Summer is nearing its end, in calendar terms at least. Weather-wise, it’s hotter and stickier than ever. Given that my makeup routine extends to cocoa butter lip balm and a whisper of bronzer, it’s no wonder my face looks like a blotchy, clammy calamity when I depart from my air-conditioned apartment and venture off into the searing city heat. Fortunately, for me (and now you), I met up with two makeup gurus, Christina Lee Adams & Elena Miglino, that lent some insight on how to effortlessly elevate your natural beauty, day or night. Fellow TTS member, Raven Ishak (night time), and myself (daytime) stood in as canvases for easy, breezy beautification. Read on to get the look (smizing optional).
Even, glowing skin that’s dewy, not oily, is every girls dream. Some were born with it and some were not (hi). But Christina, a total beauty pro, showed me how to fake it.
Step 1: Skin
Apply Nars Multi-Action Hydrating Toner to a cotton round and apply it to cleansed skin. This will instantly brighten and remove any dead skin cells.
Step 2: Complexion
Apply Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with fingers or a beauty blender (start in the center of the face and work outwards). For dark circles, conceal with Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser using a blending brush.
Step 3: Face Makeup
Use a Lancôme bronzer by brushing it under the cheekbones and around hairline. This not only warms up your complexion but adds dimension. Blend Tom Ford’s Cheek Color Blush in Love Lust on the apples of the cheeks for a natural flushed look. Apply Benefit Watts Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter on the high points of your face with your ring finger hitting cheekbones, cupids bow, inner corner of the eye and the center of the eyelids.
Tip: Save room in your makeup bag and use NARS Kabuki Yachiyo Brush for both bronzer and blush.
Step 4: Eyes
First, define eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Wiz, then take a warm brown shadow like Mac’s in Swiss Chocolate and apply in the contour of the eye and wrap it under the eye. Curl lashes and finish with two coats of Lancôme Grandiose mascara.
Step 5: Lips