Bold Hues and Brilliant Blues
Nothing says hello summer like playing with color and this season is no exception! This summer’s standout shade is bright blue, available in rich shades and highly pigmented hues- this color is no longer just for mom! For a quick pick me up, apply a few strokes of eyeliner- Sephora Brand Retractable Eyeliner in Blue ($12 at sephora.com) my personal fav and will add a subtle pop to your everyday look. For more vibrant eyes, sweep a deep blue hue to the outer corners of the eye and brush on a light beige shade in the center of the eyelid. Contour the eye while adding depth with a blue-green shadow in your crease and along the brow bone. Experimenting with a burst of color will brighten your eyes and your mood, so don’t be afraid to pick up this season’s trend shade.
Remember, if you’re using bold colors on your eyes make sure to keep the rest of your look simple and fresh so your peepers will stand out!
The (Sunless) Bronze Goddess
It is no secret that sun exposure and tanning beds reek havoc on your skin and the long term effects are not worth the temporary glow. There is nothing sexy about wrinkles and sun spots! But fear not, looking like you’ve spent hours sun bathing while secretly staying under the umbrella is easier than ever with this sun kissed palette. Sonia Kashuk’s How to Create the Bronzed Face palette ($20 at Target stores and target.com) contains Blush, Bronzer, 3 Lipglosses, and 3 Eyeshadows plus step-by step application tips to create a radiant face without breaking the bank.
For better application and to increase the life of this and other palettes, buy professional make-up brushes instead of using the mini applicators provided in the kit.
Luscious Lip Stains
Want a light and lasting lip color? This summer, it’s all about the lip stain! Easy to apply and able to stay on your lips for hours, lip stains go on as a liquid and quickly become dry to the touch, leaving behind a hint of tint. The travel friendly Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain come in 10 scrumptious shades and the felt tip marker make them easy to apply ($8 available at your local drugstores and at covergirl.com).
TheBalm brings lipstains to the next level with their latest launch of the Lip Stains palette. The water color lipstain palette ($28 available in Raspberry Red/Petunia Pink and Brown Sugar/Plum Berry at thebalm.com) allows you to create your very own custom lip stain color on the go. Each palette contains two complementary colors, a mini water bottle, water well to mix your shade, and a brush to apply.
Some lipstains also double as a long lasting blush, so apply to the apples of your cheeks and blend in with a sponge for a natural “I just jogged around the block” flush, without ever leaving your bathroom.
Matte Nail Polish
We’ve seen it with lips and now this trend has trickled down to our toes. Introducing Matte Nail Polish! Always providing cutting edge colors and formations, OPI is leading the pack with their July 2009 collection of Matte Nail Polish. Bringing back some standby favorites and best sellers, OPI is releasing these 6 shades in Matte- Alpine Snow, Gargantuan Green Grape, La Paz-itively Hot, Lincoln Park After Dark, Russian Navy, You Don’t Know Jacques! (pictured left to right) so you can experiment with this season’s hottest trend. Note that OPI Matte does not wear as long as OPI Nail Polish, but with these dazzling shades, you’ll want to rotate them often. Available at your favorite salon in July.