Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Obsession: Sun kissed skin- summer makeup and tips

I got a request from Mai to do a post on beach makeup and tips. Thanks for the request.

What you need?
SPF, n-in-one products, powdered products, water-proof products, neutral tones.

It is always best to use less makeup on the beach as you make love with the sun, sand, and water. Consider three-in-one products to be your best friend.

  • Start off your beauty routine with a tinted moisturizer that has SPF 15 (at least), i advise you invest on this one and try Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 this will replace your  moisturizer, sun screen and foundation products. Not only will this save you money but will also save you space in your makeup kit. 
  • If there's anything you need to cover, apply concealer only on target areas after your skin has absorbed the tinted moisturizer with SPF.
  • Avoid anything too sticky or creamy, as it will attract sand and break down faster in the sun says cosmopolitan.com.
  • For your powder, look for a cooling powder i don't have any product in mind right now but a cooling powder will do wonders for your skin as it "cools" it off (obviously).
  • You want to look as if you're naturally blushing, try Stila's lip and cheek tint. Again, an N-in-one product.
  • For your eyes, use summer neutral tones. In the pictures below i used Estee Lauder in Truffle- it's a quad shadow but ELF has a similar quad shadow in Nouveau Neutrals (click here to see the ELF quad shadow - second column/second row).
For your eyes:
Ipod quality photo- heeheehee!
  • Step 1: Take the lightest color and apply it all over your eye lids up to the brow bone (you can use your fingers, i did. Well, didnt want to hassle you with regards to bringing all your makeup brushes).
  • Step 2: Take dark brown shadow using the applicator that comes with the product and apply it along your crease. This will add dimension to your eyes.
  • Step 3:  Blend it using your fingers.

Looks better than the first, right?
  • Step 4: Take the gold one and apply it at the center of your lids. Dont go all the way to the inner corner of your eyes. Then blend it with the dark brown shadow.
  • Step 5: Apply white eyeliner along your water line to brighten your eyes, i used Fashion 21 in White.
  • Step 6 (Optional): for more intensity, you can apply dark brown eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. Don't use black, you're not going for a dramatic look.
And, ta-daaaaaaaaah!
No mascara yet, just the eyeshadow and liners
  • Apply WATERPROOF mascara if you want. Dont forget, WATERPROOF.
  • And powder along your t-zone and where ever shine may appear. 
  • Extra: If you want to use bronzer, feel free to do so; however, use a minimal amount. You dont want the water around you to go brown, right? 
So, that's it. Let me know if there's anything i missed to mention so i can update this post before you hit the beach next week.

Oh, with your sun block make sure it's SPF 50 and above for your body and do not get your tan at noon. You will get all the harmful UVA (responsible for ageing skin) and UVB (responsible for burning skin) rays. Do it late in the afternoon and re-apply every 30 minutes. Good luck.

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