July 20, 2011

Attaining the Natural Look-Perfect for These Hot Days!

Summertime and the living is easy……..and your beauty routine should be as well! On these scorching, hot hazy days of summer, easy does it is the motto. Keep it simple, extra simple….a brush here, a swipe there.

The emphasis should be on clean-looking, sun-kissed, glowing skin. That means just a few dabs of products, and letting that radiant you shine through!

How does one attain the natural look? The sheer-pink cheeks and lips with lightly bronzed skin?  By using very little product and the lightest of touch, you can give yourself that fresh, flawless and perfectly natural look. One trick of the trade to always look well-groomed even if you are make-up free? Start with well-groomed brows. Make-up maven Melinda Lombardi swears by them! She’ll go out make-up free, but will always brush her brows to achieve that natural but elegant look!

So…brows are in order, let’s go!

  • Start by perfecting your skin…clean and gently exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation will give you that radiant glow and also ensure that the make-up you put on will blend in easily with your skin.
  • Moisturize. Use a primer after moisturizer that will fill in tiny lines, soften and smooth skin.
  • Even out your skin tone.  Use a tinted lotion that matches your skin
    tone so it disappears into the skin. It is will give you that subtle, natural
  • Conceal any flaws. For under-eye circles, blemishes, gently dot and blend a pigmented concealer.
  • Concentrate on the T zone….to let the radiant cheeks shine through, I generally put nothing but a little blush on my cheeks.
  • Pick a warm cheek color. You want to have that “I just got out of exercise class” natural, subtle flush.  I find that cream blushes in warm peaches or pinks tend to give you that light touch of color. One make-up artist tip to achieve a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow is to apply the blush in a cursive “E” pattern. The blush should lightly wash the forehead, cheeks and chin

  • Now define your eyes. Earthy tones such as soft, brownish tints enhance your eyes’ natural contours without showing up as shadow. If you feel like you want some more definition, gently dot on eye pencil.
  • Enhance lashes. Defined lashes and brows are essential, even for a no make-up look. You can forgo the shadow and liner, but never the lashes and brows.
  • Subtly amp up lips. Pick a shade that matches your lips exactly and press the color into your lips by using your fingertips. Concentrate on the center and blend out. Lip stains give you a very natural coverage.
  • Use Powder if needed. If your skin get shiny, a mineral powder applied using a brush in a circular motion will leave an undetectable veil of coverage.
  • Revive during the day. Blotting paper works well. Hydration mists will instantly hydrate and soothe the skin giving an instant pick-me up.Some of my favorite products to use to keep it as natural as possible are:

From Skin 2 Skin (www.skin2skincare.com)

-White Tea Anti-Aging Face Wash-PH balanced; botanical, hydrating, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory biodegradable wash will cleanse and gently exfoliate as it improves the overall health and texture of your skin. It also removes make-up and mascara as well.

-Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum-Maximum concentration of powerful peptides to increase skin’s elasticity. It increases volume, stimulates collagen production as it reducesfine lines and wrinkles as it softens and smoothes the skin. A perfect primer!

-Anti-Photoaging SPF 30-Mineral tint can be used as a foundation. It is all natural, organic,non- toxic SPF with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and moisturizers protectskin from premature aging.

And make-up from glo Professional (www.gloprofessional.com)

-You have skin perfecting mineral make-up. All of their make-up combines pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, natural high-pigment minerals and the power of anti-oxidants. You have clinically advanced mineral make-up that covers, corrects and protects with its broad spectrum UV protection, and assists in combating free radical damage.

Also check out their glo.minerals Revive Hydration Mist/ In addition to instantly hydrating and soothing the skin, it contains an exclusive blend of anti-oxidants to provide nutrients that are vital to maintaining skin’s healthy radiance. With the essential oils of peppermint, lavender and rosemary, it instantly stimulates the senses!

Here’s to making your summer beauty routine as easy as possible! Use a light touch, and use beauty products with a higher purpose. Products that multi-task protecting the skin, while restoring and repairing!

Who knew natural could look so good and be so good for you!

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