Tis the season for summer makeup, and the lovely and amazing MUA Meagan Shea is here to offer professional insight and tips on looking your best all summer long! Without further ado…here’s Meagan!

Summertime, Summertime!

So lovelies, Summer is OFFICIALLY here.  It’s hot, the sun is baking our skin & everybody should be glowing!  We’re all glowing, right?  WHAT?  All of my lovelies need to have that gorgeous summer glow,with and WITHOUT makeup.  When your skin is healthy, properly cleansed/exfoliated/hydrated – you have the GLOW.  What’s the “GLOW”, you ask?  It’s when your skin, without makeup just looks smooth and naturally dewy.  Not greasy, not shiny – HEALTHY.   There’s a difference.  Having that glow without makeup will determine how your makeup looks when you wear it.

Gabrielle Union summer makeup

Gabrielle is ALWAYS glowing!

Lately, I’ve been feeling like my skin was in need of some professional care for Summer – I decided it was time for a facial.  I recently took a trip to The Still Point, a quaint little eco-friendly health & wellness boutique, located in Takoma Park, MD.  A dear friend of mine, Dewaynia Wilson (check her out on Twitter), is an Esthetician at The Still Point & invited me for a visit to this beautiful oasis right outside of Washington, DC.  I hadn’t seen Dewaynia in almost three years & I was thoroughly excited & so was my skin!

Dewaynia & I after my lovely facial 🙂

I let Dewaynia know what my current skin care routine consisted of & she let me know that I was on the right track.  That was a serious relief!  She then proceeded to mix & conjure up all types of concoctions for my facial, explaining to me everything she was doing.  I laid down on a heated massage table and proceeded to relax, something I never find time to do – I RECOMMEND IT, BELLAS!!!

Enough about my experience, let me tell you what I learned! Dewaynia & I talked about SPF, exfoliation & hydration.  She told me she wrote a blog about SPF ( ? click that link to read Dewaynia’s SPF blog – it’s EXTREMELY informative).  One thing I learned was that SPF over 30 are simply a marketing gimmick, that using oil isn’t a bad thing & that cleansing is HIGHLY important – especially before bed.  Here’s a link to The Still Point’s blog, which I found EXTREMELY helpful – check it out when you get a chance.

This Summer, my plan is to wear the least amount of makeup I can.  Funny, as a makeup artist you’d think I wear a lot of makeup regularly – I don’t & definitely not during Sumner months.  I challenge you ladies to join me.  Summertime is about letting the sun do all the beautifying it can – even to our pretty faces, but be sure to wear an SPF of at LEAST 30 during these Summer months – we NEED to wear them as well. Body Deli’s Solar Cream is my NEW FAVORITE.

Summer makeup staples include (with links to my favorites): bronzer, a highlighting product (you can use powder/liquid or cream), lightweight complexion products (i.e. tinted moisturizer – you can make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing your current foundation w/your moisturizer to sheer it out), mascara & lip gloss.  With these products you can create a signature Summer look that will keep the compliments flowing!  Let’s keep it real ladies, we ALL like to hear that we look good. 🙂

Here are two beautiful summer looks that can be worn everyday all day & look fairly effortless.

Sanaa Lathan beautiful summer makeup

Photo of Sanaa Lathan courtesy of contactmusic.com

Ledisi beautiful summer makeup

Photo of Ledisi via essence.com

  • Product suggestion:  MAC Cremesheen Glass in Right Image – $18.50
  • Product suggestion:  NARS Illuminator in Laguna – $29
  • Product suggestion:  Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L – $18 ? THE BEST!!!
  • Quicktip:  Here’s a quick easy look for everyday summer beauty.  Mix NARS Illuminator (or any liquid bronzer – gold based, not pink or silver!!!) with your tinted moisturizer OR wear alone.  Set with Make Up For Ever HD Powder or MAC Prep + Prime Powder using a LARGE powder brush – BOOM!  YOU’LL BE GLOWING LIKE THE SUN!!!  Throw on some gloss and mascara, you’re good to go.

    Until next time lovelies, get to glowing – but before you go tell me how you guys get your glow on!  Now that I’ve told you mine, share your favorite summertime bronzing products with me!  Be sure to take some time to enjoy the sun, a beach or two & my FAAAAAVORITE summertime song!  Who remembers this JAM??? 🙂

    Happy Summertime!!!

    Meagan Sheá is a makeup artist for hire in the MD/DC/Philadelphia/NYC area.

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