to spring, and even summer. One of my staple pieces is a motto jacket; in winter, I wear it underneath a coat or over a thick sweater. In the springtime (and sometimes in the summer), I will throw it over a button down, jean jumpsuit, a dress, or pretty much anything I can. Lately, I have also been into trench coats and love how easily they can be worn with different pieces from my wardrobe. Trendy sneakers are always great, and they work well in the spring and summer just as they did in the winter; I love to wear them in the springtime with dresses and skirts.
Elma: One of my best friends during the transition period is a great leather jacket or a trench coat. On a really breezy day, I like to have a scarf on hand that is easy to throw on and put back in my purse when the temperature rises again. I advise to have in your closet a black leather jacket and a camel trench coat, both of which are easy to combine with pretty much anything in one’s wardrobe.
What styles, garments and prints are you excited to wear for spring?
Amra: I am excited about wearing fun blazers that I can finally show-off; in the wintertime, they are usually hidden away beneath my coat. I also love wearing light colored sneakers and sandals. My favorites for this spring include sneakers in pastel colors and bohemian sandals with studs, fringe, and/or interesting golden/silver details. I am also looking forward to wearing denim skirts and shorts; there is something so liberating in being able to throw on just a tee with a great denim skirt before you takeoff for the day.
Elma: I am thrilled to be wearing fun chokers, off-shoulder tops and dresses, and espadrilles with fun patches. Also, I am looking forward to trying on ¾ length pleated pants, which look like they are going to be a big hit this season, and tops and dresses with lace details are of course a must during the warm seasons.