A bright lip may be the ubiquitous summer makeup look, but there’s also a time and a place for a flattering nude — that is, any time, any place. InStyle Magazine hosted their 11th Annual Summer Soiree in Hollywood last night, and many of the cover girls and other sartorially inclined ladies hit the red carpet sporting glossy my-lips-but-better looks paired with simple black eyeliner. Elisha Cuthbert veered on the natural side of the style with darkly defined eyes and a caramel-toned gloss, while Mena Suvari went the mod way with a satiny muted pink lipstick, a thin stroke of liquid liner, and thick lashes (not to mention one of the most kickass haircuts I’ve ever seen). Now, I love both of these looks, and Mena and Elisha are both beyond glowy and gorgeous; it’s just a matter of preference … so who do you think looks better nude? (Mena for me — I adore a good updated ’60s-inspired look, and the amazing hair seals the deal.)
Individual makeup routines, and reasons for wearing makeup, vary. I wear makeup because, well, I don’t like the way my face looks without it.Gwen Stefani wears makeup so that her husband likes her more. Some women are even devoted enough to wear makeup at the gym. But regardless of why or when you choose to wear the stuff, there’s nothing worse than spending half of your day putting it on and the other half concerned about what it’s doing on your face. Bright lipstick, shimmery shadow, and sweeping black liner may look fabulous, but they can take ages to apply properly, and then you have to worry about what it all looks while you’re sitting hunched over at your desk or running for the train — things can get messy!
Most of us could use a little bit of a low-maintenance makeup overhaul, a welcome departure from the primer-foundation-concealer-powder-eyeshadow-eyeliner-mascara tedium, and there’s no better time than summer to minimize your routine. These products serve double (or triple, or quadruple) duty to cut a chunk of time and energy out of the process so that you can expend it somewhere else.
Matte red lipstick and a cat-eye flick of liner is hands down the most classic look out there if you’re seeking to channel an Old Hollywood starlet — and really, who isn’t? — but it’s also the easiest to get wrong. There are very, very few people who can work a face that’s so “done” in that both the eyes and lips are heavily accentuated, but British singer Paloma Faith pulled it off perfectly. Note how fine the line is extending past the eye, the slight sheerness (and perfect application — use a lip brush!) of the tomato-y red, and how the rest of her face is fresh and dewy. It’s absolutely key to skip powder and let the skin’s natural radiance shine through to keep the look young and avoid “retro” trappings. Keep blotting papers on hand to address oil in the T-zone, but believe it or not, this look actually benefits from a little bit of shine provided it’s under control.
If you want to give it a try, the brand new Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, $28, is the perfect velvety crimson that won’t fade, budge, or sap the moisture out of lips as matte formulas are wont to do. Use tinted moisturizer in place of foundation over an instant-radiance serum like Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer, $45.
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“I’ve always been a girl who loves to dress up. I already put my makeup on twice today: I put it on to take my kid to school, and then I went home, washed my face, and put it on again to have lunch with you … I like to make my husband like me more, and he likes it when I’m wearing makeup.”
–Gwen Stefani makes the surprising admission to Harper’s Bazaar that her husband Gavin Rossdale actually prefers it when she wears makeup. Pretty much every guy I’ve ever known has belonged to the “less is more” camp when it comes to makeup, but I’d love to hear from readers on this one: do you wear makeup for the benefit of your significant other? Do they like it when you wear makeup? I definitely like feeling put together for my boyfriend, which, for me, includes a bit of makeup, but I shudder at the idea that some concealer and a swipe of mascara would make my partner “like me more.” [Harper's Bazaar]
When it’s hot and sticky out, the last thing you want to do is apply thick layers of opaque makeup, but you do want to take care of your skin and play with some amazing summer products like perfecting primers, beachy bronzers, matte sunscreens, and pretty sheer lipsticks. Click through to check out how The Frisky staff looks their best under the hot summer sun, and please share your own summer makeup routines (and fave products) in the comments!