Nars' Orgasm Illuminator
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Nars' Orgasm Illuminator

With Spring being well underway, you may be noticing a change in the cosmetics landscape. Actually, cosmetics companies have already started introducing their Summer collections, so now is the time of year to rethink and recharge your beauty routine. By recharge & rethink, I do not mean run out and buy a zillion more new products and totally change how you do your makeup (unless you want to 🙂 ). Instead, it’s about changing applications and textures, and going for a more easy approach. I call this the “Lighten Up, Brighten Up” time of year. Here’s some tips on adapting to the makeup change of season…

1) Foundation – If you’re a foundation wearer, changing formulation can be the simplest way to lighten up your routine. Try going with a tinted moisturizer instead of a full bodied foundation. With the changes in makeup technology over the last few years, you can get a surprising amount of coverage in a lighter-weight formulation. Ones to try; Josie Maran (light coverage) and Korres (a bit more coverage)

Another option is to add an illuminator to your existing foundation which will lighten the texture and add a subtle hint of sheen. This is a particularly flattering look for evening. NARS recently introduced the Orgasm Illuminator which is a continuation of it’s “flattering on everyone” Orgasm series (a warm peach with a hint of sheen).

Don’t feel like buying anything else? Just sheer your existing foundation down by mixing it with a few drops of your existing moisturizer and voila! Instant tinted moisturizer.

2) Eyes – Have fun with color. Pops of color make you look younger while still giving your eyes drama. The easiest way to wear color is with colored eyeliners. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On pencils come in a rainbow assortment of colors and their creamy yet stay-put formula makes them a breeze to wear. The really brave at heart can try colored mascara’s such as Urban Decay’s Big Fatty colored masacaras. The shy can stick to the Black Cherry, and the adventurous can go for the Bright Teal.

Not interested in a lot of color on your eyes? A sweep of a shimmery champagne color along with your normal mascara and eyeliner will pick up the light and add a bit of subtle pop to your eyes.

3) Lips / Cheeks – The trend for both fall and winter 2009 was dark dark dark lipsticks. Beautiful, but not necessarily appropriate for the brighter months. If you want to stay with richer colors, stay fresh by changing from lipsticks to lip glosses or lip stains. Personally, I am a fan of the “double duty” products that can be used for both lips and cheeks. Perennial favorite Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics is lip and cheek stain in a rich rose color that looks flattering on nearly everyone, and the genius Pocket Pal version slips easily into a purse or the pocket of your fave skinny jeans and comes paired with a clear lipgloss. Perfection! Another perfect little “does it all” product is Becca Cosmetics’ Beach Tint which comes in three perfect for spring/summer shades in a convenient tube applicator so you can just dab it on with your fingers.

If you don’t want to buy another product, take an existing lipcolor you love and lighten it up by mixing it with a salve like Rosebud Salve. You can also then dab said lipstick/gloss mix on your cheeks and you’ve made your own, custom lip/cheek color.

By changing with the seasons you can easily and effortlessly stay pretty, current and chic.

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