HOW TO GET THAT PERFECT SUMMER GLOW

Posted in Makeup, Skin on November 15, 2014 by


These 7 simple and seasonal swaps will help keep your pores clear, your hair healthy, and your skin bronzed (not burnt!).

Follow my lead and make the following changes to summer-fy your beauty arsenal:

SWAP OUT: SPRAY TANS

SWAP IN: BRONZING DRY OILS

This summer, it’s about looking beautiful and bronzed (the healthy way – not the sun damaging way!). If spray tans aren’t your thing, try a bronzing dry oil for instant pay-off. St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil is easy to apply, fast-drying and non-greasy. This golden elixir hydrates skin while developing a golden tan using a 100 per cent natural tanning agent. Plus, it contains lemongrass, neroli and grapefruit essential oil so the bonus is you’ll smell like a tropical holiday after use.

SWAP OUT: FOUNDATION

SWAP IN: BB CREAM

During the warmer months, foundation offers the wrong kind of coverage. In combination with excess sweat and high humidity levels, it can clog your pores, but it won’t offer any sun protection (unless you happen to use a kind that touts it). A BB cream like Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35is much lighter and will keep skin dewy – not oily. Plus, it boasts SPF protection which is a non-negotiable. If your skin is in need of a little more coverage, try Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF 15.

 

SWAP OUT: REGULAR MASCARA

SWAP OUT: WATERPROOF MASCARA

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Between pool-time and 30-something degree weather, it’s best to avoid panda eyes. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Brown is strong and splash-proof, but won’t require a bulldozer to remove (just some micellar cleansing water like Bioderma Sensibio H20). And, the best part is this wand’s dark brown formula gives a natural look that won’t break the bank either.

SWAP OUT: POWDER BRONZER

SWAP IN: CREAM BRONZER

Get your skin glowing with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze. Then, after applying your BB cream or tinted moisturiser as necessary, crank up the contour with NARS Matte Multiple in Vientiane by applying it straight from the stick onto your cheeks. To do this, draw a Nike tick starting at apples of your cheeks and draw upward and towards the temple, running underneath the cheekbones. Remember: blend with fingertips until it’s even.

 

SWAP OUT: HEAVY LIPSTICK

SWAP IN: TINTED LIP BALMS

A bright lip couldn’t be more on point for this time of year. But, those rich pigments can be a little drying and aren’t as synonymous with summer as luscious peach lips. Instead, opt for a stain like By Terry Tint to Lip Watercolour Lip Stain in Beach Game. It will leave lips looking vibrant without drying or feathering. If you prefer an even more natural look, try a balm like Lanolips Fruities in Peach. Infused with natural peach and medical grade lanolin, this multi-tasker soothes, nourishes and hydrates lips. It also makes for a cracking cuticle treatment.

SWAP OUT: LEAVE-IN HAIR MASKS

SWAP IN: DRY SHAMPOO

As the mercury rises, our scalps and hair are much more prone to oiliness, and just like opaque tights and trench coats, it’s better to sideline any unnecessary products. A dry shampoo like TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Cleanse Dry Shampoo will soak up any excess oil or sweat and provide extra volume. Stash it in your beach bag for emergencies.

SWAP OUT: NIGHT CREAM

SWAP IN: SERUM

During summer, when your oil and sweat glands are going into overdrive, it’s not wise to pile on a heavy night cream. Serums are much lighter and more effective in delivering nourishment to your skin while you sleep. SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C is an ultra light and cooling gel, which contains concentrated Pitera. It works to reduce the appearance of fine lines while soothing the complexion.

So, what are your summer beauty essentials?