Pretty in Spring: Inexpensive Makeup to Love Now

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When it comes to changing up your makeup colors, there's no better time than the start of the spring season to try something new. While the general guidelines for how to apply makeup remain the same month to month, something as simple as changing your lip, blush, or eyeshadow colors can give you a newly inspired attitude and vitality. Whether you want to complement a spring-inspired wardrobe or you just want to spruce up your color selection, we've got you covered with the hottest, budget-saving makeup to look pretty, chic, and smart this spring.

For Your Lips

This year's spring beauty trend for lips is synonymous with pinks and corals, as well as creamy tones to complement the exciting clothing shades of lime green and salmon. Freshen up your palette with these refreshing gotta-love-‘em lip colors:

Maybelline Color Whisper ($7.49)
Make your lips stand out with this gel-cream lipstick in shades like Who Wore It Red-er and Pin Up Peach.

Paula's Choice Perfect Shine Hydrating Lip Gloss ($9.95)
Swipe on Bubble Gum or Pink Lemonade for a flirty pop of color, glossy shine, and lip-softening hydration.

For Your Eyes

Ditch the darker eye-makeup shades and the intense lashes of fall and winter, and bring new life to your eyes with these stunning, natural-looking enhancers:

Paula's Choice Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara ($10.95)
Add flutter-worthy volume and length (not clumps or globs) while still keeping lashes defined with this wow-ser of a mascara.

Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection ($4.99)
Check out limited-edition spring sets, including Nude Awakening for naturally gorgeous browns and taupes, or experiment with Going in the Wild to really get into the season's hottest colors. Have fun and remember, it's only makeup—you can wash it right off if you're not happy!

For Your Cheeks

Trade in muted or brown-toned shades of blush for luminous hues of coral, peach, and pink. Try these to illuminate skin:

Palladio Baked Blush ($7)
Luminous finish + richly pigmented colors = love. We recommend the shade Blushin as an inexpensive dupe for NARS' iconic (yet pricey) Orgasm blush color!

L'Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush ($10.95)
Fans of cream blush will love the sheer radiant finish this offers. Honestly, there's not a bad shade in the bunch, and they're all perfectly in line with fresh spring makeup.

For Adding a Bronzy Glow

We love faking a healthy sun-kissed glow with bronzer and highlighter that will leave your friends wondering if you just got back from a tropical paradise. You'll know your skin is safe from wrinkles and brown spots with these wonderful options:

Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer ($12.99)
Use this velvety soft, pressed-powder bronzer with four shades of naturally tan, matte color to customize your level of bronze, top it off with a dab of Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter ($9.79)—and voilá—a faux glow that says you're ready for spring!

The Kashuk product above is great for highlighting cheekbones and accenting other areas. This fluid shimmering potion mimics the glowing skin featured in Spring 2013 fashion shows, and you can use it on your body, too!

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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