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Summer beauty… Less is more.

summerflowerSummer is a challenge to even those that wear minimal make up. Heat and humidity often causes eye shadow to smudge and mascara to melt. People also use more products like sunscreen, bug spray and lotion during the summer, which can trigger skin allergies or some kind of irritation.

Here are some summertime tips for keeping you looking fresh, even when the weather is working against you.

Lighten up – Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer or one of the new BB creams that combine moisturizer, sunscreen and serum in a tinted base. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey.

Gloss not cream – Trade heavier lip sticks for a light gloss or tinted balm. If outdoors in the sun, don’t forget lip balm with sunscreen.

Bronze with discretion – Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter but don’t overdo it. Apply bronzer to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose. If you bronze every square inch, you’ll end up with a baked look!

Keep eye make up in place – Avoid creams that crease in humidity. Summer is also a good time to forget the shadow altogether, just brush on a light powder or primer. For very humid weather, consider waterproof mascara. Today’s formulas are better than they used to be and really stay without caking.

Sheer and light – Pick light colours, sheer finishes, nude shades for shadows, lip colour, even nails. A light coat of waterproof mascara, tinted sunscreen and some lip-gloss and you’re good to go!