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See Summer’s Boldest And Most Beautiful Makeup Shades

Carmindy_Article-1Summer is here and what’s trending is bold, beautiful pops of crazy color. From nails to lips to liners, go bright and be bold! Nails are the easiest way to play with crazy fun summer shades like orange, hot pink, neon yellow and lime green.

My top summer picks are M2MDamoreJon Nail Polish in Sour Puss and Lemon Drop and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Kook A Mango ($6.59, target.com) and Shrimply Devine ($6.48, walmart.com). You can always pair a vibrant nail with a punch of color on the face but I’d rather you don’t match hues. Try an orange nail with a red lip or a green liner with a coral nail to look modern.

On lips, brights look so great with a tanned summer glow, so pair your bronzer with a flashy smile. I’m obsessed with MAC Mineralize Rich in Lady At Play ($22, maccosmetics.com) and Bite Beauty Cuvee Cream Deluxe Lipstick in Cuvee Coral ($34, sephora.com) and wear these corals with a swirl of bronzer and black mascara only.

Play up your eyes with an electric shock of blue or green using waterproof liners that won’t move if you are swimming in the ocean or pool. Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners in #4 or #5 ($23, sephora.com) or CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade ($6.74, target.com) and keep the rest of the face neutral so the eyes make the main statement.

Cheeks can get in on the action, too, with Jose Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape ($22, sephora.com) and wear it with a sweep of golden bronze on the eyes, black mascara and a hot pink tinted sheer lip product like Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Stain ($24, sephora.com).

Read more: Get Beach-Ready With This Head-To-Toe Beauty Plan

Get Beach-Ready With This Head-To-Toe Beauty Plan

small_beachIt’s finally beach time. Hooray! I’m doing a full head-to-toe overhaul to get ready for all the fun in the sun, and you should too. The goal is not to be perfect, but to be healthier and feel more energetic when enjoying the hotter months, so give my routine a try and see if it works for you.

I like to begin from the inside out when prepping for my vacation time, so the first thing I do is make sure I’m drinking 8-10 full glasses of water each day. The only other thing I’ll drink is coffee or tea (no sugar or milk), and of course I drink my wine or prosecco with dinner – a girl’s gotta live, right? I take anti-oxidant vitamins and plenty of B12 to keep my skin looking good and my energy up. I also take dandelion, a natural diuretic that flushes out excess water weight.

I eat super clean when gearing up to show more skin, so my summer prep diet goes like this: Breakfast is an egg white omelet with veggies or Greek yogurt with fresh berries and raw nuts; lunchtime is usually a grilled salmon salad or kale salad with roasted chicken; dinner consists of Japanese food like sashimi, seaweed salad and maybe one sushi roll with brown rice or sometimes a lean steak with Swiss chard. If I get peckish during the day, a Greens or Kind Bar or some hummus on a rice cake does the trick to kill the snacking.

I try for four to five days of working out, which includes doing 45 minutes of cardio, like speed walking (I’m not a runner) or the elliptical and one hour of weight training with a trainer. If you can’t get a trainer, then grab a Self Magazine and follow along their workouts, which always seem to focus on beach body toning.

Now after a long hard winter I’m usually super pale, so I bust out my self-tanner and give myself a little glow. I start in the shower where I buff my face and body with white sugar to exfoliate all the dry and dead winter skin off. When I get out I smooth on self tanner for face and body. I make sure and moisturize my body really well each day to ensure soft and supple skin and slather on a high SPF each day, so I never get burned and stay protected from nasty aging UV rays. I like to get my hair trimmed so it looks healthier and is ready for all the salt water and chlorine damage I may do to it over the course of the summer, and I like to smooth on a little argan oil on the ends to keep them from splitting.

I don’t like wearing a ton of makeup in the summer, so I make sure my brows are perfectly groomed and then book an appointment at a beauty salon to get my eyelashes tinted. They use vegetable dye, so it is safe and by tinting them black I can skip mascara on busy days and still feel like my eyes are nicely framed. Nothing beats a whiter brighter smile with a tan, so Crest White Strips ($34.99, drugstore.com) are my go-to for keeping teeth gleaming. I throw them on about 30 minutes each day to get the best results.

Lastly, I stock my beach bag with must-haves: a brand new sarong, hat, bright lip color, good book and sunglasses. So ladies, let me know how this pre-summer beach beauty prep routine works out for you!

How To Control Oily Skin This Summer

Nanoblur-164456_LEach spring and summer I am bombarded with questions from women about controlling their shiny skin in hot weather. I have found a few wonderful new finds and can explain how to apply these new formulas to ensure your complexion stays smooth and oil-slick-free all day long.

For ladies that suffer from large pores and oily skin, let’s remember the silver lining to this type of skin: You won’t age as quickly as those of us with a drier complexion. To shrink the look of your pores, begin your day with a good glycolic cleanser like Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($15, mariobadescu.com) for a fresh start. Next, use a sponge or your fingers to apply a CC cream that will protect, moisturize, even out and smooth the skin. I love the It Cosmetics CC Cream with SPF 50 ($34.68, qvc.com) for a flawless grease-proof complexion and a heavy dose of sun protection.

Nanoblur ($19.99, trynanoblur.com) is going to be your real secret weapon. It’s a revolutionary skin smoother that erases the appearance of large pores, mattes skin down in an instant without ever looking chalky, and allows you to finally relax in the heat and humidity. Women with dry skin that might appear shiny in a few areas can mix it will a little moisturizer to combat these areas. News about Nanoblur spread like wildfire in London and Canada where it launched and is now finally available in the States at Wallgreens. Lastly, dust on a bit of It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Micro-Powder ($24, beauty.com) for smooth sailing all spring and summer.

The Best Ways To Bronze


03779674_zi_sunlightIf you are like me and feeling pasty white after a long hard winter, then perk up your complexion with a sun-kissed glow. There is a slew of new self-tanners and bronzers this year, which will jump-start your mood and warm up your skin just in time for sundress season.

If you want an all-over glow that is subtle and gradual, try the new Jergens Natural Glow Three Days To Glow Moisturizer ($9.99, soap.com). Applying this product every day for three days will slowly build up a natural-looking tan without going overboard. For a one-time application product,  go for the new Brazilian Peel Brazilian True Tan ($39, sephora.com). You get a wonderful sunless tan without that nasty odor, thanks to jojoba oil. Plus, the added shea butter and aloe vera makes it super moisturizing.

If it’s a face bronzer you are looking for, then swirl on a warm glow with a little bit of shimmer. Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder ($55, sephora.com) is the perfect blend of bronzy goodness with a slight shimmer to create a radiant beach babe look. The kabuki brush that comes along with it perfectly sweeps on this sunny complexion booster for a vacation glow. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition ($15.99, ulta.com) is one of my favorites as its unique Italian formula acts like a combination of cream and powder for a smooth glowing airbrushed tan look to the skin. It literally melts into the skin and blends on so naturally people will think you just returned from an island.

The Best Long-Wearing Makeup For A Look That Lasts All Day

Makeup artist applying red lipstick

The last thing you want is a red lip that fades. Luckily, these long wearing products have you covered.
Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

In the past, women searched for long-wearing smudge-proof products only to find options that dried out the skin or were a total pain to get off. Lasting lip products left you with a cracked and parched pout, waterproof mascaras were so tough to remove you needed a jackhammer to get them off,  and all-day foundations were so heavy they caked and built up on the skin, erasing any sign of radiance. The new long-wearing formulas have changed for the better, and many companies are offering not only melt-proof makeup, but makeup that can be soothing, natural looking, and actually good for your skin.

BB creams hold up all day long without sucking the hydration out of the skin and offer sun protection, antioxidant-infused moisture, coverage for imperfections and oil control. My favorites are Physicians Formula Super BB Cream ($14.95, physiciansformula.com) and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream ($39, sephora.com), which both create an amazing complexion that looks glowy all day and night.

Long-wearing eyeliners are now super easy to apply and don’t tug or pull along the delicate lid area because of their smooth gel formulas. Try the CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner ($6.94, walmart.com), and play with different shades like Blue Boom or Green Glow to play up eyes in springtime hues. To remove, simply dip a new Precision Tips Q-Tip ($3.30, soap.com) into a bit of eye makeup remover and trace over the liner once with the end dipped in the remover then again with the clean end for instant erasing.

Waterproof mascaras can break lashes, are difficult to take off and sometimes get flaky in dry weather, but you need not ever struggle again. Run, don’t walk, and go get the new Blinc Amplified Mascara ($26, sephora.com) for a budge-proof, volumizing, lengthening, defining, and curling formula. This cool tube technology covers the lashes in tiny tubes that seal and never smudge. The best part is that this mascara simply washes off with a little warm water in the sink, requiring no rubbing at all. It’s ideal for sensitive eyes and mature eyes that have a heavier lid to contend with, as you will never wind up with little black specks along the upper lid.

Day-long lip color has truly come a long way and with the creamy texture of Nars Velvet Gloss Stick ($24, sephora.com) and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25, sephora.com), lips will look their their best and never lose the hue. I’m obsessed with rotating shades and wearing a different one each day.

So keep your “face” on for hours and hours with these new formulas, and feel confident that your skin will stay supple and fresh.