The 3 Rs Of Choosing The Right Makeup For You

We all have staple makeup products. We buy them time and again, and often have a spare on hand for emergencies. Then, disaster strikes. Your makeup is discontinued, and you’re left wondering what to do next. It’s never a pleasant experience, but it’s one most women face. Nothing lasts forever, after all. Your beauty products are no different. The good news is, there are plenty of other products which would serve you well. But, how do you find the right one for you? We’re going to look at three steps which should make the process easier.

PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Personal recommendations are fantastic. Whether they come from a loved one or a beauty consultant, it doesn’t get much better. The main benefit of a personal recommendation is that it’s tailored just for you. As you’ll see, this isn’t a benefit you get with many other options. As such, this should be your first port of call. Ask friends and family if they would recommend anything particular. Family are good for this, as the chances are they’ll have similar skin to yourself.

You can also book a consulting appointment with a beauty expert. You can find these in most department stores, so you won’t need to go out of your way. These are trained individuals who are there to find the perfect thing for you. Often, they have skin pigmentation machines and all sorts. And, for the most part, such consultations are free on the agreement that you’ll buy something. Who wouldn’t want to give it a go?

REVIEWS

Reviews are another fantastic option, and there’s a wealth to choose from online. Depending on how you absorb information, you can watch videos, or read written versions. Video reviews are good to check out if you’ve chosen an item. You’ll be able to see how you should use said item. But, written reviews have huge merits, too. This Afterglow Cosmetics review was extremely helpful for breaking down the details of the brand in depth. And, there are many others which are just as detailed. All you need to do is find a few review sites you know you can trust. Then, the makeup world is yours for the taking.

RECOGNITION

Beauty is an extremely personal thing. We all consider different things beautiful. And, something that looks beautiful on one person may not work for you. That said, we can all recognize when a beauty product is a winner. The best way to reach such recognition is to watch celebrities. As they’re always in the public eye, they often have the best quality makeup you can find. And, if you recognize a fantastic product on a celeb, it shouldn’t be too hard to find it yourself.

There’s nothing wrong with looking at the people around you, either. Asking someone where they got a beauty product from is a compliment of sorts. So, if you see someone with amazing makeup, don’t be afraid to ask what they use.


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Feel Like You Have A Brand New Face

It’s easy to look at your face and feel downhearted about how it looks. Whether you have a flurry of spots on your forehead, or you are dealing with wrinkles underneath your eyes, you wish you could scrap your current face and start all over again. In fact, it leads a lot of people to lose confidence.

Here are three steps to take to feel like you have a brand-new face!

Opt for a face mask

You might be surprised how many benefits there can be from having a face mask. For one thing, if your current skin is looking a bit dull and tired, it can give it an instant lift, and you can be left with a stunning complexion. In fact, a lot of girls benefit from a beautiful glow after having a facelift. Also, if your skin is a bit dehydrated, a face mask can give it a boost of hydration. Therefore, you are less likely to have dry and weary skin. Also, a face mask can help with any redness you might be facing if you are prone to acne. It can clear it up to reduce the inflammation on your face. You could choose to buy a face mask which you can just buy and apply to your skin. After all, you can put it on your skin and then relax for 20 minutes while you induce the benefits of the face mask. Or you might want to make your own with natural ingredients. For instance, applying coconut oil to your face can do wonders for your skin!

Go for a facial treatment

A lot of people opt for a facial treatment if they are feeling low about their skin. After all, if you have tons of wrinkles and spots, it can be an excellent way to ease them to leave you with young looking skin again. It might be a simple treatment like a facial which you go for. After all, they can often apply creams to help your skin become soft and glowing. And they can give you further advice on how to protect your skin in future. If you are someone who has been considering a more permanent solution, you could opt for facial plastic surgery. I have come across a lot of women who have mentioned that for them, subtle surgery was the way to go.  But make sure you check out all the different options before you do consider going for a treatment.    

Go for a different makeup style

We tend to get into a routine when it comes to makeup. After all, we pick the same items to use every day, and we know exactly how we will apply them to create our daily look. But if you want to give your face a new look, it’s time to go different with your makeup. Opt for a new style which will wow everyone. After all, it can make you look completely different if you change your makeup look. You might want to try something different like extra long mascara. Or you ought to opt for a brighter eyeshadow to really raise heads, and then it can feel like you are a brand-new you without changing much!

 

And remember that you can try and rid signs of aging from your face by following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 


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Streamline Your Skincare Routine: What Do You REALLY Need?

Walk into any drugstore, or department store beauty aisle, and you’re absolutely bombarded with products. If you’re new to skincare, it can be a complete minefield. Not only are there all kinds of weird and wonderful things claiming all sorts, but it’s knowing how to apply them and the order to put them on too! However, skincare really doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are the essentials to create a quick regime that will do your skin the world of good- without having to spend tons of time or money on it.

Day/ Night Moisturizers

Ideally, you need two moisturizers, one for day and one for night. Day creams tend to be light and easily absorbed, you pop it on in the morning, and it will protect your skin throughout the day. If you get one with added SPF, you kill two birds with one stone! It sits well under makeup without feeling heavy or sticky on the skin. Night cream is a little more rich and hydrating. Apply it after you’ve cleansed your face and it will absorb during the night to replenish and restore your skin.

An Oil or Serum

If your skin is very dry or you want to focus on anti-aging, applying an oil or serum before your night cream is the way to go. You can buy pure hyaluronic acid for face which sounds a little scary but is actually an incredible hydration product which is perfect for fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also great, and coconut oil is a very budget and practical option. You can buy it from any grocery store, a small amount will hugely hydrate the skin and will cost you next to nothing.

An Eye Cream

The delicate skin around the eyes is the most prone to damage. That’s why when the signs of aging creep in, the eyes are the first to show it. You can protect against this by using an eye cream. This will nourish and protect the area, and if you spend a little more, it will contain ingredients that will actively reduce the fine lines. Retinol and neuropeptides amongst others can help to smooth the appearance. Apply a small amount in the evenings, being very careful when you’re rubbing it in. Tugging or pulling at the skin will cause damage and you’ll end up exacerbating the problem you’re trying to solve.

A Lip Balm

When you think about skincare, it’s easy to neglect or overlook the lips. However, they need just as much (if not more) care than elsewhere on the face. The lips lose more moisture than anywhere else, which is why they can so easily become sore, chapped and flaky. Invest in a couple of lip balms containing SPF, if you keep one at home, one in the car and one at work you’ll never be caught short.

Face Masks

Every now and again your skin might need a bit of pepping up, even if you stick to your skincare routine. Perhaps it’s looking a little tired, dull and lackluster. Maybe it feels a little sore, or you just want to give it a boost of hydration. Once a week (or when needed) apply one that targets the problem. Use it as an excuse to have a little ‘me- time’ you could meditate while it’s on to reduce stress or just relax in a hot bubble bath. Your skin will thank you for it, and your mind will feel refreshed and rejuvenated too.


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3 Steps Towards Beauty

Attractiveness is a common concern for everyone, not just those who think of themselves as being beauty-conscious, and it is also something which is difficult to achieve. If you think that you would like to improve your level of attractiveness but you are unsure where to start, it helps to first take a step back and think about it. You need to understand what it is that you really want to achieve, so that you can work towards getting it much more easily and - hopefully - in much better time. In this post, we are going to take a look at the kind of process you might want to follow in order to get there.

Decide On What You Want

For many, the process of wanting to look more attractive can be never-ending. But for most people, it is a matter of wanting a few key things to be a little different. If you already have a strong idea of what you want to change or how you want to look, then you are on the right track. But if you’re unsure, and you just have a general sense of wanting to look a little better, then it might help to get more specific. What is it about your body that you really want to change? Is it that you want your skin to be brighter, or is it something more localized? For my cousin, for instance after giving birth and breast feeding, she wanted to get a breast lift procedure. Whatever it is, it is up to you to get it clearly in your mind before you set out to make the necessary changes. The more you understand about your own desires, the better off you will be.

First: Love Yourself

This one is easier said than do for a lot of us! No matter what kind of changes you want to make, you need to make sure that you are first doing everything you can to look after yourself properly. If you are not carrying out the basics of your fitness, you can’t reasonably expect to see the kind of bigger changes you are hoping for. So make sure that you are getting a decent amount of exercise, that it is varied, and that you are focusing well on your diet at all times. You should also be sure to get enough sleep, as this affects most of how you look in quite a big way. As long as you are looking after yourself, there is no reason that you can’t work towards looking your absolute best.

Take Specific Steps

Once you have set the framework for change, so to speak, it is time to start thinking about what specific actions you need to take in order to get to where you want to go. What steps these will be depends on what you want, and they can vary from modest to extreme. No matter what, it is a good idea to start as small as you can and gradually work your way up. You will probably find that this gradual incline approach is the best way to ultimately get exactly the look you want, and it is also the best way to ensure that you don’t throw yourself into the deep end - something which could end up making things worse in the long run.


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The Dark Side Of Summer

Summer is the time to show off your beautiful self. You can ditch those jumpers which hide the best parts of you, and get the bikini back out. The sun’s rays will leave you with a gorgeous tan. And, the sun itself will make you happy, which will leave you feeling confident. What’s not to love? Well... Sorry to rain on the sunshine parade, but there are some downsides worth considering if you want to get the most from your bod this summer season. Here are a few of them.

FRECKLES

How you feel about freckles is a matter of personal opinion. But, many of us hate those little brown blemishes that come to stay as soon as the sun’s out. Some girls look amazing with a face of freckles, but some of us just don’t get along with them! So, we have to wear foundation to cover them which stops our faces catching the sun. It’s far from ideal. The good news is, freckle creams could come to the rescue. These amazing products help your skin heal from the sun’s effects, and so fade your wrinkles. If you’re new to this idea, take a look at sites like https://www.beautyambition.com/ to see which creams are worth investing in. Bear in mind that you’ll need to use these products throughout the summer months to get their full effect.

SUN DAMAGE

The sun may feel amazing, but its long-term effects aren’t great. If your skin looks older than you, you can probably thank the sun for it. UV rays are thought to be responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles. And, sites like https://www.sunsaferx.com/health-and-wellness/how-much-does-sun-age-skin/ can give you an even better idea of the damage the sun does.

Of course, the best way to avoid damage is to wear high factor sun cream and sit in the shade. But, who wants to do that? You deserve that tan you’ve waited all year for. But, it’s important you’re sensible. If you are sunbathing, make sure to take breaks every half hour, and turn at regular intervals. It might also be worth shortening the time you spend without suncream. Sunbathe for an hour, then crack out the high-factor. That way, you get the best of both worlds. It’s also important that you care for your skin in the right way after sun exposure. The sun dries your skin in a major way, hence the wrinkles, so make sure to moisturize often.

BIRD’S NEST HAIR

It’s not only your skin that gets a little dry in the sun. Ever experienced the horror of bird’s nest hair during the summer months? It’s not nice. This is the time of year you want to look beautiful, and your hair’s decided to be more unruly than ever. For one, keep straightening and drying to a minimum. Your hair’s already dealing with enough heat! If you go swimming, it’s also important to rinse your hair as soon as possible. If the sun hasn’t dried it out, the chlorine will!


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Four Reasons Your Skin Looks Older Than You

Alright Ladies and Gents, LET'S GET REAL!! Do you look in the mirror and wonder who it is looking back at you? Is your skin starting to age faster than you think it should? This is a common problem that many women and men face, and you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of things you can do to slow the process down, and in some cases, have your skin looking younger and more radiant once again.

Sound good? Here are some common reasons your skin may look older than you and what to do about it:

You Smoke

Perhaps, the biggest cause of premature aging of the skin, especially in women who were young when it was more acceptable, is smoking.

Smoking reduces the amount of collagen your body makes, which causes your skin to wrinkle and sag prematurely. Luckily, all you have to do to stop your skin aging any further is give up the habit! I know this is difficult, but there are health professionals who can assist you in your efforts to quit, and even switching from cigarettes to vaping - read more at Minty Vapes – will give your skin a boost and stop any more excessive wrinkles from forming.

You’re Always Stressed

Few people think to link stress with bad skin, but it is probably one of the most common causes of old skin. You see, when we are stressed, the body uses more nutrients, including Vitamin C to produce stress-fighting hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, so that you are able to relax a little. This is good news for your stressed out self, but no so good news for your skin, which needs those nutrients to products collagen and stay youthful.

You can combat the effects of stress on the skin by taking a B complex and Vitamin C supplements daily, but of course, the best way to deal with stress is by eliminating it completely. Take up yoga, go hiking, meditate or shave down your schedule and you’ll look and feel much better in no time at all.

Your Hormones are Out of Control

If you’ve noticed that your skin looks older than it really should for your age, and you’ve also noticed that you’re experiencing more mood swings than usual, it might be that your hormones are out of whack and the changes that your body is going through as a result are causing your elastin and collagen to break down.

To counteract this, you might want to visit your doctor and have your levels checked out, and you can read more about hormones and skin at Your Beauty. This is something your should do especially if you’re suffering from PMS or if you’re going through the menopause, but you could also see if cutting down on sugar and carbs helps to rectify the problem.

You’re Drinking Too Much

If you’ve started drinking more recently, you might have noticed your skin looking a lot duller than usual. That’s because, not only does alcohol dehydrate you, but it can also wipe out your stores of magnesium and B vitamins, which are important for maintaining good skin.

Lucky for you, you can get your youthful appearance back by cutting down on the booze, drinking more water, and if you are hitting the bars, taking magnesium and B complex supplements.


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Practical Ways To Deal With Adult Acne

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They say they are meant to be the best days of your life - but for many of us, our teenage years consist of stress, worry, and a lot of emotional and physical challenges. For a lot of us, we are glad to see the back of them, so what do you do when problems from your teenage years follow you into adult life? One example of this is acne. Acne is typically associated with teenagers, and very occasionally, people in their early twenties. Of course, everyone gets an odd pimple every now and again, or maybe a small cluster of blackheads. But acne is a far more debilitating condition that can be painful, and that can seriously knock a person's confidence. Part of the reason why acne is commonly associated with teenagers is that it is often caused by significant hormonal changes within the body. Usually, these hormones level out after a number of years and the acne clears up - but when it doesn't, it can be quite distressing to the individual suffering. Adult acne is never an easy ride, but here are a few things you can do to make your condition more bearable to live with.


Ditch the drugstore products

Whether you want to admit to it or not, acne is a skin condition - so much more than the odd spot or bi-monthly breakout. Drugstore products are simply not designed to cope with the strength and density of acne symptoms. They are instead typically designed to be mild for someone with average skin so that they can target the biggest market possible. Stop spending hundreds every year on multiple drugstore products that don't work, and instead consider prescription medication. Of course, you need to learn how to use Retin-A Tretinoin and other similar products safely and efficiently, as they can be quite strong. But they are designed to tackle even severe acne, so you can hope to get a better result from them.
 

Don't wear makeup every day

Your acne might affect your confidence so much that you feel as though you have to do something every day to mask the appearance of it - even just for yourself. But wearing heavy makeup all the time can quickly worsen your condition and can sometimes even make the scars appear more pronounced. Learn to accept your acne as a part of you on those days where you don't need to see anyone or leave the house. If you can, leave unusually heavy makeup for special occasions only, to let your skin breathe.


Stick to a healthy diet

While acne is mostly caused by hormonal imbalances, certain lifestyle aspects can also have an impact on its severity. Eating a diet mainly made up of processed foods and soda will only clog up your skin even further - remember your skin is an organ, and it needs vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy. Try and drink at least eight glasses of water a day and eat a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and oily fish. It won't clear up your acne completely, but it will certainly help improve the overall appearance of your skin.


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7 Ways To Get Ready For Summer

Spring can be full of uncertainties. One minute it is warm and sunny outside and the next it is cloudy, rainy and freezing cold. We are either full of colds and sniffling or coughing our way through our days, and let’s not forget all of the comfort food we tend to consume when the weather isn’t too great outside. But as we are fast approaching the Summer, we can start to see some of the changes in our days. The mornings are getting lighter and the evenings less dark. It got me thinking about some of the other ways we could get ourselves ready for the Summer season.

Who else longs for the heat on their skin and a chance to wear just the one layer of clothing? I am sure I am not alone. But truth be told there should be a fair bit of preparation needed to get ourselves ready for the summer months ahead, both physically and mentally. With that in mind, here are some of the things we could do to get our minds and bodies ready for the warmer weather.

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Maybe we need to think about defuzzing

There are some major positives to Winter because we spend most of our time wrapped up in all of the layers, it means we don’t have to spend too much time on hair removal when it comes to our legs and bodies. But now that Spring is almost over Summer is around the corner, there are more and more opportunities to strip off those layers and start enjoying the finer weather. This means we are going to have to pay some real attention to defuzzing our bodies.

Hair removal can be a bit of a chore, and I understand that. There are also many different options to consider. Shaving can be the easiest and most cost efficient way of removing hair, but it would require you to do it more often. Then there is waxing which can offer a more long term solution, and you can either choose to go to a salon or do it from the comfort of your own home. This is when it may be worth taking a look to find out the best wax for hair removal to ensure you get the best results.

 

Exfoliation time

It’s not just hair removal we need to think about when it comes to our bodies, it will also need a bit of TLC when it comes to the condition. Wrapping up in layers means your skin may have started to dry out a little. Making it feel rough to touch and out of condition. But you can get that glowing skin look once more by adding a simple exfoliation to your routine. Using an exfoliator every time you shower or bathe is a great way to help your skin regenerate new skin cells.

 

Give your feet some love

It’s approaching the season where you may be wanting to wear sandals or flip-flops without the constant rain, but it’s fair to say your feet will have been cooped up in socks and closed toes shoes for the last few months. That might mean your heels are cracking, your skin is dry and your nails are needing a polish and some love. So spend some time giving yourself an at home pedicure and moisturize those feet every night before bed. You won’t believe the difference it will make, and it will have you ready for those summer shoes in no time at all.

 

Time for a detox

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You may have spent most of January on a health kick, but it’s always worth developing habits that you can stick to throughout the year. So it may be the perfect time for you to increase your water intake for the summer ahead. Water is nature's natural detox, and it naturally flushes out your body of all the bad toxins that can build up. There are also some other benefits of drinking more water throughout the day. Things like improved skin tone and condition, improved mood and better quality of sleep at night. It can be a real miracle worker and certainly a habit that will help you throughout the year. After all, with hotter weather approaching you may need to ensure you stay hydrated.

 

Keep that healthy eating diet going

Who says it is just January that you need to be healthy for? Why not try and take some of the diet changes through to the summer? This could be a great way to maintain your weight and feel better in your own skin. Our energy levels and how we look can have much to do with what we eat and what our diets are like. So if you have managed to refrain from alcohol throughout dry January and rainy April, then don’t go crazy at the beginning of July. Why not try and only drink an alcoholic drink at a social event instead of at home? If you have cut out the take out food or junk then why does it need to stop now? Save those items for a treat rather than adding them back into your everyday diet. Small changes can have a huge impact on how you look and feel.

Give yourself that summer glow

Not all of us are fortunate enough to jet off on holiday before summer arrives, but that doesn't mean you can’t get that sun-kissed glow. Applying a bit of self-tan or gradual tanner can give you that healthy glow without the need for hours of sunbathing. It can also really boost your mood as you can tend to look more healthy and ready for the day ahead.

Ditch the black

Now would be the ideal time to add some color back into your wardrobe. While black is an awesome fashionable color, sometimes you can just feel brighter and happier if you add a bit more color to your fashion choices. Even if it’s as simple as wearing a bright colored lipstick. Small changes can make a huge difference and certainly put us in the mood for warmer days.

 

I hope these tips help you get yourself ready for the summer months ahead.


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Simple Low-Cost Beauty Additions To Prepare You For Summer

The days are getting longer, the parties going stronger, and the people are smiling. Summer is here. This is the best season of the year. This is the best season for us fashionista’s, who now, finally, have brilliant weather to positively look radiant. If you have holidays, parties or gatherings planned, you have huge social events to look forward to. You might even meet that special someone.

You’re prepared for it. In fact, you’ve probably spent a lot on a new wardrobe and have positively cleared your budget out. It always seems like that when you begin a shopping spree, it’s hard to stop. You need to put outfits together well after all.

If you’ve done this, and you’re finding that your funds aren’t stretching as far as they like, especially when it comes to your beauty maintenance methods, there are ways around this.

Here is the best advice for anyone looking to improve their beauty standard without putting a huge dent in their budget.

 

Great Skin

Great skin needn’t be expensive. Spending a lot on skincare is a great way to ensure you have glowing, zit-free skin, but it’s not vital. Instead, consider washing your pillow covers more often when you sleep or place a fresh towel over the pillow each night to stop the grease from accumulating during sweaty, hot nights in the summer heat. If you’d like to help clear your pores, consider steam therapy.

Grab a bowl that can hold boiling hot water (preferably not glass) and hold a towel over your head. Allow the steam to rise and soak into your skin. Then, continue your daily skincare washing. Instead of using expensive moisturizer, baby oil can function almost the same way. It will also help repair your skin after a long time exposed to the sun.

 

Great Smile

To have a great smile, you should obviously brush your teeth. You can also use teeth whitening strips that help you achieve that pearly smile. A great smile is one of the more attractive features a person can have. It’s an inviting and positive expression to convey to people, and it quickly catches on. If you’re planning on finding that special someone this summer, ensure your smile from across the bar is as lethal as you planned it to be. When it works, you also need to ensure you’ve prepared:

 

Great Breath

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No one enjoys halitosis. Even worse than normal halitosis is halitosis in the summer. People are trying to enjoy themselves, and you don’t want to ruin that by breathing your garlic sausage lunch on them. Use breath mints, or simply brush your tongue at the beginning of the day to remove most of the bacteria from it. That’s right, brushing your tongue (gently and not too far back) removes a huge percentage of the negative mouth bacteria contributing to your bad breath. Flirt with someone closely and have no fear you’re giving off the wrong impression.

 

Finally, the last great tip, as made obvious by the sun, is that tanning needn’t be an expensive affair. Literally lay down in the garden with adequate skin protection and you’ll look as golden and glowing as ever.

All that will remain is your beautiful, fashionable summer to experience. Have fun!


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Hot Beauty Trends For Summer 2017

As the weather’s getting hot, the sweaters are going away, and the legs are coming out, it’s high time we start considering what will be hot this summer. The catwalks at London, Milan, Paris, and New York were rich with great ideas and inspiration for fun and flirty summer looks for this year, and the excitement is rising. It’s a year of brilliant mismatching, crazy glitter, and out-there lipsticks. But it’s also a year for appreciating the beauty in nature. Natural hair and flawless, glowing skin are essential this year. Everything else is just exciting and on trend adornment. Here are just a few beauty trends which are going to be all sorts of hot this year, and how you can get the look.

 

Natural hair

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We spend too much time trying to flatten, smooth, curl, and dye our hair. How did society somehow convince us our hair was all wrong, and the only way we could be seen in public is by making it look as far from natural as possible? Well, this year, sisters are taking it back. This year, we don’t have to dye it, we don’t have to flatten it, and we don’t have to braid it if we don’t want to.

The key to natural hair is keeping it healthy. Regular doses of coconut oil, or whatever your favorite intensive moisturizer is, will keep it glossy and bouncy, without weighing it down with chemicals. The essential thing is a good cut. If your cut is sympathetic to your hair type, you will barely need to style it once you’re out of the shower. Allowing it to air dry, especially in the summer, can be a great way to keep cool, and if you get a killer ‘do at the end of it, without having to spend an hour drying, straightening, and styling, you’re onto a winner. So, be sure to go to a stylist who is used to working with your hair type, and have a long, in-depth discussion about what you actually want to achieve, before they even get the scissors out. A stylist who knows exactly how to get the most out of your hair, with the least effort, is someone you need to keep close to you - they’re gold.

 

Glitter all over

Did glitter ever really go out of fashion? Who knows, but whatever its previous status, it’s certainly back this year with a vengeance. The catwalks over Fashion Week showed beautiful women’s faces caked in glitter in a statement that was difficult to miss. From chunky glitter lips, to heavy under-eye glitter liner, to everything in between, this summer’s evening look is guaranteed to be pure glitz and glam. While the heavy looks don’t necessarily seem wearable, it’s not a look which is particularly hard to achieve.

The glitter lipstick look is probably more wearable than the heavy eye-makeup. For a subtle but cute look, check out the Star Wave Glitter Tints by Cailyn Cosmetics at Sweet Sparkle Makeup. If you want something a bit more out there, be sure to keep the rest of your look neutral - you don’t want to look like a clown heading to a kid’s party, after all. Be sure to pick yourself up some fine, makeup grade glitter, and choose your favorite lipstick to match.

Start by cleaning and buffing your lips to remove any residue or dry skin, and then simply put your lipstick on. Blot the lipstick, and add a bit more on top for optimal color coverage and stickiness. Next, get a cotton ball, twirl it in your makeup glitter, and go ahead and dab it onto your lips. Keep on doing this until your lips are just as glittery as you like. Press your lips together to push all the glitter in place, and pop your finger in your mouth and pull it out to avoid the awkward glitter-tooth look which some of us are guaranteed to rock this year, and you’re good to go. Keeping the pot of glitter in your purse will allow you to top off whenever you need to, but as long as you drink through a straw and there’s no meal on the cards, the glitter should stay in place, and dazzle everyone who sees it.

 

Glowing skin

Every year we desperately try to make our skin glow in winter, and mattify it in the summer. It’s like we always want it to be the opposite of what it naturally wants to do. Well, this summer, embrace the glowing, dewy look - it’s going to be all the rage. Achieving the look will be different degrees of difficulty, depending on your skin type and how receptive it is to moisture. Here is a foolproof way to get the glowing look, and keep any oiliness in check this summer.

First things first, you’re going to want to stay hydrated. When your skin wants to simultaneously dry out, and become a grease fest, as many of ours want to do in the summer, it’s important to try to keep it healthy from the inside out. So lots and lots of water is essential. Secondly, your diet and exercise are going to have a bit impact. The healthier and happier you are, the more your skin will glow naturally. So get on the exercise bike, walk to work, eat well, and sleep plenty, and you’ll already start to see your skin glowing. And then it’s all about your routine. Washing morning and night with a perfume-free, gentle cleanser, followed by a gentle toner and moisturizer will create a good basis for your skin. Your moisturizer entirely depends on you and your needs - you might be a shea butter or coconut oil kinda girl, or you might just be happy with a light lotion, it’s entirely up to you. Keeping it natural and perfume-free isn’t just essential for sensitive skin, but it can also really help to avoid your skin drying out.

Once you’ve got your skin fully prepped with all of the goodies it needs to stay healthy, soft, and supple, it’s time for the makeup. In summer, a heavy, full coverage foundation can be overkill. In the hot weather, it tends to become cakey, and you’ll lose a lot of the natural glow that you’ve worked hard to achieve with your diet, exercise, and skin care regime. Sticking to a low-coverage tinted moisturizer in the summer months is the perfect way to let your skin’s natural radiance shine through, while still removing any discoloration and evening up your skin tone. Then it’s a case of contouring, if you’re a fan, popping some blush on the apples of your cheeks and bronzing the high points of your face, and then it’s onto the highlight. Highlighting is a great way to add a natural glow to your face, particularly if you’re not naturally that glowy. Go for as much or as little as you need, but remember to buff it into your skin well to avoid that stripe along your cheekbone. A translucent powder in your purse is all you need to ensure the oily shine that we sometimes get in summer stays away all day. Et voila, the perfect, summery, dewy skin.

 

Out-there lippy

Just like with glitter lips, this summer is the perfect time to try out all the crazy lippy shades you’ve been too nervous to try until now. Are you a fan of the chocolate browns? It might not, initially, strike you as a summer shade, but with a neutral or khaki eye and a beautifully dewy face, it can be a great statement look. This summer, though, it’s all about the oranges. Orange is a shade which, perhaps surprisingly, will work with any skin tone, as long as you choose the right variation. It works beautifully with understated eyes and fresh skin for a flirty daytime look. But it can even be worn right into the evening with a slightly heavier, smudgy eye look. It’s a fantastically versatile color, and it’s fun and lively too.

If you’re slightly nervous about your first foray into the orange lipstick, consider starting with a coral shade. The coral colors are a great compromise between orange and pink, and massively wearable on a day to day basis, for people of any skin tone. Once you’re used to seeing yourself in such a bright color, give the orange a go - you might surprise yourself. Just be sure to prep your lips properly beforehand. Always keep them moisturized with a lip balm containing an SPF, as even lips can get sunburnt when it’s hot. Before you put your lippy on, give them a quick scrub with a soft, clean, dry toothbrush to take off any dry skin, and your lippy will go on smoother and stay on longer.

 

This year’s beauty looks are extremely exciting. From celebrating natural hair and natural skin, to making fun statements with your makeup using color and glitter, it’s certainly a year for experimenting. Which is the key to all of this - this year, the beauty theme for summer is fun and experimentation, so be sure to make the most of it.


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