I love wearing all of the makeup, all at once, but as with all things, there exists a time and a place for this sort of excess, and that Time and Place is not late June and not in New York City. Humidity has been the word for the past few weeks, which means that regardless of how much primer you coat yourself in before you put your face on, or powder you layer on after, what’s flawless at 10 AM is going to be a shitshow by the afternoon. Read: YOUR FACE DOES NOT STAND A CHANCE. Since there’s only soooooo much one can do in the face of blistering heat, why not forego the mattifying makeup, and the bold lip, and hell, maybe even leave the under eye concealer at home. Do it, I dare you! Shed that makeup mask and go minimalist — let’s begin with these three simple summer beauty tips…
Choose a pigmented lip stain for a bright hit of color that will last all day, surf, sun, and sand be damned. Even better, pick up a formula that comes in ridiculously convenient lip pencil form — Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain‘s brighter shades are as moisturizing as they are eye-catching, and although they glide on sheer, they’re easy to layer to opacity. Cult favorite Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint is pretty much the fancier version of Revlon’s formula, which translates to more expensive by a landslide, but also probably way better for you. Who knows what the hell is in drugstore lipstick, and hey, sorry, am I waving my Tarte flag again? Yes. Yes I am. It’s not your imagination. Guilty. As. Charged. Ooooh, that “Amused” shade is calling my naaaaaame.
Just use concealer. Whatever, I pretty much do this year-round. When I’m not skipping makeup altogether (aside from eye makeup, I always wear eye makeup), I’m probably eschewing primer and foundation and just wearing concealer on top of my (SPF!) moisturizer. A liquid or cream concealer works great to just, you know, cover whatever needs to be covered, and that’s the end of that. I own many a concealer, but my favorites are Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer. The latter is really creamy and comes in stick form so it’s really simple to just smear all over your face with abandon. In an ideal world I would do this, then dab Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat under my eyes and around my nose and anywhere else I feel like I need luminosity, but that doesn’t always happen, let’s be honest. Occasionally I just wear Touche Éclat and nothing else, which is what I’ve heard some fancy French ladies do, but that’s pretty much only if I’m feeling really confident about my skin in its natural state. SO. Almost never. French ladies, how do they do it?
Focus on your brows, then waterproof ‘em. I find that, if I am going to do nothing, nothing at all, to the rest of my face, I can just fill in and fix my brows and look decently presentable. I do this with brow powder, which, unfortunately, does not really suffice in standing up against the elements. Use a small slanted brush or a clean spoolie to apply a waterproof sealing product — MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow is perfect for this, and comes in three neutral shades that’ll match any brow color seamlessly. You won’t have to worry about your brows slip-slidin’ around your face, because what’s weirder than having potentially disappearing eyebrows? Nothing. Nothing is weirder.
Is there a celebrity beauty look you want to steal? A new product you want to learn how to use? Don’t know which foundation, moisturizer, volumizing spray, or novelty eye glitter to invest in? Want to see how many Momofuku birthday cake truffles I can fit in my mouth at once? (So many.) If you’ve got a beauty question, concern, or demand, any at all, hit me up on my videophone. I mean, uh, my email. Or Twitter! firstname.lastname@example.org or @frigidbardot — make it ring, or rain, or something like that, babes!
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