Pretty in summer-A A +A
Thursday, March 14, 2013
RISING temperatures shouldn’t equate to melting makeup. With the summer heat upon us, our beauty arsenal requires all things long-wearing and smudge-proof, while making the most of that rosy, bronzy glow from languid days at the beach. Get the look with products from natural beauty guru Bobbi Brown.
Face: Thick makeup combined with oilier skin from the heat and humidity may result in pimples and clogged pores. For light coverage, use the brand’s oil-free tinted moisturizer, followed by powder, both with SPF 12, to even out skin tone and remove excess shine.
To play up skin with just a hint of color, dust on a brightening finishing powder.
There are many colors to choose from, from Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick; nectar for fair to medium skin; and bronze for deeper complexions.
Summer is the best time to use bronzer to make the most of your tan. Pick one with a warm, slightly orange undertone instead of a cool brown one to avoid looking muddy. Dust on the temples, cheekbones, jaw line and a little on the nose and chin using a fluffy blush or powder brush for the most natural look.
Cheeks: A tanned face is perfect for experimenting with brighter blush. Tap on and blend rouge, which can be used for both cheeks and lips, for a shot of color. Powder blush provides color that can be applied layer by layer for the intensity you’re comfortable with.
Eyes: The new long wear cream shadow sticks deliver smooth color that lasts up to eight hours without creasing or fading, common challenges with eye makeup in sweltering weather. Try the metallic eye shadow if you prefer a powder formula. If you can’t be bothered with shadow at all, define eyes with liner and mascara. Bobbi Brown is famous for its long wear gel eyeliner, which glides on without tugging, and stays on for hours. Black ink is an all-time classic but for something a little softer try espresso ink or denim ink. Intensifying Long Wearing mascara gives lush and natural-looking eyelashes. It won’t smear or flake even on the most humid evenings, but is still easy to remove with a regular facial wash before bedtime. Don’t forget to curl lashes before brushing on mascara.
Lips: Vampy lip colors won’t look quite right sipping piña coladas, and the wrong nude can wash you out. Corals and pinks look pretty with a tan. Try bright pink lip gloss or, to avoid getting windblown hair stuck on lips, creamy lip color in hibiscus or Bellini pink.
Bobbi Brown believes that beauty is enhancing a woman’s features, not covering them up. This practical philosophy works for any season, especially the easy-going feel of summer. (Joanna Cuenco)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2013.