Here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we tend to take a low-key approach to beauty when summer rolls around. After all, who wants to spend time fussing with layers of makeup when it is likely to melt off the minute we step outside? Not us! However, that doesn’t mean we plan to sacrifice our personal style. On the contrary, dear readers, we have composed a Summer Beauty Guide that will beat the heat and keep you looking stylish all season long! (Who says you can’t have everything?) On that note, if you are ready to put together your own summer beauty plan, click through to today’s special edition of Beauty Queen to discover all our tips and tricks!
Sunscreen: Our first course of action when summer arrives is to stock up on sunscreen. After all, even if we plan to keep our face and skin au natural all summer long, sun protection is something we do not compromise on. This summer, we are particularly enamored with Avon’s Anew Solar Advance Sunscreen Face Lotion ($24) and Body Lotion ($24). Thanks to its trademarked technology, these Avon products will protect your skin from the sun while helping to prevent wrinkles and sun spots.
Self-Tanning: If you are planning on tanning this summer, remember that the safest, easiest, and most budget-friendly way to go bronze is with a self-tanner. Here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we like St. Tropez’s Self Tan Bronzing Lotion ($30) as it delivers a long-lasting tan, contains aloe-vera, is super smooth, and doesn’t have an overbearing scent like some self-tanners. On that note, here are some tips if you do plan to DIY your tan this summer:
- Always prepare your skin ahead of time by exfoliating, shaving or waxing, and moisturizing the areas that are very dry—specifically, elbows, knees, and ankles.
- If you are in a rush, put your hair dryer on a medium and aim it approximately ten inches from your skin. Heat activates the developer in self-tanner, which means the self-tanner will dry faster and the color will show up sooner.
- If you make a mistake during the application process and you fear the dreaded self-tan streak, apply a cuticle remover like Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover ($4.39) and then wipe it off. It will remove the tanning lotion and you can start again.
Makeup Regime: As you know, there is nothing less appealing than wearing layers of makeup on a sweltering summer day. Happily, beauty brands are always finding ways to stay ahead of the game and producing products that will make you feel like you are barely wearing anything. If you already have your favorite products picked out, look for lightweight versions, preferably by the same brand. In addition, you should look for waterproof or long-wear formulas that will stay in place when the sun comes out! Another quick tip to keep in mind: you may want to consider reducing your “product count” by finding products that do double duty. For instance, instead of applying a self-tanner, a moisturizer, and sunscreen to your face, you could use Jergens’ Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer ($8.99), which contains all three. Just remember to reapply as necessary.
Products: One product that is creating a lot of buzz in the industry right now is MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid Powder ($29.50), a foundation powder that contains more than 50% water and produces a cooling sensation when applied. Another product you simply must check out? Estée Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($23.50). It is well known for its long-wear formula!
Trends: It is no secret that one of the biggest trends this summer is bright colors. Happily, whether you want to add a vivid liner to your eyelids or try a juicy hue on your lips, there is plenty of inspiration to be found courtesy of stars like Fergie, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams. For all the need-to-know details, make sure you check out our Beauty Queen: Summer Brights story.
Easy ‘Dos: When it comes to summer hair, we look for two things: ease and effortlessness. This season, we are taking inspiration from the low ponytails seen in Valentino’s fall 2011 show, which were described by hair stylist Guido as “sophisticated, innocent, and youthful.” If you want to try this look at home, this is how Guido created the look: First, he blow-dried the hair with a blow-dry gel and then he backcombed the crown to create a small amount of volume. Next, he parted the first 2″ of hair down the center and then gathered it into a low, loose ponytail at the nape of the neck. To add a casual twist, he pulled loose a few wispy pieces of hair around the ears. Voila! An easy, natural hairstyle that will keep you cool and chic all season long.
Sun, Surf & Sand: Of course, we also plan to head to the beach this summer which means we need to take extra care of our locks to protect them from the sun, sand and surf. If you are planning to swim in the ocean, apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair before swimming. This will help keep your hair hydrated and healthy. If you swim in a pool, make sure to wash your hair immediately afterward with products specifically formulated to remove chlorine build-up. Finally, where possible, make sure to protect your hair from the sun by using head scarves or hats.
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