Shopping Special: Beauty & Accessories

A new season calls for a new look. Thankfully, sometimes all you need is a cool accessory or a fresh makeup shade for a stylish update. Even a soothing new skincare product can boost your daily regimen, too. Here’s how to embrace spring’s latest colours and treat yourself... from head to toe, for the small and big fashionistas!

Urban ocean

From pastels to electric shades, blue is at an all-time high this season. The cool crush showed up on the runways, but can also be found at cosmetics counters as well. Its popularity makes total sense: a symbol of open space, freedom and travel, blue represents all we could possibly want come warmer days! How to wear it? With white for a crisp look, or by mixing different shades of blue, including denim and chambray. On our radar: The return of blue eyeshadow (it’s the perfect way to highlight brown eyes). Beauty bonus: Time to switch to a lightweight makeup remover while still moisturizing to the max.

1. Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, Clarins at Hudson’s Bay, $29 / 2. Bag, Forever 21, $29.90 / 3. Earrings, Dynamite, $12.95 / 4. Kids Sandals, Okaïdi-Obaïbi, $49.99 / 5. HydraForce Hydra-Protective Lip Balm, Lise Watier at Hudson’s Bay, $22 / 6. Cool Wave Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Down, Dior at Hudson’s Bay, $73 / 7. 24H Moisturising Body Butter in Fleur de mer, Fruits & Passion, $18.50 / 8. Kids Sneakers, H&M, $34.99

Victory for purple

The ultimate authority when it comes to colour, Pantone has declared purple the It shade of 2018. Previous predictions by the prestigious colour institute have been on point, meaning it’s a good idea to start incorporating the regal hue into your look now! How to wear it? Most shades of purple, from sugary-sweet to bold and bright, pair well with pink, green and orange. On our radar: Accessories in mauve, the new pastel giving ubiquitous pink a run for its money. Beauty buzz: Purple eyeshadow makes green eyes pop. In the fragrance aisle, indulge in summer’s delights with a yummy berry scent.

1. Lid Pop Eyeshadow in Grape Pop, Clinique at Hudson’s Bay, $23 / 2. Mûre sauvage Eau de toilette, Dans un Jardin, $9.95 / 3. Sandals, Ardene, $17.90 / 4. Watch, Bizou, $28.95 / 5. SOS Primer in Lavender, Clarins at Hudson’s Bay, $39 / 6. Earrings, Swarovski, $139 / 7. Backpack, The Children’s Place, $36.95 / 8. Berries Fields Foaming Bath, Fruits & Passion, $14.50 / 9. Sunglasses, Le Château, $20

Lemonade for all

Move over Millennial Pink — the new shade on the block is Gen-X Yellow! The moniker does not refer to a single tone, but rather a full palette ranging from soft buttercream to lemon tart. In other words, no matter your preference or skin tone, you’re bound to find your match. How to wear it? Yellow is a great complement to blue (think denim, from faded to dark), but also pairs well with neutrals such as beige, khaki and brown. On our radar: Not ready to commit to a bright yellow look? Step out in a pair of sunny slides. Beauty buzz: A wash of yellow eyeshadow is a bold choice to illuminate the lid. Fair complexions should opt for pastel shades, while brighter hues look spectacular on dark skin.

1. Bag, H&M, $9.99 / 2. Real Nature Face Mask in lemon, The Face Shop at Fruits & Passion, $3 / 3. Powder Brush, Bobbi Brown at Hudson’s Bay, $80 / 4. SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face, Clinique at Hudson’s Bay, $35 / 5. Matte Botanical Eyeshadow in Matte Lemon, Yves Rocher, $11 / 6. Bandana, Okaïdi-Obaïbi, $17.95 (for 2) / 7. Sandals, Ardène, $17.90 / 8. Poire divine Shower Gel, Dans un Jardin, $14.95 / 9. The Therapy Anti-Aging Serum, The Face Shop at Fruits & Passion, $32