End Your Summer On A Beauty-Full Note
Over here, we party ’til the music stops, and we’re not ready to turn the lights off on this summer jam just yet. As we move and groove in the sticky heat, we’ll be keeping our fall makeup in a nice little drawer and, instead, stashing our makeup bag with hues as bright and electrifying as the rays of sunshine outside. Are you with us? Then, before giving your summer a passionate kiss goodbye, play with one of these beauty trends!
DAB ON SOME CREAM BLUSH
Cream blushes have several key advantages. First, they blend onto skin giving you a more natural, flushed tint that ‘s only a hint rosier than your natural complexion (guess grandma had the right idea when she’d dab a bit of lipstick onto the apples of her cheeks and scrub furiously). Second, they typically boast matte finishes, so there’s no rave-ready, overly theatrical shimmer. And third, they sometimes include skin nourishing ingredients, as with the Jemma Kidd Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour tints, which feature vitamins A, C and E to soften and hydrate skin. This summer, we’ve been treating our cheeks to the Jemma Kidd Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour in Guava.
If you’re really into portable cream sticks (such as the NARS Multiple) but want a more affordable alternative, check out the N.Y.C. New York Color Blushable Creme Sticks, which come in a bevy of shades including the below pictured Big Apple Blush, a perky pink.
Check out the two options mentioned:
1. Jemma Kidd Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour:
Jemma Kidd Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour, $23. Available at Glow.com
***Stay tuned for more swatches and summer beauty musts after the jump!
Here’s what the Jemma Kidd Blushwear Creme Cheek colour in Guava looks like on skin:
2. N.Y.C. New York Color Blushable Creme Stick:
NYC New York Color Blushabe Creme Stick in Big Apple Blush, $3.99. Available at most mass food and drug retailers.
PURSE YOUR PERFECTLY PINK LIPS
Pink never really goes out of style, but the warmth of summer allows us to push the boundaries in terms of how bright and bold we’ll go with this shade. For just a hint of color with tons of sparkle, try the Three Custom Color Specialists White Heat Lipgloss, an iridescent soft pink saturated with silver and opalescent white glitter. If you’d rather bypass the shimmer and plunge into a Cyndi Lauper-approved punch of color, check out the MAC Lipglass in Pink Poodle, a hot pink shade with an icy, all-over sheen. Want a softer but equally girly option? Then consider the MAC Chatterbox Lipstick, which falls between a carnation-worthy pink and the deeper satin shade associated with Marilyn Monroe’s famous strapless gown in Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend. Want an even bolder option? Go all the way into a Tarina Tarantino-esque whirlwind of blue-tinted fuchsia with Mattese Elite’s Porn Star lipstick shade.
1. MAC Chatterbox Lipstick
MAC Chatterbox Lipstick, $14.50. Available at MACcosmetics.com
Chatter it up about this light-hearted shade:
2. Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick
Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick, $22. Available at Sephora.com
Check out what the Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick in 54 looks like on skin. It’s like a frozen raspberry treat — frosty and fruity:
3. Three Custom Color Specialists White Heat Lip Gloss
Three Custom Color Specialists White Heat Lip Gloss, $21.50. Available at ThreeCustom.com
Check out a swatch of the White Heat gloss:
4. MAC Impassionate Lipstick
MAC Impassioned Lipstick, $14.50. Available at MACcosmetics.com
Here’s the slightly flamingo-esque tint to the Impassioned shade:
5. MAC Tinted Lipglass in Pink Poodle
MAC Tinted Lipglass in Pink Poodle, $14.50. Available at MACcosmetics.com
Check out the Pink Poodle shade on skin:
6. Mattese Elite Pink Pornstar Lipstick
Mattese Elite Porn Star Lipstick, $10. Available at Ricky’s NYC store locations and at RickysNYC.com
Power pink? You better believe it! Check out the Porn Star lipstick color:
COOL OUT WITH SOME AQUATIC EYE SHADOW HUES
Before the summer heat sails away (cue the Enya song), go with the ocean flow and dive into an expanse of blues and greens ranging from a powdery, almost chalk-like, highly pigmented periwinkle blue to a sun-drenched, iridescent light green like the hue you’d find along the scales of an Ocean Green Discus fish. Below, check out some of the eye shadows that have us obsessing harder than Swimfans.
1. Napoleon Perdis Colour Discs in 54, 16, And 22
Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc 16, $18. Available at NapoleonPerdis.com
Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc 54, $18. Available at NapoleonPerdis.com
Napoleon Perdis Colour Disc 22, $18. Available at NapoleonPerdis.com
Take a look at what these three Napoleon Perdis shades look like. Pictured below, from left to right, you’ll find the 54, 16 and 22 shades:
2. NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Lagoon Sparkle
NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in Lagoon Sparkle, $5.50. Available at NYXcosmetics.com
There’s a retro, free-spirited charm to the Lagoon Sparkle shade. Just see for yourself:
3. MAC Electric Eel Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmetics Electric Eel Eye Shadow, $14.50. Available at MACcosmetics.com
Now, this is a peacock worthy turquoise! Check out the Electric Eel:
PLAY WITH PEEL-OFF NAIL POLISH
Sula Beauty’s portable Paint & Peel duos include one shade of nail polish on one end and a clear, color-sealing top coat on the other. Lacquer lovers can choose between shades like: Bubblegum, a hot pink; Berry, a creamy plum; Azure, a greenish aqua; Kelly, a clover green; and Watermelon, an orange-tinged reddish pink. The quick-drying formula allows you to paint your nails while on the go, making it a handy addition to any makeup bag. Best of all, when you’re sick of the shade coating your nails, you can avoid the dizzying, pungent nail polish remover scent and simply peel off the color as you would do a sticker. Sure, our Sula Paint & Peel manicures haven’t enjoyed too long a life span (2-3 days at most), but they’re like the temporary tattoos of the nailverse.
Sula Paint & Peel Duo, $9. Available at SulaBeauty.com
WALK THE LINE WITH VIVID METALLIC LINERS
The boring black, brown and gray shades of yore have been replaced this summer with electrifying jewel tones with sultry metallic sheens. Perfect example: the new shades of NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencils, which range from an emerald-worthy green to a 14k gold hue. Or, if you prefer the fluidity of a liquid liner, eopt for the Mattese Elite Liquid Liners, which come in iridescent pink, topaz green, vivid light blue, and other technicolor options.
1. NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencils
NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencils, $4 each. Available at NYXcometics.com
Below, you’ll find swatches of the four new Jumbo Eye Pencil shades (from top to bottom): 624 Rocky Mountain Green, 617 Iced Mocha, 621 Pure Gold and 622 Electric Blue
2. Mattese Elite Liquid Liner in Light Blue
Mattesse Elite Semipermanent Liquid Liner in Light Blue. Available at Ricky’s NYC stores and RickysNYC.com
Check out the liquid liner’s all-over sheen: