As the seasons change from winter to spring and then from spring to summer, we all notice the changes in fashion. Hemlines get shorter, trousers turn into cut-offs or shorts, the little black dresses turn into floral print cotton, and shoes are replaced with sandals and flip-flops. This is obviously partly due to the change in weather and temperature. However, it is also part of the ‘summer look’ – people like to look cool and natural as well as feel it when the summer comes around.
In the same way, make up trends can change drastically when summer comes around. The darker, richer winter colours are cast aside in favour of cooler, more natural colours and products. Nobody wants to look as though are caked in cosmetics as they head off to the beach during the holidays, which is often how winter colours can comes across on bright summer days. The other thing you need to remember is that summer days can get really hot, and the last thing you want is to have your very noticeable make-up melting, sweating and bleeding as you wear it.
This is why it is best to opt for naturals during the summer months. Frosted pinks and golden browns are very popular shades of lipstick in the summer. Foundation, if necessary at all, should always be kept light to avoid the ‘caked’ look and to allow your skin to breathe during the heat. It is a good idea to opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation as this will hydrate your skin as well as give you a healthy glow. You can accentuate your natural tan with a light dusting of blusher in a natural shade that closely matches your skin shade. And, if you want to bring out your eyes a little more, you should select eye shadows in very soft colours, such as light browns or pale golds.
These make up shades are very natural ones, but they can work very effectively during the summer. The right make up can give you a real sun-kissed look, and if you’ve picked up a natural tan they can set it off perfectly. Make sure that you use plenty of light moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, particularly during the summer. It is important to do this both morning and night to stop your skin from drying out.
Most people pick up a natural, radiant glow during the summer months, and this glow can really be enhanced by using the right cosmetics. Summer evenings can be spiced up a little by going for bronze and cinnamon colours, and the more adventurous could even go for a golden/bronze shimmer dust which can be lightly dusted on to the cheekbones for the ultimate tanned glow. There are some great summer shades available for both day and night, so you can look both natural and stunning.
Do bear in mind, however, that summer make up should be far lighter in coverage than winter make up; thickly applied make up may end up sliding down your face by midday when it starts to get hotter. With this in mind, it is essential to try and keep your skin in top condition as you will not have the security of as much make up coverage as you might in autumn or winter. So, ensure that you wash, cleanse, tone and moisturize your face every night, and also ensure that you drink plenty of water to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.
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