Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Makeup 101: How to Beat The Heat!

With Summer right around the corner I have been getting asked a lot if I have any skin care and makeup tips. Of course I do! Tricks of the trade from a self proclaimed expert—I spent quite a few years doing prom and wedding makeup.
Summer is all about skin care! Let’s face it, breakouts from sweat, sun burn and trying to catch your foundation running down your face is not cute. First thing is first, your daily routine (not just when you’re in t-girl mode) must include a light, typically hypoallergenic and ALWAYS with some SPF. A light coating that keeps your skin moisturized throughout the day and protects it from sun damage.

I know some of you gurls need to wear beard shadow cover and a heavier foundation—totally fine, you just need to use a primer underneath of that in order to keep it from being streak free. Most makeup brands carry base primers—it’s key to keep your foundation from dripping down your neck!

For those of you who are lucky and can get away with a bit of light makeup, tinted moisturizers are the way to go. They offer waterproof options on the market and they give you that nice glow and coverage (not to mention how much time it takes off your makeup routine!) Essentials for your face to keep in your purse for a night out: a powder foundation or bronzer to cut down on the shine (blotting sheets are great too) and maybe a small tube of touch up foundation (you never know!)

Also, remember that you want to keep up with your tanning skin from the sun you’ll be getting. You definitely do not want that pesky foundation line from wearing a color that is too dark or too light. I personally have to mix a couple of shades to get my correct face color. Experiment!

The best route for blush is going with the new gel formulas. They keep you streak free and tend to be pretty sweat proof. Remember, if you’ve got high cheekbones keep it a bit below the actual bone. If you want to make it appear to have higher cheekbones go diagonal up from your nose to sideburn.

The biggest question I get ALL year round and not just in the summertime is how on earth do women keep their lipstick in place? Well, girls, I have to tell you there is no way to completely avoid this unless you decide to use a Sharpie, but there are some tricks for longer lasting stay. There are so many lines out there with lip “stains”—they are the BEST! Before putting on any lip wear, make sure you apply a touch of foundation powder to your lips. This will definitely help to make it last. Apply the lip stain then a gloss if you’d like to liven it up. It is virtually impossible to get a gloss to stay so throw that in your purse!

Eye makeup for men gets a bit tricky in the summer. Stay far, far away from creamy shadows—they end up clumping up and looking ridiculous. Again, back to the face primer, throw some of that on your eyelid and a touch of powder THEN apply your shadow. If you do this it will help the shadow from clumping and creasing on your lid. Summer is typically a time for lighter colors—the bronzes, golds, pinks, lavenders, shimmers etc. It’s always fun to play with eyeliner this time of the year. Give yourself some cat eyes with a hot teal or sexy purple color! Of course if you’re hitting the club and decked out in darker colors, by all means stay dark.

Two words girls, waterproof mascara. I worship the genius that came up with this. You don’t want to sweat or jump in a pool and have raccoon eyes. Again, not cute. Apply it in any shade you feel matches your eye color. Black goes with my darker summer complexion and black hair, some of you girls with lighter hair may prefer brown or get sassy with the purple and hazel shades.

Don’t worry, I will get in to body care next time…that pesky leg hair, the peeling skin, you name it—we’ve all had it one time or another. Until then, don’t forget to keep your touch up cosmetics for men in that purse and remember the most important tip…moisturize, it really does make a world of difference.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great lipstick tip...tried it yesterday and gave me about 2 more hours of smudge free lipstick!

Tammi said...

You are so sweet Danielle...Thanks for your tips..I Luv it

Anonymous said...

What about sweating on face- I always sweat on face when it's hot

Danielle at SuddenlyFem said...

Unfortunately you can't stop sweating...wouldn't that be amazing! The primer base will give you a bit of a sweat barrier but I always suggest blotting sheets or even just a tissue. You can also bring a small powder compact for touch ups and to avoid shine.

Cyndi said...

Just got my beard shadow! I put it on with a little liquid foundation and was fine all night. I'll be buying it again.

candice said...

just a tip...loreal makes an eye liner called infallible. stays on forever. no smudging or anything.

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