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natural-makeup.jpgSummer’s almost here and you know what that means: Time to toss aside the rich foundations and matte creams in favor of lighter products that allow the skin to breathe. It’s also time to give the evil eye to your gorgeous coworker/friend/sister who is lucky enough to be able to go completely bare-faced when temperatures soar.

Though you should ease up on the amount of cosmetics you use in the summer, it doesn’t mean you need to give it up altogether. If you can’t bear the thought of going without makeup (or aren’t as lucky as Miss Baby Skin), we have some tips and recommendations to keep you looking beautiful and natural.

Tinted moisturizer
tinted.bmpDuring the hotter months, the last thing we want to do is pile heavy cream and powder foundations on top of our over-hated skin. If you must use a base, tinted moisturizers have come a long way in the last few years. Coverage ranges from sheer to medium, and are light enough to give you coverage while keeping you  cool and refreshed. Apply with fingers for more control, or with a damp sponge for a more sheer application. Bonus: the dampened sponge feels amazing on skin, especially when the weather is muggy.

(Pictured: Benefit You Rebel Tinted Moisturizer $30, Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer $42, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer $62)

Touch of Bronzer
bronze.bmpBronzer is perfect to warm you up and add a little color to pasty winter skin. Apply where the sun would naturally hit your face - forehead, nose, cheeks and chin— with a fan-shaped brush to get a subtle, sun-kissed look.
 
(Pictured: Laura Mercier Golden Bronze Bronzing Powder $32, NARS Bronzing Powder $32, Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder $47)

Powder eyeliner
liner.bmpEyeliner can very easily go from sexy to smudged in the humid weather. If you’re absolutey against going out without liner, trade your gels and liquids for a powder formula applied close to the lashline with a slanted or straight edged liner brush.
 
(Pictured: Chanel La Ligne Professional Eyeliner Duo $45, Illamasqua Cake Eyeliner $21, Laneige Multi Shaping Eyeliner $32)

Light eye shadow
shadow.bmpThere’s nothing worse than a heavy, smoky eye in the summer….except a sweaty, creased smoky eye. Instead, keep shadow light in shades that compliment your skin. Tip:  Bronze and Gold hues look gorgeous with tanned skin and glossy lips.

(Pictured: NYX Eyeshadow Trio- Aloha/Mink Brown/DeepBronze $9, Bobbi Brown Pastel Eyeshadow Palette $57, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Stardust $17)

Tinted lipbalm
lip.bmpHeavy lipsticks and glosses are the arch-enemy of tousled tresses in the summer wind, so skip both and opt for a tinted lip balm. These balms do double duty by moisturizing sun-chapped lips and adding the perfect sheer hint of color.

(Pictured: NARS Tinted Lip Balm in Sabrina $20, MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner $15, Dior Creme De Roses Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm $25)

Waterproof mascara
mascara.bmpThis is a no-brainer, but in case you need reminding: water/seat + regular mascara = raccoon eyes. NOT summer sexy. Most likely your favorite comes in a waterproof formula. Bonus? Waterproof mascaras tend to hold curl better. Hello gorgeous (budge-proof) lashes!

(Pictured: DiorShow Black Out Waterproof Mascara $24, Yves Saint Laurent Everlong Waterproof Lengthening Mascara $30,  Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara $9) 

0708BeSummerSkin021-de.jpg1. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof $20
 
e5.JPGThis highly pigmented, waterproof eye liner glides on to deliver intense, vibrant color with staying power. We had the opportunity to try these new smudgepot-inspired sticks at The Makeup Show yesterday, and they are HEAVEN.


2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes $17
 e4.JPGThese waterproof eyeshadow and eye liner pencils contain a unique formula that adheres to the eyelids and resists water even under the most extreme conditions, without running or fading.

3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $17

e1.JPGThese creamy eye pencils deliver powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge.

4. Sephora Collection Flashy Liner Waterproof $8

e2.JPGThe creamy metallic formula glides on easily, so there’s less tugging on the delicate skin of the eye. Bold, shimmering metallic color that lasts through rain or shine.

5. Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof $24.50

e3.JPGFormulated to withstand everything from tears to inclement weather, this waterproof eyeliner has a unique twist tip that never needs sharpening. Won’t skip, smudge or streak.


Finding the right sunscreen can be incredibly overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from, and with something so important as your skin, you want to make sure you’re making the best purchase. Sadly, many commercial sunscreens lack the adequate criteria for optimum protection. So, according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), when shopping for sunscreen, keep in mind that the best sunscreens block both UVA and UVB rays with safe, active ingredients that do not break down in the sun. And:

1. Look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
2. Avoid oxybenzone and sunscreens with fragrance
3. Avoid sunscreen sprays (we know…bummer!)

Here are five effective sunscreens to invest in this season, broken down by category:

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Won’t Leave your Face Ghostly White:

Soleo Organice Sunscreen SPF30, $14.30 Amazon.com




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Most Moisturizing:

Purple Praire Botanicals Sunstuff, $15.99 PurplePrairie.com




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Best Under Makeup:

Kasia Organic Skin Care: Good Day Sunscreen, $29 Kasiaorganicssalon.com







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Best for Baby:

Think Baby SPF 30+ Water Resistant Sunscreen. $16.99 Thinkbabybottles.com




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Least Oily:

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Stick, SPF-30 $20.40 Amazon.com







Not sure which scent to choose? There’s an app for that.

ascent-logo240do050710.jpgEstee Lauder’s Aramis and Designer Fragrances division has launched a mobile phone app. Called Ascent, the Apple iPod Touch app asks shoppers a series of questions, and presents them with scent suggestions that fit their answers.

Questions cover topics such as favorite vacation spot, or favorite food. Your answers enable the app to reveal your personality as either sophisticated, casual or seductive, and a scent is then chosen and recommended to you from the Aramis collection.

Although the app currently only suggests fragrances owned by Aramis, which includes DKNY, Missoni, Sean John, and Micheal Kors, it’s a safe bet that other perfume companies will soon follow suit. Ascent will be available at Nordstrom beauty counters starting May 28.

Protection from the sun is vital, especially as temperatures start to soar. A few of the most feared words in a gal’s life? SUN DAMAGE. So fair and frightened is one of our editors, she triples up with SPF in her primer, moisturizer, AND foundation! (We should note that layering SPFs does not increase the number or effectiveness, but try telling her that…)

You may not be as paranoid as she is, but it’s important to protect yourself. No matter what your skin concern may be - aging, sensitive, acne-prone— we’ve got you covered…literally.

sunscreen.JPGBest anti-aging:
Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30, $135

An antiaging lotion with SPF 30 protection. Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30 defends the skin against the harsh rays of the sun with the added benefit of active ingredient kinetin, a powerful antioxidant scientifically proven to visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines wrinkles by enhancing skin’s ability to maintain 25% more moisture.

Best organic:
Josie Maran Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+, $32

 A chemical-free, SPF40+ daily sun block for the face, neck, and décolleté. This natural formula physically blocks UVA rays that can cause up to 80% of premature aging.
Infused with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil, which repairs and reverses damage caused by the sun, fights sign of aging, and improves skintone for a radiant, renewed complexion.

Best complexion boosting:
Boscia Illuminating UVA/UVB SPF 30, $30

A botanically based, oil-free sunscreen. Boscia Illuminating UVA/UVB SPF 30 provides natural sun protection using titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The rich, botanically based formula enhances and fortifies all skin types, leaving a healthy, beautiful glow.
 
Best for oily skin:
DDF Matte Finish Photo-Age Protection™ SPF 30 , $32

A lightweight, easily absorbed, non-oily formula to help protect against premature aging effects caused by everyday exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants. It protects from both the UVA rays that cause long-term damage and the UVB rays that cause burning.

Best for sensitive skin:
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion - SPF 30 , $42

This user-friendly daytime essential provides extra-sheer protection against UVA/UVB rays as it soothes and hydrates skin. Rich in antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, this oil-free formula keeps your complexion safe and healthy.

Best for dry skin:
Clarins HydraQuench Cream SPF 15, $48

A moisturizing cream that combines a unique range of moisturizing agents that work in synergy to guarantee perfectly hydrated, comfortable skin. No matter the climate or conditions, you can count on this expert solution to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Best overall:
Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40, $17.50

Invisible protection for all skin tones and types from everyday encounters with the sun’s UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Comfortable, ultra-sheer formula uses physical sunscreens, so even sensitive skins can wear it daily. Helps makeup wear longer.

Best value:
Sephora Sun Safety Kit ($95 Value) $25

Try before you buy! Protect your complexion with this array of products and find your perfect match. Do something good for your skin and feel good knowing that 100 percent of the net profits from the sales of this set will be donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

This set contains:
- 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
- 0.23 oz DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew UV Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.10 oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Lemon and Chamomile
- 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
- 0.16 oz Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen
- 0.27 oz Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15
- 0.16 oz Cover FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer & Photo-Aging Defense SPF 50
- 0.34 oz Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.23 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 60 PA+++
- 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
- 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
- 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Multi-tasking Face SPF 20 in Summer Bisque
- Pink Sephora makeup bag
- 2 x single-use UVSunSense UV monitoring bracelets


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