7 Favourite Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Currently these 7 products are my go-to items for my summer beauty routine. To be fair I love these products year round, but they are particularly effective during the warm months. Shu Depsea Water is divine for hydrating but also for cooling skin down. I can keep it in my bag and spritz it throughout the day. The high mineral content of Depsea means that regardless of how hot the temperature is this product remains at a cool 13 degrees celsius. Sunscreen is mandatory year round but I tend to take it more seriously when I’m laying out. Last weekend in Vegas I used La Roche Posay SPF 60 for my face. This sunscreen can multitask on face and body if you don’t feel like having two.

I can’t stand a heavy fragrance in the heat so I opt for my Aqua Universalis as its fresh and light. It’s not the easiest fragrance to come across in North America, I first discovered it when working in London at Liberty. In the UK its quite easy to find, but not so much here. The bottle I have now I picked up last year in Tokyo so I’m trying not to over use it.

I don’t worry too much about having waterproof makeup because if I am poolside or on the beach I’m makeup free and stick to oversized Celine sunnies. For those occasions when waterproof mascara is required I use YSL. A pop of colour on cheeks and lips is my signature summer time look. The new Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in the orange shade 300 is pretty potent. I just dab it on with my fingers and work it into the apples of my cheeks. On my lips I use Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick when I’m going out or just Maybelline Baby Lips to keep my lips hydrated and protected from the sun.

1. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Spray 2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 60 3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis 4. YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara 5. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 300  6. Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick 7. Maybelline Baby Lips

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Victoria Beckham for British Vogue


Makeup talent Val Garland did a gorgeous job on Victoria Beckham for August’s British Vogue cover.

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Rita Ora Covers Flare Magazine

The beautiful Rita Ora graces the cover of  Canadian fashion mag Flare this August. An extreme arch in her caramel brows frame her chocolate brown eyes perfectly. Neutral eye shadow and the deep red lip make for a very striking look.

Images from flare.com

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Summer is Here

Now that summer is officially here what better way to kick it all off, than with the best of the seasons brights, prints, and show- stopping makeup. Summer makeup should be simple. Focus on one feature and let that stand out while keeping the rest of your look subdued.

1. Givenchy Terre Exotique Healthy Glow Powder  2. YSL Kiss & Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte 3. MAC Eye Shadow Moody Blooms 4. Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava/Moonstone 5. Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Mandarin Orange 6. Dolce & Gabbana Lengthening Mascara   7. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Turquoise

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Asian Eyes

When blending eyeshadow through the crease of a shallow eye lid, have the person look down rather than close so you can see the natural shadow of the socket line.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

The Anastasia Contour Kit is all you need to create a completely sculpted face. The kit contains 3 matte shades suitable for shading light to medium-deep skin tones. Two of the highlighting shades are matte the third has a shiny finish. I particularly enjoy the matte yellow shade its the perfect under eye highlight for my skin tone.

The palette is also quite lightweight making it portable for your makeup kit. Another handy feature, the shadows pop out and are refillable once they’re done.

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Malika Firth for Porter Magazine

The gorgeous Malika Firth in Porter magazine.

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Summer Wedding Makeup

There are as many different wedding makeup varieties as there are brides. In my experience most women want to look like an improved version of themselves, rather than someone their future husband can’t recognize.

Here are my top tips for a gorgeous bride:

1. Skincare is everything. A good skincare regime leading up to the day should include a weekly exfoliator, and daily serum that helps keep skin smooth, hydrated and glowing.

2. Foundation to even out skin tone and a good concealer to cover imperfections is of course a must-have. As with any makeup the perfect base lays the ground work for the entire look. Armani foundations look flawless and photograph beautifully.

3. Weddings are long days and makeup needs to stay put. A primer for under the foundation as well as under eyeshadow will keep the makeup looking fresh and flawless with minimal touch-ups. Waterproof products like mascara, and eyeliner are also essential.

YSL Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator/Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate/Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer/Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation/NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer/YSL Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeowder  Pencil /Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess Palette/Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Mascara/Tom Ford Bronzing Powder/Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo

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Makeup Tip of the Day: Concealer Palette

Any makeup artist will agree a good collection of concealer and colour correctors is an absolute must-have in your kit. A variety of warm and cool shades in a cream texture are incredibly versatile for use as foundation, concealer, and for contouring.

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Get the Look: Burberry Spring 2014

Makeup Artist Wendy Rowe created the wearable yet cool look at the Spring 2014 Burberry Show. Recreate the dewy complexion by prepping skin with a hydrating serum like Shu Uemura Dep Sea Hydrability. Sculpt and highlight to add dimension to the face. A rose tone of eye shadow wrapped around the eye and blended from the lash line to the crease, and fades out towards the brow bone. Lips were kept moist with a slick of transparent pink hued gloss.

1. Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Mulberry 2. Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow 3. Shu Uemura #10 Kolinsky Brush 4. MAC #168 Large Angled Contour Brush 5. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Hydrability Intense Moisturizing Concentrate 6. NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight 

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