Quick Beauty Tips: Warm Weather Makeup

Spring time

Spring time (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

Spring has been with us for a few weeks, but many of us have not seen too many signs of the warm weather just yet. Here in New York City, next week’s weather forecast includes temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s, so this is a great week to practice some quick warm weather makeup tips! During the spring/summer, it’s harder to get up and out in the morning, so I’ve also included a few shortcuts to quicken your morning makeup routine.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer (www.aveeno.com)

Moisturizer – Just because the weather is warm, and skin tends to appear more “dewy,” that does not mean your skin can go without moisturizer. Even though your skin doesn’t feel dry, sunnier days can lead to dry skin – perspiration leaves salts on the skin that can have a drying effect. So don’t leave home without moisturizer, preferably one with SPF.  (Don’t forget to properly layer your products – read my quick beauty tip here)

Foundation – Many of us don’t want to be weighed down by foundation in the spring and summer. Don’t worry, you can still achieve even skin tone without using a lot of product. My advice – don’t spend money on tinted moisturizer when you can easily make your own! Take your favorite liquid or cream foundation and on the back of your hand, mix one part moisturizer to one part foundation (change the ratio to achieve your desired coverage). Apply to your face as usual for a light-coverage treat!

Milani Baked Bronzer (www.milanicosmetics.com)

Milani Baked Bronzer (www.milanicosmetics.com)

Bronzer –  There is no rule that says you have to use foundation, so go ahead and skip it. Use your favorite bronzer instead! This will give your skin a sun-kissed glow. For many years, I was afraid of bronzer because the only application tip I ever read was, “Brush bronzer on the places where the sun hits your face.” Whaaa? Well, it never hurts to ask questions, so thanks to the lovely young woman at the Estée Lauder counter, I learned the quick way to apply bronzer. Starting at your temple, create a ‘three’ by sweeping the brush in a semi-circle down toward your cheekbone, then complete the bottom of the three by sweeping the brush down along your jawline. For an added highlight, quickly sweep bronzer on the apple of your cheeks, the tip of your nose, the ball of your chin and on your forehead, right between your eyebrows.

lipglass and new kuromi make up case for purse

(Photo credit: Knitty Cent)

Lipwear – In a previous column, I encouraged you to revitalize your lipsticks by pairing them with a different lip liner. Or, skip the lipstick altogether and just use your favorite lip gloss for a quick color application to your lips, with our without lip liner.

Do you change your makeup routine when the weather gets warm?

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Quick Beauty Tips: Layering

Ladies, we put more than a few products on our face each morning – moisturizer, primer, concealer, foundation, etc. Here’s a quick tip to keep all those products from just caking up on your face and leaving you looking like a hot country mess by the middle of the day. Put on your moisturizer while your face is still a bit damp from cleansing – it helps the moisture lock into your skin and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. (See my previous beauty tip on applying moisturizer HERE). Let the moisturizer soak into your skin while you are getting ready for the day. As you put on your primer, concealer and foundation, leave a little time between each application to allow the product to set on your skin. This will keep all the products from congealing on each other and leaving a “mask” on your face.

Quick Beauty Tips: Moisturizer

Quick beauty tip: When applying moisturizer, be kind to your skin and gently massage the product into your face, neck and décolletage. Use upward strokes to avoid pulling the skin down (gravity will do that over time!) An even better practice – gently “press” the moisturizer into your face – it will allow the product to soak deeply into your skin. (Gents – this is for you too!)