It’s that time of year again! Country 102.5 ushers in the summer concert season with the Country 102.5's Country Music Festival 2014. With the sun beating down on the Xfinity Center, you’ll need to make sure you’ve “got it covered.”
I asked MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro & Media Educator Jessie Powers for tips (Instagram: @jessiepowers).
1. Now that the weather is getting warmer, how do you recommend people keep their make up in place?
The most important thing to consider is how humid and hot the weather will get. If the heat and humidity go up I recommend switching your foundation formula to a matte finish. Matte formulas tend to hold up the best in this climate and will still look natural. The other thing to consider is setting your makeup with a true setting powder. This powder should contain some talc and nylon powder. These are both key ingredients that help to absorb excess oil while setting makeup. Finally, how you apply your setting powder will make a difference. Instead of using a brush to dust powder lightly over the skin, try applying setting powder with a velvet powder puff. Pick up some powder on the surface of the puff, then fold the puff in half and gentle rub the sides of the puff together. This will work the powder into the puff and help to spread it evenly over the puff’s surface. This ensures that you won’t end up with the “I Love Lucy” floured face effect. To apply, gently press the powder puff onto your skin. Start applying in the areas that you usually see shine appear first. For most of us this will be the forehead, nose and chin.
2. Which products are your favorites for long wear in the sun?
MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet Foundation, Super Matte Loose Powder, Aqua Matic waterproof shadow sticks, Aqua Brow eyebrow gel and Aqua Lip lip liner. Your best option for summertime weather will always be a waterproof formula. This doesn’t mean that you won’t ever have to retouch your makeup, but it does mean that your makeup will last longer and require far less maintenance.
3. Any suggestions for application tips?
When working with waterproof formulas, less is more. Apply creamy waterproof products in sheer layers. If you’re using waterproof cream shadows use your fingers, the warmth of your hand will help you quickly blend the shadows before they set. Keep your makeup simple and fresh looking in the summer – it’s easier to maintain and makes sense with most of the outdoor activities that we save for summer weather.
Lots of new summer shades to choose from:
Add some SPF to your foundation with Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15. The light, breathable formula protects with its moisturizing formula and is available in 26 shades. (Available at elizabetharden.com)
Estee Lauder welcomes the warm weather with the Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection. It features The Nudes EyeShadow Palette (five sunlit nudes plus three high-impact metallics) and Bronze Goddess Cheek Glow. The Limited Edition Pure Color Lip Shine comes in two super glossy colors—Mandarine and Luscious Plum. (Available at esteelauder.com)
The Colorescience Sunforgettable collection makes it easy to remember your SPF. The Mineral Sunscreen Brush is a mineral powder conveniently packaged in a self-dispensing brush for on the go coverage. It comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50 and is available in a variety of shades/shimmers. The Mineral Eyescreen SPF 30 camouflages dark circles while providing UVA/UVB protection. The Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 keeps your lips glossy (in seven shades) while protecting them from the sun. (Available at colorsescience.com)
Erno Laszlo Controlling Face Powder helps control oil and shine. The silky, triple-milled formula gives skin a matte appearance. Wear it alone or over make up to minimize the appearance of pores. (Available at ernolaszlo.com)
And for your hair, Ouidad’s new Color Sense uses technology to preserve color and enhance vibrancy. The trio includes Color Sense Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner that provides a shield against fading from UV exposure and styling, and the Color Sense Shine Boosting Color Extender creates a high gloss finish, extends the life of hair color, and is sulfate and silicone free. (Available at ouidad.com)
Achieve bright, sunkissed hair with the new OGX Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Collection. The lemon extract enhances highlights and eliminates discoloration caused by mineral deposits. The Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo and Conditioner locks in moisture and locks out humidity, and the Highlight Activating Citrus Oil Mist is a peroxide and ammonia-free formula which brightens with coconut oil and citrus extracts. (Available at Walgreens)