It’s finally light when the alarm goes off, and there’s a hint of warmth in the air. When a new season arrives, it’s always a good idea to reevaluate your skincare regime and experiment with some new makeup trends. In the spring and summer months, it’s all about getting that healthy glow. If you’re keen to sport the barely-there, airbrushed look as temperatures rise, here are some top skin hacks to use now.
Change your foundation
In the cooler months, we tend to opt for heavier foundation, which gives us more coverage. When it’s warm outside, most of us prefer lighter products, which make the skin feel fresher. If you’re lucky to have a flawless complexion, you can swap your normal foundation for BB or CC cream or eve use a tinted moisturiser. If you prefer a little more coverage, opt for a liquid foundation if you have dry skin or a light mineral powder if you have oily skin. Use your fingers or a brush to apply your makeup, and go for products that have a luminescent, rather than a matte, finish. For useful application tips, check out http://www.glamour.com/story/beauty-tips-how-to-do-foundation-like-a-pro-2011-02.
The secret to glowing skin is actually very simple. You may need a little help from products along the way, but hydration is the most important thing. If you are dehydrated, your skin will soon start to show the effects, so make sure you drink plenty of water.
Swap contouring for strobing
Unless you’ve been hiding under a stone for years, you’re probably aware of the contouring trend. Contouring, if it’s done right, can look incredible, especially on photographs. But it’s very easy to get it wrong, and this look is a little too heavy for spring/summer. If you’re keen on something more natural, and you want that dewy finish, rather than exaggerated definition, strobing could be the answer. You can achieve this look by using highlighter to accentuate your best features. Once you’ve applied your foundation or BB cream, apply a small amount of product to your cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of your nose, and your Cupid’s bow. If you’re new to strobing, it can take a few trials to perfect your technique and find the best products for your skin type, and it’s a good idea to watch some online tutorials and have a look at sites like beautyambition.com for recommendations. Make sure you blend thoroughly once you’ve applied your highlighter to ensure a natural finish. You can use a brush or a sponge to do this.
When the sun’s shining outside, many of us feel a bit better with a bit of colour. If you’re after a golden glow, and you haven’t booked an exotic holiday yet, don’t worry! There are some fantastic self-tan products out there. Read some reviews before you make a purchase, and try and choose a shade that complements your natural skin tone. Exfoliate before you tan, and use a mitt to apply your tan. It’s usually a good idea to put your product on at night and then shower in the morning. Moisturise regularly to maintain your colour.