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MUA Notes: Summer Makeup Tips w/ @Kisss_n_Makeup

1. USE a primer. You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Primer provides a smooth base and helps with your pores for whatever goes on next. Primers are definitely the way to go in summer they’re incredibly light — they don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer — and they really help hold makeup in place. Some to try are MAC’s skin base primer or Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light.

2. Less is more. Just as you switch to breezy skirts and linen blouses, dress your face with lighter makeup. Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days. Feeling a little too exposed? brush powder foundation over the tinted moisturizer in spots where you need a little extra coverage — say, on blemishes or areas of redness around your nose. Some to try are Hourglass tinted moisturizer (My personal favorite) and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.

3. Bronze Beauty. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. To keep the results looking fresh and natural apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply. Another essential for keeping it real: a brush with long, loose, fluffy bristles — anything densely packed will deposit too much color. Don’t forget to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony­tail. Some to try are Nars laguna bronzer, MAC compact bronzer in refined golden.

4. Don’t be afraid to try bright colors. Just as you’re probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now’s the perfect time to play up your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin. If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A cute blush on the apples of the cheeks is a good place to start. Some to try are Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink, MAC dollymix blush.

5. Stop shine, add glow. The T-zone instantly telegraphs the message “I’m hot” — and I don’t mean sexy lol. To eliminate shine in seconds, use blotting papers — They’re cheap and easy just press and go. If you need to perk up your makeup too, blot first, then follow-up with a dusting of pressed powder with a hint of luminescence. You want to eliminate shine, but you still want to look a little glow-y. Try Too Faced Re-Fresh Oil Blotting Papers or Clean & Clear

6. Switch out thick lipsticks. Since heavy lip colors often feel like overkill once the weather warms up, many women opt for clear balm or skip their lips altogether. But just because you’re feeling low-maintenance doesn’t mean you have to look it. A simple swipe-and-go choice: tinted lip balms. They give you whisper-light color, and many even have SPF to protect you from the sun. Try Neutrogena Moisture­Shine Tinted Lip Balm SPF 20 or Jane Be Pure Mineral Lip Balm

7. Stay-proof your eye makeup. For longer-lasting shadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer. Although powder shadows generally last longer than creams, for the ultimate in all-day wearability, layer a powder over a cream. Try MAC paint pots or Tarte Lock & Roll Eye Shadow Duo, which has matching cream and powder shadows in one tube. Doubling up works for liner, too. Apply your regular pencil or cream liner, then use a small angled brush to press dark shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear. Don’t forget to wear waterproof mascara and liner.

The ath-elite makeup trend is what the Summer is all about – Fresh, dewy skin with a pop of color.

xoxo Jennifer

 

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