Mikki Taylor's Summer Beauty Rx
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Summer Sizzle1 of 11
This month, resident lifestyle and beauty expert Mikki Taylor tackles one reader's warm-weather beauty dilemma that many of us can relate to. Debra W. from Boston writes:
"Mikki, what are the best products and skin regimens for my oily skin during the summer? How can I prevent myself from looking like I'm melting?"
Here, Mikki tells all about her must-have hair, makeup and skin products for surviving summer.
Coming Clean2 of 11
Summer is at the door, and there's no time to lose when it comes to establishing a regimen that checks oil and keeps you looking fresh. At the top of my list of best beauty picks are targeted cleansers that clean without stripping away moisture, like Chanel's Gel Pureté Rinse-Off Foaming Gel Cleanser.
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The second step is finding a primer for your skin type. Primers are the go-to perfecters because they create a seamless finish. Those made specifically for greasy faces absorb oil throughout the day and leave skin with a flawless finish. My favorite is Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer.
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With unavoidable perspiration plus any makeup, your pores can become clogged. NYC aesthetician Mamie McDonald of Mamie's Skin Care recommends upping your game by adding a clay-based mask to your regimen. Use it every three to four days to "pull impurities out and help keep your skin ultra-smooth," she says. One to try is Lancôme Pure Empreinte Masque.
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One myth is that those with oily skin need to moisturize less. Wrong! No one is exempt from the need to hydrate and protect their skin from the sun, not even the oiliest of skin types. The solution is a multitasking moisturizer like Estée Lauder DayWear Oil-Free Creme SPF 25 that will hydrate and protect skin while controlling oil and minimizing shine.
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The first rule of summer makeup 101 is to keep it light! Less is definitely more when it comes to sun-kissed skin. The latest foundations are sheer genius, leaving your skin looking fresh and gorgeous. If you desire a little coverage, then try Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics Perfect Finish Powder Foundation. Usable whether wet or dry, it's a feather-light foundation that allows you to build the coverage you want.
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Celebrity makeup artist Janice Kinjo cautions those with oily skin against using too much powder when checking shine throughout the day. "It's not only outdated; it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts," she says. Kinjo recommends using blotting papers instead, like MAC Blot Film.
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Aim for a minimal look that's pretty, polished and accented by a pop of color here or there. Pare down your summertime beauty bag with these essentials: heat-proof eyeliner like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil, crease-free eyeshadow like Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24-Hour Cream Gel Shadow, and a color-punched lip gloss like YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain.
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When it comes to avoiding a meltdown, skip anything that may cause you to wilt. A lash-thickening mascara like CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara is better than a heavy strip of lashes. If you give yourself a break from the extensions, clip-ons and falsies, then you'll not only feel more carefree, but you'll feel cooler, too.
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If long, flowy hair is your must-have for a picture-perfect summer, then celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble suggests opting for a lighter head of hair. "It's all about a light, airy weave in summer, one that allows you to feel your scalp," says Kimble, who tells celebrity clients like Kelly Rowland to aim for curly textures instead of stick-straight when it comes to extension styling so they don't have to work so hard against the humidity. Try out the clip-in extensions from the Kim Kimble Collection.
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With these easy changes, you won't be afraid to jump in the pool or layout at the beach for fear of a beauty blunder. Be fierce and fabulous this summer!
Mikki Taylor is a veteran style and beauty authority and author of Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady.
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