Update your skincare and beauty wardrobe as you would if you were to for your closet…
It should reflect the current season and picking skincare textures and makeup that’ll help your visage acclimate to the new weather. For example, in the winter, you prioritize heavy knitwear and coats to brave the cold, but now comes summer and it’s all about lightweight dresses and linen, you should consider swapping out that ultra-rich moisturizer for a lighter face lotion or a full coverage foundation doe a tinted moisturizer. See where I’m going with this? I adjust my skincare regimen and beauty products almost every season because of the climate and because my skin asks for it. From one consumer to the next (it also happens that I am also a makeup artist with experience to share), I’m here to divulge the products and a few tips for conducting your summer skincare and beauty wardrobe. Out with the old, in with summer! For tips on how to update your skincare and beauty wardrobe continue reading…
As the weather heats up, skin is less dry and irritated, but still deserves to be pampered. Restore the glow that’s been ravaged by the cold, travel or stress with Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser. Similarly, the soft gel formula of Kate Sommerville Gentle Daily Wash and Cetaphil is light on the skin but penetrates deeply to cleanse your pores. The easy, breezy feel of summertime should inspire you to be active, which makes Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Spa Water Cloths ideal for a powerful cleanse on-the-go. Of course, if you are still going strong with a more emollient cleanser, like May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud Cleansing Mask, stay the course. This formula is all natural, smells divine and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and clean but never parched. Likewise, Sisley’s Cleansing Milk with While Lily provides luxurious hydration and tone that you needn’t deny your skin, whatever the weather.
For those who want extra cleansing after wearing heavy skin products such as sun screen or even makeup use a gentle toner to remove any excess traces of oil or dirt (yes, skin gets dirty too). I don’t often use a toner but when I do I use it in my t-zone because that’s where I tend to get oily the most. I really like Amanda Lacey Miracle Tonic. I also use and carry in my Artist kit Avene Cleanance MAT Mattifying Toner, it purifies, tightens pores and absorbs excess oils leaving skin shine free. Rose water is also a favorite of mine and it smells heavenly. Did I mention Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a toner? Well it can and I’ve tried it. It doesn’t smell as heavenly as rose water, but it definitely works well for oily and acne prone skin,. Just be sure to dilute the ACV with some water before using it your first time.
Serums & Retinol
Just as you combine cardio workouts with targeted weight training, a serum and moisturizer are used in tandem to tone your skin. In this case, consider your serum a kettle-bell weight and get to work: the benefits will go far in correcting whatever skin concern ails you. Vintner’s Daughter fights wrinkles and acne with a potent blend of antioxidants, or you could opt for one of Glossier’s three Super Serums—they’ve delivered on targeted treatments to purify, hydrate and calm stressed complexions while being gentle enough to use on any skin type. Another favorite product of mine is the Shani Darden Retinol Reform because it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots which I love. Not to mention Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid +Retinol Brightening Solution is another favorite of mine and it brightens skin as well as reducing inflammation.
As the climate climbs, you shed cashmere layers to expose more skin: the same principle should be applied to your moisturizing routine. Part of updating your beauty wardrobe is keeping everything light. Keep moisturizer light with something basic like, La Mer Moisturizing Soft Lotion, La Praire Extrait Of Skin Caviar Firming Complex (I use this as a primer sometimes) or a multi-purpose product like Embryolisse which you can always find in my artist kit and it can also be used as a primer too. A simple moisturizer is the perfect solution to transitional weather as the skin needs time to adjust to new climates and humidity levels. Right now I’m currently obsessed with Revive Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream (it has SPF 30) for day, Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream also for day or night and occasionally the Moisturizing Renewal cream for nighttime only. As for the neck and chest—which have likely been ignored under turtlenecks and heavy sweaters—be sure to take your moisturizer all the way to the décolletage so that this skin can too reap the benefits.
UV protection is always in season and should be worn daily. Even while in the shade, remember that the sun is still shining and the ravaging effects on your skin are constant threat. Enjoy your time in the great outdoors by applying a light sunscreen, like Chantecaille’s Ultra Sun Protection, after your moisturizer. For touch-ups after makeup application, carry something like Coola’s Setting Spray, or Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Mineral SPF for consistent protection that won’t disturb foundation. And be sure to apply to the hands as they require vigilant protection against premature aging. I have a variety of hand creams that I use, but currently I’m obsessed with Revive Fermitif Hand Cream spf 15. It hydrates, firms, brightens, protects and helps with age spots.
Devices are like jewelry: they may be expensive, but they are an investment that can be worn all year long. Like a fine gem, delicate skin should be treated with pristine care with tools that cater to its specific needs. LightStim LED therapy treats the complexion by regenerating cells with UV-free lights for acne, wrinkles and stressed skin. Using nano-current technology, the ZIIP and NuFace devices reverse the signs of aging, diminish acne and promote a glowing, smooth complexion with regular use. The Jenu is an ultrasonic infuser that will give you 6x the absorption from your regular skincare, making it more effective on a deeper level. And don’t forget about cleansing devices: the LUNA 2 Facial Cleansing Brush by Foreo and the tried and true Clarisonic both target blemishes and anti-aging with an ultra-deep cleanse. Can you tell I’m really into skin devices?
Don’t forget your precious limbs, which should also be moisturized daily. The Caudalie Divine Oil, African Botanics Marula Firming Oil and May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff Radiance Oil can be used all year long and are most effective when applied to slightly damp, post-shower skin. For a lighter option, try on the La Mer Reparative Body Lotion, which packs the anti-aging punch of a serum in a body treatment or the Sisley Paris Cellulinov Intensive Anti-Cellulite Body Care. Don’t forget to exfoliate your body. I really love Shiffa Basil and Mint Body Scrub right before bedtime and for daytime always wear sunscreen. My choice of body protection currently is by Supergoop. They make protection in a variety of formulas- lotion, mousse, mist and oil. I have all of them because a girl like me has to have options.
Face sprays are a healthy and revitalizing treat. After makeup application, gently spritz for a boost of hydration and luminous looking skin. A rosewater spray in your beauty arsenal comes in handy during warm weather months that cause you to sweat as it acts as a natural anti-bacterial splash of hydration. I recommend Chantecaille’s Pure Rosewater for its gentle effectiveness (and because it smells absolutely divine!). Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir awakens the complexion with it’s minty aroma and tightens pores with just one light spray—the ideal canvas for your “no makeup, makeup” look. And lets not forget two other of my favorites, Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist and Sisley Botanical Floral Spray Mist. I try and keep both sticked in my kit at all times.
Summer skin should delight in a treatment once or twice a week. If, like me, you are partial to Sisley’s Black Rose mask, consider swapping it for the lighter (but still intensely hydrating) Express Flower Gel mask which brightens the complexion with rose extract. Remember, regardless of the season, masking is meant to correct your skin’s personal needs, and not all areas of the face have the same troubles. If you struggle with an oily t-zone, use a clarifying mask (like Omorovicza’s Deep Cleansing mask) on the nose, chin and on the forehead. But if your cheeks suffer from uneven texture, use a smoothing mask like Joanna Varga’s Exfoliating mask to even out your complexion. If you’re a sheet mask kind of gal (or guy) try SK-II Facial Treatment Mask because of the concentration of Pitera which delivers visibly radiant skin immediately. And another favorite of mine is the 111 Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask, it goes on like second skin and contains Arbutin to brighten, Silk Amino Acids to condition and Centella Asiatica to stimulate the collagen production. It does wonders! I pack these in my kit and they are great for traveling. Tip: I like to put my sheet face masks in the refrigerator 15 minutes before opening it and applying. It feels good in the heat!
Like face masks skin should be exfoliated at least once or twice a week given the condition your skin is in. Skin in general looks best when it’s glowing and by exfoliating you shed off dead dull skin. Remember not to over exfoliate. Currently I’m using African Botanics Marula Buchu Botanical Enzyme polish and Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Gel. These are both great for prepping the skin before a red carpet makeup look or for a date night out. Make sure you include an exfoliator to your summer skincare if you want that summer glow.
Eye Cream & Lip Moisturizer
Eye creams have always been a little tricky for me because my under eyes are so sensitive and dry. I have to be really careful what I use. The past two years I have been applying NOW Solutions Shea Butter and it really locks in moisture and works well under my concealer. I use this on my lips too. I buy smaller containers and scoop some shea butter into them. I have it in my makeup bag, next to my bedside table and in my artist kit. It’s great for your cuticles as well. You can wear this all year long and a little bit goes a long way so don’t go over board with applying. I also love the Arcona Eye Dew. It’s lightweight and also locks in moisture, repairs damage skin. It also has shea butter to prevent fine lines. And last but not least- lips! You have to keep them moisturized and protected from the sun so they don’t dry up and crack. I use the shea butter everyday and if I’m in the sun I’ll throw on my Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35. It keeps my lips soft, moisturized and protected.
Foundation & Concealer
Summer makeup is fresh, effortless and lightweight. Remember that when it comes to foundation, less is usually more. Use Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Extra Glow foundation for a beaming visage, but use it sparingly. Sometimes I like to mix a little bit of my Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation with a moisturizer, but if that’s not your jam try a tinted moisturizer and minimal concealer, or feel free to skip foundation altogether. Glossier’s Stretch Concealer and RMS Un-Cover Up is hydrating, dewy and works as well under the eyes as it does over blemishes. I also love Nars Creamy Concealer (Ginger and Custard) and Cle de Peau (Honey and Ocher) for those who might have oily under eyes and I am a big fan of Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizers (I love Bronze Radiance for aand Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Spf30. Remember to only apply concealer where is absolutely necessary and blend, blend, blend.
Highlight & Bronzer
Matte skin is a few seasons ago. Now is the time to get glowing! Show off your luminous complexion with some strategically placed highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, the tip of the nose, cupid’s bow and brow bone. And if you plan to show some skin (and you should) add some highlighter to the tops of the shoulders and collarbone for radiant and totally sexy spring fling vibes. Some of my favorite highlighters are RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer, Glossier’s Haloscope, Oribe Illuminating Face Palette, Jouer Powder Highlighters (for those who shy away from creams) and of course a major favorite of mine, Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Bronzers are a must and there is nothing better than looking like you just came back from vacation- kissing the sun. And if you ask me it’s an essential all-year around. Currently my favorite is Sisley Phyto-Touche d’Ete Sun Glow Bronzing Gel Powder. It lightweight and to be honest I prefer a gel powder bronzer over cream right now because I can just sweep this across my face on the go.
Nothing is better suited for spring than a rosy complexion. I recommend upgrading your blush to a creamy formula for the summertime that will maintain your skin’s radiance. Apply to the area where your skin naturally flushes using the fingers for the most natural looking finish. I use La Praire Cellular Cream Blush in Rose Glow and Peach Glow all year long. Below you can find a few other blushes that I love in cream formulas. But if you must wear a blush powder just remember to dust it on lightly and blend. Nobody wants a powered looking cheek under the summer sun. Scroll through below and update your beauty wardrobe.
Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone with a colorful makeup statement or a pop of color on the eyes. Let the color wheel be your guide when selecting a shade that both complements your new top and makes your eyes sparkle. For me it’s all about a keeping its easy, fresh and wearing colors that enhance the eyes. Updating your eye makeup look can be easy as just sweeping bronzer (I use the one by Sisley) across your lids and up to the brow bone, adding some eye gloss over it and wearing blue in the waterline instead of a basic brown or black. For more eye makeup inspiration read my Spring Summer Soiree Makeup Look that can easily be worn at a Summer Soiree.
Refresh your mascara by swapping out that tube you’ve been using since the holidays—mascara should be tossed after three months of opening. And while you’re at it, consider opting for a new lengthening formula that updates your look in general. Go bold and try out a colored mascara, like an electric blue that will make the whites of your eyes pop. Plum and green mascaras are equally beautiful options that catch the light and make the eyes shimmer. If you’re going to be outside in the heat, try a waterproof mascara. I always use one for the bottom lash line.
For an easy update, pick-me-up, go for something like Dior’s Lip Glow to awaken the natural beauty of your own lips. This tinted balm is easy to apply on-the-go (no mirror necessary) and plumps the lips with natural, subtle color. Still, there’s no need to pack away all of your deep plum lipsticks—bold wine-stained lips look breathtaking with a bright, summer wardrobe and add some unexpected drama to your look. If you’re like me and wear nude lipstick all year long- try a different shade. There are endless options! I love Tom Ford Spanish Pink and Laura Mercier 60’s Pink just to name a couple. But don’t be shy to try a bold lip! Currently I’m really into bright lipsticks during the daytime and opting for nude tones in the evening. I’m also not shy when it comes to lipliner.
Things to know when updating your beauty wardrobe
When is the last time you washed your makeup brushes or your beautyblender? Clean brushes are not only beneficial to your makeup application, but will improve your skin’s clarity and texture by keeping harmful bacteria from clogging your pores.
Check the expiration dates on all skincare and makeup items. Each jar, tub and container indicates the number of months that an item stays fresh. If yours is past due, kick it to the curb so that you can make room for something better.
If you are updating your skin and beauty wardrobe, write the date you open the product on the package with a permanent marker so that you can keep better track of its quality over time. I do this at all times especially with mascara!
Don’t feel pressured to change everything. Listen to your skin’s needs and respond accordingly with key items that you feel will best improve the state of your complexion.
Find other areas in your life that could use an update, like your diet plan or your water intake. Beauty starts from within and the best way to achieve a youthful springtime glow is by taking care of your health alongside your outer appearance.
Always remember to apply sun protection and to reapply throughout the day. I also keep an aloe vera plant in the house at all times and it’s so good for those summer sun burns.
Feel free to share with me how you update you beauty wardrobe below in the comments! xx