Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Time= Waterproof!

If you are one of those women that won't let herself be dunked in the pool for fear that you will emerge with runny mascara and a face full of smeared products then worry no more! I know I know beach and pool make-up can be a bit of a faux pas for our more natural friends, but who cares! There is no reason you can't look fabulous while taking a dip in the water. Here are some tips for staying gorgeous while still enjoying all the fun water sports summer has to offer.

Waterproof Mascara
Waterproof Mascara is a must! Nothing is a bigger give away that those dramatic lashes aren't natural than black smudges running down your face. As I have mentioned earlier, I really like L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara. Chances are though that any mascara you love will have a waterproof sister in a similar formula.

Waterproof Pencil
This can actually be used in more ways than you think. Of course there is the most obvious use which is to line eyes for a more dramatic effect, but try using it for other enhancers like filling in eyebrows and highlighting the brow bone.
For eyebrows, use a color close to your natural hair color and fill in eyebrows with light strokes that mimic small hairs. Then use a toothbrush (not the one you brush your teeth with) to blend the strokes and make it more natural. Kid's toothbrushes are best for this since they are smaller and more precise.
For a highlight, use a white or light pink pencil to draw a line on the brow bone. Then smudge with your finger to blend it into skin.

For a more natural look you may want to skip this but if you still want the drama then try these tips. You can also use your waterproof pencil for this, but make sure its not fully sharpened. Take your pencil and run it over the flame of a lighter. Test it on your hand to make sure its not too hot and then draw on your eyeshadow, starting at the lash line and blending upwards with your finger.
You can also use a cream eyeshadow but keep in mind that lighter colors are better. If you rub your eyes while emerging from the pool, then cream eyeshadow can smear. Lighter colors make it less noticeable when this happens.

Cheek Stain
Cheeks stain is your best bet for a soft flush. Creams can smear just like with the eyeshadow. Try a stain instead which lasts much longer and won't rub off. Be careful though since stains dry very fast and can take expert timing and application to make sure they are blended in correctly before they set.

Here is a secret. Cheek stain and lip stain are often similar if not the same formula. Try your cheek stain on your lips. It may just become your new favorite lipstick color.

I suggest going without foundation. It will come off in the water anyway and if it doesn't then your product is way to oily and probably clogging your pores. If you have acne and need a little extra coverage then try to spot conceal them. Concealer is usually thicker and more likely to stay put if you aren't rubbing your face a whole bunch.

Now go take a dip in the pool and enjoy all the wonders of summer!

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