Protect your skin from damage this summer by using a moisturiser with an SPF factor of 15 or higher. Use it daily and you’ll help to combat those early signs of aging such as sunspots and fine lines. Remember that you’ll be
exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays even on a cloudy day. Apply your SPF moisturiser to a clean face and allow 10 minutes for it to absorb before applying your foundation.
When it's hot hits you might find that foundation and powder feels too heavy on your skin. For a fresher lighter look switch to a tinted moisturiser, apply with a damp sponge and you’ll be sure to get an even look. A little concealer dabbed under the eye will give added radiance.
On a lovely summer’s day there is nothing better than the appearance of a healthy glow to make you feel better and one of the easiest ways of achieving this is with bronzing powder. If you’re worried that you’ll choose the wrong shade of bronzer and end up looking orange instead of sun-kissed, follow these three steps:
- Test the bronzer in daylight or light as close as possible to daylight
- Test it on your jaw-line; it should be just a fraction darker than your natural skin tone
- Apply with a powder brush over the areas where your face would normally catch the sun (cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose and chin).
Eye shadows in lighter, neutral shades are perfect for the summer. If it’s really hot and you don’t want to go to the effort of applying a full make-up then a touch of mascara and a little eyeliner will “open” up the eye and bring
your face to life. For a lighter more summery appearance swap your black mascara for one that is either brown black or brown or navy. To complete your look remember to have your eyebrows professionally shaped.
Being out in the fresh air can take its toll on your skin and that includes your lips. If you’re sunbathing it’s important to remember to use some lip balm to keep them soft and supple. When you’ve got a slight tan a touch of lipstick or lip-gloss is often all you need to face the world. Lip-gloss is perfect for adding a subtle radiance and colour me beautiful has a great range with colours including dune, pink shell, and warm sand which are perfect for daytime wear during the summer. If you’ve got a tan or a looking for the perfect holiday lipstick then colour me beautiful’s sheer lipsticks could be ideal, with their luminous, vibrant colours they’ll give your lips a brilliant shine.
Make the most of your newly acquired tan by using colour me beautiful’s fabulous glow highlighter on
your cheekbones and brow. With its subtle pearlescent lustre it looks amazing on tanned skin and you can even use it in the daytime too to help keep your holiday glow when you return to work. For a touch of instant evening glamour apply the glow highlighter to your shoulders and décolletage.
If you don’t like using fake tans and bronzing powders the easiest way to achieve a healthy natural glow is with blush. Whether your blush is an ultra fine powder or a light cream the rules are the same, apply it along your cheeks bones or the apples of your cheeks depending on your face shape. Remember to build up the colour gradually until you get the soft natural glow that you’re looking for. To find out what you’re face shape is and the best way of applying your make-up why not treat yourself to a copy of our colour me beautiful Make-up Manual.
Tip top toes
You’ll want your feet to look their best if you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops this summer. Build time into your weekly beauty routine to pamper them. Remember to use a pumice or foot file to keep them free from dry skin and unsightly cracked heels and moisturise regularly to ensure that skin appears smooth and supple. A specialist foot cream is essential for keeping them looking great.
If you are going to be spending large amounts of time in the sun whether in the garden or on the beach make sure you invest in a bottle of sun tan lotion, a floppy sun hat and a pair of sun glasses to help protect your skin from potential sun damage.
To find out more about the best cosmetic colours to suit your personal colouring what not treat yourself to a make-up lesson or, why not have a full colour consultation so you know you will look amazing all year round.