This article looks at some of the common mistakes people make with bronzer, fake tan and summer makeup and offers suggestions for avoiding them altogether.
Summer is here and the long hot days mean its time to adjust our beauty routine to suit the warm weather. Rushing to apply bronzer, fake tan and the latest summer colours means we often commit some serious beauty blunders. To avoid the most common summer beauty mistakes, follow these useful tips.
Bronzer – Less is More
A good bronzer is a must have during summer and is often the first cosmetic purchase many of us make to liven up our dull winter complexions. It is essential to choose the correct colour of bronzer to suit your skin tone. Never wear a bronzer that is too dark, it is best to choose a colour that is two tones deeper that your present skin colour. Avoid shimmer bronzers as they can look fake and also tend to highlight lines on the face. To achieve a natural bronzed look, use a large blusher brush and gently apply to areas where the sun would naturally strike your face. Start with a light application of bronzer and build up the colour gradually. To stop the skin looking flat, avoid using similar bronze tones elsewhere on the face. Instead, use complementary coral or peach tones, to bring out your features.
Fake Tan – Orange Palm Syndrome
Anyone who has used a fake tan product will have at some point found themselves with orange palms. To prevent orange palms make sure you use gloves during tan application or wash your hands directly afterwards. To apply tanning product to the backs of your hands without making your palms orange, put some product onto the back of one hand and then rub it against the other to get coverage on the backs of both hands. To finish, immerse a cotton wool bud in eye-makeup remover and run it over the cuticles of your nails.
Makeup – Avoiding Runs
Sweaty skin and hot sun means makeup runs are a common summer beauty complaint. Even after applying smudge and waterproof makeup products your makeup can still slide. This is caused by your moisturiser or sunscreen. The oils in these products leave behind a coating of grease that causes your makeup to slide. To avoid this problem change to oil free or gel products. It is best to let any sunscreen or moisturiser absorb fully into the skin prior to makeup application. You may even want to omit moisturisers all together in very hot weather. However, always make sure that you use a sunscreen.
Makeup – Pale Complexion
Often the arrival of summer calls for a lighter makeup application and pastel colours are a popular choice. However, pastel colours can make skin look pale and lifeless. To avoid this steer clear of frosted or opaque formulas. Instead, select a transparent pastel shade that lets the skins own tone show through. Look for products that are labelled as sheer, tint or wash. To counteract the delicacy of pastel shades, add definition to your eyes by using a stronger colour, such as a deep brown eye shadow, grey eyeliner or black mascara.