Lighten Up Your Summer Look
Starting now, you can kiss off to dark lips and heavily contoured eyeshadows. Instead, a glossy pucker and lightly shadowed eyes reign.
What to lose: Lip liners and cream-based lipsticks melt in the heat and sun and therefore require more touchups. Also, matte eyeshadows in dark shades such as charcoal and deep brown can look downright somber in the summer sun. And, not surprisingly, say so long to layers of foundation.
How to lighten up: Choose a lip stain, which is a long-wearing formula devoid of smeary waxes or oils. Although they can go from day to night without budging, they can feel dry to the touch, so slick on lip balm or gloss over the stain for extra shine. You can make you lips look fuller with highlighting shimmer. Charity Vance, founder of Luscious Cosmetics, advises dabbing white gloss in the center of the bottom lip for extra pizzazz. Also, lip glosses in fruity shades of apricot, peach and lime are a great option compared with traditional pastels, which can look dated against a tanned complexion.
As for eyes, "colored eyeshadows are very popular now, and their sheer quality makes them easy to wear," says Victoria Jackson, president of Lola Cosmetics in Los Angeles. Not only do these shades brighten eyes, but the textures are light and cool-feeling.
Psst... The secret to great summer eyes is to replace your traditional black mascara and eyeliner with a more delicate, yet equally flattering, combo of brown mascara ad gold eyeliner. Your eyes will still pop, and they will have flattering glimmer to boot.
A golden complexion is the epitome of summer, but instead of tanning, get the look with a bronzer. Start by choosing a shade that closely reflects your natural skin tone. Then, blend it all over your face, including your eyelids and neck, touching places that the sun naturally hits.
What to try: Agnes B. Touche de Soleil in Touch of Honey ($20) for a sunny glow. YSL Sweet Lip Marker in No. 2 Melon Granita ($24) is a sweet, summer-friendly shade that has incredible lasting power. Tony and Tina Everything Nice Eye Palette ($32) has a range of vibrant yet wearable colors. Hard Candy Lip Sorbet in Lime Kiss ($10) looks ultra-bright in the tube but leaves just a touch of color on the lips. Cargo Lip Gloss Duo in Twin Cities ($19) features both pink and peach shades. Benefit Georgia ($26) is a versatile peachy shade that work on every complexion. Clinique City Block Sheer Shimmer SPF 15 ($15.50) evens out your skin tone, adds radiance, and it also shield your skin from the sun.