After a recent experience on a patio at the height of the afternoon sun that Lecina will not soon forget thanks to tan lines that make her look like she’s wearing overalls when she’s naked, we’re reminded that summer not only means more sunscreen (idiot) it can also mean, less make up.
This is our friend Adrianna :
In addition to being gorgeous, she’s also an extremely talented athlete. Come September, Adrianna is moving to the land of the Living Skies to play volleyball! Before Adrianna makes the big move out to Saskatchewan, she has plans for a relaxing and eventful summer, spending as much time outside as humanly possible.
Grant it, Adrianna has that young, flawless look going for her, but there’s some basic rules that can prevent you from becoming a cakey, why-so-serious-looking-mess on your next outdoor adventure. We love two products from Benefit to help you achieve a sun-kissed, natural looking glow.
If you are indeed planning to spend the day outside, of course we recommend starting with some form of SPF. Most higher-end Foundations will have a prescribed SPF associated to them, but beware – you will have to reapply some form of sunscreen throughout the day, just like any other SPF application. If you’re more comfortable with the additional coverage, of course, feel free to start with your built in SPF Foundation; if you’re willing to go a bit more free bird, start with just a regular SPF as your base layer.
We love both of these products because they’re light, long wearing and perfect for all sorts of summer excursions creating a natural summer glow without looking like you’ve been baking in the sun.
The attention seeking, younger sister: High Beam. . .(her)
A bit louder; the cosmetic equivalent of saying “watch this!” Think of High Beam as a product used to draw attention to some of your stronger features, principally your brow bone (just beneath the brow) the inner corner of your eye, and the highest point of your cheekbone. The light catching particles within the High Beam act like a tractor beam of awesome to some of your naturally occurring facial features. As an insider’s secret, and if the outfit permits, we also love putting just a dab on our clavicle bone – because there’s nothing sexier than a ladies clavicle bone.
The mature, don’t do that, you’re going to get caught, sister: Benetint . . . (she)
A bit more subtle; the cosmetic equivalent of making a point without yelling. Think of applying this product on areas where the sun would kiss your face, mainly, the apple of your cheeks (a long used euphemism for where your cheeks are the fattest). Be careful not to use this product as a contouring agent, it’s simply to give a kiss of colour – this paired with the HighBeam will create the contouring effect usually created by blush. As an added bonus and an insiders secret, we love using the Benetint as a lip stain; be sure to exfoliate your lips well, and dab just a touch on the upper and lower lip.
Middle-sister-ground, finishing touches: Powder and Mascara
Not to say that we forgot about her (sorry, Jan), but two components of a finished look regardless of the excursions are powder and mascara. We recommend polishing the look with some shine calming, powder power, applied lightly to the T-Zone area (read chin, nose and forehead) after you’ve put on the Benetint. Last but not least, we highly recommend, as a don’t-leave-the-house-without-it-rule, applying mascara. If you’re out for a day of adventure, waterproof is always a good bet. After a generous amount of mutually testing the market both she and her agree that L’Oréal Voluminous wins our vote based on product price point and value!
Sister. Sister...Sister. (Sorry, Jan)