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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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