Born In the 90s

MAC Cosmetics products:

– Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 in NC15
– Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC15
– Double Gleam Extradimension Skinfinish Highlighter
– Melba Powder Blush
– Bronze Bronzing Powder
– Brushblack Brushstroke 24-Hour Liner
– matte single eyeshadows
– Whirl Lip Pencil
– Del Rio Satin Lipstick

How To Get Gorgeous Summer Skin In 6 Easy Steps

Coaxing out our best summer skin as temperatures rise isn’t always easy. We all have fantasies of buttery bronze, dewy (but not too dewy!) skin at this time of year, but in reality find ourselves closer to the flushed red or oily mark, and with all of our determinedly applied make-up long gone by lunchtime. 

Whether it’s a Sophia Loren-esque olive, a J Lo glow, or a rich Rihanna bronze you’re after, this is your foolproof guide to nailing summer skin – courtesy of Chanel’s global creative make-up and colour designer, Lucia Pica, who says: “Summer skin is all about being more glowy and bronzy and sun-kissed – all of the stuff I love!” 

Here, your six step guide to effortless summer make-up.

Prep the skin

Pre make-up, look to lightweight hydrating serums and lotions to ensure skin is primed and ready to go for the subsequent base formula. After cleaning skin (Shiseido’s Waso Smart Water cleans, hydrates and primes), apply U Beauty’s Resurfacing Compound, a one-stop shop for all skin’s needs thanks to its cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and a rather pleasing tightening effect that allows make-up to go on seamlessly afterwards. For those who like something ultra hydrating, Guerlain’s Super Aqua Emulsion Light is a must-try, and brilliant for all skin types. Always finish with an SPF.

Glow up

If you’re lacking a natural bronze glow, facial tanning has never been easier. James Read’s new Click & Glow Tan Drops deliver self-tan to the skin via a gel formula that’s designed to be added into your SPF or moisturiser – it also contains hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera and vitamin C to boot. Meanwhile, Isle of Paradise’s Hyglo Self-Tan Serum is also packed with hyaluronic acid and gradually tans skin, leaving it looking healthy and plump. And finally, Sisley’s Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skincare is a lightweight, non-comedogenic cream that leaves skin both supple and protected against the environment.

First base

“For me, summer (and even winter) skin is about transparency,” says Pica. “That’s why Chanel’s L’Eau de Teint is my foundation. It’s excellent because it’s got this way of making everything really uniform and homogenous, but you still see your skin through it.” Beautiful, fresh-looking skin shouldn’t look like it has anything on it, Pica says, and formulas should just be used to cover what needs to be covered, rather than the entire face. Look to disguise any redness, uneven skin tone or blemishes, but leave your natural skin texture to shine through wherever possible. L’Eau de Teint is excellent and offers a fresh, dewy glow for all skin tones, blurring imperfections and staying put for hours. Plus, its watery, serum-like formula means it feels comfortable on even the oiliest of skin types. Pica also recommends using concealer on the areas that might need extra coverage – try Stila’s Pixel Perfect Concealer.

Bronze and blush

Advocating the use of lots of different textures to mimic real skin, Pica’s next tip is to deploy bronzer and blush where it’s needed. Take your cues from Bella Hadid’s recent Instagram post – in which her bronzer is expertly applied in a ‘W’ shape over the cheekbones and nose – and use either powder or cream formulas, buffing them seamlessly into skin. Chanel’s Soleil Tan Bronze Universel is a Vogue beauty team favourite thanks to its natural finish, while Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer offers a good range of shades for all skin tones. Once bronzed, it’s time for blush. “When you’re bronzed, you still have that element of red skin coming through,” says Pica. “Yes, you get a little bit tanned and your skin starts to get darker, but you still have that redness from the first sun, and I love that redness.” To imitate that fresh-from-the-beach flush, she likes to apply a creamy blush either high on the cheekbones and lightly over the bridge of the nose, or on the apples of cheeks. Try Westman Atelier’s Baby Cheeks Blush Stick or Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks.

Add light

For an extra hit of glow, avoid powdery highlighters in favour of liquid ones, which are better placed to melt into skin seamlessly. “I would blend it in like a foundation to create a nice veil of glow,” says Pica, who recommends Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Highlighting Fluid for the job. “Again, everything has to become part of the skin for me – you don’t want anything that feels like it’s sitting on top, it doesn’t give you that natural effect of the summer glow. It’s a bit too fake looking. You have to look like you’ve just been in the sun, and magically, you’re shining.” Another brilliant liquid option is Marc Jacobs’ Glow Away Dewy Coconut Face Luminizer.

Freckles are a go

To really up the ante on the sun-kissed look, look no further than a smattering of (faux) freckles across the nose and cheeks – as per Emily Ratajkowski who is partial to dotting some on herself. “I love that fresh, ingenue type of skin, and I think freckles are a good way to make any make-up look fresh and modern,” says Pica. Freck’s XL Faux Freckle Cosmetics are excellent – just dot on haphazardly and leave to dry. Other alternatives are Colourpop’s Freckle Pen & Lime Crime Freckle Pen.

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Gold Mine

Bronzing, check!

Products:
– Eyes: L’Oreal infallible shadow in Bronzed Taupe & Maybelline City Mini palette in Rooftop Bronzes
– Brows: Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer in Dark Brown
– Lips: Rimmel London Stay Matte liquid lipstick in Mocha
– Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy.

Evening Bronze

Evening bronze look on Jessica.

Products:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD foundation, cream concealer palette, translucent loose & pressed powders, lip pencil & lip palette, Smoky Lash mascara, single eyeshadows, Mist and Fix setting spray
MAC Cosmetics Canada Bronze bronzer
Milani Luminoso blush
NYX Professional Makeup Strobe of Genius highlighter palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Book
Physicians Formula Eye Booster liquid eyeliner pen.

(Disclaimer: I do have Jessica’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Playin’

I had a great time playing with some golden tones and facial stickers on Katie for a photoshoot in the summer.

Product highlights:

– MAC Cosmetics Double-gleam highlighter
– Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
– Milani Luminoso blush
– Morphe 35O eyeshadow palette

(Disclaimer: I do have Katie’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

90’s

Inspiration: 90’s bronze.

Products:
– MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD foundation, Ultra HD concealer, loose translucent setting powder, sculpting powder, Mist & Fix setting spray
– M·A·C Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Goldlight, Bronze bronzer, Show Gold extra dimension skin finish, black pro longwear eyeliner, single eyeshadows
– Dermalogica moisturizer and makeup base
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in medium brown, lip palette.

She’s Gold

I’ve done two beautiful natural glam looks on Katie Noskova using all MAC Cosmetics Canada products. The gold tones complement her skin tone and hair very well and she loved the results!

Some product highlights are:

Lipglass in “Cultured”
Amber x Nine Eyeshadow Palette
Powder Blush in “Melba”
Bronzing Powder in “Bronze”
Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter in “Double Gleam”

(Disclaimer: I do have Katie’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

What are some of your favourite MAC products? Do you use MAC Cosmetics? Let me know in the comments below!

Enhance

Beautiful golden warm glam on Charlotte Turvey.

Products:
NYX Professional Makeup Canada Glitter in Old Hollywood & the glitter liner
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette
e.l.f. Cosmetics lipgloss
Becca Cosmetics – North America Moonstone highlighter.

(Disclaimer: I do have Charlotte’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Best Satin Bronzers

There’s a time, a place, and a skin type for matte bronzers. However, I also love me a good satin/shimmer bronzer to liven up the skin, especially in the spring and summer times.

Some of my favourites are:

NYX California Beamin’
L’Oreal Bronze Please
Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster
Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
MAC Give Me Sun

What are your holy-grail bronzers? Let me know in the comments below!

Bronze

Beautiful simple makeup on Victoria Shevchenko for a publication shoot with Jon Page.

Products:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in dark brown
BECCA Cosmetics Moonstone highlighter
NYX Professional Makeup Taupe blush as contour
MARY KAY lipgloss.

(Disclaimer: I do have Victoria’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)