Summer is finally here and I’m lucky enough to live in sunny southern California where we get a lot of sun. But the beautiful sunshine also brings the harsh rays and the heat, which is not exactly good for blowouts and matte skin. So here are my tips for staying pretty by the pool or lounging seaside.
- Clarins Self Tanning Milk SPF 6
- Deborah Lippmann “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” polish
- Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
- L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara
- Nars Multiple Duo in Portofino/Malibu
- Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain #8
- Peter Thomas Roth Uber-Dry Sunscreen
- Oribe Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. I know I sound redundant but remembering to apply sunscreen can mean the difference between looking like a hot beach bunny and looking like a hot (red) mess. And don’t forget the most commonly missed places – ears, eyelids, feet and scalp.
Keep makeup to a minimum. If you’re going to the pool or beach, wear waterproof mascara, a light lip gloss or stain, and little bit of concealer to hide blemishes if need be. The rest will wash (or melt) off anyway, so you may as well skip it. If it’s a balmy night, kick it up a notch by dabbing on some bronze eye shadow and a cream blush. If you plan on being in the water a lot and can’t bare the idea of leaving the house without mascara (I’m right there with you), think about getting your eyelashes tinted. It’s easy and lasts about 3 – 4 weeks. It saves time and saves your lashes from the abuse of waterproof mascara. It’s also pretty affordable – most salons that offer the service charge between $15 and $30. My go-to place is the Benefit Cosmetics boutique.
Let your hair go au naturale. Hair gets dried out from the sun, so save the blow outs for special occasions and let your hair dry naturally. Spritz in some texturizing beach spray to bring out some wave if your hair is on the straight side. You can always pull your hair into a soft braid or a tousled top-knot.
I tend to keep my fingernails clean and my toe nails bright as can be. Sunscreen fades and can sometimes even eat away at your polish, so to save my digits and my dollars, I focus more on my toes. In my opinion there really aren’t any bad colors for summer, but my faves right now are bright orange, pastel green and glittery gold.
Fake it till you make it. If you’re not a fan of the sun (good for you!), go for a faux glow. There are quite a few different ways to obtain a fake tan (sprays, creams, towelettes) but there’s definitely an option for everyone. Just remember to exfoliate before applying a fake tanner to ensure even coverage, and wash hands immediately after slathering it on. Nothing says “fake” like Oompa Loompa hands.