7 best Summer foundations: flawless skin even with hot weather!

 

Hello beauties! Today I’d like to share my experience with different foundations on Summer.

Many people don’t use foundation in summer as they don’t want look overdone, especially in hot and humid climate when the face sweats a lot. But sometimes we go out and don’t have our flawless skin days, and a little foundation can help us.

Hot weather and humidity may challenge our makeup, but if we choose the right product we can be flawless even on Summer! There are foundations with lightweight formulas though long-lasting, so you can easily find a tip that suits you.

Here are the best foundations for Summer in my opinion.


Face and Body liquid foundation by MAC

M.A.C Studio Face & Body is a water-based, water-resistant foundation that provides natural coverage for face and body as well moisturise the skin. Ideal for all skin types, MAC Studio provides very light sheer, natural looking coverage in an easy to blend formula.

Ideal for people who like BB creams and don’t like foundations, though during the day the skin may become shiny and it’s better to have a translucent powder with you. It surely doesn't suit those who like coverage even medium. You can mix this foundation with any other more dense formulas foundations to make them more liquid.


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This summer foundation enhances your natural glow, gives a sheer coverage and lasts all day. Great on all skin types. Even if you layer the foundation for more coverage the final result will always be very light. Ideal for those who prefer a little bit more of coverage.

 

 

 

 


Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup SPF 15

This Chanel foundation is no-comedogenic, which means it does not clog pores and has been extensively tested. Included in the formula is SPF 15, it is oil free. It gives a natural youthful looking look to your skin. It looks very skin like.

It’s very watery and you need to shake it very well before using it. It blends very well, for dry skin can be used without powder. Oily skin needs a translucent powder.


BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

This product is a hydrating gel cream tint, a tinted moisturizer, a BB and a CC cream. It keeps summer skin looking and feeling great, it has an SPF 30. As with any great summer foundation this one can be layered for additional coverage but it contains an antioxidant.

It has nourishing and hydrating substances, enriched with electrolytes and marine botanicals to give radiance to the skin. It’s better to apply it with your fingers. It’s more suitable for people who like dewy and radiant finish.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition

This foundation has a semi-matte finish, it perfectly diffuses light from all directions, that's why skin looks radiant but not too much glowy.

It feels very light on the skin and blends very well. It’s very liquid, but is buildable if you prefer more coverage.

 

 


Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation

This foundation is ideal for those who don’t have a lot imperfections on their skin, as it gives a real-skin finish. It is a bit similar to Bobbi Brown serum foundation. It’s very sheer and blends out very well, the glow it leaves is radiant but not shimmery, dewy but not sweaty or waxy.

Aqua Luminous does not give you a full coverage but it has a fabulous, juicy glow and it sits well on the skin. I’d say that it is more suitable for those with normal to dry skin. Oily skins will need a powder. It surely gives you more coverage than a tinted moisturiser.

 


Light Wonder by Charlotte Tilbury

If you don’t need a lot of coverage this is a great water based foundation with a dewy finish.
It leaves your skin very radiant and dewy but also evens out uneven skintones. It lasts a decent amount of hours and with the right skincare routine can be suitable for all skin types. Though it is buildable and you can achieve from light to medium coverage.

 

 

 


One more tip from a make up artist who is in constant search of perfect foundations: before buying any foundation, ask for a free sample and try it, feel how you feel it on your skin, how it lasts and if the result is the one that makes you feel flawless. And that's all, beauties... I hope my tips were useful!

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It's all about long-lasting make up! My 6 favourite liquid lipsticks.

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Hi, beauties!

As a make up artist I’m in constant search of top quality products. This time I'd love to speak about long-lasting lip paints in make up. I'm personally not a fan of lip glosses, and moreover for my work I need to have on myself only the products that last very long, because in the morning I may work then go to the gym, then have lunch and then going to work again at some event that finishes after midnight.

So gloss on my lips gives me an idea of something sticky, especially when you have your hair loose and its windy, you may finish having your lip gloss all over your face; that’s why I’m in love with long-lasting lip paints; you can apply a gloss on top of your lower lip.

So here are the liquid lipsticks I love.
 

Ciao, bellezze!

Come make up artist sono sempre in cerca di prodotti di alta qualità. Questa volta mi piacerebbe parlare di rossetti liquidi a lunga durata. Personalmente non sono fan dei lucidalabbra: per lavoro ho bisogno di avere su di me solo i prodotti che durano molto, perché al mattino potrei lavorare e poi andare in palestra, pranzare e magari andare a lavorare di nuovo a un evento che termina dopo la mezzanotte

Quindi la lucentezza sulle mie labbra mi dà l'idea di qualcosa di appiccicoso. Soprattutto quando hai i capelli sciolti e c'è vento puoi finire per avere il lucidalabbra su tutto il viso; questo è il motivo per cui amo i rossetti liquidi a lunga durata. Ma chi preferisce il gloss può sempre applicarlo sul labbro inferiore sopra la tinta asciugata.

Ma ora passiamo ai miei rossetti liquidi preferiti.


Huda beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

Absolutely my favourite one for now is liquid matte lipstick by Huda Beauty. After all products I tried this one is the most pleasant on lips, with extremely thin formula, it doesn't dry and isn't patchy. You can reapply it many times, it lasts all day even if you eat, has great shades especially nudes, it doesn’t transfer, and the most important it feels like you have no lipstick on!

Il mio preferito per ora è il rossetto liquido opaco di Huda Beauty. Tra tutti i prodotti che ho provato questo è il più piacevole sulle labbra, con una formula leggerissima che non secca e non si stende a chiazze. Puoi riapplicarlo più volte, dura tutto il giorno anche se mangi, ha tante sfumature soprattutto per i colori nude, non si trasferisce e la cosa più importante è che dà l’impressione di non avere nessun rossetto sulle labbra!

 

 

 


MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

I really like Retro matte liquid lip colour by MAC. It has fantastic intense colours, creamy and quite comfortable on the lips; though if you eat it disappears a bit from the corners of your lips, but still you can reapply it.

Mi piace molto il Retro matte Liquid Lipcolour di MAC. Ha i colori molto intensi, è molto piacevole sulle labbra e cremoso. Ha però un piccolo diffetto: se si mangia scompare un po' dagli angoli esterni delle labbra, ma lo si può comunque riapplicare

 

 


MAC Pro Longwear Long-Last Lips

I like also Pro Longwear Long Last Lips by MAC. It has transparent gloss on one side and long lasting lip paint on the other. The colours are very beautiful, especially I love the fair ones; every time you apply, the colour gets more intense. Though dark or red shades don’ts seem very uniform when you apply them and don’t last as long as I expected, disappearing from the corners if you eat; and if you reapply it many times looks a bit patchy.

Mi piace molto anche il Pro Longwear Long-Last Lips di MAC. Ha un gloss trasparente su un lato e un rossetto liquido a lunga durata sull'altro. I colori sono molto belli, in particolare amo quelli chiari. Ogni volta che si applica il colore diventa più intenso. Le tonalità scure o rosse non sono molto uniformi e non durano tantissimo perché quando si mangia scompare dagli angoli esterni delle labbra. Se lo si applica di nuovo sembra un po’ a chiazze.


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Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

It’s a very pigmented creamy lipstick with a matte finish. It has a lot of shades, has vitamin E and sunflower seed wax, it doesn’t transfer much and lasts quite long, though it dries a bit the lips if you wear it for a long time but in general I’m quite happy with this product. The nudes are darker than they seem.

È un rossetto cremoso molto pigmentato con una finitura opaca. Ha molte sfumature e una formula arricchita con vitamina E e cera di semi di girasole. Non si trasferisce molto e dura abbastanza a lungo anche se secca un po' le labbra se lo si porta per lungo tempo; in generale sono abbastanza sodisfatta di questo prodotto, anche se i nude sono più scuri di quanto sembrano dalla confezione.

 

 


Kiko Double Touch

It’s a lipstick of an Italian brand. It’s very long-lasting and has very beautiful shades, but if you reapply it feels very uncomfortable, patchy and dry on your lips.

Il Double Touch di Kiko è un rossetto di un marchio italiano, ha una lunghissima durata e sfumature molto belle ma se lo si applica molte volte secca le labbra, forma delle chiazze e grumetti, e diventa molto difficile da togliere.

 

 

 


Wycon Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

It has a very nice creamy formula and lots of shades from fair to dark. It’s very comfortable on lips, though as for me it doesn’t last long: if you eat it disappears and you need to reapply it. You can do it easily, it looks nice even after reapplication.

Questo rossetto ha una formula cremosa molto leggera e tanti colori sia chiari che scuri. È molto confortevole sulle labbra anche se per me non dura tantissimo: se mangio scompare proprio rimanendo solo un po’ al centro delle labbra e devo riapplicarlo. È comunque facile da riapplicare e l’effetto rimane bello.

 

 

 


These were my favourite liquid lipstick ever! Hope this little review was useful!

E questi erano i miei rossetti liquidi preferiti in assoluto. Spero questa piccola recensione vi sia stata utile!

How to choose the right foundation: my tips

Hi, beautiful women!

Hope you are doing great and regularly take some time to take care of yourselves, washing your face every morning and evening, putting all fantastic hydrating creams and eye creams! Don’t forget to drink a lot of water, eat fruit and vegetables and do sports. Do everyday something pleasant for yourself, like and accept yourself as all this helps us to be even more beautiful.

Today I wanted to give you some tips on how to choose the right foundation. First of all you need to know your skin type: dry, combination or oily. To choose the colour it’s always important to try it on your neck and go outside, if there is natural light, and see the colour: if the stain remains the colour isn’t yours, if it becomes even and uniform with your neck colour, the colour suits you. Some people tend to have their face more tanned than their neck as the neck is always in shadow, but if we want to have a nice effect and a even colour it should be similar to our neck’s colour: you can create a delicate tanned effect using bronzers and a little bit of blush.

Then, you have to you know your skin type: if your face eeasily becomes shiny during the day, probably you have oily or combination skin. In this case mattifying long-lasting foundations are for you: if you have some solar stains, redness or acne choose foundations that give nice medium coverage such asAll Nighter” by Urban Decay, “Matissime” by Givenchy, “Lasting Silk” by Armani, “Everlasting” by Clarins or “Forever” by Dior. Some people may prefer “Double Wear” by Estee Lauder, but I prefer to add it to other foundations as I personally like to see flawless skin, but not a mask.

If your skin is dry, sensitive and gets red easily, you should choose a radiant and luminous finish. Here there are your foundations: “Teint Miracle” by Lancome, “Tru Radiance And Skin Illusion” by Clarins, “Luminous Silk” by Armani, “Ultra HD” by Make up Foverer and “Teint Couture and Photo Perfexion” by Givenchy. Some of them have UV filter and give medium beautiful coverage. I personally tested all these foundations when I was doing gym and during hot and humid Italian summer.

There are some very lucky people that have normal and beautiful skin and don’t like using foundations: in this case, on special occasions they can add some foundation into their day cream creating BB cream, which will give a nice and uniform colour and radiance to the skin. They can use BB creams and these liquid foundations: “Next to Nothing” and “Face and Body by Mac and “Vitalumiere Aqua” by Chanel.

Try always to find the right product that makes your skin feel comfortable: if you start to have some uncomfortable feelings then stop using the product. A good idea is trying the product before buying it.

I hope these tips were helpful! I will try to write more articles about my experience of various products.

How to make your make up last all day in summer: my tips

Hi, my dear and beautiful women!

Today I wanted to write about a very interesting issue: about some tips to make your make up last longer in hot and humid summer climate. I love make up and for my job I always need to have my face in order as often I work on runways, I meet my clients, I have various appointments in the city centre. Sometimes in the middle of the day I can go to the gym, so I need to have my make up resistant to everything: humidity, hot temperatures, water, sweat etc.

So here I will give you just some general tips that can be useful for everyday life or if you have a special occasion!

Tips to make your make up last all day in summer

First of all to make our make up long-lasting we need to use waterproof products. Use hydrating creams which are lighter and can be a perfect make up base (Biotherm creams are a good option as they are like gel). All pencils for eyes and eyebrows must be waterproof (Aqua Lip or Aqua Brow by Make Up Forever, for example) as well as mascara; but for those who doesn’t like waterproof mascaras there are many that are long-lasting and that you can remove only with hot water (Clinique Lash Powder, Bareminerals Lash Domination, Mac Extended Play Lash).

It’s very important to use a high quality foundation with SPF filters that protects your skin from the sun and lasts all day (my favourite one is Teint Miracle by Lancome).
If you don’t use any primer your eyeshadow won’t last as the skin on eyelids is very greasy; so if you want a perfect eyeshadow it’s better you use a good primer before (I use Urban Decay), translucent powder that mattifies well, especially the T-zone: for me the best is Prep+Prime by Mac.

Last but not least, set your make up with a thermal water (Avene is my favourite) or a setting spray (Fix + by Mac or All Nighter by Urban Decay) to make your make up last longer: you can spray it all day on your face. A good idea is also to apply some powder on the T-zone.

Another important tip is not to touch your face with your hands all the time: remember that you have your make up on! We can melt our make up touching it all the time.

Hope these tips can be helpful to make your make up look flawless even in hot and humid summer days!

Have A great and beautiful summer!

Semi-permanent eyebrow (brow tattoo): what to pay attention to!

Hi, gorgeous ladies!

I’d like to dedicate this article to one of the vital issues: semi-permanent eyebrows tattoo. I’m writing only about the things I’ve practiced on myself, that is why this is my real experience: I’d love that someone could learn something from it.

Everybody knows that eyebrows are very important for one’s face expressivity. Let’s see how the shape of eyebrows changed in history from ancient civilizations until today.

Eyebrows in Ancient Egypt

As depicted on the bust of Queen Nefertiti, Ancient Egyptian women sported arched brows darkened with powders made from minerals. Greek historian Herodotus documented that when a cat died in a home, everyone who lived there would shave their eyebrows in mourning. When a dog died, everyone in the house would shave their whole body as well as their head.

Eyebrows in Ancient Greece and Rome

 The ancient Greek people valued purity, so women often left their brows untouched or darkened slightly with black powder. In both cultures, unibrows were prized as beautiful, desirable features worn by the most intelligent and lusted-after women. If one didn’t have a unibrow, they would create one with black paint.

Eyebrows The Middle Ages

The forehead was the most important feature of the medieval period, which is why women often removed their eyelashes and eyebrows. Later in the 15th century, Queen Elizabeth’s reddish blonde (these days we’d call it strawberry blonde) inspired many women in her country to dye their hair and brows in similar reddish shades.

Eyebrows in Victorian Era

Women who wore obvious makeup were frowned upon in this era and thought of as prostitutes, which is why ladies of breeding left their brows quite bushy and untamed.
 

Eyebrows in 1920-1930

As seen on silent movie starlets like Clara Bow, women wore their eyebrows extremely thin and straight by way of extensive plucking, lending to a dramatic, pensive look. They also used petroleum jelly or Vaseline to groom and add shine and emphasis to slender brows. The ’20s were the first era in which regular women began to cull inspiration from celebrities and entertainers, which has continued into today.
 

1930-1940

Women continued to wear dark, shiny and severely tweezed brows, but rather than sport straight lines, they favored dramatic high, rounded arches, which sometimes extended all the way to the temple. Jean Harlow‘s thin, curved brow defined the era.
 

1940-1950

A softer, more natural look came into popularity in the ’40s, with movie stars like Lauren Bacall bringing heavier, prominently arched brows into vogue as regular women followed suit. The Old Hollywood red carpet looks we see today are heavily inspired by the thick, well-groomed brows and cherry red lips of this era.

1950-1960

Think Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor—the celebrities of this time sported thick, dark brows that were often penciled in to achieve a bolder, more enhanced look. They retained similar arched shapes to the brows of the ’40s, but the effect was stronger and more pronounced as the defining feature of the face.

1960-1970

Sophia Loren had the most storied brows of the decade, and for good reason: she shaved them off entirely, then would painstakingly pencil them back in using super-short, precise strokes. Audrey Hepburn‘s straight, natural brows remained popular, while art scene “It” girl Edie Sedgwick blackened hers to contrast her platinum hair for a serious statement look.

1970-1980

A handful of brow looks were favored during this time, including thicker, more natural brows as worn by the hippies of the decade and the thinner, more pronounced arches worn by disco enthusiasts. Actresses like Lauren Hutton popularized natural, “fresh-faced” beauty looks, and eyebrow trends followed suit, with many women setting aside their tweezers.


1980-1990

Bushy brows were the ticket to ’80s glamour, with Brooke Shields as the cover girl du jour. Thick, ungroomed “caterpillar” brows were all the rage, and a heavy, almost disheveled look was desirable and emulated with the help of brow pencils and powders.

1990-2000

Anyone who came of age in the ’90s will remember it well: super-thin, over-tweezed brows ran rampant this decade, with stars like Drew Barrymore and Pamela Anderson rocking teeny-tiny arches that often resulted in a perpetually shocked-looking expression. The ’90s were not a good decade for eyebrows.

2000-present

The early aughties held onto the past decade’s thin brows, but we’ve since gone the opposite way of over-plucking, instead favoring thick, lush looks and natural arches.
Cara Delevingne‘s beloved brows dominate the catwalk, with everyone from celebrities to regular people using pencils, waxes, powders, gels, and more to emulate the bold, dark, statement brow effect.

My experience with semi-permanent eyebrows tattoo

So, during ’90s, which were not a good decade for eyebrows, as everybody I over-plucked my eyebrows. I think constant hair removal weakens the hair bulbs and I’ve seen it happens often with blond-haired people. So my eyebrows were very thin and didn’t grow.

When I started my career of  make up artist, once our teacher in make up academy told me that my thin eyebrows didn’t suit my face shape at all. Before she told me that, I’d never thought about it before. In fact my face shape is square and my eyebrows were very think and angled. So, from that moment on, I started to make my eyebrows soften in shape and larger. Surely, I like it better.

There were not so many eyebrows products at that time, especially waterproof,  so in summer or in the gym it was a disaster. Then I found out waterproof products for eyebrows of make up forever Acqua Brow and then Mac, and lately a waterproof eyeliner by Kat Von D, so I became a real specialist in eyebrow shape and I can do it with my eyes closed, but this everyday routine was a bit tiring.

Finally, all those semi-permanent technique of make up appeared and were getting more and more popular, so I started to have an idea to do my eyebrows.

So, I started to see different professionals, their portfolios, photos before and after, I’ve been thinking over for a lot of time, and I decided. The person where I did my first eyebrow tattoo previously was a make up artist, so I thought its more secure as she understands the shape well.

Here I would like to emphasize: the trick here is that almost no one shows you the sequence of photos of the same person before, after the tattoo treatment, after 2 weeks and after 1 month when they get healed. You see only before and after. That was my mistake. I got attracted by the photos after the treatment, so I didn’t like my final result. I couldn’t come after one month to do the correction of colour, so let’s say I decided to do it again with the same person.

I explained what I wanted, showed all my photos how I do my eyebrows, so we did it again. Let’s say it’s not a very pleasant feeling when they do a tattoo on your face. Anyway, after one month I went again to do a correction, and again I didn’t like the final result: the thin shape, the colour that almost faded away after one month. So I continue to draw my eyebrows at least: I’m satisfied with my shape and it suits my face shape. Surely when I ever decide to do it again, I will do a thorough study of a professional and I will ask for the photos of the clients after one month from the treatment!

Learn how to get the perfect eyebrow shape

Very few of us are born with completely symmetrical faces, which is why the size, shape and position of our features can vary ever so slightly. And when it comes to our eyebrows, one may grow perfectly, arching at just the right point, whereas the other may be sparser and just not play ball regardless of how much tweezing and makeup we apply. So that’s why we go to professionals who can tell us how to get perfect the eyebrow shape.

So how to get perfect eyebrow shape? There are various techniques and the professional you choose must inform what is best for you.
 

how to shape eyebrows: tips & Techniques
 

Powdery filled technique:  
The “powdery filled” technique involves a filling in or thickening of areas that already have eyebrow hair present with a soft or darker color which varies in transparency. As opposed to creating hairline strokes from scratch to cover bald or thin areas, the powdery filled technique is best for those simply wanting shaping or just an enhancement.

Soft hair stroke technique:
The soft hair stroke method is ideal for those who have very little to no eyebrow hair to begin with. Very fine hairline strokes are created to visually replicate individual natural hairs as opposed to a “block” of solid ink.

Feathering technique:
This is basically a combination of the shading and hair stroke techniques, whereby strokes are made closer to one another other creating a shaded dimensional appearance.

Ombre technique
The Ombre brow comes from using two different brow colors, one lighter than the other. It is more natural looking than solid colour and is the latest craze in eyebrow semi-permanent make up.

The term ‘Ombre’ is from the French word meaning “shaded” or “shading”. Ombre hair colour is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. For eyebrows the reverse is true: the colour is lightest at the thinnest part of the eyebrow and gets darker to the end.


These techniques require particular skill and precision from your brow expert to make your eyebrows look natural, so make sure to do your research on your brow experts ability before committing, no matter what cost it’s provided to you at, as we have seen some bad brows over the years, some that we couldn’t even help correct.

 

How do you know what shape semi-permanent eyebrow makeup will suit your face?

During your consultation with the chosen professional, you’ll discuss the look you want to achieve and she’ll design permanent makeup eyebrows to suit your face in a colour that complements your skin tone.

But to give you a heads up on what shape semi-permanent eyebrow make up will suit your face the best, we’ve put together a simple step by step guide.

 

Step 1: identify your face shape

In order to determine the best shape eyebrow to suit your face, you need to take the shape of your face into consideration. Face shapes are generally oval, long, round, square, heart or diamond shaped.

Depending on your face shape, eyebrows can do many things from shorten and elongate the face, to balance and soften angular features and even add drama. 
 

Step 2: determine which eyebrow shape suits your face shape

Choosing the right eyebrow shape can enhance your face shape by accentuating your eyes, opening up the eye area to give a more youthful appearance and even add definition to your cheekbones.

Oval face
If you have an oval face, opt for a soft angled eyebrow that starts at the bridge of the nose and goes up into a gentle curve, before dropping down to extend slightly beyond the outer corner of the eye.

Long face
Choose more of a flat, horizontal eyebrow with an extended brow tail if you have a long face as it will help to shorten the face and balance your features.

Round face
Round faces suit eyebrows with a pronounced vertical arch to add length to the face and to stop it looking so round. A soft angled eyebrow also works well with this face shape too.

Square face
Natural eyebrows with soft arch work well with square faces. Opt for curved eyebrows to soften the jawline.

Heart face
Eyebrows with either a pronounced arch or a rounded, low arch will accentuate heart shaped faces and balance out a delicate jawline.

Diamond face
diamond faces suit both round and curved shaped eyebrows as they help to soften the angular shape of the face.

How to find a good permanent makeup artist - according to the British Association Of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC).

• Take a look at your therapist's portfolio to gauge their experience (pay attention to the photos before, after the treatment and after one month when they are healed). Choose therapists with a lot years’ of experience. They are more skilled in face shapes, eyebrow shapes, how the skin reacts and allergy reactions.

• Social media makes it easier than ever to read client reviews, so do your research

• Check out your therapist's training, which should be accredited by either an awarding organization or an official association such as BABTAC.

• Make sure your therapist has specialist treatment-risk insurance to cover you both.

• Before booking, ask the therapist to show you around the clinic so you can check it's clean and hygienic.

• A good therapist will be able to prove that the machine being used in the treatment has a CE mark, and the pigment follows the EU safety regulations.

• Some councils require therapists to have a special treatment license. If yours does, ask to see a copy.

• Be wary if the price seems unusually cheap. This is an invasive treatment and it should cost a reasonable sum.

Hope to have been helpful to those who have the same problem. Think a lot before choosing treatments that regards our face, it’s our responsibility to choose the right people to ensure best results and be healthy and beautiful! 

Source: Stylecaster