Is there anything more beautiful than the skin that both breathes and shines, thanks to the soft, delicate texture of cosmetic products, especially designed for hot summer days? Of course, no one expected (but ourselves ☺) to be fleshed out from 0-24, so playing summer makeup stand only as entertaining challenge!
Sometimes I saw a woman on the beach with 'full' make-up on her face - foundation, eye shadow, eyelashes, eyebrows, blush, lipstick, just completely and specifically, layered painted. I cought myself watching them curiously, awaiting further developments - whether to enter to the sea or not to stay on the beach and if they enter the sea, will submerge and wet face... and mostly I was right - nothing from the proper swim! Most "pre-painted" women still mainly take care not to spoil their "make-up mask". Actually I am always fascinated by how they are truly ready to fry under the mighty layers of the product and to deny liberty of carefree joys of the summer pleasures.
I just love the summer and light, airy, shiny makeup. I'm always circles applying concealer to dark circles before going to the beach until I get a sunny tan. I would never want to scare people with my ''beautiful'' vampire complexion and dark violet smudges around the eyes, looking like uncle Fester form Addams Family movie. Sometimes I apply a waterproof mascara on my lashes until I get used to see myself without makeup.
Summer make-up is a story about accepting the essence of your natural beauty and make-up for the beach, first and foremost should be minimal. Beside make-up, the most important factor is protecting your skin all over the body. Go forward for yoy soft and natural look instead intense make-up. Leave heavy powders at home. Instead heavy powders, I suggest tinted creams that will add healthy look and colour to the pale face. Use a healthy current oil-free powders lightweight texture for coating defects and equalization of tan. There is a rich palette of soft pink blush that you can use in summertime. Try bronzers with different textures and shades that make you look as if you kissed the sun after applying them. After a light base, apply the mascara and waterproof ones are best for wet summer climate.
Use mascara very carefully, and to lashes darkened require only one coat. Forget dark lipstick and pen for your mouth. Use shades of fresh or vibrant colors, and be sure to choose one with enough shimmer. Play it safe with the colors, highlighting only one area of the face, while the rest apply a neutral makeup.
Luckily, top beauty companies offer products with the super-formula submitted by sun, sand and water, pigments do not melt in hot temperatures and they are resistant to high levels of moisture in the air. Dry eye shadows that are converted into a powder or foam blush completely resistant to sweat whatever you do - walking in the sunset or swimming in the morning. So, your daily make-up for the beach is complete, but almost no one will even notice you're wearing make-up, which is a total must-have of the season.
Casual moments on after beach parties or nights out with your loved one or with friends, are reserved for sexy make-up - catty shower on the eyelids, coral lipstick and bronzer in the style of glamorous Italian film diva from the Sixties, like Monica Vitti.
In the story of the summer make-up is very important to mention the sunscreen, because too much exposure causes an increase in melanin, the skin loses its elasticity and premature aging. Dangerous UV rays can have an irreversible effect on your skin, leaving pigmentation spots and unwanted wrinkles, and at worst serious illness. Whether you are in town or at sea, certainly protect the open parts of the body with correct sunscreen. Let your daily face cream contain a high SPF, but with a little extra protection, such as hats and lightweight white long-sleeved shirts, largely prevents possible problems caused by sunlight.
I recommend to wear sunscreen on your face throughout the year. And do not forget to drink plenty of water for quality hydration.
This column was published in the current issue of the magazine StoryBook.