Highlighters are the cherry to the sundae; a look isn’t complete without some radiance. Yes, they are meant to glow the high points to your face and totally blind your surroundings. But in the summer, highlighters can be looked at in a different way.
You’re all bronzed up from either the sun or bronzer (of course), and you’re looking too matte with your new tan. How about adding some highlight for a dewy finish and achieve that true summer glow? Nothing compliments your tan more than a few swipes of highlighter to your cheekbones, tip of the nose, the inner corners of your eyes, under the brow bone, cupid’s bow, above the brow (why not?), and the collarbone and shoulders to really give off a dewy appearance. There are tons of highlighters to choose from, but not just any of them will succeed in giving you a dewy glow. We’ve picked out our top five favorite highlighters that don’t let anyone down. Find out which of these is best for you!
Their bestselling, creamy highlighter is known to be highly pigmented to highlight your high points. The formula is enriched with ultra-fine, luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect, and even refract light to give you that natural glow. While it’s a pressed powder, this unique formula blends pigments with liquids, creating a creamy feel that applies on smoothly with a silky finish.
Mascara is to the beauty world what heels are to the fashion industry: the majestics of the realm. Both can instantly transform your look while also making you feel feminine and beautiful. So, for the heels of the beauty world, we’ve put together the five best mascaras we think will have you feeling even more beautiful, too.
Too Faced Better Than Sex ($23)
Ditch your false lashes because we’ve found something better: a mascara that can imitate false lashes minus the hustle and bustle. Its hourglass-shaped brush will evenly separate and coat your lashes while creating just the right volume, darkness, fullness, and drama that even the queens of false lashes would envy.
Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint ($23)
This little genie in a bottle must have magic in this tube, as the brush grabs and lifts your lashes, allowing them to have length and curl with ease. Meanwhile, its formula gives a glossy, saturated finish that looks like it was painted on by the pros, but hey, it can be our little secret! MALLY Instant Impact Mascara ($15)
Despite possibly being the least-known bottle on this list, this mascara is equally noteworthy as the others. MALLY has created the perfect mascara for those barely there makeup no-makeup days. Its brush holds just enough formula to condition and coat your lashes a beautiful carbon black yet keeps each individual lash natural and striking. So here’s to having fabulous lashes without feeling like you’re wearing mascara. A beauty lover’s dream, is it not?
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($24)
A cult classic for a reason! Long lashes, short lashes — you name it — this Benefit Cosmetics’ mascara has you covered. Its unique technique allows you to use its bristles in a horizontal motion to grab close to the root of your lashes to add volume, and the custom-domed tip also lets you use the brush in a vertical manner to reach and define even the tiniest of lashes. A simple but nevertheless elegant and natural look; it’s no wonder why this one makes the list.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($21)
Yes, another Tarte favorite! Though this one for a short while received criticism for its unfavorable packaging, the 4-in-1 mascara does exactly what it says: lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions. You’ll certainly want to wear this hidden treasure on a night out to remember because it will undoubtedly live up to its name.
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As we’ve been told time and time again, it’s crucial that we take care of our skin. However, most of us don’t even have a regimented skincare routine. Perhaps that has less to do with our self-discipline and more with finding the right products that make having a skincare routine seem effortless and – dare we say – fun. Though the idea might sound intriguing and a little exciting, you’re probably skeptical of its outcome and will give in to a defeat-like mentality. Well, I certainly can’t argue with you; I’ve been there and done that, too. Around this time, almost every year, I can count on my skin not feeling or looking its best and in need of a lot of TLC. Whether it’s due to winter’s aftermath or my undying love of makeup, I’m in constant search of finding what the next best skincare routine is for me and, of course, other beauty loving gals. My motto: when in doubt, head to Sephora to check it out. You’re more than likely going to find something that’ll change your mind and, goodness knows, maybe change your life. I mean it. Sephora’s notorious for coming out with something new practically if not definitely every month. Currently, Sephora’s advertised a few of their newest skincare lines, which we just so happen to feel fall in line with what we’re about to talk about today: 3 skincare brands for all skincare types. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel ($25)
For those of us with sensitive skin or those looking for a deep clean that won’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry, causing acne due to the loss of the skin’s natural moisture and oils, this two-in-one daily facial cleanser removes impurities and waterproof makeup. That’s right; say goodbye to your beloved yet ever so frustrating attempt to remove waterproof mascara. Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream ($65)
I don’t care what skin type you have – this cream is good for any skin type no matter what the range or combination. By illuminating the complexion by eliminating dark spots and uneven skin tones, this brightening and refining treatment will hydrate and visibly – yes, visibly – begin to make your skin look more plump, leaving you feeling confident walking out the door with beautiful, healthy looking skin that will have others asking what you’ve done differently. (Shushhh, who says you have to tell? This can be our little secret!) Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45)
Pronounced bam bam, this Brazilian cream is fast-absorbing and helps tighten pores and smooth skin. This product is best used while massaging into the skin in circular motions so that it creates warmth, which absorbs the cream better and helps with blood flow and circulation. Guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet, can be found in Brazilian creams along with incredibly nourishing ingredients like cupuaçu butter, antioxidants like açaí, and conditioning coconut, all of which help your skin feel irresistibility soft and smooth. What’s even more fabulous about this cream is that regardless of what skin type you have, moisturizing is crucial for maintaining healthy and happy-looking skin, and with this exotic cream and cute packaging, you can’t go wrong leaving the house in “a head-to-toe sensuality that comes through in a smile, saunter, a samba… a confidence that comes from playing up your best assets.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Que Gostoso. (*This product can also be found at your local Urban Outfitters store for $50.)
Read more Beauty articles @ClicheMag.com 3 Skincare Brands For All Skincare Types: Photos Courtesy of Beauty Editor Creator Michelle Villett, Kristina Medhus from Pretty Shiny Sparkly Blog, Urban Outfitters; Featured Image: “The Chief Bunny” Jen Mathews from The Beauty Bunny Blog
Beat the sun’s harsh rays with SPF beauty products that will have your face both protected and looking good this summer. The sun is at its strongest during this season, making your skin more sensitive and at greater risk for damage. Let’s make our chances of getting sunburn or skin damage zero to none! We’ve researched and compiled a list of summer SP beauty products to keep your skin protected from the sun while still maintaining that beautiful, healthy glow.
(Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 20 $10.99, Ulta.com) Moisturizer
To keep your skin from drying quickly in the summer heat, make sure to apply moisturizer in the morning and at night. Ingredients in moisturizers, such as dimethicone, lock water into your skin cells, making your skin feel refreshed. Popular beauty brands, including Olay and Aveeno, have created best-selling SPF moisturizers known for their extreme wear in the summer months.
Moisturizers and sunscreens have fairly similar jobs. However, sunscreens are made specifically to protect your skin with ingredients to block the sun’s rays. Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion can be used on both your face and your body to nourish your skin. It’s a top sunscreen contender in protecting your skin from damage like sunburn and premature signs of aging. A plus with this sunscreen is that it is water-resistant, allowing you to take a swim without worrying about sunburn! Hampton Sun’s hypoallergenic SPF 15 Sunscreen, which contains ingredients like aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E, is a bit different in its application; its a mist that can be sprayed on quickly and easily.
(Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen $36, Sephora.com) BB/CC Cream
No one can stand feeling like they have too much makeup on in the summer. BB or CC creams are a great solution to this problem, providing coverage to blemishes and evening your skin tone without the heavy weight of a foundation. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer has been raved about over and over again by beauty gurus everywhere for its long-lasting, water-based formula. Available in 7 shades, it protects skin with a 20 SPF, and one of its main ingredients, chamomile extract, helps treat and heal dry skin. Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream is known for it’s moisturizing and creamy consistency. It’s easy to smooth into your skin–color-correcting it and creating a natural glow–is oil-free, and has an SPF!
(Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Oh So Radiant! Powder SPF 20 $13.99, Ulta.com) Face Powder Physician’s Formula has released a face powder with SPF 20 that we just couldn’t leave out: Mineral Wear Oh So Radiant! Powder. Yes, it’s a face powder. We were shocked too. It’s a translucent, hypoallergenic mineral powder that allows your skin to feel as if you’re wearing no makeup at all. It’s the perfect powder to have in your beach bag for a spontaneous outing after a day in the sun!