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Summer Beauty Basics

05/27/2014 12:00AM ● By Brandi Barnett
By: Melissa Gulden

Summer is about paring down and simplifying. After all, it’s simply too hot for blowouts, or a full face of foundation and heavy eye makeup that runs down your face by 3 pm. And who needs heavy moisturizers when it’s 100 degrees outside? Believe it or not, you can skip some of your usual steps, eliminate a few products and still look gorgeous.

With so many products on the shelves today, it’s hard to figure out what you really need. And although many products are beneficial and keep you looking flawless, for summer, it’s freeing to keep it to a minimum.

1. Stick to the essentials: Rather than having a counter overflowing with countless products, keep things simple. Find one cleanser that removes dirt, oil, makeup and mascara and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed. That way you don’t have to worry about wasting time using three products when you can just use one. You’ll also want to use one great moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 to round out your routine.

2. Find a great bronzer powder, gel or tint and apply it all over your face lightly, and then heavier on cheeks and eyelids. This is a great substitute for foundation, eye shadow and blush. The hint of sun-kissed color will also brighten up your complexion on days when you didn’t get enough sleep. And who doesn’t need that?

3. Mascara is a makeup bag mainstay for good reason. With a simple swipe, your eyes are instantly opened up. There is no substitute for a great tube of lengthening and darkening mascara. Simply apply heavier and close to the lash base and you won’t even need an eye liner, or try smudging along the lash line with the tip of the wand for added drama.

4. Hair: There’s no need to spend your entire morning on a complicated hairstyle. Who wants a dryer blasting hot air first thing in the morning anyway? Keep things simple and sophisticated: A slanted side part with a heavy side bang pulled into a ponytail is the freshest and most sophisticated, easy hair style for a busy woman on the go. If your hair needs a bit more taming, straighten only the top and front sections, then pull them into a low ponytail or bun. Or upgrade that updo and add a sparkly headband for a bit of youthful fun. Instead of trying to get your hair to do something it doesn’t do naturally, choose a style that respects its integrity. Shouldn’t summer be the time to embrace those waves?

5. And finally, organize that makeup drawer! The biggest waste of precious time in the morning is rifling through all that makeup you never wear. Separate your everyday cosmetics from the ones you only use on special occasions. Another way to save time: Embrace multitasking products, such as shimmers that can be used for eyes, cheeks and lips, or makeup wipes that also cleanse and refresh the skin.

Summer makeup should be lightweight, like a T-shirt and flip-flops. See what you can do to pare down this season and give your hair and skin a break from your old routine.