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Summer Makeup

Like other seasons, summer brings change. We enjoy warmer temperatures and fun activities. Hotter weather means opting for cooler clothing like shorts and sundresses.

So when it comes to makeup, most women prefer light-weight products that still enhance their natural beauty. They often also like to use minimal amounts of makeup, especially for trips to the beach or swimming. Others still like to wear makeup, but want to stay comfortable during hot weather.

Instead of a heavy foundation, opt for a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer. Many BB creams offer formulas that contain sunscreen, which is a definite must in the summer sun.

If you must wear a foundation, choose a light, liquid formula that contains an SPF. Another option is a mineral foundation or a powder foundation. Apply it only where you need it.

Finally, you might want to skip foundation altogether. But don't forget to wear sunscreen. It could save your skin from sun damage and even skin cancer.

Summer is the perfect time to keep eye makeup minimal. Some women prefer to wear mascara and nothing more on the eye area. If you like, add some eyeliner and then sweep some blush or bronzer onto the outer brow bone to add color.

Those who prefer to wear eye shadow might choose seasonal colors that work well with their skin tone. A visit to your local cosmetics counter can help you to find out what colors are “in” this season.

Some prefer not to wear blush during summer. After all, you probably have a healthy glow from spending time outdoors anyway. If you still feel you need some color, use a little powder blush or a bronzer. Another option is to use a cheek stain, like Benefit's Benetint.

If you'd rather not wear lipstick, try using a tinted lip balm. NYX Butter Lip Balm Parfait comes in several colors. They are comfortable, moisturizing, and affordable. Or you might want to try a lip gloss. Philosophy makes several tinted lip glosses that can be worn alone or over a lipstick.

Finally, Benefit's Benetint stains the lips. It's long lasting and, as mentioned above, can be worn on cheeks as well.

Many women choose not to wear much makeup during the summer heat. But they still want to look their best. By choosing products with a lighter formula, changing how you apply them, and skipping some cosmetics altogether, you can look beautiful and stay comfortable all summer.

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