Hot, muggy, icky. Humid,
sticky, hot, but without the Mai Tai and the Cabana boy....this
season's got me revamping my whole routine. Here are some cool
makeup tricks that can revitalize your look and help keep your
Grab that self-tanner...for
the face. By adding a little bit of color to your skin already,
you'll find that you don't need to pack on the foundation and
concealer as much. And you can go as light or as dark as you want.
Apply a light dusting
of Loose Powder over clean skin first. By applying first before
foundation, it helps keeps foundation on longer without melting.
It also lightens up redness, and keeps dewy skin looking fresher
longer, before it turns into a shiny greasy mess. This step is
a must to looking light all day.
Apply a Shine Control
Product, like Origin's just on the t-zone, and on eyelids as a
eye shadow base...anywhere you feel you need a little extra touch.
Okay, this is an optional
step..for the young ones out there, and for those that want perfect
Next step is foundation.The
key is perfection yet still dewy. Remember that old matte look?
It's out. Nothing will outdate your look quicker.....
The trick? Mix a little
bit of loose powder into your foundation on the back of your hand,
the same yellow tone if you want. If it's another shade, make
sure it's a little bit lighter or the same as your foundation.
Anything darker will make your skin look muddy. What it does is
'soak up' any oil and turns any foundation into a matte....apply
where needed, but most likely down the t-zone. Remember, a fully
covered foundation face is out and will age you by 10 years. Be
sure to blend backwards towards the ears, and concentrate down
the front of your face.
What are we doing? Applying makeup the OLD
way? We used to apply the makeup, and then pack on the powder
to keep it matte and keep it on. What can happen is that your
skin starts to sweat from the feel of it. Anything that you 'feel'
on the skin, your skin will try to 'sweat' off, or get rid of.
Normal thing for it to do, but not if you want it to stay on.
That's why you see an increase in mineral-oil free and lanolin-oil
free products. They're usually the culprit in the 'feel' of the
product. You can actually feel the oil sitting on your face, thus,
your face is shiny in a few hours.
way? Mix your powder directly into your foundation, and then apply.
What this does is 'soak up' the oils and a bit of the waxes which
'melt' in the heat, and summer proofs your look. You can do this
into any of your cream or liquid products, lipstick included.
By summerizing each product individually, you avoid that "heavy"
powdered look, yet the product stays on.
Cream blush, dotted
on the apples of the cheeks "smile" and blended back towards the
ear so it looks real. Then dot a little on the lips color permitting
of course. And even on the eyelids, blended of course. If you
really want to feel healthier and younger, a dewy look that's
believable is the key.
Are you happier with
powdered blush? Then apply cream blush first on cheeks, and then
a little bit of powder blush on top....it'll take longer, but
by setting with blush rather than powder, you can check off a
step. For eyes, apply your eye shadow on wet.
With toner that's alcohol
free or an Eyeliner Sealer, apply with a sponge applicator or
a eyeshadow brush and brush on a light layer of toner across the
eyelid or in the crease. Trick is to mist the eye shadow, not
drench it. Or dampen the applicator/brush first and then pick
up your color. That way, you avoid drenching the product and possibly
even ruining it. You'll pick up the right amount of color....then
Lips next.... grab
a pencil, either eye or lip if the color works. Neaten up the
lip line, or even fill in to darken abit. Rather use lipstick?
Dot a bit of liquid powder or loose powder on lips first, then
apply color in the middle of the mouth and blend outwards...then
apply your pencil. Your pencil will keep it on actually better
than if you applied it first....
Then take a Kleenex,
and press a layer over your lips with the mouth closed. You should
get a great lip kiss on your Kleenex.....the key to lips staying
on. Because it's the 'excess' that will bleed and come off.....
Lip gloss....on the
middle of the mouth, just "kiss", and dot on the middle of both
lips and even on the cheekbones as highlighter. Try the eyebrow
bone for a nice shimmer. You can try a shimmery gold lipgloss
Last but not least,
another light dusting of loose powder to 'set' eye shadow and
blush. The trick is to take a super duper big powder brush and
dust all over the face, either going from the middle brushing
out, or brushing from the forehead, down. Then for touch ups during
the day, grab the Shine Control, LipShine and Pencil.......
What's the secret to
keepng makeup from fading in the humid summer months? It's the
light dusting of powder first. A photography makeup trick for
models that's great when they're standing under hot lights, or
even in the heat. I know it works. I just got back from a shoot
in Arizona, where it was 117 degrees....
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