During warm-weather months, give your face a natural, summery look with these tips.
While you're reorganizing your closet to make room for those summer clothes, take a look at your makeup bag as well: Cosmetics only last so long, and if you've had yours for longer than you can remember, they could be harboring harmful bacteria or irritating chemicals.
Bronzer is the quickest way to wake up your skin after a long winter's nap. For a sun-kissed glow, swipe it on your cheekbones, forehead, chin, down your nose, and along your jawline, says Jessica Blades, a makeup artist in Brooklyn, New York.
Two to try: Almay Powder Bronzer and Jane Iredale Brush-Me Bronze Bronzing Powder.
When blackberry picking stained the fingertips of cosmetics formulator and organic gardening enthusiast Susie Wang, she had a light-bulb moment. Why not use antioxidant fruit pigments as all-natural dyes for makeup? Thus, her new 100 Percent Pure cosmetics line was born.
Although most makeup gets its color from synthetics or mineral-based pigments, Wang uses apricots and peaches in pressed powder; blackberries, blueberries, and black tea in mascara; and cocoa bean and strawberries for Cocoa Berry, a sheer, rosy-brown lip tint. If that doesn't make a red-hot summer statement, we don't know what does.
Once found mainly in health-food stores, mineral makeup -- made from pulverized rocks like mica, titanium dioxide, and silica -- has acquired a modern polish, with updated, skin-friendly formulas.
Mineral makeup's bright pigments, light-reflecting properties, acne-fighting ingredients, and mattifying benefits (no sweaty shine!) make it a perfect addition to your summer beauty routine.