Some makeup items shoot to the top of beauty lovers’ lists—and stay there forever. We singled out four cult classics that not only live up to the hype, but are also perfect for putting your best spring face forward.
#1 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Women wishing to escape heavy coverage breathed a sigh of relief when this light-as-can-be sheer foundation hit shelves. Why you’ll want it for spring: Showing skin is a rite of passage for spring, and this touch of tint allows your complexion to shine through as it diffuses flaws and evens skin tone. Plus: Who can deny added sun protection?
#2 DuWop Lip Venom
Prior to this lip-plumping vanguard, women thought the only way to an Angeline Jolie-esque pucker was by injection—or going under the knife. Its introduction caused women everywhere to temporarily pump-up their lips. Why you’ll want it for spring: A slick of this clear lip enhancer works great alone or as a foundation for your favorite springtime lip hue.
#3 Maybelline Great Lash
Women are so enamored with this mascara that drugstores have a hard time keeping it stocked: Every 1.7 seconds, a tube of this thickening and lengthening formula is sold worldwide. Even the neon pink and green packaging is considered iconic. Why you’ll want it for spring: If you’re seeking truly simple springtime beauty, trust us when we say: Two coats of this clump-free lash enhancer are really all you need.
#4 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
A few pats of this silicone primer ensures that no matter what you put on top—loose pigment, powder or cream—the color will not budge. No wonder devotees used to cut off the bottom of the tube to scrape out every last bit. Why you’ll want it for spring: Like it or not: Warmer months tend to signal eye makeup migration. Lock in your designs with this potion, which also prevents creasing. Oh, and the redesigned squeeze bottle allows you to get to the very bottom of it—no cutting required!
#5 NARS Orgasm Blush
While many women blushed at the mere mention of this cult classic’s name, that didn’t stop them from pledging allegiance to the universally flattering, sparkling pinked-peach hue that’s meant to mimic its namesake flush. Why you’ll want it for spring: The blush’s shimmer brightens up complexions instantly—just what’s needed for sunnier days. Because it contains transparent pigments, you can apply it sheer for a healthy glow.