Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer Makeup

By Soraya

When the hot and sticky months come along, you may find yourself struggling to fix your melting makeup.  However, a few simple changes can take all that wasted time away.  Here are a few painters to keep your makeup looking fresh, clean, and current this summer:

1. Don't skip the primer!  It'll keep your makeup on for a longer period of time, especially in the summer when you tend to sweat it off. 
(Smashbox's Photo Finish & Bare Escentual's Prime Time)
bareVitamins Prime Time Photo Finish Foundation Primer

 2. Switch to tinted moisturizers instead of foundation.  They're much lighter, don't look cakey, and can include a great deal of much-needed SPF.
(Philosophy's The Supernatural & Josie Maran tinted moisturizer)
Tinted MoisturizerThe Supernatural Poreless, Flawless Tinted SPF 15

3. Bronzing: Don't go Jersey Shore!  Bronzer has the potential to give everyone a healthy looking glow- but remember to apply only where it looks natural.  And of course, make sure it compliments your skin tone.  A little can go a long way.
(Sephora Collection Sun Disk & Smashbox Bronze Lights)
Bronze LightsSun Disk

4. Blot! You do NOT want to end up looking like a literal hot mess.  Always have a stash of blotting paper on hand.
(This is pretty self-explanatory)

5. Waterproof your look; especially mascara.  Also lighten up on eye makeup.  Summer months make everyone more prone to raccoon eyes.
(Lancome Definicils High Definition Waterproof Mascara & Urban Decay's Cannonball )
Cannonball Ultra Waterproof MascaraDÉFINICILS WATERPROOF - High Definition Mascara

6. Avoid heavy lipsticks.  Go for a sheer gloss or lacquer.  Peach is the color of the moment.
(Philosophy's Fresh Peaches With Cream Lip Shine & Korres Mango Lip Butter)
Fresh Peaches With Cream™ Lip Shine

7. Go for brighter and pastel colors.  Summer is not the time for dark, dramatic colors.  It allows you to have a little more fun with your color pallete!

all pictures via, except Korres Lip Butter (

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