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This article was written at the time of the heatwave and published on 04.09.2015 in Woman Magazine, both print and online but without links . Here it is with links…
Dateline: Switzerland`s most incredible heatwave which lingers into September.
Having been born on a hot, humid tropical island, I easily adapt to the mercury’s elevation but I realize the average Swiss finds it uncomfortable and difficult to wear makeup during these sweltering times. While it might be ok to go “au natural” on the weekend, for the workplace a cleaner, more polished look is possible.
Follow my go-to, summer-friendly tips for low maintenance, sweat proof, chic makeup that will keep you looking radiant and fresh at work or hanging out in the city with friends.1. Sun Protection
It`s essential to take a few minutes to prep your skin for the sun’s damaging rays. During summer months, the skin produces more oil due to a lack of moisture so it’s best to use a gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type. I recommend “Aveeno”, which works well on most skin types. I usually skip the moisturizer and use an oil free primer or CC cream. Apply a lightweight oil free sunscreen. Nowadays, you can purchase sunscreens that fight antiaging and skin pigmentation. I like “La Roche Posay” SPF 50 and suggest letting it set for three to five minutes before starting your makeup application.
2. Avoid Heavy Foundation Coverage
Ditch the heavy foundation and opt for sheer liquid water-based foundation. Nothing’s worse than cakey, streaking makeup on a hot day. To prevent clogged pores and streaks, apply foundation lightly onto areas of the face that need to be evened out. The coverage should be sheer enough to allow your skin to peek through. I use a lightweight water-based foundation by “Armani” but a good drugstore brand that I would recommend is “L`Oreal”. You can also mix your foundation with a bit of water, primer or moisturizer for a more sheer coverage. I tend to skip powder blush during summer and opt for creamy or gel blush formulas. Use pink or coral or any hues that match your natural skin tone.
Set with minimal powder on the T-zone and under the eye area. If you have dark skin tone that is very oily, I recommend blotting paper in your beauty arsenal, wrapping a single sheet around a wedged sponge or beauty blender, gently rolling along the T-zone, side of nostrils, chin to absorb excess oil while leaving the skin dewy and oil-free for hours. I use the drugstore brand, “E.L.F Shine Eraser Blotting Sheets”. If you have extra money to splurge, I recommend “Tatcha Blotting Paper“, a bit pricey but very effective. To finish off your radiant and glowing look, use a contour brush and sweep highlighter on the high point of the cheekbone.
3. Eyes On Point
Skip powder eyeshadows because they can appear patchy on days that are humid. I would suggest that you opt instead for waterproof cream eye formulas. These products are durable, easy to blend and very flattering. And of course, I suggest using “ZalinaWälchli Brushes” to apply the formula. I also like the drugstore formula “Cream Eye Tattoo” by “Maybelline”. Finish with waterproof mascara for smudge-free eyes, all day long. I recommend, “Essence Waterproof Big Lashes”.
4. Lips To Go
It`s a pity that lips are often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. This is one area of our skin that is highly prone to weather damage. Protect them with a hydrating lip balm containing sunscreen before applying lip color. Beauty trends tend to dictate that in summer, lipstick should be substituted for sheer Lip Gloss. While I love trends and sheer lips, I also love a bit of color and like to wear corals and cheerful pink tones during the summer months. For the office, tone it down a bit but after work play up the lips with a color that`s flattering to your skin tone.
I like the new liquid lip colors and sheer jumbo pencils by “NARS” in coral, sheer rose pink, red, and orange.
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Photography: Rainer Suck
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