“Everyone looks greasy or oily in the summer. Just go with it.”
Courtney Culkin, a top-rated New York City hair and makeup artist on Thumbtack, wants to you to give in to the elements this summer.
Tell yourself you’re not sweaty. You’re “dewy.” Your hair is not unkempt and unworkable, it’s “beachy.” Here’s Courtney’s advice for looking like a hot mess on purpose—using fewer products.
Keep Skin Smooth, Redness-Free and Hydrated
Serum, sun protection and face masks are your best friends in the summer. Courtney is a fan of SK-II products and swears by their Facial Treatment Mask for sunburns. For everyday moisture, she recommends Lancôme’s Génifique serum. After that, it’s your choice whether or not to use a traditional moisturizer. If you do, make sure it includes some SPF. Courtney likes tinted moisturizers.
Remember that all that summer sun, heat and environmental pollution can lead to skin damage. You’ll see flakiness and buildup, so exfoliate twice a week. “Salt water is a natural exfoliator, so when I go to the beach, I try to scrub my skin with the wet sand while I’m there,” says Courtney.
Get Unconventional With Concealer
Face it, your foundation is going to melt. Skip it. Instead, try blending your concealer with a primer. Many people reach for primers to smooth skin and control oil, but Courtney suggests thinking of them as giving you an oily face—in a good way. “Oily skin always looks more youthful and hydrated,” she says.
Use a little high-coverage concealer (Courtney recommends one from Lancôme) anywhere you have redness or discoloration, like your chin, under your eyes, and around your nose. Then blend it out with your primer.
Use Multipurpose Everything
You’re on the go in the summer, so use multipurpose products on your eyes, cheeks and lips.
“I’m a minimal ‘makeup in my bag’ type of person, so I need products that serve multiple purposes,” says Courtney. She uses cream blush as both a cheek stain and a lip stain, and she applies liquid highlighter all over her eyelids, above her cheekbone and down the center of her nose.
Finish with a setting spray (Courtney likes this one from Urban Decay) or use a rosewater mist throughout the day to bring your makeup back to life.
Un-do Your Hair
It’s no secret that your hair looks magically great at the beach when it gets whipped around by the salty humid air (that’s why magazines have been gushing over Bumble and bumble Surf Spray every summer for more than a decade). If you don’t want to spring for a bottle, try a DIY sea salt spray using coconut oil, leave-in conditioner and sea salt. Spray it in your hair, twist your hair around a finger, scrunch it and leave your house.
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