Streamline Your Makeup Bag for Summer

From the ladies that lunch to the workaholics that spend every waking hour at the office, everyone deserves a getaway. Staycations, daytrips and international rendezvous alike, time spent away from your daily grind may just be the refresher you need to reenergize and refocus.

Now … what to bring?! Packing in itself can be a stress initiator, but the good news is that choosing (and applying) vacation-friendly makeup is easier than you think. Take a peek at what’s in my makeup bag this summer, and you’ll find products to reveal an inner glow that will have you sizzling from morning ‘til night! 


Fun in the Sun: The number one rule when spending time in the sun is to protect your skin! Damaging rays are often the main culprit of premature aging. Protect and perfect your face in one step with (#1) Giorgio Armani’s Luminescence CC Cream ($50, Armed with color control and energizing, antioxidant complexes, this cream deserves a special place in your makeup bag.  

Kick it Up a Notch: Achieve a flawless complexion for evening by concealing under eye circles and blemishes around the face using (#2) Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer ($30.50, It delivers serious coverage that doesn’t budge no matter how heated the night may get. 

Amp up your sun-kissed glow with (#3) Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder in #08 Ebony ($76, Begin by combining and applying the three bronze shades on the whole cheek area, around the temples, and down the nose and chin. For a final pop, lightly dust the peach color on the apples of the cheeks. 


Fun in the Sun: (#4) Lancome Artliner 24H ($30.50, is the perfect way to define your eyes without using shadow or mascara. I am thrilled to confidently announce that this eyeliner will not run come hell or high (pool) water. That’s correct: you can finally wade in the pool, hot tub, ocean, etc., without a single concern of eye makeup running down your face. 

Simply use the side of the applicator to sweep across the lid, staying as close to the root of the lashes as possible. The goal is to create the illusion of a denser lash line. (Side note: Steer clear of the lower lash. Because of the intensity of this formula, it is very difficult to create a natural looking line here, so it is best to keep the under eye area free of makeup for day wear.)   

I chose to purchase the liner in a stunning sapphire color, but it is also available in black for those that prefer a more natural look. 

Kick it Up a Notch: With one swipe of (#5) Maybelline Tattoo Cream Shadow ($6.99, along the lid, eyes are instantly transformed! The best part? There’s no need for an eye shadow base or brush! This special formula has the ability to blend seamlessly to give a professionally applied finish. Voilà! Instant bronze goddess. 


Fun in the Sun: Protect, protect, protect! It’s important to remember that every inch of exposed skin is susceptible to sun damage, and that includes places you wouldn’t typically think about, namely, your lips! Use a conditioning lip balm that contains SPF like (#6) Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm ($19, all day long. Not only does it keep harmful rays at bay, but it is also packed with nourishing ingredients that instantly heal severely chapped lips. 

Kick it Up a Notch: Since your lips are now protected, crack-free and as smooth as a baby’s bottom, they are fully prepped and begging for some serious color! Check out one of my favorite formulas, (#7) Wet and Wild MegaLast Lip Color ($2.49, Duane Reade) for long-wearing, semi-matte, velvety color that really makes a statement. At $2.49 a piece, there is no reason not to buy every stunning shade! 

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