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How to: Switch up your Beauty Look for Summer

Wed, 28 November 2012 3:17PM

I’m a big fan of Last Minute Decisions. Hell, I’ve even been known to regularly give the Last Second Deciders a go, too. I’m not scared.

But, dear Primpettes, I am not prepared to take you with me down the slippery slope of my sedentary approach to decision making.

To ensure you don’t leave the important stuff to the last minute this summer – except Christmas shopping, your New Year’s Eve pash paramour and those pesky resolutions the next day – I’ve hacked through the mire of makeup and hair habits from spring … and fluffed, freshened and fired them up for the new season.

Your time starts last now. Or Saturday at the latest.


  • Prime post-moisturiser to ensure a strong foundation for, err, foundation. Heat can see the stuff slide south, so primer is of utmost importance if you haven’t been using it already. I dare say it’s of prime importance even … Okay, enough already.
  • “Don’t wear mascara if you know you are going to be around water,” advises Grant Power, national face designer, Giorgio Armani.. “Change to a clear mascara – it won’t make a mess like black.”
  • Lips don’t tan. They burn. Wearing an SPF on your pout is absolutely imperative when being out in the sun, so plop an extra SPF balm, like Blistex Lip Radiance, $4.95, from pharmacies, in your beach bag. It might make some lovely friends with the Wrigley’s wrapper and earphones languishing in the bottom of your bag – and it will ensure you’re smooch-ready 24/7. A top tip for summer romances, lemme tell ya.
  • “If you hate the look of fake tan on the face but needed to warm up the skin on the body, my trick is to apply a warm sepia shade of sheer cream or liquid bronzer around the circumference of the face, on the cheeks, a dab on the chin, and across the bridge of the nose,” says Nichola Joss, Sanctuary Spa skincare expert and celebrity facialist.
  • Constant sunscreen application is a necessary evil as it protects the skin, but can also promote congestion of the complexion. Introduce a weekly purifying treatment into your skincare routine. I love Aum Cell Renew Facial Exfoliant, $24.95, from selected pharmacies (call 03 9415 9911) because it allows you to customise the level of exfoliation required. For super-icky skin days, try leaving it on for two or three minutes as a mask for extra purification.
  • Give blow-drying a break and, like Abbie Cornish (above), embrace the plait, advises Amber Pompeii, senior stylist at Valonz. “This turns unstyled hair into something fun and youthful for summer.”
  • Keeping hair smooth, hydrated and glossy will keep it on-trend for summer, no matter what the style. ”Even a messy undone style will still look chic if hair appears shiny and healthy,” says Amber.  Knots can lead to splitting and breakage, which may explain why your hair seems to stop growing at a certain point. “To avoid tangles and help each strand reach its full potential, flop your hair forward and gather it as though into pineapple on top of your head. When we sleep, we roll around so much, but a nighttime updo puts your hair to rest. And as an added bonus, it can also add a nice wave to your hair for the next morning.”
  • “Keep your foundation and moisturiser in the fridge for summer,” says makeup artist Karen Bicchiari. “The heat from your face will melt it and merge to give you a perfect complexion. It feels pretty good too!”

Them’s the basics Primpettes.

What summer switcheroos will you be making?

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  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 03:22pm

    Abbie Cornish is so pretty!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:42pm

    is it just me or is her plait a very different colour to her normal hair? maybe its extensions.. i switch to a lighter foundation, sea salt hair spray and a bright orange or pink lip :)

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:48pm

    Love the idea of storing my foundation and moisturizer in the fridge!

  • Posted by: allybutler19 Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:48pm

    I couldn’t even consider putting on foundation without a primer! I loooovvveee the Napoleon Perdis one!!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 04:56pm

    The Aum Cell Renew Facial Exfoliant sounds great, how well does sensitive skin tolerate it?

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 07:01pm

    I like the idea of keeping my moisturiser and foundation in the fridge.

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 07:35pm

    I’m going to chopping my hair short for summer! Also, does anyone know of a gel bronzer under $50?

  • Posted by: matty Enthusiast // Wed, 28 November 2012 09:48pm

    What a fantastic idea about popping foundation and moisturiser in the fridge during summer. I’ll definitely give that a go. I like the Natio bronzer…cheap and cheerful.

  • Posted by: mioche Enthusiast // Thu, 29 November 2012 01:54pm

    Has anyone found a pretty/tinted (pink) lipbalm with SPF 30+ in it? I hate the Blistex ones, they taste awful.

  • Posted by: mioche Enthusiast // Thu, 29 November 2012 01:55pm

    And switching to mineral foundation in powder form is better than liquid for summer.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 29 November 2012 09:25pm

    I love the idea of keeping my foundation and moisturiser in the fridge! It’s forecast to be quite warm in Sydney tomorrow n Saturday, so I’ll be putting mine in the fridge as soon as I’m done on the computer!

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Fri, 30 November 2012 07:54pm

    I think I’ll be dropping rosehip oil from my routin because it’s starting to give me break outs. I always drop it in summer because of that issue.

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 08:31pm

    Love these tips! I am getting my hair chopped tomorrow (going for the lob – eek!) in an attempt to keep it healthy and shiny for summer!

  • Posted by: NarelleLolita Newbie // Mon, 3 December 2012 10:14pm

    Great tips especially keeping foundation and moisturizer in fridge during summer!

  • Posted by: Isabelle // Wed, 5 December 2012 10:23am

    Putting moisturiser in the fridge is a good idea- I will try that

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 03:51pm

    Usually i would agree with the no mascara in water but since using CG lashblast i have to disagree :D

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 04:32pm

    I’m loving the all the lip and cheek stain options at the moment.
    Fantastic choice for summer!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 16 December 2012 06:45pm

    definitely more hairstyles like this one on the photo

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Fri, 7 June 2013 12:54pm

    I’ll keep this fridge tip in mind!

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Thu, 8 August 2013 01:23pm

    I like that bronzer on the face tip. I tend to wear more lip balm/gloss over lipstick in the summer. Maybelline waterproof mascara doesn’t budge even if I go swimming, love the stuff!

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