5 SUMMER 2012 MUST HAVES
Ah, summertime. Great weather, the promise of a vacation, and that smooth, even tan are enough to perk up anyone’s mood. With the change in weather and activity, comes a need to switch up your makeup routine a bit too. From my experience as a makeup artist, it seems that people often get in the habit of buying their same favorite beauty products all year round. But let me ask you this: would you wear the same clothes all year? Of course certain things can transition season to season, but as skin reacts to all that glorious summer sun, your sweaters (and that heavy foundation!) have got to go. With that in mind, here are a few helpful products to give your makeup routine the boost it needs to keep you looking your best from the office to the beach and beyond!
1. Tinted Moisturizer or BB Cream
Let’s face it, we’re all a little sweatier and shinier in the summertime. Because of this, not only does our foundation feel heavier, but it just doesn’t hold up as well and can end up looking cakier than usual. Tinted moisturizers or BB Creams are a great foundation alternative, offering weightless coverage, and generally containing an SPF to help protect your skin as well.
TIP: These products are sheerer than some foundations, so in areas of the face where you feel fuller coverage is needed, simply spot cover with a concealer that matches your skin tone.
2. Lash Genius Waterproof Mascara Topcoat
Raccoon eyes be gone! Brow expert Anastasia has created a fantastic new product that goes over your favorite mascara, making it summer-proof! I’m sure we’ve all tried waterproof mascara, and in my experience, it’s just never the same as the original formula. Lash Genius allows you to still use the mascara you love, and keep it where it should be…on your lashes and not on your face.
TIP: Apple Lash Genius on top of lashes as well as underneath them to make sure they are fully waterproofed.
3. Blotting Papers
Dewy skin is lovely, but greasy skin…not so much. Instead of adding powder all day (which can build up and look cakey), reduce excess shine with blotting papers. Several brands make mattifying gels or balms that can be used for touch ups as well if you prefer a completely matte finish.
TIP: A little shine on the face (basically anywhere but the T-Zone) makes skin look dewy and healthy, so try blotting only around the nose, chin, and forehead unless you are very oily, in which case, blot all over.
4. Lip and Cheek Stain
Talk about a resilient makeup formula: stains are the way to go! The sheer look of stains is so gorgeous and modern; they are a perfect complement to summer and have great lasting power to boot. Stains are also versatile– they can be applied in several layers if you want a real burst of color, or can give you a nice, natural flush. Save powder blushes for evening, or another season where they won’t wear away so quickly!
TIP: When applying a stain to the cheeks, use a foundation brush. If not blended quickly, stains have a tendency to ‘grab’ onto certain spots and look blotchy. Using the foundation brush makes for the smoothest application possible.
Summer is the season to sport a glowing tan, so accentuate it with a beautiful bronzer. The body often gets more sun than the face (especially if your makeup or moisturizer contains SPF), so bronzer will help balance out the difference. During the daytime, use a matte formula (shimmer is very obvious and unappealing when the sunlight hits it) and switch to a more radiant formula for evening to give the skin a glow. Bronzer can be a bit unnatural in the paler winter months, so use it while you can and then shelve it.
TIP: Our neck is shadowed by our chin, so if you notice this area being pale compared to your face and chest, a little bronzer will fix it.
Post by Melissa Murdick, a professional makeup artist based in Los Angeles. Visit her website at http://www.melissamurdick.com, and for daily beauty tips and more makeup know-how, follow Melissa on twitter @melissamthemua or visit her Facebook page.