Summer beauty must-haves

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Summer is the time to looks fresh, healthy, and sexy. It would be great if we could roll out of bed looking like that but except on vacation most us need a little help. Here are a few of our favourite things to help you look beachy-perfect, even if you still have to go to work.

Floral Racer-back dress by Guess from Macy’s 

Start with a good sun screen and a cute dress.

Lighten up your look by wearing a BB or Primer place of foundation. Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream brightens, softly conceals, and protects your face with a broad spectrum SPF 36. This is one of my 4-in-1-Pressed-Mineral-Makeupfavourites because it looks so natural it is like wearing nothing at all. It covers imperfections and gives skin a natural glow that looks beautiful in all lighting conditions. It contains titanium dioxide, Argan oil, elemental sulfur, and caviar extracts to hydrate and protect skin. It comes in two tints: Light and Natural $49.

 

Mineral makeup is a good choice for summer. It looks natural and doesn’t aggravate sensitive or acne-prone skin. I really like the Pür Minerals line. Its pressed powder foundation looks lighter and less cakey than other similar brands. If your skin is drier, Pür Minerals Color Correcting Foundation Primer Illuminate & Glow gives skin a lovely dewy finish. Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation evens skin and gives it a glow.

I often wear this under Amarte BB cream for that “naked but better” look that is so in now. If aren’t familiar with the Lumene line from Finland you will want to be as this “drugstore” line packs a beauty punch with anti-aging ingredients, such as wild arctic cloudberries and sea buckthorn berries. Both are powerful anti-oxidants. I love the way Lumene products make my skin look and feel.  Products with similar ingredients cost hundreds of dollars each. I also really like their BB cream.

 

Every girl needs a good bronzer. We love Chanel’s Lumiere d’ete Illuminating Powder – limited edition. It costs $65 and looks like a camellia in Chanel’s signature shiny black compact. The powder leaves a beautiful shimmering bronze on skin, but not a sparkle. Sweep it over your face for an instant glow.2284254

 

Physician’s Formulas Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer is big bronzer with a golden highlight.  For about $15 this Argan-enriched bronzer will leave you looking sun-kissed.

 

Eyeliner is a must this summer. It was one of the biggest runway looks. Buy many want to skip eye makeup at the beach. If your lashes are lush you have them tinted* and skip mascara by the sea. Regular use of a lash serum like RevitaLash Advanced can really help to thicken skimpy lashes. Or try prescription Latisse. Both work very well and quickly. Latisse can turn blue eyes dark, so speak to your doctor. Liquid liner is a good choice for humid days because it stays put. Gel pencils that “set” also are summer friendly. L’Oréal Paris Super Liner So Couture Black Waterproof Eyeliner makes lining your eyes as easy as using a Sharpie. ButterLondon Wink Eye Pencil sets after a few minutes.

 

I am a huge fan of Rimmel London mascara. They make a line of fabulous mascaras that cost about $10. Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Mascara Argan oil will give you lavish doll-like lashes to rival any posh brand, if you like that trend. If you are into the bare, less-is-more look, try Dr. Perricone MD No Mascara, a tinted, lash-enhancing serum.

 

Every girl needs a bright classic red and soft, shimmery pink lip collar to get through the summer. Smashbox be Legendary Lip Gloss fills the bill. The super colour saturated lip gloss stays on but never looks heavy. You can change your look by changing the colour. True Red or Rich Rose will give you a polished or sexy look Coral with Shimmer or Pinky Pinky with Shimmer are beach-perfect shades. They are $24 each.

 

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