If you’re like us and are looking to savor every last bit of summer this Labor Day weekend, replay the most coveted looks before summer is gone for good. Break out your bright lipsticks, even brighter nail colors and dewy, radiant skin, and say a fitting farewell to summer in the hottest hot weather beauty looks of the season.
GOLDEN GIRL GAZERS
Want that twinkle in your eye to last long after the dog days of summer are through? Apply a drop of water to an eyeshadow brush and dip into Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Bronx-Copper Shimmer ($20 on sephora.com). The high pigmentation of the shadow mixed with the water will make for unforgettable eyes that are guaranteed to make that cutie at your weekend barbeque stop dead in his tracks!
Image credit: yourbeautyspot.ninemsn.com.au
Think that drugstore brand cosmetics can’t stand up next to those department store brands that you swear by? Guess again. We love the idea that we can get fabulous beauty products for a bargain and look chic! We’ve scoured the aisles of our favorite drugstores to bring you a list of the best products that are worth adding to your makeup bag.
Covergirl Smoothers SPF Tinted Moisturizer, $6.25
Tinted moisturizers are the beauty world’s way of making our lives more convenient and we are obsessed with this one. It’s the perfect lightweight moisturizer that is slightly tinted to help even out your skin tone. Did we mention that it has built-in SPF 15 too? The gel formula glides on easily for coverage that is super smooth and natural-looking. You can layer it under your makeup or by itself. It’s perfect to wear to the gym or when you’re running weekend errands and want a little coverage.
Ever wonder why celebrities always look great even without makeup? Well, many of them ARE wearing makeup…you just don’t know it! Achieving that naturally radiant look doesn’t have to come from the help of a professional. You can have fresh, flawless skin by keeping it simple and not caking on the cosmetics. Here are our must-have makeup picks to get that natural beauty look.
Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation, $42
When trying to achieve the au naturale look your complexion becomes center stage. Keep your eyes and lips neutral so you can show off your glowing skin. This foundation contains SPF 15, gives you brighter and smoother skin with a finish that will take you from work to happy hour. It offers full-coverage to hide any imperfections without feeling heavy and comes in 10 different shades to match any skin tone.
Physicians Formula pH Powdered Bronzer, $14.95
The pH complex in this bronzer perfectly matches your skin tone for a personalized hue all your own. Here’s how it works: The bronzer actually senses the pH level of your skin and adjusts to your own level in just 60 seconds, giving you the sun-kissed glow you are looking for. This specialized bronzer even solves the age-old problem of your makeup looking perfect in the light of your bathroom but maybe not so perfect once you step outside. The built in light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment and change with the lighting….so cool!
Stila Convertible Color, $25
A rosy cheek is the perfect compliment for a natural makeup look. This blush has a creamy texture with a translucent color that adds just a hint of flush to your cheeks. Dap the creamy formula on the apples of your cheeks with your finger tips and you’ll have instantly brightened up your face.
Diorshow Brow Styler & Pencil, $29
Our eyebrows undoubtedly frame our face, and having the right hue and shape helps to give our face definition. This 2-in-1 pencil offers simple and fast brow grooming. I learned about this fab product from celeb makeup artist Ricky Wilson who did my make-up for the red carpet at the Tonys! The retractable pencil helps to fill in and define the brow coming in a universal shade that works on all skin and hair tones. Open the other side of the pencil to reveal a handy brush to tame any unruly hairs.
NYX Boudoir Mascara-Le Frou Frou, $5.99
When going for a natural look, a little bit of mascara to play up your eyes does the trick. This smudge-free option is perfect for adding some volume and length to your lashes. The black formula comes with a super dense brush that catches every last lash. We love that it’s flake-free and doesn’t clump. And, you can’t beat the price!
Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener, $22
Bring a little light to your eyes with this double-ended highlighting pencil. When going for the natural look you don’t have to rely on eye shadows to bring definition to your eyes, simply highlighting them in the right spots will make them pop. Use the Highlight side of the pencil on the inner corn of the eyes and sweep cross the brow bone. Use the Inner Rim to line the lower rim of your eyes to give tired lids a pick-me-up.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Gloss, $25
This non-stick, sheer gloss in a tube, ‘Sexy Nude,’ is one of our favorites! It’s classic yet flirty with just a hint of color and shine….you can wear it alone or over other shades to tone them down. We love that it contains an SPF and glides smoothly over the lips giving you a perfect pout that won’t dry out.
Shopping on QVC has recently become a guilty pleasure for us with all of its new and fabulous product offerings! Check out some of our favorite beauty product picks to help get you through the summer looking your best.
Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer with Concealer, $44
We are always looking for no-fuss makeup during the summer months and tinted moisturizers seem to do the trick. This one from Josie Maran is no exception…they are taking it one step further and pairing their moisturizer with a full-coverage concealer. The moisturizer offers a sheer, lightweight SPF formula infused with Argan Oil to leave your skin feeling smooth and looking flawless. And for those days we need a little extra help, the concealer helps to hide dark circles, redness and any uneven tone you might have.
Shop the Full Story: Must-have Waterproof Make-up from Tarte at a Great Value
Summer make-up should be a few things: easy to apply, natural-looking, portable, long-wearing and of course, beautiful. But a bargain, too? Now that’s asking a lot. When we tried the tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous 8-piece waterproof essentials collection, packed with blush, bronzer, cream eye shadow, lip color, concealer, mascara and eyeliner, all shades we were OBSESSED with, the price seemed to good to be true. But, QVC is offering this cute set for less than $50!
This collection comes in a glamorous purple make-up case that is the perfect size for the on-the-go gal to throw in her purse or weekend bag. It has almost every beauty product you need to pack for a summer vacation where you want to look effortlessly flawless and rock a beachy glow. All you need to bring is your favorite base-like foundation or tinted moisturizer.
Every item in this collection is waterproof, which for mascara usually means that it’s not only drying but also difficult to remove. This mascara works a lot like the drugstore favorite Maybelline Great Lash but with extra staying power. However, it still comes off easily with eye make-up remover.
The concealer really has staying power too, even to cover those nasty under-eye circles or an unfortunate blemish. Plus it comes in an array of shades for every skin tone.
I’m not normally a fan of cream eye shadow because of its tendency to crease, but tarte’s formula is crease-free and in an amazing bronze-y brown shade which looks stunning with any eye color. It’s perfect for a natural daytime look. The smoldering dark purple sparkle eye liner is all you need to spice up your look for nighttime, and the thick stick makes applying it a breeze.
Great bronzers are hard to come by. Tarte’s Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Ave Princess is matte which makes layering it on for the perfect blend super simple.
We love, too, that this collection comes with bamboo brushes for cheeks and eyes. Everyone always needs new brushes and doesn’t always think to get them. Make-up looks professional and feels light when applied with a fresh brush. A sharpener for the eye and lip pencil is also included.
A lot of women skip blush in the summer and just slather on the bronzer, but blush is a key component in enhancing (or faking!) a healthy summer glow. Use the bamboo brush to sweep on the Amazonian clay 12-hour blush, a flattering peach shade which, again, looks great on all skin tones.
Speaking of shades that flatter everyone, the lip pencil, which is surprisingly glossy and not matte, comes in a natural pink for the perfect flush.
The set also comes with a free sample of maracuja oil which is known for its moisturizing properties.
It is so rare not only to love every product that comes in a gift set but also for it to have such a great selection of universally flattering colors. The set will be available for an unbelievable $49.94 on July 2 and after that for $59.93, which is still a great value as it includes over $205 worth of products.
Applying makeup doesn’t have to be a long and expensive process. Check out my top picks for beauty products/makeup that will have you done up in just five minutes, all for under $25 each! Makeup enthusiasts and phobes alike are sure to be down with these product suggestions that will have you looking fierce, fast.
Summer beauty starts with getting skin pampered and hydrated, and the best thing to get your face looking its best is a…facial. Garden Botanika’s Corrective Clearing Face Mask ($18) gives your face a smooth look right from the first application. We all know that first impressions are everything, so make sure a good facial is part of your beauty routine.
This season, bronzers are all the rage, and every woman wants that special glow. Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eye Shadow ($11.95) is a complete compact for every aspect of your look. Whether you want to rock a bronzed look on the eyes or cheeks, this palette has you set for a glamorous glow on the go!
To achieve a flawless look, your pout has to be perfect, and a fun shade always attracts a ton of attention. A great pop of color that’s suitable for most skin tones is Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Ultra Lipstick ($22.50) in Watermelon. The color is vibrant and fresh, and will keep your lips nourished while you’re looking glam.
Want to make a simple look pop on a whole new level? I am crazed over Jemma Kidd’s JK In Vogue Perfect Blush Collection ($18 at Target) because it’s a great blend of corals, peaches, fuchsia and a splash of shimmer. Each blush palette holds its own with the color schemes they feature, but our favorite is 5th Avenue because it really makes your cheeks come alive!
We all need to keep our skin moisturized with SPF, but sometimes that awful white residue is less than appealing. Now, the best way to get SPF is with a touch of color like e.l.f.’s Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($3), which comes in a variety of skin shades and is very lightweight. It’s such a necessity for a quick color boost and it helps keep your skin protected.
Want to achieve a simple look on a less glamorous day? Grab a moisturizer that’s also a simple lip balm with a touch of color. Avon’s Slick Tint for Lips ($.99) is great for not being too much, but still showing off your pucker. The lip balm comes in a sheer pink, a deep reddish wine and a rosy pink, all at an amazing price!
Chastity Palmer-Davis is the beauty/fashion writer behind GlitterBuzzStyle.com. GlitterBuzzStyle provides women with personal styling tips, the latest fashion trends, beauty reviews and sale alerts. Chastity’s love for fashion and the entertainment industry has given her the opportunity to contribute to Honey Magazine, work for television show Full Frontal Fashion and cover backstage press for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
|Sheckys.com lets you share your man’s mystifying moments, get easy tips for the healthiest, happiest and most fashionable you, discover our Girls Night Out events and more, all while earning OMG Points toward free goodies!|
Sue’s Professional Makeup Tip:
Using the Sue Devitt Blush Brush, dust Triple Touch Light Reflecting Bronzer over the T-zone and where the sun naturally hits for a sun-kissed look. To achieve further radiance, use the bronzer on your eyes to accentuate the lid, lash line, and brow bone.
Shop the Full Story:
With a fair complexion, exposed arms and legs can always use little help in the color department. Michael Kors Leg Shine To Go is my quick fix. The small solid bronzer glides on like deodorant stick and can be easily applied to legs, arms, and even your neckline to create a sun-kissed look with a hint of tint and sparkle. This little push-up travels easily and smells delish enough to double as perfume. I won’t show my legs without it! – Courtney Bannerot