By Marianne Mychaskiw
Updated Mar 20, 2015 @ 1:20 pm
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Your house isn't the only thing in need of some spring cleaning. The advent of warmer weather means it's time for the full-coverage foundation and matte lipstick you wore throughout the polar vortex to go into hibernation, as heavier product formulas have a harder time holding up in rising temperatures. To help you kick-start your annual spring cleaning routine—because let's be real, that mess in your apartment can wait—we put together a list of the weighty products you should retire for the season, and the sheer counterparts to trade in their place.


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Not only does a full-coverage foundation feel uncomfortable as things warm up, but the heavyweight formula could cause clogged pores and acne flare-ups if you happen to break a sweat. Sheer out the liquid by mixing a few drops into your favorite moisturizer, or search for feather-light alternatives like NARS' All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48; The new class of tinted moisturizers like Bare Escentuals' Complexion Rescue ($29; and Maybelline's Dream Pure BB ($7;, prove to be just as effective, merging skincare ingredients with a whisper of color that still allows your natural complexion to peek through.

Lip Color

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An opaque red lip never fails to command attention, but the upkeep can be fussy. Instead, pick up a budge-proof stain like Dior's ($37;, which moonlights as a blush, or a product that fuses vivid color with a gloss or balm formula. We love Burberry's Lip Glow in Oxblood ($29;, and L'Oreal's Pop Balm in Wild Lily ($8; Ensure your hue won't quit by first swiping on a layer, blotting it down with a tissue to create a stain, then top off with a final coat.

Eye Shadow

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With the days growing longer and warmer, who has the energy to layer shadows over an eye primer when you should be outside? One-and-done cream formulas like Bobbi Brown's Shadow Stick Duo ($20; and YSL's Full Metal Shadow ($30; combine the elements into a streamlined option that blends easily on your eyes, allowing you to be on your way in one application. We also love the airy, iridescent finish of Benefit's Creasless Cream Shadow in Blue My Mind ($20;, which adds a pop of color without veering into middle school territory.


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Just like your eye shadows, your blushes should make the shift from powder to cream in order to keep your glow from coming on too strong. Soft peach and pink tones like Charlotte Tilbury's Beach Stick in Las Salinas ($45; and the Smashbox L.A. Lights in Silver Lake Sunset ($29; are universally flattering against any complexion, and even your contour game gets simplified with a multi-tonal stick like Benefit's Fine One One ($30; Make sure to position the lightest shade on the top to enhance your cheekbones.