BEAUTY BAR: Fresh Faces

BEAUTY BAR: Fresh Faces

To quote the great Nelly, “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes.” Well, actually, take off all your makeup. It’s hot. You’re sweating, I’m sweating. We’re clogging our pores.

To take care of your skin and your pores, you don’t necessarily need to take off all your makeup. By using lighter products or eliminating a few, you will give your face time to breath. This Fashionista is a great example of making minimalistic makeup work. She’s skipped the foundation and concealer for a fresh face.

If you’re worried about revealing your skin because it might be less than perfect, maybe this is a good time to focus on your skincare routine or opt for a lightweight B.B. cream or tinted moisturizer for the next few months.

Make sure to invest in a good facial cleanser during the summer to wash away any sweat and dirt that collects. If your skin is oily and you’re worried about acne, a toner should dry out and clear up your face nicely. Toners can sometimes be too drying, but some good alternatives are witch hazel and tea tree oil.

Once your skin is clean, make sure to moisturize. Moisturizing in the summer is almost laughable because we both know it’ll just sweat off, but that doesn’t mean stop moisturizing. A light layer of lotion with SPF before leaving the house will protect your skin throughout the day.

When topping off your look with a little makeup, you don’t have to do much to get that natural glow. Focus on your best features and simply enhance them without exaggeration. This Fashionista has the right idea.

She used a natural shade of eyeshadow on top of her lids and a different natural shade of eyeshadow with sparkle under her lids. Liner on her eyes and brows emphasize her features without being overpowering. To pull the look together, she used a bright lipstick.

Sticking to a neutral or skin-tone palette will ensure your overall look remains natural and effortless. Adding sparkle or brightener under your eyes will make you look more awake and help your face glow. When picking out a brow liner or filler, choose a shade close to your natural brow color for that effortless effect. For a softer approach, switch out the black eyeliner, and even mascara, for brown—unless you have brown or hazel eyes, and if so, this is a great time to explore a bright blue liner or mascara.

Now that you’re a goddess au naturale, don’t forget a bright colored lipstick! Yes, a nude or pale pink will tie together the look just as well. But, it’s summer; you can still look natural and ditch dusty rose for a rocking orange.

This is the perfect time to add a natural vibrancy to your beauty routine and still be bold. But, a warning for the season: Don’t wear too much highlighter when it’s hot or you’ll probably just look sweaty.

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