The days grow sunny and warm, while the nights are “hotter” still. The balmy season promises a good time to those who know how to avoid a makeup meltdown. Follow these expert tips and you’ll never lose your cool.
By Ernie McCraw
RAYS BANNED: Using sunless tanning mousse (above) lets you avoid cancer-causing ultraviolet exposure.
1 I usually avoid exposure to the sun, but since I may go on vacation and stay at a beach resort, will it hurt to lie in the sun for just a few days? What’s the best way to tan?
We may wish for a “healthy tan,” but there is no such thing as safe tanning. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light damages skin cells’ genetic material and can contribute to skin cancer formation as well as premature wrinkling. If you are concerned about UV exposure, the way to tan is sunless! Self-tanners have come a long way from those drippy lotions that turn orange and streaky.
Savage Bronze Sunless Tanning Mousse gives a deep glorious tan instantly and is easy to use. Savage Bronze has a color guide so you can see where you have applied it. It works instantly to give immediate color and dries in 60 seconds. The tan will continue to develop over three hours, turning a rich, natural, long-lasting color. Spray-on tanning products are the hottest trend in self-tanning. The unique delivery system uses air to draw the tanning solution out of the tube and turn it into a light, micro-fine mist that goes on evenly and produces a perfect, sunless tan.
The “tan” you receive with a self-tanning product offers no protection against the sun’s UV rays; when you are out in the sun, you need to apply sunscreen every four hours.
2 What is the “right” way to apply bronzer? Does it matter if I use a powder or a cream? How can I get a natural look?
Bronzers simulate the look of being “sun-kissed” or lightly tanned. They are golden or bronze-toned powders or creams that work well on a wide variety of skin tones. For a “sun-kissed look,” apply bronzing powder lightly over the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, above the brows, and on the chin — all of the most prominent areas of the face that the sun would normally color first. For a tanned look, apply bronzing cream sparingly over the whole face. Powder bronzers should be applied with a professional blush brush; cream bronzers should be applied with fingers or a makeup wedge. The best application advice to achieve a natural look is: A. use natural daylight rather than indoor lighting, and B. gradually build your color with several light layers. Remember, these products don’t offer protection from the sun, so before you step outside, apply an SPF-15 or greater sunscreen to help protect skin.
OVER-THE-COUNTER THERAPEUTICS: An easy way to achieve a sun-free tan is to use a powder bronzer applied with a blush brush (above left). As its name claims, the All Day Shadow Base (above center) works throughout the day to keep your eye shadow and liner looking fresh. The bottom line on intensive foot care is this pedicure system (above right) that includes a pair of overnight socks to lock in the effectiveness of moisture-intensive cream.
3 During last summer’s heat, I noticed that my eye makeup was fading faster than normal, leaving me with virtually no eye shadow and circles under my eyes from mascara. How can I avoid this?
The primary solution to this problem is to avoid touching your eyes. All mascara will smudge if you touch or rub your eyes, and you will eventually wear off your shadow. Try Claudia Stevens All Day Shadow Base before applying your shadow. It sets the eye shadow to last without creasing, smearing, or fading — even through swimming! You can also switch to an eye shadow with more pigment or reapply your shadow as needed. To help with the dark circles, try waterproof or non-smudge professional formula mascara.
4 I love to wear sandals in the summer, but my feet look a little neglected after a winter in boots and heavy shoes. Will a home pedicure help, and how should I start?
Heel To Toe aromatherapy products are part of a complete pedicure line that provides a spa treatment at home. Start by removing dry skin and calluses. Heel To Toe Invigorating Foaming Foot Soak will soften skin and calluses making it easier to exfoliate. Follow up with the Heel To Toe Exfoliating & Polishing Loofah Foot Scrub to polish, smooth and soften feet. For stubborn rough spots, try a pumice stone. A deep moisturizer will help to take care of dry skin. If dry skin is a chronic problem, boost your moisture by using Heel To Toe Intensive Repair Overnight Treatment Sock. Apply the therapeutic healing foot repair to feet, giving special attention to callused, cracked heels and other trouble spots. Then put the socks on and, for best results, wear them overnight. Using the socks and moisture treatment twice a week will have your feet looking and feeling great in no time.
5 In summer I usually go out dressed more casually than other times of the year. I don’t want to spend so much time on all of my regular beauty routines each morning. Can you suggest some way to cut down and get the same results?
Some parts of your beauty routine should never be skimped on. Don’t change your cleansing routine and don’t skip the moisturizing or the sunscreen. During the summer months, you can cut back on the amount of cosmetics you use, because you naturally have more color during this time. Other shortcuts: opt for a healthy natural look by sticking with a light foundation or a tinted moisturizer, keep eye makeup to a minimum, and use a sheer lip balm with an SPF ingredient to prevent your lips from drying and cracking from too much sun.
By following these tips, you’ll be sure to look your best as you kick back and enjoy a carefree summer.
Ernie McCraw is director of beauty education for Sally Beauty Company, the world’s largest distributor of professional beauty products. A licensed cosmetologist for more than 30 years, he is a frequent contributor to fashion and beauty publications nationwide.
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER MARKLEY/SALLY BEAUTY SUPPLY
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