Friday, 13 July 2012

My 6 Steps to Summer Make-up

Oh Summer...

As the seasons begin to change and the sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds, you know its time to start planning your spring clean.  Pack away those woolly jumpers and thick boots and start preparing your sandals and summer dresses for summer 2012!

While daydreaming about your outfits for the beach, take a moment to think about your summer beauty style....

1. Act now to protect yourself

You should be using products that contain an SPF all year round, but if you aren’t it is important you start for the summer months. We spend more time outside enjoying the good weather now than we do during the winter (obvious I know) so it is crucial to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

You can find many moisturisers or foundations on the market that contain an SPF, which helps you stay protected with minimal fuss.

2. Reveal all or cover up... that is the question?

In the warm(ish) summer months you might find that your normal concealer and foundation combo feels a bit heavy on your skin.  If this is the case, there are some alternative options you can try.

For a barely there, natural finish, try a tinted moisturiser or BB cream as these have a lighter consistency and coverage.  They apply just a touch of colour mixed in with a moisturiser to help keep your skin fresh and light.

If you find you need more coverage, opt for a mineral powder foundation.  Once applied, a good mineral powder will warm with your skin and may slightly change colour as it warms.  This warming action will help the coverage look and feel more natural.

3. Glow Under the Sun

For a dewy natural glow, opt for a foundation that has light reflecting particles or states it has a luminous finish.  This helps to give your skin a younger, fresher look, although this may not work well for those with oilier skins.

For an additional glow, opt for a bronzer with a slight shimmer.  The trick to applying bronzer is to apply sparingly and build the colour rather than apply it all at once.  Apply bronzer just under the cheekbones for a sculpted look.  You can also apply to the temples and top of the forehead to add that sunkissed glow.

Using a highlighter can also help to add a glow to your skin all year round.  The trick is to apply a little to each part of the face that is hit by the sun. So apply to the tops of your cheeks, along your brow bone, along the bridge of your nose and forehead if required

4. Splash of Colour

Now that we're leaving the cold winter months behind us its time to lighten up all round! So ditch the dark eyeshadows and try opting for lighter shades.  Not only will you look brighter and fresher but you will feel it too! Opt for pinks, peaches, lilacs and oranges as this will really brighten up your make-up palette and spring you into the summer.

This goes for your lips too, try keeping the colours light and bright to give you a burst of colour that will go well with natural eyes.

5. Smouldering Definition

We all love eyeliner and long lashes, but this can really weigh you down when you're out and about in the sun, so try opting for more natural definition. Try a brown mascara for during the day to give your lashes a more natural definition. This also goes for your brows, try using a clear brow gel to sweep through the shape rather than using a heavier product that could start to feel uncomfortable as you get hot throughout the day.

When it comes to eyeliner, you can still add definition, but lighten up! Try using a colour eyeliner or even use an eyeshadow to line your lids and give that pop of colour.

Oh and when you know it's going to be a very hot day, try opting for a waterproof mascara to avoid any panda eye disasters!

6. Get the gloss

As we brighten up on colours, try it with textures too! A dash of gloss on the lips is quick and easy to apply and will help brighten up your look. Be aware gloss wont last all day, especially if you are eating and drinking, but its worth it for the shine!

Once you have put all of these tips together (or pick and choose what suits you) then you are ready for summer! So throw your sunnies on and get out in the sun!!

Thanks for reading!

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