Spring and Summer Makeup

December 26, 2017Posted by Nola Brincat

 

It's that time of the year when the sun is out, the weather's warm, and everyone's heading out to enjoy the day. And if you're like most women, you'll want to look your best to complement the pretty weather. Besides the cute tops and sandals, many women are looking into makeup styles for spring and summer. This year, there's more variety than ever, from simple, all-natural looks to vibrant colors that add life to any outfit. If you want to welcome the season in style, the right makeup is the best way to start.

Of course, you don't need an annual guide to keep your makeup in fashion. No matter what year it is, spring and summer represent a bright, sunny attitude and a zest for having a good time. Your makeup should reflect that: light, carefree and fun-loving. Of course, the basic rule applies that makeup should highlight your good points and play down your flaws. If you're new to makeup or can't makeup your mind for this year's style, here's a quick guide to give you a few ideas.

Choose appropriate colors

The great thing about spring and summer is that they let you use any color palette. However, since most events this time of the year are in the daytime, women tend to go for soft makeup colors like peach, pink, rose and pastel shades. This year, stylists recommend sheer finishes and lightweight textures, which create the effect of an "inner glow." While you can still use those vibrant reds and blues, it could help to even it out with softer shades, as long as they complement each other.

Lip color is an important yet underrated part of seasonal makeup. If your skin tone limits your eye makeup choices, you can always compensate with well-made up lips. Just make sure it's one or the other that stands out-having both eyes and lips fully made up makes you look overdressed. This year, lip makeup colors run the gamut, so you can use whatever looks best on you. Finish it up with clear lip gloss and start flashing that summery smile!

Keep it simple

"Simple" has always been the key word for summer makeup, and there's no reason it shouldn't apply to spring as well. There are two main reasons for this: first, it's easier to touch up after a day in the sun, and second, it lets you get more creative with your clothing choices. So keep the products to a minimum and let your skin breathe. Think of it as a chance to show off your natural colors, and get a much better tan while you're at it.

Before applying makeup, protect your face with a layer of sunscreen moisturizer. Wait around 10 minutes before putting anything on, so that the moisture is fully absorbed. This way, your skin won't dry out as fast even when you're out all day. Skip the foundation if possible, as it tends to darken as you sweat. If you really need the color, use a tinted moisturizer instead.

Complement your tan

With the tan back in fashion, there's a growing trend towards tan-friendly makeup. After all, if you have naturally fair skin, your old makeup palette won't match as well with that new tan. Fortunately, there are lots of new products designed to match your summer look. Look for dark skin makeup that highlights your skin tone and really makes your tan stand out. One easy trick is to match your clothing colors, or if you're a bit more daring, choose a contrasting makeup shade for a more interesting effect.

If you don't have time for a natural tan, you can still get that sun-kissed look with products like bronzer and blush. Bronzing powder usually works best because it's easy to apply and creates a natural, healthy glow. Note that bronzers come in different shades, so you'll have to try out different ones to see what makes the best match. Medium dark skin looks best with red and pink shades, while darker tans work well with the plum family.

Use extended wear makeup

Nothing ruins a summer day like smudged or runny makeup. If you don't want to keep retouching every half hour, make sure your makeup is designed for the weather. Manufacturers now offer long lasting makeup-products made to withstand heat, sweat, and all the elements that would otherwise ruin your look.

Start by putting on a waterproof foundation. This is usually in matte or gel form, which stays on a lot better than the liquid kind. For a more lasting hold, apply some powder foundation on top. There are also waterproof lipsticks and eye shadows to go with it. Just make sure you have a good makeup remover handy, as these won't come off with regular soap and water.