Lighten Up Your Look
June is the perfect time to lighten up your wardrobe, and your beauty products! Face makeup, fragrance, hair, and eye makeup can all be lightened up in texture, aroma, and tone. The following picks and tips will have you looking brighter in no time.
Lose the Foundation
Put your best face forward by avoiding heavy, noticeable face makeup during the warmer months. Choose a tinted moisturizer to keep your skin looking natural and luminous, without sacrificing coverage. I always recommend makeup that contains SPF, to keep skin protected from sun damage and premature aging. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 features an antioxidant vitamin complex of vitamins C and E that acts as a free radical shield to protect the skin from environmental stressors. This lightweight formula offers extremely long-wearing color which is light enough to look natural in the summer sun and heat. Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.
Ease Up On Fragrance
Potent perfumes can tend to be overwhelming in rising temperatures, but your favorite scent may be available in a lighter formula. When it comes to the various types of fragrance, the differences are simply a matter of the concentration of oils in the formula. The highest concentration is in pure Perfume (or Parfum). In descending order, the next is named Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne. I prefer a subtle, yet evident Eau de Toiette, such as Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau de Toilette. Hanae Mori, the great lady of Japanese fashion and Parisian haute couture, introduced this fragrance in 1996. The summer-friendly scent is a beautiful blend of strawberries, flowers, almond, and vanilla. Visit www.sephora.com for more information.
Sun-Kiss Your Strands
Change up your look with “balayage,” a recently popular hair color technique that is offered at many salons. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. This highlighting technique produces sun-kissed, natural looking hair color with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. This process is more free-form, as opposed to common foil method, which usually leaves that tell-tale “striped” look. Make sure to maintain your newly lightened strands with the proper hair care, such as Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve. This leave-in split-end smoothing treatment fortifies the cuticle layer of color damaged hair and helps maintain color radiance. Visit www.pureology.com for more information on this high-quality color care line.
Summer-ize Your Eyes
Dark, smoky eyes are always fun for a late night out. As the days get longer, it is a good idea to use lighter hand with your eye makeup. Switch to a more natural-toned palette, like Urban Decay’s Naked3, to keep your eyes looking neutral, yet finished. In terms of eyeliner, soften your look by swapping your black liner for a brown, navy, or graphite hue. Bobbi Brown’s best-selling Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is available in Chocolate Shimmer, Cobalt, and Graphite Shimmer. Visit www.sephora.com for Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown items. Top it all off with a waterproof mascara that will stand up to the heat and an impromptu summer swim. Drugstore buy, L’ORÉAL Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara, is an affordable and reliable product that should surely make its way into your summer tote.