Have you changed your makeup routine to make it more warm weather friendly? If not, here are some easy ideas for you courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Valerie Sarnelle, who has worked her makeup magic on Eva Longoria Parker, Halle Berry, Courteney Cox, Cher and Pamela Anderson.
IN YOUR 20S
Even though you are only in your 20s, it is crucial that you begin taking care of your skin and protecting it from sun damage. Start your makeup routine with a tinted moisturizer. Look for one that is waterproof, long lasting and has an SPF of at least 15. Once you have applied your tinted moisturizer, fake your summer glow with a bronzer, my personal favorite is my best-selling Thumbelina, which I apply all over my face. All fabulous 20 year olds should not hit the beach without the perfect pink gloss! This season, poppy pinks and fuchsias are all the rage and are a huge help to instantly intensify tans.
IN YOUR 30S
For summer 2010, women in their 30s should go for a eye-catching bronze eye. Once again, start with a quality tinted moisturizer and then apply a cream shadow and liner - my Valerie Beverly Hills Golden Sherbert Eye Creams shadow and Fresco Liner help you achieve this sultry glow in no time at all. Both products are water-resistant and work for eyes of any color. Once your eyes are bronzed and gorgeous, 30 year olds should not be afraid to take a risk when reaching for that perfect blush. This season, pinks and peaches are carrying through spring into summer and are a great alternative to using bronzer all over your face. Lastly, this season, I am all about a nude or natural gloss applied liberally throughout the day.
IN YOUR 40S
It’s all about moisture, moisture, moisture! My signature Eyes by Valerie eye patches contain intensely hydrating algae and cucumber extracts that add instant replenishment to dehydrated skin. After leaving patches on for 30 minutes, I recommend a more highly pigmented bronzer than your wore in your 20s and 30s - my Sheena of the Jungle is perfect for you! Once applied, I think one of the best kept secrets of any makeup artist is helping their clients find the perfect mascara and summer 2010 is the time to do this! Find one that is waterproof and helps you create the lashes you wish you were born with - whether you want extra length, more volume, or both. A great mascara paired with a perfect bronzer and a gloss in the red family makes you look like you spent hours doing your makeup, instead, you can spend the extra time frolicking on the beach looking refreshed and glowing!
IN YOUR 50S
It’s all about smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles and creating drop dead gorgeous cheekbones! Start with a great silicon primer (my Fine Lines is a lifesaver!) and because you may need a little extra coverage, I recommend pairing your tinted moisturizer with a bit of your favorite foundation and apply over primer. Next, apply a cream bronze stick right under your cheekbone line and rub it in with your fingers in an upward motion, followed by a similar product in a true pink for a flush of instant color at the apple of your cheek. Then, to make eyes pop, look for a cream shadow that won’t cause your lids to appear creased, and for summer 2010, I recommend a luminescent shade with a hint of iridescence, like my Butter Rum Eye Creams. Lastly, look for a shade of gloss that is a little matte, but at the same time multi-dimensional and generously apply, especially in the pout for instant, fuller lips.
AT ANY AGE:
Have fun, as summer is a great time to try something new - but, just remember sunscreen and the right gloss are always in style!
For more info on Valerie, check out www.valeriebeverlyhills.com.