Summer Beauty


What have I been up to and why haven't I been posting outfits, you ask? After my final exams, I started my internship, and have been spending time with friends and family. Tomorrow, I'll finally get the chance to go shopping/bargain hunting once again. I'm hoping to be more successful than I was last Saturday at Target, because my closet is in dire need of summer attire! Outfit post coming soon!

Onto the next thing: I was on the Cosmo website today, and found an article with answers to several frequently asked summer beauty questions. Below, are some that I found particularly helpful. Be sure to check out the website for the rest because they are all great!

"Q: Is wearing makeup at the beach wrong?
A: Not necessarily. Just beware of anything too obvious, says Smashbox makeup artist Lori Taylor. Swipe on a tinted moisturizer with SPF to cover up any redness, and go for natural colors on your eyes and lips — pink, peach, gold, and bronze offset a summery skin tone, explains Taylor. Avoid anything too sticky or creamy, as it will attract sand and break down faster in the sun."

"Q: I'm going straight from the beach to a party. What's a no-fuss way to freshen up my look?
A: Look stunning as you go from seashore to dance floor with these get-foxy-on-the-fly tips from Beverly Hills makeup artist Valerie Sarnelle.
•Clean up with a premoistened face wipe. "This is key if you won't have access to a sink. You need to get off all the sunscreen and oils or you'll be slick (and not in a good way) all night," says Sarnelle. Try Avon Clearskin Deep Clean Cleansing Cloths, $3.49.
•If your skin's a little blotchy after your day outdoors, even out your complexion in one step with a dual-finish powder compact. Try Cover Girl Simply Powder Foundation, $5.27.
•Since you wore sunscreen all day, put a flattering flush in your cheeks with a petal pink powder blush. Try Bobbi Brown Essentials Blush in Soft Pink, $20.
•Line and fill lips with a neutral liner, then coat with a glistening rose gloss. Try Max Factor Color Perfection Luxe Lipgloss, $5.89.
•Brush your brows into place with a tinted brow gel. Try Valerie Beverly Hills Brow Tamer, $15. "When you have beautiful, defined brows, everything else falls into place," says Sarnelle."

"Q: Will my left-over sunscreen from last year still be effective?
A: Check to see if your bottle of sunscreen is stamped with an expiration date. If you don't see a date, the rule of thumb is that the active ingredients in sunscreen (like zinc, titanium dioxide and Parsol 1789) should remain stable and effective for about three years, according to David Leffell, MD, professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. But if it smells funny, feels lumpy or has a bizarro color, dump it. To keep your sunscreenas close to new as possible, store it in a dry spot at room temperature with the lid tightly fastened. Some of our favorites: Coppertone Ultrasheer Sunscreen Lotion, $11.89; Clinique Body Spray SPF 30 Sun Block, $17.50; Lancôme Soleil Expert SunCare SPF15, $27.50; and Banana Boat Surf Waterproof Sunblock SPF 15, $7.29."

"Q: I'm afraid of skin damage, but I want to look like I have a tan. How can I get a summer gleam without actually sitting out in the sun?
A: Here are four fantastic fine-tuned formulas:
•Pro fake-bake sessions: Mystic Tan offers you a range of intensities from light to dark. Looking for more personalized service? Thanks to a superpowered spray gun, you can get an airbrush tan job performed by a technician at salons doing California Tan Sunless treatments in only four minutes.
•Aerosol spray cans: Like aerosol hair sprays, these spew a continuous fine mist even when you hold them upside down. Try Lancôme Flash Bronzer Airbrush Spray, $28.
•Individual towelettes: These individually packed, presoaked sheets will coat your whole body with self-tanner. Try L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes, $10.
•Speedy mousses: Perfect for crunch times, these airy foams dry in five minutes. A great one: Coppertone Endless Summer Bronzing Foam."

What are some of your summer beauty tips and tricks?
All images via WeHeartIt


Anonymous said...

Ugh. That tan on that girl is making me so jealous. I end up getting burnt, not tanned. So sad.

& that first image is so lovely. That white dress on the left? Perfect.

Thank you for the tips! Will take them into consideration next time I hit the beach.


DiamondsandTulle said...

Love the tips for Beach to Party. And yes - these pics make me so jealous that I am out of school and have to go sit in an office under fluorescent lights. May need to pick p a new can of DIY spray tan tonight pronto!

xx Vivian @

Krystal said...

i love that picture on top!

Anything But Bland said...

this is something I am very worried about this summer! Staying out of the sun and being a lifeguard will be difficult! thanks!

love, polly