Despite the fact that I am a sucker for dramatic makeup looks and spectacular techniques for pulling off the miraculous in all things makeup, it's actually a smart idea to hit the pause button on overly made faces, especially during the excessively high heat days of summer.
Don't get me wrong. I am NOT SAYING that you can't beat your face just the same as the next drag queen. You just want your skin to be well taken care of. That means properly cleaned brushes, hydrated skin and knowing when to pitch your makeup products.
1. Professional makeup artist, Kathy Jeung, suggests using a bronzer with a subtle shimmer and peach or pink undertones such as Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in 01. Applying this over the apples of your cheeks, across the bridge of your nose, and on your temples will mimic a natural sun-kissed look.
2. Avoiding raccoon eyes is as simple as trusting your water-resistant mascaras like CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion. However, if you find long-wearing formulas off-putting, Allure beauty director Patricia Tortolani has a simple trick: "I sweep a clear mascara over my regular black one on my top lashes to seal the color, and use only clear on my bottom lashes. It's a tip I learned when I told a makeup artist that waterproof mascaras irritate my eyes."
3. A gentle tint to your cheeks, using lipstick can be a quick fix that stays all day. Warren points out that easy-to-blend satin-finish lipsticks are best. "They're put to the test on your lips—from drinking to wiping your mouth—so if the lipstick stays on through all that, it's bound to tint your cheeks all day long as well," she says.
4. If going completely nude (on your face) aint your thang, then professional makeup artist, Ricky Wilson's secret is swapping foundation for tinted moisturizers that "even out the skin tone, add radiance, and don't feel heavy in the heat." For a sheer glow, look for an illuminating formula, such as Lancôme Rénergie Éclat Multi-Lift.
5. Keep minimal summer makeup glowing. To do so, professional makeup artist, Tom Pecheux, adds light-catching highlights. All you have to do is blend a dot of liquid highlighter, such as Nars Copacabana Illuminator, on the tops of the cheekbones and brow bones and down the bridge of the nose. "That takes a little practice—don't go all the way to the tip of the nose, or it will look oily," he says.
Adapted from Allure and Alexandra Jones.
Cover photo cosmetics used:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Colour in 'Yellow' and Jeffree Star Cosmetics white liquid lipstick.
Photo by Andrea Reed (@GirlGreyBeauty)
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