Bring on the heat.
Matte foundation is your skin's BFF—especially during summer. Because let's be real: Base makeup designed to stop oil from ruining your ~lewk~ is just what you need in 90-degree weather. Don't go for all-matte-everything though, says makeup pro Rommy Najor. Instead pair a shine-free face with a smartly placed metallic eye or glossy drink-proof lip. "The effect is alluring because the look isn't one-note—combining textures gives [your] face life," he explains. Want proof? Check out these 🔥🔥🔥 looks for major inspo.
You don't need to ditch your glow entirely if you're going for a matte complexion. One tried-and-true trick for a touch of brightness: highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes to draw in light and open them up. Dial up the wattage by using a metallic mint green eye shadow instead of a neutral shimmer. Bonus: Your tear ducts don't get oily, so you don't have to think about touch-ups.
Start by mattifying your skin—but strategically. Focus on the spots on your face like your forehead and nose that tend to get oily. On those areas, smooth on Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer to help minimize shine and the appearance of pores for up to eight hours. Then apply Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation with your fingers. "Start in the center of your face, where there's usually the most discoloration and redness, and work your way outward," explains Najor. Then dust Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Powder over the areas you hit with primer to keep 'em shine-free for hours.
With your bulletproof base in place, use a fine-tipped eye shadow brush to apply a metallic mint shade in the inner corner of your eyes. Pull the color along your upper and lower lash lines to form a sideways V-shape. Finish with waterproof mascara to stop lashes from going limp in the humidity.
A two-tone pout is just as steamy as a pair of stilettos, but way more comfortable. For a simple-yet-major effect, try a subtle color gradation, like the pop of pink and crimson here. "The bright red veers away from the fuchsia without creating too much contrast," says Najor. Bright shades, unlike deep tones, also make your lips look their absolute fullest.
To guarantee your lipstick is still around long after the cosmos are done, pick a two-step liquid formula like Rimmel London Provocalips. Here, Najor used the shade "Little Minx" on the upper lip and "[link href="http://bit.ly/2nASAYV" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]Kiss Me You Fool" on the bottom. After swiping on the color, keep your lips apart for 60 seconds so it can set, and then layer on the clear top coat at the opposite end of the applicator. This ensures the color will stay put for up to 16 hours. Even better: The transfer-proof formula stops the two shades from mixing together.
Smoky eyes get a summertime twist with electric green and purple hues. "Metallics have a richer saturation [than standard colors]. They look edgy and luxe," says Najor. A dash of lilac brightens up this smoke show, and the entire look is just so incredibly sexy against matte skin.
Make sure your shadow lasts by priming your eyelids—with eyeliner. Follow Najor's lead and use one in a creamy dark green shade before your shadow. "Dash it over the eyelid and smooth it out with your fingers," he explains. This colored base helps your eye shadow pop. Layer a metallic forest green shadow on top and brush the color under your lower lashes too. Smoke out the corners with the charcoal shade in the Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette, and for a summery touch, add an iridescent lilac to the inner corner of your eyes.
Want even more smokiness? Rim your waterline with black pencil and add tons of waterproof mascara. Then just dance the night away — this combo stays put so you don't have to.
Photographer: Terry Gates
Makeup Artist: Rommy Najor
Hair Stylist: Yohey Nakatsuka
Stylist: Vanessa Barantes
From: Cosmopolitan US