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It's time to tone down your makeup for summer, and Vanessa French achieves a glowing look with natural tones of eye makeup and a light foundation.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
It's time to tone down your makeup for summer, and Vanessa French achieves a glowing look with natural tones of eye makeup and a light foundation.

Subtle summer shades
Lighten up makeup for smooth,
natural and sunkissed look

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dkomis@decaturdaily.com · 340-2447

Summertime barbecues, sunny days out on the river and neighborhood pool parties are all great ways to kick back and relax this time of year.

Shanna Miller tests shimmery bronze powder at French Door Day Spa in Decatur.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Shanna Miller tests shimmery bronze powder at French Door Day Spa in Decatur.
But it'd be easier to relax if you weren't waging a war each morning with your makeup, trying to figure out how to keep it on and match your sunkissed skin tone. But with some help, it can be done!

Aestheticians Jacque Hart with French Door Day Spa in Decatur and Kim Slaten with Oasis Day Spa in Hartselle offer their advice for achieving a summer look that will help you get away from the bathroom mirror to your pool party or cookout.

Beautiful base

Because skin is oilier in the summertime and more prone to breakouts, the first thing you need to do is alter your skin care regimen, Hart said. People commonly use the same moisturizer in winter and summer. This is a beauty no-no, because the skin has different needs for different seasons. A heavy winter moisturizer will often create breakouts and excess oil in the summertime.

Switch to a light, oil-free moisturizer if you’re not already using one, Hart recommended. Also, try using a light mineral foundation, which helps prevent irritation and breakouts that can result from other liquid foundations. Most mineral foundations carry an SPF 15 in them, which is also what’s needed for proper sun protection, Hart noted.

Or, if you don’t need much coverage, simply use a tinted moisturizer. Carrying oil blotting papers with you is also a good idea for touch-ups, Slaten said.

“You can carry those in your purse and blot your nose with them,” she suggested.

Natural eyes have it

To prevent eye makeup from running, set it in place by layering it, Hart said.

"Use a combination of a cream and a powder," she said.

For example, eyeliner with some powder eyeshadow over it will help keep it in place.

Try to avoid liquid eyeliner altogether in the summertime because it slips off so easily, Slaten said.

"A lot of times when you sweat, that's the first thing that goes," she said. "It cakes and creases, especially with darker colors."

For lashes, use waterproof mascara to avoid raccoon eyes.

Some women go a step further and permanently tint their eyelashes and eyebrows for the summer so they don't even have to worry about makeup slipping off in the water.

Light, shimmery eyeshadows as well as neutral shades are often popular in the summer and look good against tan skin, Hart said.

Or, if you're feeling lazy and know you'll be wearing sunglasses all day, just skip eye makeup altogether.

Cheeky chic

In summer, bronzer is a great way to add contouring to the cheeks — as long as you don’t overdo it. If you use bronzer more than one to two shades darker than your skin, “it’s not natural or pretty,” Hart said. Or, if you are fair-skinned, use an apricot-colored blush on the cheeks. Too-pink blushes often look unnatural, she said.

Lip tips

In the summer, a lip balm with SPF in it is essential to protecting the lips, Slaten said. Many lipsticks do not have any sun protection in them, so make sure you are wearing a lip balm or cream with SPF in it along with your lipstick.

Apply lipliner first to keep lipstick from slipping off, Slaten said. Avoid dark liners, however; make sure you use one that is only a shade darker than your lipstick, Hart warned. Summer lip colors are typically light and shimmery.

Summer makeup checklist

  • Light, oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15

  • Lip balm or cream with SPF 15

  • Mineral foundation

  • Sponge or brush to apply foundation (avoid oily fingers on your face)

  • Bronzer one to two shades darker than your skin tone

  • Waterproof mascara

  • Light, shimmery eyeshadows or neutral-toned shadows

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