Makeup Tricks For A Sun-Kissed Summer Glow – Forbes

Chanel's Spring/Summer campaign for 2017 highlights barely there skin, a suble glow and high gloss lips

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Chanel’s Spring/Summer campaign for 2017 highlights barely there skin, a subtle glow and high gloss lips

Professional makeup artists will tell you that the most difficult look to create is one that appears to be natural. This is also often referred to as “no makeup makeup.” Instead of overly contoured facial features, skin appears to glow with subtle hints of a sun-kissed blush. In the summer, most especially, wearing thick layers of foundation, dark eye liners with the added bonus of false eyelashes are hardly recommended when hanging out seaside or lounging by the pool. Unless you’re a reality star filming for your next episode, a more subdued, natural look works best during a season of basking under the sun and embracing adventure.

The key when creating a look for summer is to allow skin to breath. A light dab of blush creates a sun kissed look while a swipe of bronzer brings out radiance in complexion. The right lip tube or gloss, subtle bronzers or highlighters and a shade of blush are all you need to achieve the summer afterglow. There is opportunity to play up color palettes by nightfall but as a general rule, restrain is always best when talking about summer beauty.

There are 24 shades in the Coco Gloss collection which can be worn alone or layered with the topcoat for added effect

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There are 24 shades in the Rouge Coco Gloss collection which can be worn alone or layered with the topcoat for added effect

For The Lips:

Typically, warmer weather mean lip colors in nude, pink or peach. These are hues that help emphasize a golden tan. They also complete the natural look suited for the season. Lipcolors from Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss collection are high-gloss with a gel-like texture that aid in keep lips looking moisturized. There are a total of 24 shades in the collection, including three topcoat variants that help to create depth of color.

Icing is a lip shade in pink the adds a frosted effect

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Icing is a lip shade in pink the adds a frosted effect

Caress is a dark honey shade ideal for use for nighttime

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Caress is a dark honey shade ideal for use for nighttime

Caresse is a dark, caramel tone that can also work well for the evening. Women who are inclined to pick out lip colors in pink will like the subtle pop of color of Icing and Rose Pulp. A more dramatic look to is achieved with a layer of Melted Honey, which is infused with gold pigments.

Add a layer of Caviar top coat on your lips to create depth and color intensity

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Add a layer of Caviar top coat on your lips to create depth and color intensity

Use of topcoat to create variety in lip shades distinguishes the collection. A dab of Excitation, which is honey-like tone highlights lips. More warmth is created with the use of an orange shade called Impulsion. The top layer that will arguably become a staple in most makeup kits is Caviar. The dark shade adds depth and color intensity to any shade. It is ideal to use when transforming your look from a day to night.

Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Color can work as both a bronzer and highlighter

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Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Color can work as both a bronzer and highlighter

For A Golden Glow:

When it comes to bronzers, to each her own. Some prefer a soft, dewy look that hints at a sun kissed blush. There are also others who like to go full throttle when it comes to emphasizing a tan. Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Color functions as both a bronzer and highlighter, helping simplify the makeup regiment. There are five shades available to suit all skin tones. Mineral pigments and “pearlescent” are components that create radiance upon application.

Apply a light layer of a shade slightly darker than the face’s natural color all over the face with a brush for a luminous glow. You may want to wait for the powder to settle before retouching so as to avoid looking too “bronzed.”  Utilize a lighter shade on areas of the face, more specifically cheekbones, center of the forehead, nose bridge and above the lips to highlight.

MAC's Next To Nothing foundation and pressed powder creates the "filtered," barely there look on skin

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MAC’s Next To Nothing foundation and pressed powder creates the “filtered,” barely there look on skin

No Makeup Makeup Skin Made Easy:

You know the kind of skin you get when you use filters on Instagram or any other editing application on the phone? That’s not as easy to achieve on the makeup chair as it is when pressing on several buttons. In fact, any beauty professional will tell you that natural-looking makeup is the hardest to achieve, and that it takes the most time.

When it comes to coverage, MAC is popular not only among professionals but the regular beauty product hoarder as well. The brand has become known mostly for offering a wide range of shades for all skin tones. Its formulations are intended for long wear and full coverage.

The new obsession over barely-there makeup, however, saw the introduction of Next to Nothing Face Colour foundations and pressed powders from MAC. The new product line is a departure from the formulations that has women lining up at the counters.

Instead of the signature rich consistency that ensures the appearance of flawless skin, Next to Nothing is lightweight. It leaves a radiant and translucent finish, resulting to skin that looks like it has been “filtered.” Wearing Next to Nothing is almost like applying a tinted moisturizer versus makeup, but still offers the kind of coverage needed for the bare-faced beauty.

The Duo Blush from Nars features two shades in one sleek compact which may be worn wet or as a powder. Its formulation is intended for long wear

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The Duo Blush from Nars features two shades in one sleek compact which may be worn wet or as a powder. Its formulation is intended for long wear

Top Off With A Blush:

The Nars label reached iconic status when it first introduced its blush poweder in the shade Orgasm in 1999. The peachy shade was formulated to suit all skin types and immediately became the requisite makeup for women of all walks of life. Its success even led to the reinvention of several limited edition variants which consumers of the beauty industry were eager to acquire.

NARS in the shade Orgasm is a cult classic because it is one of the few blush compacts that suit all skin tones

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NARS in the shade Orgasm is a cult classic because it is one of the few blush compacts that suit all skin tones

The beauty label founded by Francois Nars has more recently introduced the Dual Intensity Blush. The compact contains two formulations (one creamy and the other powder dry) paired to help users create a variety of blush finishes. There is a lighter shade and a darker, highly pigmented variety contained within the sleek, black compact. These may be worn alone or combined. Whichever is the preferred means of application or use, the product promises to create “customizable coverage” and a natural glow. The formulation is absorbed by skin such that it does not easily face or turn gray (especially for women who are highly acidic). Application of blush can be tricky as there is a tendency to over do it. The right shade and easy-to-use compacts help in achieving rosy cheeks as if one had just come from a weekend of sunshine.

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