First rule: Do not pile on the makeup!
A fresh summer look should not be caked on & chalky. A dewy, sun-kissed look is the way to go. You can still get coverage without looking like your have Spackle on your face.
A few choices in the foundation department:
Foundation is OUT for summer. Tinted moisturizer gives you sheer coverage and even tone without looking like a cakey mess. You can always use a bit of concealer for extra coverage.
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer is lightweight, paraben free, SPF 30 and feels like heaven on your skin. Available in 6 shades.
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer is ultra-light, oil free and provides SPF 20. Comes in 8 great shades too!
What girl doesn't want that sun-kissed look? Now, I'm not talking Snooki...I'm talking a light, bronze glow that is healthy..not Ooompa-Loompa! Be careful with bronzers that have sparkle or glitter in them. You don't want to look like a disco ball when the sun hit you! Powered bronzer also comes in different shades. It is NOT a one color looks great all all type of deal. You want to choose one that is complimentary to your skin color and not one that is 5 shades darker (need I mention Snooki again?)
Clinque Bronzing Gel for MEN, (yes Men) has been a staple in my makeup kit for years. I like the mens version for 2 reasons: It is super light in consistency (I blend it with my moisturizer before applying) and it is cheaper than the women's gel that the carry. Water based & not a hint of shimmer...just bronze! Love this!
MAC MATTE Bronzing Power is another go-to for me in the summer. A sheer, MATTE powder that gives that just-off-the-beach look with, again, NO SPARKLE. Apply lightly to cheeks, chin, nose & forehead...and don't forget your neck!
Having that "glow" is big right now. But it can go wrong in so many ways, you have to be careful. What you are trying to achieve is a highlight on specific areas to accentuate your face. You do not want to use highlighter all over. It needs to be strategically placed. See below.
Benefit's Watt's Up! (see what they did there?)
is one of my obsessions right now. A glow-stick for cheekbones, cupids bow and anything you need to stand out! Double ended with a flocked tip to blend seamlessly!
Raccoon-eyes be gone! I have tried every mascara know to man and as you all know, it is trial and error when it comes to waterproof mascara. They all promise no "smudging, fading & running" but that is not always the case. Here are two of my faves:
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume has the really black pigment (I use Very Black) that I love and does not move all day! Love the wand that separates & defines without clumping.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash rocks! Black, dramatic & stays put! That's what you are looking for!
Now, they do sell numerous kinds of waterproof eyeliner & shadow. Personally, I think it is a bit much to be wearing either of those for a day in the sun or at the pool/beach. Keep it simple & pretty.
I love glossy lips. (much to the chagrin of my husband) You want to stay away from those "long-lasting" or all day wear glosses. I have tried many many of them. (You look like an old lady with scraggly, wrinkled lips..yuck!) Just re-apply as needed to keep your lips glossy & kissable.
Love some of these nude shades:
Hope you stay cool & looking hot this summer. Let me know your favorite tips, products or tricks for when it's hot out there. Enjoy the heat & stay pretty, my friends!