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With the weather finally changing and summer fast approaching, it’s always good to take a look at our makeup routine and adapt it to the warm weather. Today I’m going to share with you my summer makeup routine as well as some must have products!

Going into summer with a tan feels great. Invest in an amazing self tanner and you will have everyone fooled. A self tanner is always a safer way to achieving a beautiful sun kissed glow. Plus, once the shorts and skirts come out of the closet it’s nice to feel extra confident by adding a bronzed glow to your legs!

I recently tried a new self tanner called Vita Liberata sold at Sephora.

I am absolutely loving the color this self tanner provides. The mousse pumps out and has a reddish undertone which really helps you avoid looking orange and appears so naturally sun-kissed. I find a mousse self tanner to be extremely foolproof when used with a tanning mitt like this…

You can see where you are applying the product with each swipe, allowing you to create a streak-free glowing tan from head to toe!

Once you have created a nice base tan with a self tanner of your choice, it is important to keep skin hydrated. For summer, I am absolutely loving dry oil for my skin. It’s fast absorbing and still super hydrating, leaving a beautiful glow on the skin. I’m currently loving this head to toe body oil from The Body Shop called Beautifying Oil. It’s safe for the body, face and hair!

Now that we’ve achieved glowing, hydrated skin from head to toe, let’s move on to a beautiful summery fresh daily makeup routine. This is great for the office or for a girl on the go!

Step 1:

After cleansing and moisturizing your skin, apply a tinted moisturizer all over, blending in with your fingers or a brush. Right now I’m loving the Stila Illuminating Tinted moisturizer. It takes down any redness and naturally blends out minor imperfections while adding a dewy glow to the skin.

Step 2:

If you tend to be oily, gently dust a translucent powder all over to set the tinted moisturizer. If not, let the tinted moisturizer dry for just a few moments before moving onto the next step…bronzer! Apply a bronzer along the top of your forehead, almost brushing the bronzer into your hairline. Then apply into the hollows of the cheeks, under the jaw line and anywhere else you wish to look bronzed! Personally, I love a matte bronzer. I find you don’t have to worry about looking like a disco ball if you like to apply your bronzer with a heavy hand. My personal fave is Chocolate Soleil by Too Faced.

Step 3:

Blush! I absolutely love a rosy glow for summer. Blush complements bronzer and a beautiful tan so well. I like to get playful with my blush for summer, using brighter shades that pop. Apply a blush of your choice to the apples of the cheek or just above where you applied the bronzer (more to the side of your face). Both application techniques are great, it’s just a matter of choosing one you feel works best for you. For a bright pop of pretty pink try the NARS blush in Gaiety.

Step 4:

On to the eyes! A summer look to me is about low maintenance and easy wear. As always, give your brow some definition by brushing a brow powder (in the appropriate color) through your brow. This look can be all about the brows. After creating your summer glow and supple dewy skin, apply a strong brow and you’re out the door! It’s a very chic summer look. If a strong brow isn’t for you, a waterproof cream shadow can be your best friend. Using your fingertip, blend a cream shadow across your lid, softening it into the crease. Choose a color you love or one that complements your eye and skin color! I love the Stila Smudge Pots; a great universal colour is “Kitten.” It’s a pinky nude and can also double as a highlighter! Add some mascara and eyeliner (if you choose) and ta-da! A fresh summery eye look.

There you have it, a fresh summery look that will wear great on a hot summer day!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.

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March 27, 2013 6:46 pm

Bronze, Blush, and Highlight

Bronze, blush, and highlight – the three key staples to a flawless complexion. Once you have perfected and neutralized (removed any redness, dark circles and spots) the skin with foundation and concealer it’s time to bring back the color and definition. Sometimes after we apply foundation we feel a little washed out or pale. Bronzer, blush, and highlighter are perfect ways to brighten up the face!

There are no rules for the order of application. I prefer to apply bronzer, blush, then highlighter – in that order – but you may have another method and that’s okay too! I find that applying bronzer first allows you to see the face shape better and identify where you need to apply the other two products.

When applying bronzer you want to focus on the hollows of the cheeks, the top of the forehead, and underneath the jaw bone. This is a gentle contour for the face and helps the face appear thinner and more sculpted.

When applying blush, focus on the apples of the cheeks blending back towards the ear, basically right above where you have applied the bronzer. Use small circular buffing motions to apply the blush. This will help with an even application of product and a natural finish.

Lastly, highlighter should be applied where you want to highlight certain areas of the face. Applying highlighter to the tops of the cheek bones helps to accentuate the contouring you have already done. With the darker bronzer in the hollow of the cheekbone (drawing it in) and a bright highlight on the top of the cheekbone (drawing it out) you’re really able to make cheekbones appear more pronounced. You can also apply highlighter along the bridge of the nose up into a V on the forehead, as well as temples, centre of the chin, cupids bow (just above the upper lip), and brow bone!

Here is a diagram I drew to give you a visual on these application tips!

bronze blush and highlight

Model: Siobhan Bolton / Makeup: Brittany Hall

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter and Facebook

Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.

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