by Colleen


Summer…heat, humidity, long days, warm languid evenings, drinks poolside, dinners al fresco and an easy pared-down makeup routine to keep things simple.


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   images    Koh Gen Do moisture foundation

Lighten up by prepping your skin with a light lotion, such as Clinique’s Even better essence lotion and add a lightweight sunblock. Try leaving your skin bare and just spot-concealing with a long wear concealer such as Koh Gen Do moisture foundation( it’s a foundation but works beautifully as a concealer as well) or Armani’s Maestro eraser concealer or my staple Lancome’s waterproof effacernes. You don’t need to cover every imperfection, just enough to make your skin look more even.

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Instead of powder opt for a mattifying gel compact like the one from Mally beauty called Poreless Face Defender, that will keep your skin matte and pores minimized so weightlessly you’ll feel like you have nothing on your skin, it’s amazing!

Unknown-3Make Up Forever Second Skin cream blush

Try one of the new formulations of cream blush like the Second Skin cream blush from Make Up For Ever that goes on like a cream but dries like a powder.Very blendable, it looks perfectly flawless and natural like you are lit from within. (my fave shade is #255)

Curl your lashes and add a coat of waterproof mascara ( my top pick is L’Oreal voluminous waterproof it never lets me down on photo shoots). That may be all you need for the eyes but don’t forget to brush your brows with a spooly brush like this one pictured here . And fill in your brows if needed, it really frames the face.

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For lips, skip the lip gloss and go for a hydrating lip crayon such as Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (I like Torres Del Paine, a fresh peachy coral) or Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Coral Paradise.


images-1 Benefit Hello Flawless foundationUnknown-7The BeautyBlender

Take your look into night by smoothing on a light foundation such as Benefit’s Hello Flawless, truly inperceptible on the skin. Apply it with a dampened sponge like my favorite the BeautyBlender to get an airbrushed look. Dust only your t-zone with a loose powder.

Define your cheekbones with a bronzer applied under your cheekbones and up onto the temples. (look here for my bronzer tips)


images-2Urban Decay Glide on eyeliner pencil

502978760Surratt beauty  smokey eye creamy liner

Line your eyes with a long wear eyeliner like glide on eye pencil from Urban Decay, or master a quick smokey eye with the new pencil from Surratt with a creamy liner on one end and a blend able shadow on the other.

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Add more of your lip crayon and top with a gloss like my new favorite NARS lip gloss in Orgasm. Et Voila! All you need to slip in your new pochette is your lip gloss.


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