Friday, 12 July 2013

Secrets of summer beauty

I already wrote recently about protecting our eyes in the summer sun. However, Annie Levy (makeup artist to stars such as David Guetta and the Made In Chelsea cast, as well as author of blog Make Art Not War) has even more tips for us. She's teamed up recently with World Duty Free and Biza Tax and Duty Free to make these tips into a visual reality thanks to the power of Youtube - and as more videos will be added to the World Duty Free channel over the coming weeks, we should be definitely keeping our eyes open for more of this:

(Try to ignore Annie's mispronunciations of some of the brand names if you can! The rest of what she does is great :)  )

Experts like Annie love to stop by duty-free areas to bulk buy and to get airport exclusives. But that's not all from Annie, oh no. To achieve the epitome of summer beauty, she also suggests the following. As well as always using a sunscreen all over your body (SPF30 or above is ideal, and tinted suncreens for your face are even better, so that you can avoid makeup yet still have a base), Annie extols the virtues of mist sprays for instant refreshment, whether you're in the office, on the tube, at the gym, or on the beach. I like the one by Green People, which smells of orange.

As well as protecting your face and refreshing your body, Annie recommends that you don't forget about your hair. Use deep conditioners in the mornings or evenings to counteract the effects of salt water or chlorine, and you can even buy SPFs for hair: Malibu, Wella, Redken, and many other renowned brands offer choices in this domain. Another top tip to keep hair looking shiny is to apply shine products (if you use them) with a brush to stop hair from looking weighed-down and greasy.

But what about the makeup itself? Beyond the tinted sunscreens for face mentioned above, Annie naturally points out the advantages of waterproof makeup, with many brands now offering mascaras and eyeliners that should stay put even after a swim. But Annie's colour of the season is gold, to help offset a tan with subtle use of shimmer bricks on cheekbones and decolletage. You can even enhance the look with glitter mascaras or lip products. Just go for one at a time though :)

All of the brands that Annie uses in the video above are available in duty-free outlets so that you can bag yourself a tidy discount. Brands I'll be using this summer range from the budget (such as Avon) to the B-list (including Makeup For Ever) - but I'll certainly be looking to get hold of Annie's recommended Clarins Splendours palette from the video too. Have fun following her tips!

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