Summer Makeup with Kami Gray


"Stress-Free, Sweat-Free Summer Makeup and Beauty Routine"

by Stylist, Kami Gray

One of these days, we’re actually going to have summer weather here in Portland so my tips today are to make sure us gals are armed and ready with the right tools.

When it comes to products and wearing makeup, less is more when it comes to your summer beauty regiman. Take a break from your heavier makeup routine and go for a more natural, stress-free, sweat-free beauty routine.

A Few Tips to Scale Back Your Routine:

Contrary to the notion of scaling back, this is actually when I step up my salon services. They make the daily maintenance part of my routine much easier and faster.

  • Try airbrush tanning to get the look of color without actually tanning. Just google or search on yelp for “Bronzing Portland Oregon” and you’ll find several in the area.
  • Whiten your teeth – either with Crest Strips or see a dentist for bleaching trays. White teeth look great with your newly air-brushed tan.
  • Keep brows trimmed and shaped and consider having your salon dye them two or even three shades darker than your natural eye brow color. I apply powder on my eye brows during the rest of the year, but this could easily rub off during the summer months.
  • Keep up with your pedis/manis. Not only do they keep your nails in good shape and sandal-ready, you get a nice moisturizing treatment for dry summer skin.

Recommended Beauty Products for Summer:

Blush/Bronzer: For a fresh, non-makeup, natural beach beauty look, use: Georgia Peach Finishing Powder by Benefit

Waterproof mascara: Cover Girl All-in-One Professional Mascara -- magnifies and defines eyes without looking overdone and clumpy, but in a waterproof, smudgeproof, go-all-day formula.

Tinted gloss: MAC Tinted Gloss. This one doesn't creep up to the area above your lip and make it look like you're sweating:

Eyeliner: Mac Fluidline Gel Eyeliner. Use a gel eyeliner that stays on and stays put. For the same reason that younger women love their dark eyeliner so they can look older, women over 40 who are aiming for a more youthful appearance might want to try the next product tip instead

Eyes -- a subtler look: Powder eyeliner applied very minimally after applying light, shimmery eye shadow - the shimmery affect is way less obvious when it gets stuck in creases. For Eyeliner: Revlon Perle Eye Shadow, Black Galaxy For Eyeshadow: Revlon Perle Eye Shadow, Lilac Shimmer

Face: Ditch the compact and foundation - instead use a sheer, slightly tinted moisturizer with sunblock and brush on translucent powder to minimize shine. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Moisturizer and L'Oreal TRANSLUCIDE Naturally Luminous Powder,Translucent

Easiest Summer Look!

For an easy summer look when you're going to be outside -- apply sun protection, a little blush, some tinted gloss, skip the face and eye makeup altogether, and throw on a great pair of shades!


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