Summertime Skin Overhaul

by Swati Woods

Beautiful glowing skin is the best accessory for your summer dresses and bathing suits. When it comes to creating the perfect look, it is important to scale back on all the products you were using for winter and create a focus on skin care. Swap out those heavy, full-coverage foundations and dark lips for lightweight alternatives and bold, bright lips. The following products have been selected to create your perfect Summer Glow.

Youthquake Moisturizer by Marc Jacobs ($59 at Sephora) has quickly become a sought after product to achieve instant texture free, glowing skin. Pineapple enzymatic water is used to resurface the skin and help with texture. Your skin feels supple, soft and smooth instantly.

Pro-tip: If you are looking to amp up the glow (think J-lo), add a droplet of Marc Jacobs Dew Drops (Dew You or Tantalize $45 at Sephora) to give you an all over glow and hint of color. The shade you choose will determine the depth of color you achieve.

Kat Von D- Go Big or Go Home Mascara ($23 at Sephora) is a rich black, extreme volume mascara, that achieves the most beautiful eye opening effect. It is also smudge and flake proof. No need to worry about your mascara falling on your cheekbones.

Bite Beauty- Outburst Longwear Lip Stain ($24 at Sephora) is a hydrating, long wear, lightweight lip stain. You can wear this lip product as an opaque burst of color or a just bitten look with a softer application. Oh, and did I mention it’s waterproof!! A dip in the water won’t remove your lip color.

Pro-tip: Use a small, fluffy eye shadow brush to apply the lip stain. This technique allows you to have a quick just bitten look. The brush feathers the product onto your lips so you can avoid over-saturation of color. Use your fingers to tap a little color on your cheeks to create a stain.

Banana Bright Eye Cream ($38 at Sephora) and Banana Bright Face Primer ($36 at Sephora) by Ole Henriksen are my holy grail to achieve the no-makeup, make-up look. Both products have banana powder pigments and vitamin C to help reduce the look of fatigued skin and pigmentation damage. The eye cream also has collagen to help minimize lines and prevent against future signs of aging.

Pro-tip: After you apply your eye cream and face primer, place concealer around eyes. Use a shade close to your complexion to avoid using a foundation. Concealer allows you to correct any pigmentation concerns like acne scars and dark circles. Using fingers creates a second skin finish.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb ($18 at Sephora) is the perfect, universally flattering shade of lip gloss. The non-sticky, super shiny gloss, is essential for a quick lip. The formula is infused with Shea Butter which conditions the skin and has the most addictive Peach-Vanilla scent. You will find yourself putting this gloss on over and over again.

Sunscreen is the most important product in your routine. YEAR ROUND. Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer Tinted SPF 47 ($36 at Sephora) not only protects, but perfects the skin. This sunscreen has a slight tint of warmth so the sunscreen does not look grey. Pure Argan oil and green tea soothe and provides nourishment.

Pro-tip: Skip foundation and replace with tinted sunscreen for the summer months. Warm the product in your finger tips and press onto skin.

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