Here's the fuss-free way to nail summer's beauty trends
If you’ve enjoyed the feeling of a clean, fuss-free face over the holidays, but are ready to start wearing a touch of makeup again, there are some quick, lightweight and easy approaches that will have you out the door in no time.
2020 makeup is going to be all about heroing fresh, healthy skin and a pop of colour on the eyes. Thankfully it's up to you how much work you want to put in on achieving those ideas but if you're still loving an undone look or you get overwhelmed with complication makeup application we have some hot product and application tips ahead.
Don't forget with this simple approach retaining a ‘summer glow’, comes partially down to skincare. Skin will appear plump and healthy if you prioritise hydration, at the very leash making sure you cleanse properly and apply moisturiser to a clean face morning and night.
Sheer and light bases
Innovative new textures means a touch of colour and coverage for your face is easily achieved without an arsenal of tools nor complicated colour-matching. This year it's all about skin looking like skin, with a fresh, healthy glow taking over from anything too matte or powdered. From foundation oils that glide over skin to gels that adjust to match your tone as well as tinted moisturisers that feel like wearing nothing, they’re welcome updates.
These arrivals have a number of things in common:
Sheer finish: Heavy and opaque these are not - they will give you a fresh healthy appearance, without disguising your tone or covering freckles, a trend that will have a major impact in the beauty world this year.
Brush free application: Dispense into your hands and spread over your face like you would a cleanser - no meticulous blending required.
Nourishing hydration: Skincare benefits are also a focus, which means included ingredients are designed to leave your skin in a better state over time.
Tap and go
Down tools and use your fingers for eyes and lips instead and you’ll get a soft-finish that looks fresh and rather than laboured over.
For lips, choose tinted balms and sheer stains and use a finger to blur them lightly over lips. The best part is, you can do this on the go - no mirror required.
Liquid eye shadows are often perceived as tricky but the opposite is actually true. With a new wave of sheer fuss-free versions that go on like water colours as well as slightly more glimmering options set to arrive on shelves this year, it's worth acquainting yourself.
Why? Because they can be applied in seconds and last well on lids. Formulas are becoming bolder, in a wider range of colours and are generally crease-proof. Use the attached applicator to dab a dot on the centre of lids and then use the pad of your ring finger to blend with a gentle ‘window-washer’ motion. That’s it.
Use a light touch
Skipping heavy application and taking a targeted application approach to coverage will help you keep the texture and tone of your skin visible.
Lochie Stonehouse, NZ Director of Artistry for YSL and Giorgio Armani Beauty, uses a less is more approach with new densely pigmented, yet lightweight new foundation and concealer options, achieving a natural look, but one that cleverly minimises any imperfections. He likes using a tapered makeup sponge for a modern take on making the most of your own complexion, applying coverage only where necessary, an approach that flatters regardless of age or skin type.
“Apply foundation or concealer in small dots, only where need be. A dot on the chin, nose, forehead, and a dot on each cheek. With a small damp sponge, use dabbing motions to gently ‘push’ the product into the skin. Work your way from the centre outwards, so that by the time you reach the hairline and jawline you’ll have next-to-no product on your sponge. No-one likes to see foundation in the hairline, and people rarely have redness in these areas.”
Another approach is to skip foundation completely and just diffuse a touch of radiant concealer with a fluffy eye brush in places where redness and blemishes are a concern.
Pick up sticks
Convenient, compact and fuss-free, save for mascara you could easily do your whole face with makeup sticks, using your fingers to blend. The solid formulations become more malleable when they meet with the heat of your skin, so just swipe on where you want them and use your fingertips to work them into skin, starting tentatively and adding more only when you need it.
Many cream colours can be used on eyes, cheeks and lips giving you a subtly coordinated look, as long as you apply sparingly. This works particularly well with mid-rose tones or bronzy hues.
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* What are your easy summer makeup go-tos?