Photo credit: Summer Heat Wave courtesy of Perrier Sparkling Water
Hello SOTGC community,
It’s tough in the heat of summer to avoid a real melt-down. You know, a real, physical melt down. Hair that started off coiffed to near perfection is now sad and droopy. Eye shadow that started out on your entire eyelid has slipped into a pool of caked color along the crease. Mascara that lifted & defined your gently curled lashes is now providing a frightful raccoon effect. Your T-Zone powdered in the morning to a soft matte finish is now as shiny as the mirage you see on the road ahead and your lip color has become as dry as the Arizona dessert.
While these truths of summer beauty fade are plaguing women across the world, I have excellent news! With modern scientific, technological and healthy advances there are super summer face-savers just clamoring to join your toolbox. And simple summer hair up-dos keep your locks tamed, sleek and professional.
Let’s start with hair… No matter your texture, color or style, summer humidity as well as super arid air can cause unwanted frizz, fly-aways and flop. Be sure to work with your stylist on the best products for your hair type this summer but most likely, you’ll need to add some extra hydration and anti-humidity hairspray. Try www.beautybar.com to find your summer hair arsenal. To stay cool, try some new up-dos even with shorter hair. Pinterest has fun and easy, even realistic how-to’s for all hair lengths. Tie it up, braid it back, pin it into fun curls and waves but do give your hair a breezy style for work each morning to keep it from looking messy by lunch time. Always keep a little wax or spray in your purse for quick touch-ups before your next client meeting.
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Hydration is key for your entire body as the mercury rises. Increase your daily water intake. Half of your body weight in ounces each day is the ideal goal and will keep your skin clear and glowing, help your body eliminate toxins and keep away swelling in your hands, ankles and feet throughout the day. Your hair and nails will be less brittle as well.
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Now to our heat fighting makeup tool kit. Add a few or all of these items to your current regimen and your makeup will stay put, look fresh and feel great for at least 16 hours. Start with good basic skin care that includes an oil-control, age-fighting moisturizer if you’re prone to oily skin in the summer. This will help manage oil throughout the day without drying your skin. Remember, even with oily skin, you need to replenish the right moisture after you strip away all the dirt, makeup and oils when cleansing or your skin will actually over-produce oil to make up for lost hydration. Grease pits are not meant for our face. If your skin is extra dry in the summer months, be sure to add a nighttime intense hydrating cream to help your skin repair and soften over night. It will keep flakes away during the day. Also, be sure and exfoliate twice a week to help your skin receive moisture even more deeply into its cells and prevent dry patches where foundation and powder like to collect and give the appearance of deep wrinkles – ick!
Melt-proof Makeup Toolkit photos courtesy of Mary Kay Cosmetics
Follow with a foundation primer with sunscreen to prepare your skin as a perfect palette for foundation and color. Primers make your skin silky smooth and add lasting power to your makeup without clogging pores or feeling heavy. With your skin primed, add light layers of oil-control, matte-finish or mineral powder foundation that perfectly matches your face to your décolleté (your neck and upper chest). Our facial skin is often a shade or two lighter than our neck and chest so we need to make them match without looking caked or ghostly. A simple stripe test from your jaw line to upper neck if your have fair to medium tone skin or your cheek bone to jaw line if you have bronze skin. These are the areas that show the most difference in pigmentation and will help even out skin tone and blend color. Always set liquid foundation with a loose powder pressed and released all over your face with a puff to give a soft, flawless finish.
For your eyes, use cream eye shadows that also act at waterproof primers and look great all on their own or provide a melt-proof base for powder shadows to intensify color and keep it safely in the correct location on your eyelid all day. They are also a great time saver and can be easily applied with a swipe of your finger or cream shadow brush. A quick blush of cream cheek color or powder in a coral shade to kiss your cheeks and you’re almost done. Waterproof eyeliner that glides on smoothly in any color of the rainbow and a few good swipes of waterproof, curl defining mascara and your peepers will remain peppy through your final dinner meeting and on into your date night.
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Blend well, use a large loose powder brush in downward strokes from your hairline to your chin to blend any over done cheek color and face powder to a masterpiece of definition. Always finish with a great makeup finishing spray that can double throughout the day as a skin refresher. Try Mary Kay’s Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Don’t forget your lips. In the summer, avoid heavy or drier lip colors and look instead for nice bright colors in moisturizing or gloss formulas. A gloss will keep from melting in your purse as well but will require more re-applications throughout the day. A lip primer applied first will help the color stay put. Make sure you take extra precaution at night to apply a hydrating lip balm to help plump your pucker all day.
Finally, keep a few extra tools in your purse to control shine or add hydration as needed. Beauty Blotters or facial linen sheets used to lift oil off your skin will keep you from having to re-powder your face and dry it out along with rubbing sweat and oil all over which can cause summer break-outs. Just lift the oil off and your face will look and feel freshly made-up in seconds. Pressed powder, finishing or rose-water spray and mascara for final touch ups if needed.
I use these techniques literally every day in the summer when our temperatures are upwards of 105 degrees with 70% humidity while driving in a hot car between appointments and my makeup looks freshly done from 8am to 10pm! I’m still working on perfecting my hair styles.
If you’d like a FREE personal consultation, one place to find all of the above mentioned tools just right for your skin type and help keeping your stilettos from sliding this summer; call, email or text me. I’d love to meet you, even virtually!
Cheerily Avoiding A Melt Down,