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Beauty hacks for flawless summer skin

Most of us can’t wait for boating, beaching, swimming and all-around fun in the sun. And while we’re enjoying the outdoors, we want our skin to be protected and glowing. Here’s some tips and tricks to keep you looking flawless — and staying safe — all summer long. 

YOUR FOUNDATION DOESN’T CONTAIN SUNSCREEN? ADD IT YOURSELF 

Tinted moisturizers with added sun protection factor (SPF) are the most popular, natural-looking foundations right now. I know I love them, but not everyone has a lightweight foundation in her makeup bag. Did you know you can create your own? 

Grab your liquid foundation and your favorite moisturizer that contains SPF; mix equal parts together to get the best of both worlds. You also can mix your sunscreen-infused foundation with a regular moisturizer for the same effect. If you have dry skin in the summer, this especially helps with keeping it hydrated. 

Some of my favorite high-end products include Esteé Lauder Double Wear ($43, Ulta.com) and Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker SPF 30 ($78, Ulta.com). If those are out of your budget, I recommend E.L.F. Cosmetics Camo CC Cream ($14, Ulta.com) and Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($18.99, Ulta.com). 

THE RIGHT PRIMER GOES A LONG WAY 

Let’s talk primers. The primer you use can alter your makeup application outcome. What effect are you going for — matte, dewy, illuminating, blurring or color correcting? We could go on and on about all the different primers available and what they can achieve, but for summertime, glowy, illuminated skin is the main goal. 

Illuminating primer will enhance your natural luminosity, give you a stunning glimmer and extend the wear time of your makeup. You will walk out of your house with a shimmer that makes your summer glow look so natural. Apply the illuminating skin primer of your choice after you apply your moisturizer and before you apply your liquid foundation. Try this in tandem with the tinted moisturizer hack you learned above for the skin of your dreams. My favorite illuminating primers are Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Illuminating ($39, Ulta.com) and Milani Bright Side Illuminating Face Primer ($10.99, Ulta.com) 


Lauren Riley is a makeup artist and hairdresser on the Coast, specializing in on-location wedding and event makeup, blondes and hand-tied extensions. Contact her or learn more at www.laurenrileyhairmakeup.com or facebook.com/laurenrileyhairmakeup. 

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