Saturday, July 23, 2011

Makeup Tips For A Summer Scorcher

Would you rather deal with a heat wave, or a blizzard?  It's been steamy in New York City all week, hitting  a record 104°F last Friday.

Wisely, people are choosing activities carefully, staying in air conditioning and drinking plenty of water.  A scoop of ice cream helps too.

Blistering heat forces us to strip down to t-shirts, shorts and bare feet.  Anything above a cotton tank, or sandals is pure insanity.

When temperatures broil, it's the perfect time to tie hair up in a ponytail and wear less make-up.  I like it.  Why bother with cosmetics that melt off your face in five minutes flat?  Plus, we are all in the same boat.  We can go l'naturelle together and not worry about it.

Here are a few barebones beauty essentials to see you through a long hot summer:
1. A Moisturizing Soap like Dove or goat milk.
2. Face serumDr. Andrew Weil Plantidote is refreshing and reduces inflammation.
3. Olay Complete  – It has sun protection and comes in regular or tinted.  I apply it to my face all year around.
4. Max Factor Pan-Stik – It should match your skin tone.  Use it as an under eye concealer.  It also covers zits.
5. NARS Multiplier – You can dab color to cheeks and lips.Red lips
6. e.l.f. Clear Lash & Brow Mascara – To keep eyebrows groomed.
7. Baby Powder – When temperatures rise, I use it as loose face powder.
8. L'Oreal Colour Juice – It's a sheer lip gloss good for both summer and winter.
9. A Bronzer – Contour your face to look sun kissed.Sun The Body Shop makes them with rich pigments that can be used in place of blush [i.e. then skip #5, if you wish].

Personally, I'm not a big fan of oil blotters.  A Kleenex works as well as, if not better.  And I forgo eye liner, shadow, mascara, skin primer and foundation.  It all goes south in extreme heat, which looks worst than going bare.

You want your complexion to look fresh for as long as possible.  So keep it light and simple.
Island with palm tree
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  1. I need have my gf check out your article, she is always looking for ways from gurus to enhance her beauty . She is a lip gloss lady, I swear !

  2. A guy's perspective- but hopefully with common sense- is to use some of those hand disinfectants for cleansing pores- particulary in temple / forehead area. After going out, I use an alcohol based cleanser, wipe it off, then some very creamy and moisturizing stuff (usually from hotels) to counteract the drying.

    In a perfect world, I would be sitting by the A/C all the time, but reality interferes...