Saturday, April 26, 2008

Summer makeup tricks for beautiful YOU


I’m back and so is the heat of the Summer. Tropical countries have become hot beyond limits and its all about sweat. To combat the heat and sweat and yet look beautiful, certain changes in the beauty rituals is a must.

In this post I’ll be writing about certain tried and tested makeup tricks and skin care routine that would help us survive this summer.

First of all it’d be wise to dump away all the skin care that we’d taken in the winters. Now the days of greasiness, acne breakouts and lots of other problems have begun. The idea is to balance and yet nourish skin and make it fit enough to fight environmental aggressors.

Changes in skin care routine (more for people with oily skin) : -

+ A foaming face wash helps wash away all dirt, grime and makeup particles leaving a clean skin behind. While using this face wash you can even apply some pressure over the pores to suck out all the dirt like a vacuum cleaner. I’d recommend Lancôme Pure Focus Foaming Gel or Shiseido’s Pureness Foaming Cleanser.

+ An oil free moisturizer is the most essential part as any moisture imbalances would lead to excess oil production. If a sunscreen is included, it’d be even better.

I loved Shiseido Pureness Mattifying moisturizer, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Clarins ultra matte concentrate. Unfortunately they don’t have a sunscreen in them. If you are looking for an oil free sunscreen with higher spf, the best buy would be Lancôme UV Expert SPF50 that is as light as air and goes on as smooth as silk for a mattified finish.

+Tinted moisturizers would make a career woman’s or man’s day as it not only provides moisture but also some needed color and coverage. Tinted moisturizers happen to give the sheerest finish you’ve ever imagined. I really loved YSL’s Teint Parfait complexion enhancer, Shiseido’s Tinted moisturizer with spf 20 and Lancôme’s Aqua Fusion with spf 15. I just loved them.

In makeup following things could be done: -

+ use a lightweight transfer resistant foundation which is oil free and gives a semi matte finish. I’d recommend Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long lasting foundation. Keep powder handy to blot the areas.

+Women with dry skin can opt for dewy foundations or compact foundations which are emollient based like Chanel’s Teint Innocence compact.

+Restrict the eye makeup to volumising or lengthening mascara in a water proof or water resistant formulation. Shiseido makes fantastic Advanced Volume mascara which gave great results. To cheer up the mood you can even try color mascaras.

+ Opt for powder blushes with an iridescent finish like MAC Mineralize skin finish blush from their N collection which is ideal for summers.

+ slick on a long lasting lipgloss in neutral muted colors like Pamplemousse or Peche from Lancôme’s juicy tubes.

And you are ready for the day. To intensify during evenings go for eye pencils with glitter like the ones from Lancôme which is one of my most recent buys. I love to smudge them up for a soft smokey under stated elegance.


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