With Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, just weeks away, the time is right to update your look. Jmore beauty expert Ariel Lewis has the specs on the products, shades and styles you need to look gorgeous for the balmy days, sultry nights and luxurious long weekends ahead.
Hot ‘n Healthy Lips
Though reports vary, many sources tell us the average women consumes as much as seven pounds of lipstick over the course of her lifetime! Apparently, the products you wear on your lips are consumed when you’re eating, drinking and kissing. Play it safe by using lip products like Ariel Lewis Couture’s botanically infused lipsticks and vegan lip glosses. In addition to being safe for consumption, Ariel’s lipsticks and glosses come in a variety of shades and formulas that hydrate and deliver beautiful and natural-looking color.
Try: A girlish pink shade like Ariel’s Stephanie or Samantha. The line is available exclusively at Columbia’s Brightwater Spa or on Ariel’s website, ariellewis.com.
Pretty and Polished
Say farewell to winter’s dark, Morticia Adams-style nail lacquer hues and opt instead for pretty pastel polish at your next mani-pedi.
Try: Orly’s Coachella Dweller. This pale green shade screams spring and complements any skin tone. By the way, don’t feel like your fingers and toes polishes have to match. This season’s trend favors the use of a lighter shade on your fingers and a deeper shade on your toes!
When the weather warms, it’s time to set aside heavy foundations and switch to a light tinted moisturizer or BB cream that contains a strong sunscreen.
Try: Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. This highly recommended product leaves skin looking natural yet flawless while still protecting it from the sun. Apply BB cream with a stippling brush or beauty blender instead of your fingertips. The oil on your fingers (even after washing your hands) can make products oxidize and appear darker than they should.
Speaking of Stippling Brushes …
Step up your cosmetic application game by adding one of these to your makeup kit. Stippling brushes make all the difference when it comes to creating a clean, airbrushed finish. To apply, put some product on the back of your hand to warm it up, then transfer it to your face using this specially designed brush.
Highlight the Positive
Amp up any look with one of the season’s best highlighters.
Try: Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand. Apply it to your upper cheeks after applying blush and bronzer, to give your face a healthy glow. The product comes with a sponge applicator tip making it perfect for touch-ups on the go.
Where would we be without a waterproof eyeliner that stays put despite spring rain and summer perspiration? Fortunately, we don’t need to go there.
Try: Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner for all day wear that won’t smudge, crack or fade. For added staying-power, set liner by applying dark brown or black eye shadow on top using an angled brush.
Try: MAC #266 small angle brush. It’s nice and thin and won’t create raccoon eyes!