Makeup 101: Summer Beauty Trends Made Simple

With the summer heat in full swing it can be tempting to cut out the beauty regime completely and opt for some SPF 45 instead.  But don’t! The hottest beauty trends for summer ’09 looks are actually pretty simple. You can get that face looking flawless in no time, whether you’re heading to that summer job or off to the beach.

This summer the ideal face is neutral with eyes that burst with color.  Bright color. You may think it’s hard to pull off, but with these quick tips and products, anyone can do it:

Flawless Matte Bronzer: Start your summer look with a clean matte face.  Skip the moisturizer, which will add shine, and instead opt for Sephora Brand’s Anti-Shine Primer; it will moisturize while providing a shine free base (yep, it really works).  Then, swipe on Bare Essentual’s bronzer in Faux Tan.  This summer is all about having a natural looking tan and a shine free face and the light minerals in this bronzer won’t make you look cakey.  Plus, if you have a sunburn it’s safer and much more natural to even it out with a mineral bronzer than to try and use concealer to even out those lines.
Extra bonus: It has SPF 15 built in to help prevent a sunburn to begin with!

Natural Nude Lips: Nude lips are all over models, celebs, and fashion magazines.  Unlike bright, bold lip colors, you can sport nude lips during the day or night, even at the beach.  Try Bobbi Brown’s Lip Gloss in Buff, Beige, or Nude, depending on your skin tone. It’s a little pricier than your usual drugstore find, but the color is beautiful and totally worth the splurge.

Slightly Rosy Cheeks:  Put away your bright cheek stains and choose a cheek color that will add a natural flush.  To really get the look of the summer, steer clear of just swiping the blush on the apples of your cheeks, and instead sweep up lightly towards your temples. This gives your face an all over glow that is fresh and rosy.  Try LORAC’s Baked Matte Satin Blush in Exposed. 

Aqua Eyes: This summer’s eye look is all about making a splash with blue hues.  I’ll admit, this sounds scary, but teals, greens, and blues are all totally fine when you consider how neutral the rest of your face will be.  This Sephora Palette has all the right colors to create a subtle blue/green look.   First use the neutral white and gold all over your lids.  Then use the blue as a liner by applying it with a fine tipped brush.  Sweep the green shade on the outer corners of your eyes and blend in.

If you are feeling more adventurous, or have a darker skin tone, try one of these colors from MAKE UP FOREVER: Iridescent True Blue, Pearly Turquoise, or Turquoise Matte.  Any of these shades can be applied to your whole lid for a dramatic look at a party, or used as a liner for a more subtle daytime look.  Or you can try out a bold liquid liner look with Urban Decay’s Liquid Liner in Minx.

The summer is all about carefree fun and your makeup is no exception. Try something new!

Miss Manners: Home-for-the-Summer House Rules
Miss Manners: Home-for-the-Summer House Rules
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