Our very own make-up guru Mekala Viernes shows us how to beat the heat and stay glam! Perfect for a summer wedding guest look, she shows us less is more by demonstrating a highlighted, subtle make up application for staying glammed up all day through the night.
We start with our model Barbara cleansing her face with a makeup removing towelette to ensure any dirt, sweat or left over makeup is removed before the process begins as Mekala sets up her array of makeup favorites. She chose a lot of neutral tones and shimmery pieces to really accentuate the summer dewey skin look.
To begin, Mekala says she always starts with eyes first in case shadow falls or there are mistakes, it is easier to clean off before the foundation and concealer are applied rather than after.
1.Brows – First, shaping the eyebrows is an essential part to creating the glam look. For filling in the brows, she uses the Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Definer. For concealing the brow on the top and bottom, she uses Sephora Bright Future Concealer. Lastly, the ABH Clear Brow Gel is used to set the eyebrows.
2. Eyes – Priming the eyes is essential to ensure the shadows/liners do not crease, especially in the summer heat, so she uses the Urban Decay (UD) Primer Potion. For the first application of eyeshadow, she begins with the Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette, shade “Matte Lombardi”. This neutral shade is perfect for layering over. In the crease/transition, she layers on shade “Matt Singh”. For the outer (v) eyelid corner, she blends shades to make a darker, more defined statement, using shades “Matt Rosen” & “Matt Singh”.
Nest, she switches to the UD Naked 3 Palette and applies shade “Trick” all over her lid. She blends all shades together before she applies subtle and feminine Ardell Lashes “Demi Wispies”.
3. Foundation – After the eyes are complete and set, Mekala begins with the face by applying Sephora 10hr Perfection Foundation all over. She uses the Sephora Bright Future Concealer for under eyes. Next she uses the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder over the concealer to prevent creasing or (in this heat) melting!
4. Highlight & Contour – For a good all over bronzer and contour, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer is applied, followed by the Sephora Blush in shade “Flirt It Up” along the cheekbones. Now the fun part, highlighting! First she uses Becca Cosmetics Creme Highlighter “Champagne Pop” on the top of the cheekbones. Next she layers on ABH Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit and blends shades “Glo Getter”, “143”, and “Daydream”. To add to the summer glow look, she also uses this blend of highlighters to accentuate the collarbone.
She goes back to the eyes to smoke the lower lash line, using a combination of shades “Matt Rosen” and “Matt Singh” from the previous eye palette. She then adds highlighter to the inner corner of the eyes, using shade “dust”.
5. Lips – The final step to complete the effortless summer glam look is a neutral, but glossy, lip! She starts with a nude lipstick Maybelline “Blushing Beige” and then layers on Urban Decay Lip Gloss in shade “Freestyle” for a perfect compliment to Barbara’s dewey, highlighted look.
To complete the look, Barbara chooses a Sophie & Trey favorite, The Lux Life Classic Dress Aqua $34.99. This dress is not only a bright, summer must-have, but it hits on the lightweight satin trend and has an always flattering halter neckline. Don’t forget to tag us #sophieandtrey in all your summer events & weddings for a chance to be featured and win $100 gift card every month! Check back on our youtube channel for more of our can’t-live-without tutorials.
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