© Stephanie Galea/Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019Here comes the sun: it's time to get your beauty kit sorted.
It's time to get that sun-kissed look for summer, but hot weather brings its own beauty conundrums. Here's how to update your beauty kit.
Going for bronze
Going straight from beach to bar? Then keep a bronzing palette in your beach tote that will cover all the bases. Copper hues and flattering browns are great on any complexion and can be worn anywhere on your face and body. For instance, you can use it as eyeshadow, as a highlighter on the spots where the sun would naturally catch your face, and even as a highlighter dabbed on the centre of your favourite smudgy lip, or dusted on to your décolletage. The options are limitless. Lastly, keep an easy-to-apply stick foundation at hand for little touch-ups.
Chanel Bronzer and Highlighter Duo in Clair (myer.com.au, $93). Revlon ColorStay Life-Proof Foundation Stick in Natural Beige (priceline.com.au, $25).
Lip serviceA full face of make-up at the beach might be a bit over the top, but artfully applied lipstick in the colour du jour, red, will keep your face looking fresh. Take your favourite shade of red and build the colour up slowly. Apply with your finger to smudge it up and keep it looking relaxed. If you feel the need for anything else - say, a hint of colour worn on the eye or the cheeks - go for a barely there blush of subtle colour and a couple of coats of waterproof mascara like Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara (target.com.au, $19). © Jennifer SooChanel Bronzer and Highlighter Duo.
Tool kit Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Rose Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo (mecca.com.au, $45). Burberry Kisses Lip Lacquer in Military Red, (davidjones.com, $52).
Saving face (and body)
If you are going to brave sun and sea, then a waterproof SPF50+ is essential. Apply half an hour before venturing out and top up every two hours (pop an alarm on your phone so you won't forget). As a rule, use a teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm and leg, and on the front and back of your body, and half a teaspoon for your face. (Oh, and don't forget to apply to the backs of your hands and your décolletage.) Most importantly, prevention is better than cure, so don't forget accessories like sunglasses and a full-brimmed hat, and avoid sun exposure between 10am and 3pm. © Jennifer SooMecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Rose Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo.
Tool kit Ella Baché Daily Hydration Mist (ellabache.com.au, $39). La Roche-Posay Anthelios Wet Skin SPF50+ Body Sunscreen (priceline.com.au, $30).
The tan commandments
Remember, the only good tan is a fake tan and there is a plethora of product out there. The rules are simple: exfoliate well about a week before applying a fake tan, targeting trouble spots like elbows, knees and ankles, follow with a body moisturiser to keep skin smooth, then shave or wax the day before. Fake tan is best applied at night, using a mitt to save hands from turning tandoori and a blow-dryer to hasten drying. If you just want colour for a day, try a wash-off skin highlighter on legs and décolletage. © Jennifer SooElla Baché Daily Hydration Mist.
Tool kit Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator in Golden Glow (priceline.com.au, $20). Byron Bay Bronze Tanning Foam (byronbaybronze.com.au, $40). Mor Pomegranate Sugar Crystal Body Scrub (morboutique.com, $40).
This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale October 6.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Illuminator in Golden Glow. © Jennifer Soo
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