Here are a couple makeup tips for makeup and more from your makeup guru to help you step into summer looking bronzed and beautiful!
Step 1 (Self Tanner): Luckily I have found the most amazing self tanner that does not make me look fake and yellow, and most importantly has no bad odor and will last over a week or so…. Chanel body self tanner Soleil Identite in intense bronze. I don’t stop at using this body tanning lotion just on my body, I also use this product on my face which caused less irritation than the facial self tanner by Chanel. This product retails at $45… If this is a little pricey my second fav is Victoria’s Secret bare bronze gleaming self tan body tint which has an instant bronze effect and less of a self tanner scent than most. Not into self tanners? I have used the very sheer water resistant MAC Face and Body Foundation in C7 anywhere that I need to look tan that would wash off in the shower at the end of the day.
Step 2 (Bronzer): Anyone who knows me is aware that love MAC and Nars, and yes once again I say that these two lines have two of the best daily powder bronzers. Try MAC Refined Golden powder bronzer for a gorgeous golden glow or Nars in Laguna. Use MAC brush #129 which is a middle sized powder brush to lightly dust the bronzer under your cheek bones, around the your line, in your temples, on the sides and under your nose, under your chin, and my personal favorite under your chin onto your neck. For a deeper skin-tone use Refined Golden in your t-zone and MAC Powder Blush in Blunt which is great for a matte contour and bronzer effect.
Step 3 (Blush): Put away your berry and plum blushes and step into a sweet pink or soft coral blush with maybe a little sheen. Smile! Let me see those apples.. Place Nars powder blush in Orgasm on the apples of your cheeks right above where you have placed your bronzer, so the two products don’t layer on top of each other and look “muddy”. MAC makes a great blush by the name of Dollymix which would work beautifully too if you prefer more a pink tone or have a deeper skin tone.
Step 4 (Highlighting Sheen): By far one of my favorite products that I use on almost everyone is Nars The Multiple. For summer I recommend The Multiple in South Beach and the MAC #191 Brush to apply on the cheek bones, tip of the nose, above the bow of the lip and the bones above your eyebrows. This product stays really well and looks gorgeous on the skin and not too frosty while helping powder products to stay in place when placed beneath.
Step 5 (Sunscreen): Most importantly wear your sunscreen and don’t tan! Having tan skin is beautiful and exotic, but tan smart with self tanners. Preserve your beauty and skins health by using Shiseido Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 55 which is recommended by the skin cancer foundation. This products is great for anyone and is non comedogenic so it will not clog your pores. Shiseido is known for great sunscreens and amazing skincare!
Step 6 (Eyes): Summer is all about no fussing and being outside to enjoy yourself, but this doesn’t mean that you have to look blah to do so. Here are a couple of eye makeup tips to kick off your summer look. Waterproof everything this summer will be your best friend! Try a liquid eyeshadow such as MAC paint pots in rubenesque which is a peachy golden tone with a beautiful iridescence. Clarins make great new waterproof eye khols, try turquoise for a bright pop of color that will stay. No need to buy expensive mascara that doesn’t work, try Maybelline makes a great waterproof mascara in the blackest black, but don’t forget to use your shu uemera eye lash curler to curl your lashes first to open your eyes.
Step 7 (Lips): When I think of summer lips I picture full juicy lips that taste as sweet as they look! Try the new Chanel Aqualumiere lip gloss in Vanilla or Candy Glow for a smooth as butter feel and a shine that won’t stop. I also like the plushglass lipgloss by MAC in full filled or Posh It Up which actually subtly plumps your lips with a regular use of the product. Laura Mercier makes a great Lip Exfoliate that is paired with a lip balm to keep you lips kiss-ably soft that can be used a couple of times a week.
Step 8 (Nails): Girls don’t forget to get a pedicure! This is one of my biggest pet peeves when women don’t take care of their feet. I am queen of the home pedicure! Take time out once a week to remove your polish and soak your feet in warm water filled with peppermint oil (2 tsp.), Epsom salt (1/4 cup), and to sanitize I use hydrogen peroxide in the water (equal part to the amount of water). After soaking for 15-20 minutes scrub your nails and toes with a nail brush designated for just your toe nails using soap and rinse. Now it is pumice stone time! Scrub away those calluses girls! Apply a nice moisturizing foot lotion to your feet and ankles, I love Aveda Foot Lotion. Now it is time to polish those toes…. Try the India line by OPI which is rich in color, I have never had trouble with OPI staying on my nails or being true to color.
Step 9 (Foundation and concealer): Never leave your house without concealer ladies! As women we naturally have thin skin around our eye area which shows darkness and discoloration more so than men, so concealer is one of those products that you should not walk out of your door without. In the summer all of your products should be more sheer so the same goes with your foundation. I like to mix my liquid foundation with one of my favorite moisturizers to achieve that natural look with a glow and apply in circular motions using a MAC brush #187. Use one half pump of your moisturizer or half of a pearl size and half of the amount of foundation that you would typically use and mix them in the palm of your hand to make your own tinted moisturizer. One of my makeup tips that I always give to women is to use a loose powder versus a pressed because the loose powder is so fine that it sets your foundation so much better. Try a water resistant concealer so you don’t find yourself touching up constantly, I like MAC studio finish concealer or Shu Uemeras pro concealer and then set your concealer with Laura Mercier secret powder for a soft luminous look around the eye that lasts all day!
Now I think you should be ready for summer! I hope you find these tips useful for your new makeup look, but don’t hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns! Also, if you are striving to be a bronzed beauty, but you are on a budget I can help to recommend some home remedies and more affordable products to help you achieve your desired look.