Hibernation mode during the Winter can leave your skin a little neglected, but as Spring’s temperatures turn into Summer heat, it’s time spruce things up. Bare it all with these products that will leave you glowing from head to toe.
Whether you’re prepping for a ladies’ night out, glamming up for a black tie event, or getting ready with a pack of bridesmaids, a pumped up playlist can take your prep from drab to fab. Here are some suggestions to amplify your beauty routine.
If you’re in the mood for old school:
If you’re having a 90s moment:
If country is more your thang:
If you’re going new school:
Whether you’re practicing hot yoga under the sun, hitting the waves, or snuggling up with your favorite book on the sand, here’s a sweet and simple guide to your beach beauty essentials. We promise you’ll still have enough room for gossip mags and your cell phone!
1. The most important item? Duh, sunscreen. Prevent sunburns, premature aging and skin cancer with CeraVe’s Sunscreen Wet Skin Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($17). The super adherent formula even clings to wet skin, so it’s perfect for a day at the beach!
2. Salt water + sunburn = flakey, chapped lips. Keep your precious pout protected with Anthony Logistics Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.50), and soak up the lip repairing benefits of the antioxidant-rich formula that includes green tea extract, resveratrol, and vitamin E.
3. Don’t forget good ol’ H2O! When you’re dehydrated, it shows outwardly on your skin and makes wrinkles more noticeable. Keep your skin looking plump by staying hydrated throughout the day. We suggest tossing a couple of water bottles in the freezer the night b3efore so your water stash stays cool for several hours.
4. Rather than deal with a sunburnt scalp or greasy hair, pack a cute beach hat. We’re smitten with Nordstrom’s Straw Fedora ($28) that comes in a bevy of adorable colors.
5. The easiest way to prevent crow’s feet from forming? Keep a pair of sunglasses in your beach bag. Make sure your shades offer UV protection to shield your eye area from sun damage. And hey, when your makeup has faded away, there’s nothing like a pair of aviators to keeping you looking hot. We love these UV-protected shades from Forever 21!
Here are 8 tips to transform your look with practically zero effort!
Resurrect Lipsticks from Seasons Past
Have a white eyeliner pencil laying around? Make lips pop by applying it as a base – it will brighten any lipstick, gloss or stain layered on top of it.
Bonus: The texture helps lip color last longer.
Whiten Your Smile with the Right Lip Color
Apply a coral lip color in the center of nude or beige lips to neutralize yellow teeth. Or, if you’re going for a bolder look, wear fuchsia lip color to instantly bring out the white in your teeth. Ready, set, smile!
Change up Your Eyeliner
Black eyeliner can look a little harsh in the summer. Trade it in for hues of plum, blue or brown which give the lash line intensity without the severity.
Use a Fan Brush on Lashes
Gobs of mascara on a hot summer’s day look overdone. Opt for fluttery lashes by applying your normal mascara with a small fan brush, like this one from Bdellium Tools. You’ll get less clumps and softer looking lashes without sacrificing this beauty must-have.
Try Colored Mascara on Lower Lashes
Summer 2013 has introduced a whole new slew of colored mascaras. With options like turquoise from Chanel, blue from L’Oréal and purple from Anastasia Beverly Hills, you can put a summery twist on your look in no time flat. Get help picking the right color here.
Take Brows a Shade Lighter
If you’re using a brow enhancer that’s a shade darker than your natural hue, stop! Go for a shade lighter. It will still give brows definition and volume, yet it softens the overall look.
Camouflage Flaws and Pale Legs with Body Bronzers
If you’re not a fan of self-tanners but don’t exactly want pasty legs, try a bronzing cream or spray for the body like Hot Tan Instant Cosmetic Bronzer ($17) or Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($13). Both options deliver instant bronze color that really stays put and make legs look more toned!
Double Down with a Sunscreen that Glows
In addition to your normal facial sunscreen, use one that adds a radiant shimmer under the eye area and on the tops of cheekbones. Not only will you be protecting yourself from wrinkles in the long-term, you’ll be giving yourself a sexy glow right now. Try Paula’s Choice RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 ($25).
OUT: High-glossed lips and boring lipstick shades like mauve.
“During the spring/summer 2013 runway shows, bold poppy colors in all shades of matte were the hot trend,” says Citizens of Beauty Founder and Makeup Artist, Kendra Stanton.
Don’t have a matte lipstick? Stanton suggests lightly patting a translucent powder over your lipstick to take a shiny lip to a matte in moments.
Out: Pencil-thin, overly-tweezed brows.
“Having brows that are thick(er) and more of their natural shape is on trend,” Stanton reports. That doesn’t mean you should go totally Amazon woman; eyebrows still need some shape.
Try a colorless brow setting pencil like NYX’s Eyebrow Shaper ($8.75) to keep brows in check.
Out: Perfect, beachy waves.
“Put down the curling iron and embrace your natural texture to create a style that is textured and controlled,” says Oribe, Co-founder and Creative Director of Oribe Hair Care.
He suggests their Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray to separate and clump the hair for gorgeous texture and shine. “It’s undone, modern and sexy.”
Out: Blunt ombré hair color.
Trade in last year’s dramatic ombré hair color for a more natural, sun-kissed look.
Famed colorist Johnny Ramirez (LA, NYC, and Miami) teases small sections of hair, dips the ends in bleach and uses his fingers to blend upward into the teased strands for a blurred ombré effect. “You can look at it from any angle and there are no lines,” says Ramirez.
Dior’s Airflash Spray Foundation has received quite a bit of attention from beauty bloggers and fashion magazines as a splurge-worthy must-have, and despite my frugal tendencies, I was eager to try this raved-about product. Being a newbie to spray foundation, I booked a consultation with a Dior makeup artist to get the right application tips. And hey, it didn’t hurt that I had a black tie event to attend later that night.
As my face was “flashed” with foundation, I was intrigued by the application method, which included a mix of spraying and blending with a flat makeup brush. No powder was needed, and the Airflash Spray Foundation left my skin looking radiant. The full coverage was just what I was looking for, and I was impressed with the results. So after hearing that the product would “last me FOREVER”, I decided to spend the $62 to ensure that I would look amazing for the rest of my life. I left the makeup counter with a mix of guilt and glory as I headed to my special event.
As the special night ended, I took one last glance at my glorious makeup job. Much to my dismay, I noticed that somehow my foundation had shifted…this clearly must have been from all the dancing. But come to think of it, there was no dancing at this particular event. Disappointed, but hopeful for what tomorrow would bring, I washed my faced and headed to bed.
The next morning, I was eager to prove that my “makeup mishap” was a fluke, so I gave the Airflash Spray Foundation another try. I had no reason to look especially great that day, and it’s probably a good thing. Consistently checking the mirror to see how my makeup was holding up, I began to realize that my $62 foundation wasn’t quite all it was chalked up to be. I was left with uneven, blotchy skin.
Determined to believe all the rave reviews about my expensive foundation, I gave it at least 5 more tries…only to be let down each and every time. Finally, I gave up and took the product back.
Maybe this foundation works great for some people, possibly those with amazing, flawless skin. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, I have to call this one a fad.
Here’s the lowdown on RapidLash:
RapidLash is packaged similarly to a liquid eyeliner with an extremely thin brush. You simply use the wand to swipe the solution across your upper lash line and let the treatment work its magic.
While Latisse relies on bimatoprost to do the growing, RapidLash uses an ingredient with molecular similarities called isopropyl cloprostenate. Because this isn’t classified as a drug, RapidLash doesn’t require a prescription and hence hasn’t been as heavily tested as Latisse (although the company behind RapidLash has done their own testing to a certain extent).
But the big question is, does it work?
Just like with Latisse, it takes a while to see results. Around the fifth week of nightly application, I finally started to notice my lashes were longer, and by the seventh week I had a few that were way longer than the rest.
The results weren’t all that noticeable on my bare, blonde lashes (RapidLash doesn’t make lashes any darker). But with mascara on, my lashes definitely looked longer than they had before I started the treatment, and I was impressed.
However, this doesn’t mean you should go out and buy the next lash growth serum you see at the drugstore. While they may tout lash growing abilities via peptides, plant extracts or other special ingredients, most lash growth serums and mascaras are a scam and simply can’t affect hair growth.
RapidLash is an exception. At around $50 for 3 ml (which lasted about two months) versus $125 for 3 ml from Latisse, it’s a more affordable way to dabble in lash growth.
*It should also be noted that with both products there are potential side effects, such as a temporary darkening along the lash line. While I didn’t experience this, that doesn’t mean you won’t. Consult with your physician if you have concerns.
Here’s the lowdown on Latisse:
When I got the box, I immediately threw away the brushes they give you. They’re huge and coarse and not what you need to administer one drop per eye without wasting product. So I went to an art store and got the thinnest brush I could find.
I applied it every night. Friends told me I’d see results after six weeks. At that point, I saw very little change and felt like maybe the product just wasn’t going to work for me. But then, in the seventh week, BAM! I noticed a big difference. I didn’t seem to grow new lashes, but my existing ones got a lot longer. Still, you could only really tell when I was wearing mascara (the results aren’t very dramatic on naked lashes).
Honestly, this product didn’t change my life as much as I was hoping it would, so once this bottle’s gone, I’m not going to spend $125 for another one. I’d be really interested to see how other cheaper lash serums work, because if they work at all, they’ll be more worth it than the pricey Latisse.
Check back in tomorrow for Part 2 to find out if a less expensive lash growth serum, RapidLash, can stand up to Latisse!
The Huffington Post reports that Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen, has signed on to be the face of Dior Homme fragrance. Nicely done, Dior. We approve!
Anna Paquin’s sexy vampire look for the True Blood premiere gets rave reviews from E!’s Fashion Police. What’s not to love about the trendy, side swept hair and “to die for” makeup?
Lucy Hale adds “Pretty Little Ambassador” to her repertoire as the new official spokeswoman for Avon’s beauty boutique brand, mark.
Jennifer Aniston stuns the world with an edgy look. Glamour applauds her braided-back hairstyle and attributes it to a boost in self-confidence. We think the icon of classic style pulls off the “edgy look” just fine.
If you love this adorable twist on Summer nails as much as we do, check out Pshiiit.com for more creative nail inspiration.
Love the idea of fake lashes but afraid to try them? Internet beauty tutorial sensation, Michelle Phan, gives advice on choosing the right “falsies” for your eye shape.
A special thank you to TheBeautyDepartment.com for this little gem. Beach sprays for every hair type—yes, please!
Looks like a rough day on the job for employees at Benefit Cosmetics. Is anyone else jealous? #MustBeNice
Plus, tune in as our rockin’ reporter Erin Lucas breaks down this week’s buzzworthy beauty news, and stick around for Reba Buhr’s Makeup Shakeup segment with makeup artist to the stars, Desirae Cherman.
And don’t miss our Beauty Insider segment with Melissa Magsaysay and Tina Dizon on everything you need to know about hair extensions (at-home and from the salon).
Catch all this and more, every week on Inside Beautiful!