EASY SUMMER FACE I so hope this isn't news to you: The most important step to any beauty regime is sunscreen. Apply SPF before moisturizer. Other options include moisturizer, primer, tinted moisturizer or foundation with SPF, at least 25 or 30. Keep in mind that anything over SPF 30 blocks only a fraction more UV, and any sunscreen breaks down significantly within three hours of application.
In the clip, our pretty model, Marina, glows with Benefit PosieTint on her cheeks and lips, which are also topped with a little gloss. (Try a swipe of Quo Lip Tint SPF 15 to protect lips under gloss.) A sweep of Quo Sun Kissed Bronzing Powder ($20, left) over forehead, cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and on the chin adds summer warmth.
As shown on camera by makeup artist Aniko, eyes can shine in just a few strokes of Quo Cooling Gel Shadow Pencil on lids and under lower lashes, plus two coats of GOSH Amazing Length'n Build Waterproof Mascara ($12). It's still that simple with the next few steps you couldn't see: Aniko also stroked Extreme Art Eyeliner in Aqua along Marina's upper lashlines, and ran a Velvet Touch Waterproof Pencil in black along the inner upper rim of her lids (that's always been my fave trick for making lashes look thicker). If you need a little brow definition -- and most of us do -- try Quo Cashmere Brow pencil ($13).
EASY SUMMER HAIR Even if you have naturally wavy hair, voluminous beachy hair starts with shampoo and conditioner to help get the look.
Dry and wavy hair needs moisture to reduce frizz. Try a hydrating shampoo and conditioner such as GOSH Damage Control ($9.99 each) or Pantene Moisture Renewal ($5.99 each). Follow with a defrizz serum, such as GOSH Rescue Me Repair N' Shine Serum ($9.99). If you need more frizz control than that, try a defrizzing cream, such as John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Cream ($12.99). I get good results from Sally Hershberger Style Primer and Finishing Cream for Wavy Hair ($11.99 each).
If you have thinner, straighter hair, start with Sally Hershberger Shampoo and Conditioner for Normal to Thin Hair ($11.99 each). Follow with Style Primer for Normal to Thin Hair ($11.99), and rough-dry hair with your blowdryer. To boost style hold, spritz with either Shagg Spray ($11.99) or Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray ($30, right), then, as Aniko does in the clip, use a curling iron on random sections of hair and in different directions. You don't have to take too much time or be too precise -- that's what I mean by "really, really fast," actually.Â Loosen with fingers and spritz with a humidity-blocking hairspray such as John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray ($12.99).
If your beachy waves are falling a little flat at the end of the day, Aniko suggests teasing small random sections by holding ends in fingertips of one hand, lightly pinching the same section with other thumb and forefinger and smoothing up the length of your hair, then fluffing at the roots.
A braid Ã la Lauren Conrad is easier with the tiniest extra bit of defrizzer (as in just a trace in your palms) smoothed down the section of hair you're about to braid. For Marina's look, Aniko pulled the braid back, tucked it under some hair and secured it with a hairpin. Again, you don't have to be too precise -- summer is all about easy. For more celeb-braid inspiration, click here.
By the way, that's Ombrelle Face SPF 45 I'm holding at the end of the clip. Did you know Ombrelle is a Canadian brand, now owned by L'OrÃ©al? I don't have to tell you Quo is Canadian too, do I? Oh, and that's Toronto-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett talking Botox for sweat control at the top of the segment.
See? Simple summer beauty -- it's no sweat at all.
For more from Dr. Kellett, visit DLKonAvenue.com. Benefit Cosmetics are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Holt Renfrew and 1-877-SEPHORA. Pantene, John Freida and Ombrelle are available at drugstores and mass retailers. Quo, GOSH and Sally Hershberger are available at Shoppers Drug Mart. Images courtesy of Shoppers Drug Mart. Clip courtesy of "ET Canada."
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