Makeup Tips for Spring/Summer
- Start by refreshing your skin with a light, oil free moisturizer -the purpose is to hydrate your skin. Quench your skin thirst by spritzing it with MAC charge water. It will revive you with its fresh scent prepare your skin for makeup.
- To even tone your skin, go with a water based foundation for a sheer application (my favorite is MAC Face & Body Foundation)-try mixing your concealer and liquid or cream foundation with moisturizer, or use a tinted moisturizer. Remember, it's much easier to add than to take away and the goal here is clean, even-toned, natural-looking skin, so you want as much of your skin to show through as possible. Only add what you need to to the places you need to.
- To minimize the natural shine of your skin, try using mineral loose powder applied with a brush (not pressed powder with a sponge applicator) to set the makeup.
- Groom your brows. Any waxing, trimming and tweezing should be done before you start your make-up application. Comb them and fill them in as you usually do, but remember to keep them looking soft and natural - no harsh, heavy lines. I feel eye shadows work better than pencils. Using an eyebrow brush (or clean mascara wand) will soften the look. Finish with clear mascara to set them in place.
- Now for cheeks. Use a bright color in a coral or pink tone and don't be afraid! You won't look like a clown if you apply the product sparingly and use a good quality sheer product. Cream and liquid blushes look the most natural, but if your skin is dry you'll want to mix the blush with moisturizer so it applies evenly. If your skin is oily, stick to powder blushes. Use a large brush, one you'd normally use to apply loose power is ideal. For cream, you can use a brush but I recommend to use your fingertips for an easier application. To apply, locate the apples of your cheeks (the fleshy part of your cheeks when you smile) and gently (GENTLY) apply the blush in a small swirling motion, sweeping slightly up onto your cheekbones towards your temples.
- Adding highlights to your face is key for a fresh, youthful, gorgeous look - bringing light to your face and making you look healthier. For this you can use a highlighter in powder, cream or liquid form as long as it's sheer and shimmery. The places to accentuate are the brow bone, the upper cheekbone and the inside of the eyes. Using your fingers or a small eyeshadow brush, apply the highlighter under the brow blending down towards the crease and across towards the nose and the hairline. Dabbing a small amount of highlighter on the inside corner of the eye will open them up, making them look bigger and more wide-awake. Finally, apply some of the highlighter across the top of your cheekbone, blending it down into the blush and up into the eye area.
- Your Eyes! The simplest way to accentuate your eyes is to apply a sheer, shimmery, flesh tone color from your lash line to the crease and blend it out. Stick with soft beiges and pinks for a very natural look. Smudge pencil eyeliner or eyeshadow along your upper lash line, blending into the lashes as much as possible. You can use dark brown instead of black for a more natural look. To really accentuate your eye color try using a little color layered over top. Copper for blue eyes, warm red-browns for green eyes, deep purples for green eyes and gold for hazel eyes. Remember to keep it as subtle as possible for this look - a little colour goes a long way!
- Curling your lashes is one of the easiest things to do to make your eyes look bigger and yourself more awake and younger. So curl your lashes making sure to make the curl look as natural as possible. Now apply mascara as you normally would, combing in between each layer until you've reached the desired effect. Key to this look is a very soft, natural looking eye so don't overdo the mascara! (look for our blog on our favorite Mascara)
- Your lips! The easiest way to make your face really pop is with your lip color and for spring and summer the only way to do it is with lip gloss. Choose one that suits your skin tone but don't be afraid of bold colors - like your blush, it's all in the application. Think juicy and go for soft reds, corals, pinks or oranges. But think sheer too - you want your lips to show through. Forgo any pencil or lipstick, all you need is a good bright gloss. To intensify your lip color, try using a lip stain, or a very light application of a similar-toned lipstick underneath the gloss.
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