By Tasha Reiko Brown
Spring has sprung! The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining and your face is …melting? Time to switch up your makeup techniques to keep them heat and melt proof. For truly melt proof makeup, think layering and textures. Your warm weather look should be more sheer and a lot less heavy in colors, texture, and application. Does applying less product mean constant retouches and easy fading? Not with the right products!
Try a lighter base such as Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. The less foundation you wear, the less likely anything over it will slide off in the heat. Textures will be able to truly ‘grab’ onto your skin. Apply sparingly with clean fingers and blend into areas where needed.
For eyes that stay put try a lid primer before applying a light layer of liquid shadow. The liquid shadow will dry to a powdery finish and have more staying power than a cream but with the same sheer finish. Try Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau. Follow with two coats of black waterproof mascara (I like L’Oreal’s Voluminous) and as Tyra Banks would say… “Smize” – smile with your eyes!
For cheeks and lips that keep glowing I like stains. A good lip and cheek stain will last all day and can be layered over with a powder blush on cheeks or gloss on lips for an extra glow. On cheeks apply and work quickly to blend in. Layer the applications if you want more intense color. On lips simply fill them in and let set for about 10 seconds before applying gloss. If you prefer your favorite lipstick, put on a layer, blot with tissue and repeat making a more creamy stain on the lips. I like Josie Maran’s new Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stains.
To finish your sunny day look, add a glow with Cargo’s Water Resistant Bronzer. With a fluffy natural hair brush, apply bronzer where the sun would normally hit on the forehead, temples, bridge of nose and chin. Swipe under your cheekbones for a more dimensional look. Now enjoy your day in the sun.
About Tasha Reiko Brown:
Celebrity Makeup Artist and Beautyfix Panelist Tasha Reiko Brown’s work has graced countless celebrity faces and red carpet events like the Oscars and the Golden Globes. You’ve seen her eye popping editorial work in magazines such as Elle, Vanity Fair and Flaunt and on the runways for top designers including Badgley Mischka and Richard Tyler. Check out Tasha’s portfolio here.
A beauty expert, Tasha is a constant mention in InStyle magazine and regularly provides media outlets with beauty tips and product mentions. Her knowledge of makeup through and through has lead her to appearances on several fashion and makeover shows including “How To Look Good Naked”, “How Do I Look?” and countless WE network “Beauty Secrets Revealed” episodes.