Beat the Heat – Summer proof your makeup for August

As we anticipate our typical hot and humid month of August we’ve all come to expect in Connecticut, we are thankful  for the creation of wicking material found in our workout clothes.  We wish it were that easy with our makeup as we battle against the mugginess.   Before you go out and purchase all “waterproof” makeup products, there are a few things to know.  First, the chemical agent that allows the products to be waterproof can definitely be effective.  They can, at the same time, be drying and alter the texture of their original formulas.  My recommendation is unless it is a special,  all day occasion that is outdoors, skip replacing every makeup item for a waterproof one, and stick to replacing a few. Before I get into techniques and products that can beat the heat, first I wanted to speak of the overlook look for summer that is both beautiful for day and night.  The summer is the most perfect time to look for products that are translucent and slightly shimmery.  I personally love the way the nature and bright sunshine plays on these elements.  A Bronzy or nude palette on the eyes is always a fail-proof summer look.  Pair that with a peachy pink gloss or balm and you have easily created that summery-beachy look we all love.  A bold lip is still a ‘do’ for the summer, especially in an orange-red palette.  Of course pair this lip with a fresh clean eye.  The Bottom line is, keep it simple, clean and fresh.  Its summer and you want the look to be light and effortless. Ways to have this look stay put and beat the heat……… Moisturizer:  should be oil-free for summer.  I tell my clients to stick w/ their own favorite brand that works, just go to their oil-free or “lighter/day” formula. Concealer:  Laura Mercier makes a “Secret Camouflage .”  This, hands down, is a staple in all of the makeup artists’ kits I have followed and researched.  It has amazing coverage and lasts through anything, even Vania’s workouts.  Sephora sells this product at approximately $32.00 and should last you close to a year.  I tend to cover all my imperfections with this so that I deliberately use less foundation.  Let’s face it, even with daily use of SPF on our faces, we all still catch a few rays on our face and have acquired a bit...
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Holiday Looks and Color

This is the time of year we all crave a change.  Despite the cold weather we are about to brave, most of us look forward to the change it brings…..pulling out our favorite pair of boots or even ‘glazing’ over those summer hair-highlights with a rich deepened color.   Makeup should be one of those elements we consider as well.  Here are my favorite ways to do that. Let’s start with the basics…. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize.  Remember to moisturize both day and night.  Think of your face as a work of art.  Starting w/ the basics (cleansing, toning and moisturizing) can provide you with that clean, fresh canvas. Most of us have become conscientious of wearing an SPF on our faces during the summer.  But for those who still sneak a little sun on their faces, be sure your foundation is still the correct color as we move into the winter.  The best way to do this is check your neck.  There should be no demarcation or difference between your face and your neck.  If there is, you may need to drop down a ½ or full shade in your foundation. Use a bronzer!  Using a bronzer at this time of year is a sure way to hang on to that warm, sun-kissed look we love about the summer.  The bronzer should be no more than 1 to 2 shades darker from your own completion.  I love the ‘Les Beiges’ by Chanel! This new line offers 8 shades of bronzer and it deposits just enough of a’ glow’ to the skin without a shimmer.  Its just perfect for the winter. Color and “looks”….. Remember as we pull together new colors for the winter, be sure to keep things consistent when it comes to warm vs. cool colors. For example, if you are wearing a cool shade of lips, be sure your blush and shadows are on the cooler side as well.  I don’t necessarily lock myself into being “cool” or “warm.”  Rather, I like to remain consistent on the colors that I group together. Do deepen the color of your lips.  Whether you are fair-skinned or dark, finding a shade even 1 to 2 shades darker than your current favorite go-to lipstick or gloss can immediately update your look for the winter and holidays.  If you are afraid of that RED lipstick the holidays are known for, go with a...
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