By Helen Ray
This summer is not about the effortless looks women usually strive for. After talking to beauty artists at a recent trend preview at Nordstrom in Pentagon City, it turns out this summer it is all about blending natural looks with bold features to create a look that will help you stand out in the summer crowds.
The orange lip continues to find itself as one of the hottest trends from spring that will continue to thrive in the summer. The bold lip color may look hard to pull off but East Coast Resident Artist for Smashbox, Aleah Rae Dorsey, reminds beauty goers that it’s all about the right tone. Revisit our March post; “Try Out Spring’s Most Popular Pout” for further insight into the look.
Dorsey suggests Smashbox ‘Be Legendary’ Lipstick in the shade Sunset Junction because it is matte and has hints of brown for a more neutral look that is very wearable. Smashbox “Be Legendary” Lipstick, Sunset Junction, $20.00.
For those with a darker complexion or for women who have lighter skin who want a more dramatic look, she suggests a more intense color such as Smashbox’s ‘Be Legendary’ lipstick in Mandarin. Smashbox “Be Legendary” Lipstick, Mandarin, $20.00.
And for those still questioning whether they can rock this look, Dorsey recommends trying out an orange tinted gloss like this Gingerly shade for a nude approach to the orange lip. Smashbox “Be Legendary” Lip Gloss, Gingerly, $20.00.
For lasting lip color throughout a long summer day, you’re going to need to do some prep work. One of the easiest and most sufficient ways to do that is with a lip scrub. The Sara Happ lip scrub at Nordstrom is excellent because it removes dead skin, plumps lip, leaves lips impeccably smooth and comes in nine delicious flavors. Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Peppermint, $24.
Another bold summer look is creating a bright and contoured faced. NARS “Matte Multiple” is a great investment because it’s a product for multiple usages. You can use it dry for a high impact look that creates an intense contoured look, or use it wet for a sheer blended look and pair it with a pastel eye and pop able lips says, Sean Snell—East Coast Mid Atlantic Lead Trainer for NARS. To top it off, you can also use it as a lip color. Nars “Matte Multiple” Lip and Cheek color in Altai, $39.00.
Finally it’s time to stop neglecting your brows. They are a crucial part of any beauty look and for this summer it’s all about creating full but natural looking brows. The Brow Whiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills is a great tool for getting those perfect brows because it has two features: the ultra-fine pencil tip that fills in thin eyebrows with a natural hair like look and the brush end which plumps the look of eyebrows for a full look. Anastasia Beverly Hills “Brow Wiz” Mechanical Brow Pencil, $21.00.