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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Great Make-up Tips for Summer

We are well into the summer months and while the only thing you should really be laying on thick is sunscreen, some of us may feel naked without make-up. Here are some ideas on how to lighten up on your make-up and still look well put-together.

Go Naked

Try sticking to concealers instead of lathering on your usual foundations. This will eliminate your having to worry about blotting away your make-up along with the shine on your face. Use a stick concealer for the best effect, dabbing only slightly with your fingers. Stick concealers are made of a slightly denser formula and will stay on longer than liquid bases.

Use Tinted Moisturizers

If you are the type who feels naked without make-up, you can swap your usual foundation for tinted moisturizers. They can even out your skin tones, at the same time adding radiance to your skin. What’s more, they do not feel so heavy in all the summer heat you will likely experience. While I try to avoid naming products that I specially favor, I use Lancôme Rènergie Éclat Multi-Lift myself.

Use a Bronzer

Being Asian, I have no need for a bronzer but my daughter is fair-skinned and I have found that a bronzer helps make her look and feel better even without her make-up on during the hot summer months. Applying a bronzer with a slight shimmer and peach or pink undertones on the apples of your cheeks, across your nose bridge and on your temples mimics where the sun naturally hits your face. It does make you look pulled-together without being fully made-up.

Use Shine Strategically

A good tip I read coming from make-up artist Tom Pecheux is to add light-catching highlights to your face despite the minimal summer make-up you are wearing. This will add a glow to your face even without the usual make-up you put on. To attain the highlights, you will need to blend a touch of liquid highlighter on the top of your cheekbones and brow bones and down the bridge of your nose. Be careful not to go all the way down to the tip of your nose though as it will look oily. This technique may require some practice but you will get there for sure.

Multitasking Makeup

I have learned to use lipstick as a cream blush. That is what I meant by multitasking makeup. My lipstick multitasks as a blusher. It lasts long on my lips and withstands drinking and wiping my mouth so it can stay on my cheeks all day long as well with no problems. I normally go out during the humid summer months wearing nothing on my face except my lipstick on my lips and on my cheekbones. They stay on for as long as my day lasts and withstands wiping the sweat off my face.

Make Mascara Last

Avoid raccoon eyes by using water-resistant mascara. But if you are irritated by these long-wearing formulas, a good trick is to sweep clear mascara over regular black mascara on your lashes to seal the color. You may use only the clear mascara on your bottom lashes. No amount of sweating will give you the dreaded raccoon eyes now. I got this tip from the guy who regularly cuts my hair and does my makeup for special occasions and it works wonderfully for me and my daughters.

Brighten Your Eyes

Darker shades of eye shadow can be changed to deep copper tones all over your lids for a more summery look without losing the smoky feel. For a softer look, try a shimmery golden pink color. Choose a long-wearing cream-to-powder eye shadow in a color that glimmers and shimmers to help brighten and define your eyes.

Stay Away From Heavy Lipstick

Summer is not the time for heavy makeup, much less heavy lipstick. Go for tinted balms and bright stains instead. A hint of color is best for the summer months. A good tip is to just dab on a bright, deeply pigmented lipstick with your finger, blot, then repeat until you reach the color you desire.

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