It is now June 2016 and the official day of summer will be here soon!
One of the most challenging activities for women in the summer is to maintain a flawless, hydrated face when wearing makeup.
What are the best face products for the summer time? What brands should I buy? I have NO idea! But, I got help ya’ll!
Please help me welcome makeup artist Amanda Ellisor to the Blog Xpressions team!
Amanda is a wife, mother and a certified makeup artist for one of the top makeup brands in the world – MAC Cosmetics! She is also the owner of Jade Alexander Cosmetics.
Amanda shares tips and product information on how we can flawlessly apply makeup without all the hassle and how to achieve that ‘BEAT FOR THE GAWDS’ summer look!
We all want to be a part of the newest and hottest trend for the summer. Coming from runways of Paris, Hong Kong, and Dubai, it’s all about c-o-l-o-r! Not specifically about placement, but beautiful, glowing, radiant, luxurious skin with a pop of color.
Get creative with your eyes by having a dramatic, vibrant, yellow wing liner with fresh skin and blush-toned cheeks with almost nonexistent color on the lips…and we can’t forget about those brows!
Big Beautiful Brows
Brows go as far back to Ancient Egyptian time with the beautiful Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor and now the famous young model, Cara Delevingne.
There’s so many ways you can wear them – clean, full, bold or messy and heavily filled in brows! No more of the 1990’s shaved off and drawing on your brows with one line of the blackest black liner (we all remember those days!)
My Fave Brow Products: Here are a few of my personal favorite products I use to keep my brows looking fresh:
Cosmetics companies are coming out with different tools to better accommodate us to achieve the look we desire. Companies like Benefit Cosmetics, has a new tool called Browvo which is a conditioning primer that can also help your brows grow (Hello! I definitely need that!)
The Bold, The Beautiful, and The Popping!
Now, let’s get into these lips, honey!
So many women are getting lip injections for that full voluptuous look! I mean, come on ladies, how many times do we have to see the HORRIBLE “Kylie lip challenge” fail?! Cosmetics lines have stepped up to the plate by presenting us with glosses, serums and balms that helps plumps your lips without damaging them.
My Fave Lip Products: Here are a few of my personal favorite products I use to keep my lips looking fresh:
Then, there’s Too Faced Cosmetics that has Lip Injections Extreme that makes your lips look plumper (yep, I’ve used that too!) I’m not saying you need plumpness to achieve the perfect red or hot orange lip, but what we do need is hydrated lips!
I love using the Poutmud by Glamglow before applying anything on my lips. I normally let it set on my lips the entire time while I do my makeup. When it’s time for the lips, I simply dab off (dance break…AYE) the product, pick up my sharpened MAC cherry red lip liner, to outline my lips (don’t forget that cupid’s bow).
Then, I apply my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick or Lady Danger. These two colors are perfect for summer! You can even make a beautiful ombre lip by combining the colors. Some other beautiful, summer lipsticks you can also wear are…. Russian Red, Dangerous, Quite the Stand out and Feels So Grand (all by MAC).
Sunkissed Skin…Without the Damage
We see over and over of ladies from all skin tones with that beautiful, glowing, radiant skin and we all want to know – “how did they get that?!”
Well, it all starts from underneath. Cleansing your face with your favorite face wash and making sure to moisturize our beautiful skin is how we start (don’t forget the SPF.) Using a primer also helps not only to minimize pores, but to give a radiant appearance.
My Fave Face Products: Here are a few of my personal favorite products I use to keep my face looking fresh:
I have combination/oily skin, so the primer I use is the Radiance primer in yellow by MAC. It controls the oil and gives a radiant look through my foundation. Once that’s applied, I use my current favorite foundation by Urban Decay called, Naked Skin in the color 7.0. You can also use True Match by L’Oréal.
By adding a pump of Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer to your foundation, then applying it all over the face using a damp beauty blender will give the glow time for good ole sunny boy!
Using any bronzer (mines specifically is Give me Sun by MAC), you want to take a big fluffy brush and apply it on your cheekbones, temple and forehead.
To top it off, I love using MAC cream colour base in the color shell and for my deeper skin toned queens, improper copper will be perfect! You may also use a powder highlight by spraying your brush with a finishing spray. Applying right on the top of your cheek bone, bridge of the nose and the cupids bow! For an even more dramatic glowing skin, you can apply your highlight on the brow bone and the tear duct of your eye!
With these tips you are ready to walk your own runway from whatever city you’re from. You’ll definitely be unleashing your inner goddess for summer 2016!
I know I unleashed a lot of info, so if you have any questions about my recommended products, please leave your questions below in the comments. For a little inspiration, check out my “beats” in the image gallery below.
Need help achieving your summer look? Inbox me on Facebook to book me! If you need additional makeup tips, send me your suggestions, I’ll be glad to do a blog post about it – it can help others, too!