Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Sweaty Solutions

OC Eight Mattifying Gel

Okay, it is so seriously hot out there right now! If the sweat factor is destroying your fabulous summer look then I have a few beauty solutions to help you tame the sticky wet mess.

First and foremost: mattify mattify mattify! In this oppressive heat, applying a mattifying gel like OC Eight on your face after your moisturizer will help absorb some of the sweat and oil the high temps can cause during the day. It will also help your foundation stay in place and not slip off an hour after you applied it.

A great trick if you don’t have mattifying gel is to lightly apply a thin layer of non-scented anti-perspirant to your fingertip and dab it along the T-zone of your face. You can also use this trick under your breasts for those bigger-busted ladies out there who find they pool sweat under there.

For your makeup, stay away from all creams formulas — they will slip and slide — and opt for spray foundations that have more staying power and powder shadows and blushes.

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Blotting papers are a must, so keep a pack of Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets in your bag to suck up the sweat. Don’t keep adding powder on top of powder because you will wind up looking like the back of a cement truck. Just absorb with the sheets then use a little bit of powder before leaving the house, at lunchtime for a touchup and at night before hitting the town.

Keep your hair back in a ponytail or, if it’s short, clip it back with a little bobby pin. Having your mane around your face can cause you to sweat even more, so pulling it away will help keep you cool.

These little tricks should help, but just remember — if you didn’t sweat you wouldn’t be human. We are all a bit shiny this time of year, you are not alone!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The Best Lip Balms

Nude Skincare Nude Lips

During those really hot and sticky summer days the last thing you want on your lips is a heavy coating of makeup. Lipstick can seem thick and heavy, glosses are sticky and tints make your mouth so dry.

That’s why in the summertime I always carry around a good lip balm in my bag — it makes sure my lips stay hydrated and feel soft, supple and totally comfortable, no matter how hot it is outside.

My new favorite lip balm is Nude Lips by Nude Skincare. This silky organic balm contains cupuacu and Tahitian vanilla monoi that melts into your lips when you rub them together. Shea butter, vitamin E and coconut oil keep your lip healthy and satiny smooth while giving them a pretty shine. I apply it at bedtime as well to replenish lost moisture overnight due to air conditioning.

If you’re looking for a balm that contains sunscreen try Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 — it’s packed with 15 restorative oils that keeps your lips smooth and protected. I always have one of these rattling around in my beach bag.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer

If you demand total protection and want a full block balm try Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm with SPF 50. It’s as serious as it gets. No UV rays will get near your pucker!

If a hint of tint is what you desire try a tinted balm for a little touch of soft color. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer has 13 pretty shades to choose from and is 100% natural so you can feel good wearing it while you look good!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Be A Beach Babe!

Calista Tools Activate Energy Activating Spray

I absolutely love that “day at the beach” summer look. A head full of tousled hair, a hint of rosiness on the cheeks and a sun-kissed glow that says sun, surf and summer fun can make you feel free-spirited and happy. Between work, kids and everything else, life can get pretty crazy for a lot of us. We may not have time to get seaside as often as we like but that doesn’t mean we can’t look like we just got back from the surf and turf.

To get a beach babe look, start with your hair. When you get out of the shower use a wave-enhancing product to get that awesome beach hair texture — I like Calista Tools Activate Energy Activating Spray. Mist this on damp hair and then scrunch your hair up and let it air dry for frizz free sexy waves.

If you want your hair to smell like the beach as well as look like you’ve been there all day, try Kevin Murphy Hair Resort. It contains crushed bamboo for texture and coconut oil for a tempting tropical scent.

Carmindy Sheerest cream blush

Keep makeup simple and natural. Apply a tinted moisturizer mixed with a little bit of bronzer on the temples, forehead, along the sides of the face and under the cheekbones to give you a bronze, sat-in-the-sun-all-day glow.

Next, use a cream blush like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Rosy. Smile big and apply with your fingers in circular motions to the fleshy apples of the cheeks. The sheer watercolor-like formula is super light and looks totally natural.

Apply black mascara and keep lips nude with just a slick of balm and you will look as if you have been frolicking in the sea all day!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Heat-Proof Makeup

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup

Is your makeup melting and you don’t know what to do? Don’t worry, I know how to make your life easier and keep your makeup in play all day.

When the temperature rises, it’s time to switch your regular, heavier makeup formulas for long-wearing, sweat- and waterproof versions that will keep you looking as fresh and cool as an ocean breeze!

To keep your face in place, start by applying a good mattifier like OC Eight Mattifying Gel. This will keep sweating to a minimum and it acts almost like an anti-perspirant for your face. Gross-sounding but really effective. Blend it on your face after your sunscreen and then use a water resistant foundation to even out your skin. Go for a sheer formula like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup. Go easy on the powder and keep blotting papers in your bag to soak up the greasies as the day gets hotter. My favorites are the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Line your eyes with Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Liner Pencil — it’s gel-like formula glides on without tugging or pulling and stays on even after a dip in the pool! Opt for fun summer shades like Indigo or Jade to bring a little color into your life. Stay away from cream eye shadows that will just crease in the humidity and instead choose a light wash of powder shadow in a shimmering neutral color.

Waterproof mascara like Lancôme Définicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara keeps lashes from creating that raccoon effect. But may take an extra minute or two to get off at night. Be sure to use a good eye makeup remover like Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser to get every last bit off.

Benefit Benetint

Stain blush stands the test of high temps so swirl on Benefit Benetint for cheeks that will look rosy from a.m. to p.m. For a long lasting lip, apply a bit of the cheek stain to your lips then follow with a tinted balm like Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer.

Follow these easy tips and I guarantee you will look fab all summer long!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Sunburn Relief

Sunburn

No matter how diligent we are at applying sunscreen, from time to time you may forget a spot or don’t reapply when you should. You won’t know what hit you until later in the day when you discover that you’ve fired yourself silly. OUCH!

If you’re red and crispy, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain and help the healing along. First, take an aspirin to eliminate some of the pain. Take a cold shower and try my home remedy for cooling skin down: mix cold water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz your bod. It may stink a bit but it will help your poor skin feel better. A milk or oatmeal bath can also help sooth the skin and tame the pain, but make sure to rinse off with cool clean water when your done.

Do not rub on moisturizer or any type of petroleum-based salves — slather yourself in aloe vera gel instead. It may be a bit sticky but this is the best way to start the healing process.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup

If your face is red and you need to go out and face people there are a few tricks to conceal the lobster effect. Begin with a light layer of aloe lotion like Mario Badescu Aloe Lotion, then lightly stipple on a very soothing liquid foundation like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Foundation. Powder the skin with a yellow tinted loose powder that will help counteract the redness.

Stay away from any blush or bronzers and keep makeup minimal. A little dark brown, black or navy eyeliner and black mascara will make your eyes pop. Apply a cool toned lipstick to balance out the raging redness. Now look at yourself in the mirror and SWEAR you will never let this happen again!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.