Saturday, June 20th, 2009

5 Tips to Look Gorgeous This Summer

Monday will kick off the summer season, and if you live in an area where summer means heat… you know your makeup routine tends to change. Between heat, humidity, enjoying the outdoors, and for many, vacation, here are some of my favorite tips on adjusting your makeup for summer!

Tinted moisturizer is your friend! Whether you mix your own by mixing your existing foundation with your favorite moisturizer or you invest in a specific tinted moisturizer, it is a great alternative to regular foundations (especially if you tend to wear liquid foundation!). It’s lightweight, melts on the skin, and it still gives you just a little coverage while still looking extremely natural. Many tinted moisturizers also include SPF–which is a must when the sun is shining (and even when you don’t think it is).

A-hoy waterproof mascara! Keep those lashes looking long and luscious without worrying about flaking, smudging, or budging while you’re enjoying the day by investing in a good waterproof mascara. One tip I have is to use your regular mascara first, and then do one coat of waterproof mascara. If you have any issues removing waterproof makeup, try an oil-based makeup remover like MAC’s Cleanse-off Oil or shu uemura’s Cleansing Oil–or even just plain ol’ olive oil.

Three more tips…

Say hi to lip tints! Pucker up and color those lips with lip tints, stains, and long-wearing lip color. I love having a little bit of added color to my lips, particularly to brighten them up and not look so corpse-ish, so lip tints come in handy for easy color that wears throughout the day. If I’m out for the day at the beach or hiking, the last thing I want to deal with reapplying a gloss (not to mention, who wants sand in their lipgloss?). Instead, I opt for staining products like Benefit’s Benetint to give me a boost in lip color without the hassle.

Learn to love layers! Hot or humid, layering your makeup will yield you longer-lasting, better-wearing makeup. This means setting foundation with transparent, loose powder. Apply a cream blush or stain, then set with a powder blush to prolong wear and prevent migration. Use primers for the skin, lashes, and lips if desired (this step is most useful for the face). If you have an oily zone, keep a compact of blotting powder or a few blotting sheets with you for on-the-go quick fixes.

Sunscreen from head to toe! It doesn’t matter if you’re pale or tan, you should be wearing sunscreen on your face, neck, and the rest of you, too. Remember to apply sunscreen about a half hour or so before exposure to the sun, and be sure to use one that covers both UVA and UVB. It is also important to use a high enough SPF to give you the kind of protection you need. Don’t forget sunglasses — squinting causes a lot of those fine lines!

Happy summer! Hope your weekend is a blast!

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27 thoughts on “5 Tips to Look Gorgeous This Summer

  1. Natalie

    I used to use tinted moisturizer and Strobe liquid mix, but it made my face horribly oily! Then I found Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation! Check it out at IMATS, Christine! It is great.

  2. hi

    I also like to refridgerate my less long-wearing products (eyeliner pencil, eyeshadow, lippies and glosses) so that the particles in my makeup take more heat and time to break down and melt off. It might sound crazy, but if you look at the science (and results!) of it, it seriously works!

  3. InĂªs Mariano

    Hi there Christine :) I was woundering, do you know any Tinted moisturizer from guerlain or clinique? I’m not sure what this tinteds are, could you give me a example from this two marks or some more known like chanel, dior, lancome? Thanks :) PS: love your site:D

  4. Linda.

    Thanks for the tips! :)

  5. CoCo

    Christine, what’s your favorite tinted moisturizer? I hear the korres one is amazing!

  6. I love the post’s picture! So bright and summery hehe. Great tips too. :D

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tamitra Tami

    Hi Christine,

    I’m a NC45 in MAC and was wondering could u recommend any tinted moisturizer (from any brand). I tested the Korres in shade 2 today and it seemed a little light for my complexion:-(

    • Zenia

      I just bought the full-sized bottle of Kiehl’s tined moisturizer in Medium after being given a sample. I am a NC42 in MAC, but they also have a Dark tinted moisturizer too! If you live near a free-standing Kiehl’s or a counter in a Nordstrom’s (check their sitehttp://www.kiehls.com/ for locations), they give generous samples of this stuff. It is amazing! It’s a little thicker than normal moisturizer (I normally use Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing gel, and it’s twice as thick on my skin) but it gives a good medium-full coverage (it works great with my MAC studio finish concealear!). After I apply it with my fingers, I set it with a mineralized powder. It looks great, lasts a long time, and it’s light! Perfect for summer. =]

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Adelina adelinky

      I’m an NC45 as well, and I use Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturized in tan. It pretty great! a little pricey though…

    • Did you try shade 3? I also like Kiehl’s!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tamitra Tami

        No, I only saw shades 1 & 2, but I did pick up the Kiehl’s moisturizer in Dark over the weekend (thanks again Zenia:]). So far so good–I get very decent coverage but at the same time it isn’t heavy:-D

  8. Ha. A-hoy proof. That made me laugh. :)
    And yes, sunscreen! My friends think I’m a freak, but who’ll be laughing when they’re 40 and match their handbags and I’m 40 and look 30, hmmm? Good post.