Summer Makeup: flash those colors!
Every summer, my makeup style changes to include colors that are more flashy, vibrant and fun. Summer is the season of sunny weather, outdoorsy fun and beach parties (at least, in most parts of the world) and what better way is there to express your summer personality than through your makeup? (Rhetorical question!)
Where the sun shines, so does your skin…from all that grease and oiliness. So, unless you have extremely dry skin, you want to make sure you use foundation that is oil-free and has a matte-finish…and, just in case, seal everything with powder. In fact, during the summer, I try to use only face powder as a “foundation” because it helps absorb any oiliness and keeps the shiny-face look at bay! (I recommend MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. For a cheaper alternative, I recommend Maybelline’s Pure Stay Powder Foundation.) You still need to moisturize first, though, so don’t skip the moisturizer just ’cause you think your skin won’t need it in the summer. Trust me, summer is when your skin needs moisturizer the most. People with normal to oily skin should opt for a matte-effect, oil-free moisturizer.
I love the refreshing blusher colors one can experiment with in the summer. Coral and peachy colors are in this season. If you want that orange-peachy color flattering your cheeks, you might want to try MAC’s Peaches (Pure Peach Sheertone) blusher. If you’re looking for a pinkish-peach shade, check out Revlon’s Perfectly Peach Matte Powder Blush. Other nice blushers with similar shades are: CORALista by Benefit (a warm coral pink), ELF Studio Blush in Peachy Keen and Candid Coral, L’Oreal True Match Blush in Barely Blushing and NYX Powder Blush in Peach.
Baby pink pouts, peachy smiles and coral lips will give you that ultimate summer-siren look. Revlon’s Mattle Lipsticks in Sky Pink and Smoked Peach will compliment your summer tan. MAC’s Satin-finish Lipstick in Peachstock will give your lips a warm peachy color and its Cremesheen-finish Lipstick in Ravishing will create a coral-peachy look. NYX’s Round Lipstick in Harmonica will have your lips glowing bright baby pink! Other lipsticks in nice summer shades are: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Pink Sugar and Baby Pink, MAC’s Cremesheen-finish Lipstick in Shy Girl, NYX’s Round Lipstick in Summer Love, Sunflower and Watermelon and Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolors in Coral Crush and Peachy Scene.
To compliment the bright summer shades being used on the cheeks and lips, barely-there eyeshadow looks are usually the best. In fact, it’s the eyelashes that you really want to focus on right now. For eyeshadow, it would be wise to stick to neutral to sheer-light colors – any shade that brightens the eye area in a subtle way – because you’re going to be packing on the mascara for a fresh-eyed summer look. Some eyeshadow summer shades to consider: MAC’s Matte eyeshadow in Gesso, its Velvet eyeshadows in Vanilla and Vapour, its Satin eyeshadows in Brule and Shroom, its Frost eyeshadows in Nylon and Ricepaper and NYX’s eyeshadows in Highlight, Barely There and Hot Crystal. Now, when I say mascara, I am not referring to the intense black kind that gives you that false-lash effect. In fact, in the summer, you should try sticking to mascara in shades of brown – the kind that will define your lashes to just the right degree. You could also opt for a mascara in a different color, such as blue or purple, that will make your lashes pop out in a colorful way. So, if you don’t have a mascara in brown (or any other non-black color), then go out there and find the one you like. Maybelline, Rimmel and Max Factor are just a few brands that sell mascaras in different colors.