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  • Writer's pictureRoseanna Velin

Ask the Artist: Summer Makeup Tips by Roseanna Velin

What advice would you give when it comes to highlighting the face? I want to achieve a soft pretty look that resembles a summer romance glow.

There are several ways you can achieve a 'glowing' look on the skin. Experiment with different products to see what works best for you! Illamasqua's Illumine Oil in Pulse is great for all over face & body shimmer and glow - simply smooth it over the skin and you're done! A personal favourite is MAC's Strobe Liquid Lotion which can be worn underneath foundation or on its own, giving your skin a radiant healthy glow. If you prefer powders, check out MAC's Soft & Gentle / Gold Deposit (depending on your skin tone) - A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish which can be applied anywhere on the face and body. Try using it on the cheek bones, brow bone and collar bone for achieve a beautiful summer glow.

How can you stop mascara melting in the heat?

The best way to avoid your mascara melting in the heat is to use a waterproof mascara, for example Lancome's Hypnose Waterproof Mascara. You may also want to try a waterproof eyeliner too, or perhaps use an eyeshadow to line your eyes instead of a pencil as this can become quite sticky and messy in the hot weather.

How can I make my eyes stand out in summer without using a heavy eyeshadow or dark eyeliner?

Try using a shimmery pigment on the inner corners of the eyes for example Vanilla Pigment by MAC. Then take a little eyeshadow on a brush and blend it in the socket line. If you want a more natural look- use soft browns rose pinks. For a brighter look, try a lilacs or golds. There are no rules in particular, just enjoy experimenting with colour and see what works best for you! Finish off the look with a coat of mascara.

How do I know what foundation to get?

In order to achieve a flawless foundation, you first need to understand your skin type. We can break it down into 3 catagories to keep it simple- Dry, oily and combination. With dry skin- is it best to look for a foundation which has a little extra moisture for example: Mineralise Satinfinish foundation by MAC. With oily skin is it best look for a foundation which gives a more mattifying finish - try Pure Liquid Mineral by Maybelline. With combination skin you may find that certain areas of the skin are dry, and others are oily. So you may want to use a little extra powder on those oily areas, or try using a shine free primer on those areas before applying your foundation. Don't be afraid to experiment a little to see what works best for you.

What is the best way to apply foundation?

Once you have found a foundation that you're happy with- it's time to move on to application and technique. There are all sorts of methods of applying foundation - you could use your fingers, a brush, or a sponge. There are no rules in particular- just make sure that whatever you are using is clean and that you apply in good lighting. Try not to rub the foundation in to your skin too much, it is not a moisturiser. You are looking to achieve a nice even coverage so be aware of how much you are applying and where. Some areas you may not need to wear as much as others, always blend it out gently and evenly.

What is best - creme or powder eye shadows?

Both types of eyeshadows are great, and give different effects. Experiment with them and see which works best for you. However for summer I would definately reccomend using a powder eyeshadowpurely as creme eyeshadow is a lot more likely to become sticky and start melting in the heat!

What is the best way to cover sun burned skin on the face?

When it comes to sun burned skin be very careful with what you apply as the skin is very sensitive and in the process of healing. If you do decide to try and conceal the burn, look for a high quality hypoallergenic mineral powder as this is the least likely to irriate your skin, and be sure to check the label for less chemicals and more natural ingredients. Another option is to simply distract from the burn by bringing the attention elsewhere, to your eyes for example. If you have decided not to conceal the burn, be careful of using reds on the lips as it might bring out the redness of the burn even more, so stick with cooler, muted tones to counteract.

I'm going to a festival this summer and want to be creative with my makeup but I find it challenging when I'm getting ready in a tent! What would you advise?

Think about products that are quick and easy to apply. Use coloured eyeliners to apply a quick sweep of colour or get creative with stick on sequins and gems inspired by Chanel's Spring 2010 beauty trend!

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