Finally some warm weather has arrived in the UK, let’s hope it’s here to stay!
During the Summer months (and whilst you’re on holiday) it is a good idea to take a look at your usual beauty routine and make a few tweaks to ensure you’re using products that aren’t going to clog your skin, or leave you exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.
Here are our top tips on how to ensure you look and feel fabulous in the heat!
Up the SPF
Ideally you should protect your skin from damaging UV rays all year round, but during the Summer it’s even more important to do so. You don’t have to slather on heavy-duty sun cream to do this, many brands now have SPF in their facial moisturisers that are lightweight and non-greasy, so you won’t even realise you’re wearing any!
Switch foundation for tinted moisturiser
Here at colour me beautiful HQ we swear by our Morning Light Foundation for most of the year, but come the Summer it’s our Tinted Moisturiser that we’re packing in the suitcase! For a super-lightweight feel and extra hydration, you can’t go wrong with this fabulous product as it’s packed with conditioners and has light diffusing properties to unify your skin tone and correct imperfections.
Usually a lipstick lover? Us too! However, something a little lighter is the order of the day during the Summer. Try a lip gloss for a subtle pop of colour and understated look this season. Our new Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss is perfect to pop in your beach bag to take you from the pool to the cocktail bar!
Prep to perfection
When we’re hot make-up can have a tendency to slide around our face a little, meaning by the end of the day we’re looking more melted than marvellous!
Pop some of our colour me beautiful eye base underneath your eye shadow to prep your eyes for smoother eyeshadow application that will ensure your colour holds for hours with no creasing. This fabulous little product can also be worn alone if you wish, as it goes on sheer, allowing you to subtly brighten your eyes for a natural daytime look.
Facial mists are big news right now, and can be used in a number of ways. The key is to spray a very fine mist (therefore ensuring you don’t saturate your skin). Here are some of our favourite ways to use a facial mist…
- Underneath your moisturiser (to lock in moisture better when your skin has been exposed to the sun)
- To get a dewy texture with your make-up (use it before you put on your foundation or tinted moisturiser to give your skin a subtle glow)
- To set your make-up (spraying a mist on after you’ve applied your base will remove a powdery finish and you can repeat throughout the day to keep you cool!)
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Coco Chanel was spot on when she said “the best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you” (interesting for a woman who was always in black and white, but then they were her colours). Of course, we all have more than one colour that suits us, the point is that colour is so powerful that getting it right and getting it wrong makes a huge difference to how good you look and consequently, how good you feel.
For many years neutral colours held sway in fashion, but we moved on and now colour – in all its hues – is an integral part of our wardrobes. There are thousands of shades of colours available, which means shopping is more exciting, but also a bit of a minefield. There may be some colours you love, but do they love you back? Be honest. Hold different colours up to your face, if a colour lifts your face and complements your overall look, go for it. If it casts shadows under your eyes and chin and dulls your complexion, ditch it. The colours you wear close to your face have the most impact, so choose the colour of your tops, jackets and overcoats carefully. Obviously, that goes for your make-up too!
We often instinctively know the colours that work for us and those that don’t, but we don’t always know why. When you understand why, it helps you make better choices.
Getting your colours right is not just about matching shades with your colouring (hair colour, eye colour and skin tone) however, it’s about matching them with your personality and your style too. Our clothes make a visual statement about us and how we view ourselves. They reinforce our self-image and help to define who we are. So, when we choose colours, in the same way that we choose styles, we make choices based on what we are instinctively drawn to, choices that fit with our individual taste. We are always influenced by fashion, other people, friends, and so on, but our personality is the biggest factor in the clothing choices we make.
So, when you have a Colour Consultation, we are looking at so much more than how colours look against your colouring. We are considering your personality, what sort of impression you want to give about yourself, how you spend your time, whether you want to be a bit more adventurous in your clothes or a bit more chic and which colours make you feel good.
One last word on black: it looks fantastic on some, like Madame Chanel, but it can look ageing and drab on others. Everyone can wear black but if it’s not a good colour against your face, you need to keep it to a minimum and learn how to make it work for you. A mistake often made is that ‘black makes you look slimmer’, which it does, but if it’s not a flattering shade on you, it will make you look tired. There are other colours that have a slimming effect, you just need to find out which ones are a success on you.
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There was much debate over the lack of ethnic models at London Fashion Week and whilst we are not attempting to get into a political debate here, from a simple fashion/style/beauty point of view, it doesn’t make sense not to represent the various ethnic looks and skin tones that make up the British demographic today.
Along with your hair and eye colour, your skin colour and skin tone (coolness, warmth and depth in colour) will dictate which colours suit you. Your personality will also influences your colour choice, of course, but you can’t deny that there are some shades you instinctively know make you look either utterly amazing or truly awful. Certain shades will compliment not just the colour but the tone of your skin wonderfully, and others will make your skin look dull and even cast shadows on your face. Also, you need to consider that the texture of your skin changes over the years which means the colour and tone will change slightly too.
In our new, just launched Colour Me Beautiful book the expanded colour section now provides a range of colour profiles for women of all skin tones including Caucasian, Asian, Black or Oriental. Understanding your dominant colouring and knowing your skin tone is the same as knowing you have a high or short waist, a long or short neck or small or large bust; once you really understand what your individual characterstics are you can make better choices in your clothing and make-up.
Consider the people you know and imagine grouping together those with blonde hair, those with freckles, those with dark skin, and so on. Within those groups, each individual will have a different eye colour and skin tone and will suit different shades of colours. When you think of a simple pair of tights in a ‘nude’ shade, what is YOUR nude won’t be a “nude” for your friend who might be a British born Spaniard, Caribbean, Chinese etc. So, it was very clever of Mr. Louboutin to create a range of shoes in five nude shades to cater for a variety of skin tones http://bit.ly/1otW8Rd In 2011 Debenhams launched a range of ‘invisible’ skin tone hosiery, available in different shades for women with fair, medium and dark skin. Just the same as clothing sizes and body shapes, one ‘nude’ does not fit all.
So, without even stepping into the politics of this discussion, it is a simple fact that we are all a combination of different hair, eye and skin colourings and within that we all have different skin tones. And thank goodness! How uninspiring it would be if we all looked and dressed exactly the same.
We can help you determine your ‘dominant’ colouring, skin tone and personal style. Get in touch with a Colour Me Beautiful consultant near you to find out more about our one-to-one Colour Consultations.
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Why? Here is a definition of ‘rebranding’ from the Cambridge Dictionaries to give you an idea : “If a company rebrands itself or a product or service that it provides, it creates a new name or image for it, often to try to change the way that people think about it”.
The look for autumn/winter is more polished than summer’s fresh looks. Skin is flawless and make-up is perfectly applied. Eyes can be colourful, dramatic, smokey or metallic. Lips are making a statement with red being this season’s favourite shade. Read more…
If you want to give her something a bit special this year that is great value and won’t end up never worn or in a corner of the house somewhere, have a look through our Gift Experience range.
Giving gifts is a pleasure and more and more we want to give something thoughtful and useful, not something that is fun just for five minutes. We all deserve to look our best, and when we look good, we feel good. Learning how to dress in a way that compliments our features, our body shape and our personality, is key to looking good.
Whether it’s a Colour Experience – finding out about the colours that suit her and how to wear them – a Colour and Make-up Experience- the Colour Experience plus a full make-up lesson – or a Full Image Experience – learning everything about creating her perfect wardrobe through colour and style and make-up – our gift experiences provide not only a lovely ‘me time’ treat but also valuable advice and information that she can use again and again.
She will avoid buying clothes that don’t work for her, thereby saving money, and will be able to create a more efficient wardrobe and feel confident that she looks good in all of her clothes. What more could a woman want for Christmas?