Boost your collagen

How to boost your collagen for youthful skin

If you are a frequent skincare consumer (or read beauty articles), you’ve without a doubt read that collagen is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance. You know it’s vital to your skin, and you especially know it is something you need in your anti-aging routine. But what is collagen, and how can you really boost it? Does consuming it make you look younger, or is it a buzzword used in beauty marketing? Let’s take a closer look at collagen and what modern tools are needed to keep it flowing.

Different types of collagen

To simplify collagen’s definition, it is a protein that creates structure all over your body, including the structure of your face, fingernails, and bones. It acts as a cement that glues together cells to create supportive strands. Although there are 28 types of collagen in our body, there are only five significant types of collagen that are the most crucial.

According to renewalliance.com, Type I Collagen is the most abundant in our body (over 90%) and stronger than steel by weight. It is found in our skin, hair, nails, muscle, joints, and organs.

Type II Collagen makes up movable joints.

Type III (the so-called ‘baby collagen’) is the second most abundant collagen in human tissue.

Type IV forms basal lamina, the epithelium-secreted layer of the basement membrane.

Type V is present in cell surfaces, hair and placenta.

Did you know that collagen was this important to your body as a whole? It is the key protein that creates beautiful and healthy-looking skin.

What happens to collagen as we age?Mature woman's skin

The bad news about collagen is that we lose it. When we turn about 25 years of age, our collagen production starts to put on the brakes a bit, then slows down dramatically after age 30. We lose about 1-2% of collagen each year after 30! You will inevitably compromise your collagen levels if you smoke cigarettes or get too much sun or pollution exposure.

When you start to see lines and wrinkles form on the face, your Type 1 and Type 5 collagen is starting to slow down in production. Usually, it is around this time when consumers begin to panic and buy every anti-aging cream on the market in hopes to reverse the damage. While the world isn’t going to end when you get crow’s feet, it may cause you to start to explore anti-aging options that are out on the market.

What can you do to boost collagen?

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to be the fountain of youth, but are you willing to go through expensive and exhaustive trials to find out? Here are two suggestions that combine natural collagen boosters along with some help from laser technology to help create firmer and more supple skin.

Zint Collagen

Supplements

One way many consumers get their daily dose of collagen is to consume it through supplements. This subject is controversial because there have not been many scientific studies done on the effects of consumed collagen yet. Studies that were conducted were performed on very small groups, although the results reported have so far been impressive.

A study done in 2014 of 69 women ages 35 to 55 found that those who consumed 2.5 or 5 grams of collagen every day for two months showed improved elasticity of the skin compared with the group that did not take the collagen.

According to WebMD.com, U.S. consumers were expected to spend $122 million on collagen products in 2018–30% up from 2017. As you can see from this example, collagen supplements and products are a seriously growing trend–but according to doctors, the quality of the supplement is important.

According to WebMD.com, you should choose a collagen supplement from a company that chooses their bones and tissues from cage-free, free-range, and antibiotic-free sources. They also suggest that you shop around for a trusted brand with a third-party label, like NSF or USP. WebMD also suggests that you stay clear of collagen supplements that contain probiotics, fiber, or other types of additives which could interact with the collagen and make it less effective.

OrganicAuthority.com has a nice top 10 collagen supplements list, where their choices were determined using sources like the FDA and the non-GMO Project.

Laser technologyTria SmoothBeauty Age-Defying Laser

Today’s skin rejuvenating lasers, like Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face and the SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser, are made to penetrate the surface of the skin using a non-ablative fractional laser that does not wound the skin as the stronger ablative laser does. These lasers have several benefits that include stimulating collagen production to fade wrinkles and smooth out the texture and exfoliating the surface of the skin to help brighten dark areas and give the skin a healthy glow.

How non-ablative fractional lasers work: The laser’s heat promotes collagen production, which triggers the skin to tighten up. Thousands of tiny columns are created by the fractional laser to stimulate a healing response, resulting in less visible crepey-ness and wrinkles along with a smoother texture.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), non-ablative laser treatments cost about $1,031 per session in the medical office, and it will take several sessions for most people in order to see good results. Tria’s SmoothBeauty Lasers for at-home use target beams of light deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production the same way that professional laser treatments do. In other words, you’re getting the same technology, but for a fraction of the cost of one session of laser treatment. No trips to the clinic and everything is done on your schedule!

Apply the sunscreen!

One more tip that will help you save your precious collagen: Use SPF 30 or more. A majority of your collagen is lost through UV exposure, so make sure you find a good SPF moisturizer or sunblock that you can wear daily.

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Tyme Iron Pro

Hair tools to get perfect summer waves and curls

As the summer heats up, all us ladies want is an easy hairstyle we can do without sweating, am I right? Some of us were born with natural silky waves in their hair, and some of us have coarse, dry, and flat hair that does nothing good right out of the shower. I personally have naturally red hair, so my hair is thick, coarse, and my “waves” are far from glamorous. I just want to put on my favorite Tria face mask and throw my hair in a bun for the day, but there are weddings to attend and cocktail parties to mingle at, so I really can’t just douse my hair with sea salt spray and hope for perfect waves.

If you are like me, you need a hot tool to make your hairstyles work. There are many good hot tools on the market that will quickly and easily give you that glam mermaid beach wave look or a soft curl that will turn heads. This list of products below is my top choices for hot tools that are quick and easy to use for the prettiest hair you can achieve in this hot weather.

Chi Air Spin n Curl

Chi Spin n Curl Yes, this hair gadget looks like a tulip. What this tulip does is very cool. With heat settings up to 410 degrees, a section of hair is automatically drawn into the ceramic curl chamber where it is heated around a 1-inch barrel. You hold the curler until the timer goes off and you withdraw the hair from the device. It also provides negative ions to reduce frizz and add shine! Chi Air Spin n CurlWhat I love about this device is the versatility it allows you to have. You can create a loose wave look in five minutes–even with long hair! You will definitely want to invest in a good hairspray to hold your style longer. I love the Superfine Strong Hairspray by Oribe to lock my waves in place (plus it smells divine!).  The Chi Air Spin n Curl retails for $139.99.

The Beachwaver Co.  Beachwaver Pro Line 1.25-Inch Rotating Curling IronThe Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver Pro Line 1.25-Inch Rotating Curling Iron

If you desire a voluminous blowout without the hot blow dryer, look no further than the Beachwaver Pro 1.25-inch iron! A lot of ladies tell me that they can’t achieve a blow out due to several reasons–the wrist-breaking motion that you have to do while holding the dryer and the brush is a pain. Don’t give up! The large ceramic barrel on this iron actually rotates with the push of a button, so you barely have to do any work at all!

The Beachwaver

After you’ve created your curls, you can add some mega shine to it by adding a shine serum to it–but not too much! Women love the Oscar Blandi Jasmine Hair Oil for taming frizzies and adding a mirror-like shine. The Beachwaver iron will cost you $199 retail, but look for a good sale and you might snag a bargain on one.

Amika High Tide Deep Waver

Amika Deep WaverIf you desire very deep waves, like a mermaid’s hair, but a bit more modern, this is your tool! This tool uses a clamp and hold technique that is much different from the tools I’ve shown you so far. The brand Amika suggests using their Bushwick Beach Spray first before using the hot iron to give your hair texture and a bit of hold. Amika Deep WaveAs you can see in the photo above, the waves are a bit undone and more “beachy” than glam. If that’s the look you are going for, then this tool is your new friend. The Amika Deep Waver retails for $120.

Dyson AirWrapDyson Air Wrap

This next product is a pricey one, but you get A LOT of bang for your buck, plus you are paying for Dyson quality. I am pretty sure this item was on everyone’s holiday wishlist last year, and some of us lucky gals were able to get one. Some of us, like me, are still dreaming about it and have watched every Dyson Airwrap YouTube video demo on the planet.

The cool technology behind this product is the air suction that attracts your hair to the barrel of the interchangeable styling heads. With little effort, the barrel not only curls your hair, but it also dries it, making it easy to use on damp hair. It includes a lot of attachment heads with a storage case–check out this list:

  • 1.2 inch Airwrap barrels-Engineered to create voluminous curls or waves.
  • 1.6 inch Airwrap barrels-Engineered to create loose curls or waves.
  • Firm smoothing brush-Engineered to smooth and control frizz-prone hair.
  • Soft smoothing brush-Engineered to gently align and smooth fine hair.
  • Round volumizing brush-Engineered to volumize and shape fine, flat hair.
  • Pre-styling dryer-Takes hair from wet to damp, to prep for styling.

Dyson AirwrapThere seems to be a big learning curve when using the curling barrels. There are arrows that point in the direction that your hair will go, and you do have to swap barrels when styling the other side of your head. Seems annoying, but also worth the fact that this product doesn’t damage your hair. If you do use hot tools daily, then you know how much damage your hair does suffer–does that make this Dyson product worth $550? I personally think it does if you break down the cost of each item that you are getting if you were to buy everything separately. I also think that not damaging your hair and still being able to style it beautifully is definitely worth it!

TYME Iron ProTyme Iron Pro

If you are looking for an all-in-one tool that straightens, curls and creates waves, the TYME Iron Pro is going to be your holy grail. With heat settings up to 400 degrees, this iron is designed for all hair types. The titanium plates heat up to your desired heat setting in 55 seconds! What I thought was really great about the brand is that they offer free one-on-one appointments with a Virtual Stylist! This is pretty groundbreaking for a company to video chat with you and help guide you to a beautiful hairstyle. Customer service at its best! Tyme Iron Pro I went in to watch a few beauty guru demos of the TYME iron, and it seems that a few of them were holding the iron wrong and ended up damaging their hair! There’s definitely a learning curve with this one, but once you get the hang of it, you can get your hair done quickly and out the door to your BFF’s wedding on time. The TYME Iron Pro retails for $199 but is currently on sale for $169.

T3 Convertible Collection

T3 Convertible Collection Perfect for the pro stylist or the girl that wants it all, the T3 Convertible Collection comes with one base and seven different interchangeable styling barrels. You don’t have to buy the entire collection all at once, which is what I did. I purchased the base with the T3 Twirl Convertible 1.25-Inch Interchangeable Clip Barrel Curling Iron for $195 and if  I want to purchase a different barrel, I can do so for $95. T3 Convertible If you change your hairstyle from season to season, you will love being able to store away the barrels you don’t use and spend your summer with the 1″ Straight Barrel to get tousled waves like you see above. If you insist on having all of the barrels, the entire T3 Convertible Collection retails $765 but is currently on sale for $525.

Bed Head Wave Artist Deep WaverBedhead Waver

This one’s for my drugstore girls! If you aren’t looking to spend a bundle for a luxury hot tool, then you must check out the Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver. This works just like the crimping irons we had in the 80s where you have to clamp and hold the tool against your hair and release. For just under $17, this iron can be yours on Amazon.com, but to be honest, I just purchased the latest model for under $30 that features auto-shutoff and a heavier coating of tourmaline coating for less damage.

Bed Head Deep Waver I’m really looking forward to trying my new Deep Waver Iron! I also want to share two of my big hair secrets before I go. For heat protection, I use the Sexy Hair Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner every time I use my hairdryer on wet hair. This spray has been a lifesaver as I am trying to grow my hair long. Another must-have product is the Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies–with 2500 mcg of Biotin per serving, this has really helped my hair grow faster and thicker. You’ll love the taste of these because it’s just like eating candy in the morning!

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Summer 2019 Nail Trends

Summer nail trends that are all over social media

If there’s one thing we will never get sick of looking at on our Instagram feed, it is images of nail art. Every year, we seem to cross paths with the most outrageous nail designs, including this “hairy legs” nail design that you can actually shave. We feel inclined to send them a Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X! All jokes aside, we found some incredibly cool and stunning nail trends that your nail artist can hopefully recreate for you this summer.

FLORAL NAILS

If you aren’t following @heymichellelee on IG, you need to do so. Her nail art is breathtaking and she is not scared to go abstract or use uncommon colors in her palette. Your nails will need to be a medium length for this look to work–the design is concentrated on the tips of the nail area. If your nails are shorter, you could ask your nail artist to paint two flowers and a leaf design over the top.

Ladies with shorter nails are going to love this! We are head over heels for this unique floral design. It looks as if the nail artist applied some type of orange-colored acrylic nail powder in a teardrop shape to the tip of the nails first, then applied the flowers with a very tiny brush. Whatever method they used, it looks gorgeous!

TORTOISE SHELL NAILS

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Out of all of the nail trends, this is our favorite! The tortoise shell nail trend looks good on all nail sizes and looks fairly easy to achieve. In the video clip above, the nail artist mixes and applies the perfect antique yellow sheer base color first and then applies the red color in blotches with another coat of the yellow on top of that, and so on! The key of the look is the amazing dimension that the artist creates in layers.

Another beautiful variation of the tortoise shell nails, the nail artist carefully painted the design just on the tips! Who else is calling their nail salon right now to book this for the weekend?

LIME GREEN NAILS

We mentioned the lime green nail trend earlier last month, and apparently, it is still a thing! We love this variation to the trend by adding a few kiwi designs to the center nails. Rihanna was spotted earlier this year with her flawless lime manicure, and it set off a trend. Just a warning–this lime green shade doesn’t look flattering on all skin tones. Make sure you ask your nail artist to try the color on one nail first before committing!

CLOUD NAILS

There are many cloud nail designs on social media, but these, in particular, called out to us. If you don’t want to get into the “cartoony” cloud designs, this watercolor-like technique looks like it was mastered by an artist that was very experienced. If you don’t want to take a chance with a botched nail job, you might want to try nail wraps at home. You can upload your own photos and designs to create custom nail wraps if you want to take your nail designs into your own hands.

MERMAID NAILS

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Our first mermaid set of 2019 😍🐚🌊

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Summer would not be complete without a set of mermaid nail art! The time and patience that went into this nail set are astounding. Let’s hope this client doesn’t have to use their hands much for the next few weeks–we’d be so afraid to break a nail!

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💎Royal blue💎

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Thankfully you can still rock the mermaid nail trend without the painted scales and glued-on seashells. You can opt for your favorite shade of blue as your base color and paint a few nails with an iridescent glitter or chrome polish to give the illusion of scales.

CORAL NAILS

Living Coral is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019, so it is no surprise that this summer is exploding with coral-hued nails on social media. This beautiful shade looks good on everyone (in our opinion!) and can even enhance the color of your summer tan! If coral is your summer go-to shade for everything from clothing to nail color, now is the time to stock up!

If you try any of the trends mentioned above, please tag us @triabeauty so we can share the love with you!

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Best summer sunscreen for the face

Best summer sunscreens for the face

When you were a kid, do you remember someone putting really white sunscreen on your face when you were about to go into the summer sun? Do you remember sunscreen having a particular smell such as coconut or just very “tropical”? It seems that as a child, there was only one type of sunscreen and it was slathered on both your face and body. Now, in 2019 as grown adults, we have different skincare needs, desires and personal preferences such as a vegan, gluten-free, all-natural physical sunscreen that blocks out UVA/UVB and blue light in BPA-free packaging. Do such things exist? You bet they do.

There are literally thousands of sunscreen choices with many different features and varying price points. To sift through everything would take a long time, but we’ve managed to hone in on dermatologist-recommended and beauty guru-approved choices that we think you will love. Read on to see what we’ve picked and why we love them!

Face Sunscreen For All Skin Types

COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 With Sephora’s Clean At Sephora label, it is easy to navigate their website and find products that contain no harsh chemicals. As adults, we should be concerned with aging and skin damage caused by the sun, but we also need to be aware of the ingredients of what is in our skincare as well.

The COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops SPF 30 ($46, 1 oz.) is the perfect face sunscreen for those who want a lightweight feel but wants to cover all of their protection bases, including a shield from broad spectrum UVA/UVB, IR (infrared), and HEV (high energy visible) Light. This product doesn’t just protect you from outside aggressors, it also protects you from digital overexposure from your devices (hello, Instagram and YouTube!). What’s worse about the blue-violet light emitting from your devices is that it penetrates deeper into the skin than the sun’s UV rays, causing premature aging. Luckily, there are many sunscreens that now include protection from blue light, just like COOLA’s organic formula, that you can wear daily without a greasy feel.

Best Sunscreen to Wear Under Makeup

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 If you wear makeup, the last thing you want to worry about is a thick layer of sunscreen under your foundation. Some foundations offer a level of SPF protection, but does it truly block out blue light and the sun’s rays? You definitely want to be sure you are protected, especially during the summer. When you wear sun protection under foundation, we are sure you will want something undetectable, light-weight, and acts as a moisturizer.

Behold the Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($32, 1.7 oz). It not only helps your makeup stay on longer, but it features a little bit of a glow so that you can rock this sunscreen without makeup and still look fab! This formula also protects your face from blue light with natural red algae–which also adds softness to your skin. People love this sunscreen so much, that it was the Allure Best of Beauty winner in 2018.

Water-Resistant Face Sunscreen for Swimmers

Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30There are some important tips that you’ll need to know if you plan on swimming outdoors this summer. The number one thing you need to do before heading out is to apply a water-resistant sunscreen 15 minutes in advance. After one hour to eighty minutes of swimming, you will need to reapply to the exposed areas once again. This is a step that a lot of people forget to take, then end up with a bad burn later. If you towel dry off, then you will need to immediately reapply your sunscreen.

For the face, we did some research to find a good sunscreen that is mineral-based and will last on the face for up to two hours! The Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30 ($13, 1.7 oz) features a coconut probiotic which adds a superpower punch of hydration to the skin. For those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free option, Pacifica is your brand!

Face Sunscreen for Oily Skin

Clinique City Block Sunscreen
If you have oily skin, you know that the last thing you want to apply to your face is a heavy and greasy sunscreen product. Those types of products definitely do exist, and we will do our best to help you avoid it. Also, you may wonder what could work under makeup as well as protect–and for acne sufferers–you are probably a little paranoid about purchasing anything that isn’t labeled non-comedogenic. After doing a little digging, we found something!

The CLINIQUE Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF ($26.50, 1.4 oz) is not only non-acnegenic, but it is perfectly lightweight for daily use under makeup for all skin types–even for oily and really sensitive skin! This invisible sunscreen features broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun-blocking ingredients and antioxidants. Since you want to avoid mineral oil in your facial sunscreen, you will be glad to know that this one doesn’t have any oil or fragrance to cause irritation.

Tinted Sunscreen

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 You are probably going to wonder why you had not heard of this sooner–but there are tinted facial sunscreens out there and we are very excited to have finally discovered its existence! If you want to skip the two-step process of layering sunscreen and then your foundation, then a tinted sunscreen is your new favorite.

During a trip to Sprouts, we found the perfect product for covering redness and evening out the skin tone while adding sun protection. The MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 ($24, 1 oz) is the perfect oil-free matte tinted sunscreen that is 100% mineral broad-spectrum protection. The added Bentonite helps to absorb excess oil and impurities from pores. The product is reef safe, cruelty-free, and vegan! There are two shades available, but you can also purchase it without a tint.

Best All-Natural Face Sunscreen

Raw Elements FACE + BODY SPF 30 There are both good oils and bad oils that you can apply to your skin. For years, consumers have been told to avoid oil at all costs when it comes to buying skincare, and only just recently, face oils are one of the biggest trends in beauty. The trick is knowing which face oils to avoid and which ones are going to benefit your particular needs.

The Raw Elements FACE + BODY SPF 30 ($18.99, 3 oz.) has so many beautiful ingredients on their list, and you will recognize everything in it. The active ingredient is zinc, which will act as a reflective shield from the sun. The rest of the ingredient list is simple: Sunflower Oil, Green Tea, Black Tea, Coffee Bean, Hemp Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E. Sounds good enough to eat, right?

The sunflower, cocoa, hemp, mango, and vitamin E oils will naturally hydrate the skin while the coffee bean and black tea act as powerful antioxidants that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Best of all, it is safe for all ages!

Best Powder Sunscreen for the FaceColorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Convenience is key when you are traveling–especially when it comes to your beauty products. Broken makeup compacts and foundation bottles are very common during air travel–unfortunately–but there are products that are designed to go with you wherever in the world you are.

Since reapplying sunscreen is so important during the summer, it can be frustrating to have to stop and apply a cream to your face every two hours, especially if you don’t want to carry a heavy bottle in your bag. There is a solution for those that want a quick dab of sunscreen without too much hassle. The Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield with SPF 50 ($65, 0.21 oz) is a color-correcting on-the-go face powder in a brush that protects from UVA/UVB rays as well as blue light, and is water resistant! This 100% chemical-free, zinc-based powder contains hyaluronic acid to restore moisture with green tea and grape seed extracts to help battle the signs of aging. Just pop the brush in your bag and go!

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Summer Beauty Trends for 2019

Beautiful beauty trends for summer 2019

The heat is on! Warmer weather is here, and we’re gearing up for ways to wear less makeup in the summer heat without compromising our style. Luckily, we found summer beauty looks that are both beautiful and brazen that is inspired by the runways and makeup artists around the globe.

BRONZER IS BACK

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Yessss @katiekugis sat on my chair today 🙌🏻😍 what a fricken babe 😍😍 We went with a soft Smokey eye and some lose waves using @truemehair and @nakhair done & dusted powder grip, 💕BEAUTY NOTES 💕 @itcosmetics No.50 serum @itcosmetics BYE BYE under eye eye cream @itcosmetics under eye illumination @beccacosmetics backlight priming filter @tatcha the silk canvas @incliniccosmetics concealer @toofaced BTW foundation @beccacosmetics Be a Light palate @hourglasscosmetics Radiant bronze light @lauramercier Rose blush @elciecosmetics the eclipse highlighter in SOL @tomfordbeauty Soleil eye and cheek palate @inglot_cosmetics gel liner in 90 @urbandecaycosmetics heat palate eyeshadow (warmer colours on socket) @benefitaustralia gimme brow @maccosmetics strip down lip pencil @tatcha lip balm Camilia @hava_beauty_co individual lashes @vanit_official ready Set Glow setting spray @iconic.london Prep Set Glow @crownbrushaustralia @mykitco @maccosmetics brushes #meccabeautyjunkie

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Contouring can be a bit heavy during summer’s hot days, plus, who wants to check their makeup all day to make sure it’s still on? You can still accentuate your best facial features, but with a much softer technique and product. With a large fluffy brush, you can lightly dust a powder bronzer all over the face, and dip in again to lightly contour the cheekbones, jawline, and sides of the nose.

Makeup artist @makeup_by_lira used the Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Bronzer (Photo above) in Radiant Bronze Light, which added warmer tones to the model’s medium skin tone. Hourglass also created more shades of this bronzing powder for fairer complexions.

PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to dab a bit of shimmery bronzer on the lids when you’re in a hurry. Throw on a coast of mascara, a gloss, and you’re good!

GLOSSY SKIN

Some of us ladies are already graced with glossy and glowing skin the summer, but for the rest of the world, we need a little assistance. This summer’s makeup look is all about showing some skin without heavy concealers–which means taking care of your skin first! If bacterial acne is something that plagues your skin, you will be happy to know that our blue light technology will help! Tria’s Positively Clear 3-Step Acne Skincare Solution will get you the clear skin that you’ve been dreaming about! Once you start seeing your flawless skin emerge, you will notice you’ll need less foundation to hide your spots.

To achieve this “glass skin” look, you can start out with some light coverage with SPF protection with a product like It Cosmetics’ CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ which will even out and correct your skin tone before you apply your color. Apply a cream-based blush like the NARS all-purpose stick The Multiple to your cheeks (it also works on eyes and lips) and dab with your fingertips to blend. Then it is time for the “icing” on the cake–BECCA Cosmetics’ Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick is what @nikki_makeup used to give her model that iconic dewy look on her cheekbones. This highlighting balm should be used sparingly on the areas you want to add a healthy glow!

PRO TIP: Do not add these types of highlighter balms on top of a powder product. It will cake up your look if you aren’t careful!

GLITTER EYELINER

If you are daring enough to add a little pizazz to your look this summer, a great beauty trend to try is liquid glitter eyeliner. The trick to this trend is to let it steal the show without allowing your other makeup choices overshadow it. We like the gold glitter option because it looks pretty on all skin tones, and can be worn with most shades of lipstick without clashing.

One of our favorite looks of the season is a simple look where the eyelid is color washed with a matte peach eyeshadow and adorned with a gold glitter cat-eye flick. A natural pair of false lashes would add more glam to the look–perfect for a date night!

LIME GREEN NAILS

Now here’s a trend that we’ve missed for at least 20+ years–lime green nails! The shade of lime green is currently trending on Instagram as it is–clothing, hair color, you name it. Thinking back to the lime green biker shorts from the 90s, it sure did make our legs look tan in the summer!

The beautifully polished nails in the photo above are by @manilovebyann using Semilac professional brand gel polish #182 Strong Lime with an iridescent product called Efekt Syrenki from Indigo. To do your own nails at home with this lime look, try China Glaze polish in Trip of a Lime Time with an opal top coat nail polish to add a shimmery shift to the color.

CLASSIC RED LIP

When in doubt of which lipstick to apply before heading out, wherever it may be, there’s always red! We absolutely love a matte velvety red lipstick for any occasion–your best friend’s wedding, a day at the beach, or a dinner date with the girls. We prefer liquid lipstick for lasting power during hotter days and love Kylie Cosmetics’ Red Velvet Lip Kit that includes a lip liner. The warmer tone in the lipstick gives it a classy look and doesn’t look too bright or harsh on most skin tones.

If you insist on a head-turning bright red lip, look no further than Kylie Cosmetics’ No Sleep Lip Kit, which is a bright coral red that will get a lot of attention this summer.

PRO TIP: When wearing matte red lips, make sure your lips have been exfoliated and nourished before you apply. Try the e.l.f Lip Exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and wear the Laneige Lip Mask overnight. If lines and wrinkles are an issue around your mouth, we recommend the Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Lip Serum Roller to restore the skin’s natural volume and elasticity.

A STATEMENT LIP

Yes, a statement lip is this summer’s lipstick trend–but which shade to choose? This stunning purple orchid shade is making waves on social media, and we love it!

@beleza_do_glam makes a gorgeous bright purple liquid lipstick that is perfect for summer or any time of year for that matter!

PRO TIP: The same rules apply as the red lipstick–keep your eye makeup simple to allow the lipstick color to play its part.

THE WET HAIR LOOK

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If you thought Kim Kardashian-West was the only one who could get away with the wet hair look, think again! The secret to this hairstyle is that your hair is not actually wet, it just appears to be so! Our favorite method to get this look is to use sea salt spray on wet hair, then work some styling mousse from root to tip, and the big surprise, men’s wet look hair gel. You work the gel through the hair and concentrate on the ends of the hair while scrunching it with your hands. You finish off the prep work by using a daily serum to add shine. Then you will grab your hair dryer and dry your hair to seal in the look.

We found this method on More.com and we can’t wait for you to try it out this summer!

 

HAIR ACCESSORIES

We haven’t seen hair accessories like this since the early 90s–and they’re back full force. Behold the return of the scrunchie! And you’ve got to admit, they really do look cute when used properly. Perfect for a summer up-do, a scrunchie or a “scrunchie scarf” can spice up your mom bun on summer vacation. Take a look at @senorita.scrunchie‘s beautiful floral scrunchie scarf (photo above) when used on a regular ponytail.

Other hot hair accessories include oversized barrettes with pearls or tortoiseshell designs placed on sleek hairstyles. With so many patterns and styles to choose from, you can go conservative or completely wild with hair accessories this summer!

MONOCHROMATIC MAKEUP

The monochromatic makeup style has survived several seasons as a trend, and we’re beginning to wonder if it’s here to stay. The rules are simple–match your eyeshadow to your lipstick (blush, too) and call it a look! For summer, our favorite monochromatic look this peachy style (photo above) by @mariastefan.makeup which also showcases a beautifully drawn cat eye.

The best selling Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette would be a great place to start with your monochromatic looks. There are enough sizzling peach shades along with everyday neutrals and darker colors to get you through more than one season of looks. For a perfect peachy pout, take a look at the photo above where the artist used the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb to set those lips on fire.

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