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Every season brings its beauty challenges (remember winter’s chapped lips and staticky hair?), and while we think fondly of summer, it’s not all dewy skin and sun-kissed complexions. Between our frolicking in the waves, lounging around bonfires and sipping from bottomless glasses of rosé, there’s some maintenance to be done.

Here, we pinpoint what may be plaguing your hair and skin as you navigate the pool parties, and offer advice on how to stay ahead of the season’s most beguiling beauty problems. And whether you believe it or not, fall will be here soon — and with it, a whole new batch of cosmetic quandaries. But having aced these tips, you may just think back with nostalgia to the smell of bug spray and the challenges of applying eyeliner on a hot and humid afternoon … maybe.

1. The Issue: Beachy Buildup

By July, you’ve slathered, spread and sprayed your fair share of sunscreen and insect repellent onto your skin. Combine that with weeks’ worth of sweat and general outdoor grime, and it may feel like your complexion has a permanent film coating. To tackle this, not just any cleanser will do. Look for a face wash with glycolic acid to gently exfoliate your skin on a daily basis. Peel pads will also do the trick. Just be sure to wear your SPF, as glycolic acid can make skin sensitive to sunlight.

2. The Issue: Summer Skin Dull-drums

If your complexion looks like it could use a vacation of its own, treat tired skin to a clay mask with charcoal. Charcoal acts as a magnet, extracting dirt and oil and leaving skin clean and rejuvenated (no airline tickets required).

3. The Issue: Pore Panic

As summer rattles on, do our pores actually get bigger, somehow in response to the rising temperatures? Not exactly. Your pore size doesn’t change; however, BBQs, camping trips, baseball games and afternoons on the shore mean more opportunities for debris to work its way into your pores, making them appear larger. Dig deep with an exfoliating and refining mask that boasts red algae and volcanic rock to help extract and purify clogged pores.

4. The Issue: Seasonal Dry Spells

If you haven’t had pesky patches of flakiness creep across your forehead yet, beware. At some point, a combination of sun and chlorine is likely to sap your skin of much-needed hydration. When that happens, grab a moisturizer with antioxidant-rich vitamin C.

5. The Issue: Grease Is the Word

Of course, the flip side to dryness is oily skin. If a shiny T-zone has wreaked havoc on your snapshots all summer long, call on the help of a purifying clay mask. One packed with eucalyptus will help to soothe skin and nix greasiness at the same time, without overdrying.

6. The Issue: Melting Makeup

No matter how masterful the application, makeup is no match for humidity. Spritz a setting spray over your finished look to keep your face, eye and lip products from smudging throughout the day.

7. The Issue: Lackluster Locks

Just like your skin, your strands are susceptible to damage when exposed to the summer elements. Whenever possible, try to wet hair with fresh water before taking a dip. Damp hair won’t absorb as much damaging salt water or chlorine. Then, try to give it a second rinse after your swim. Also, consider switching to a restorative shampoo packed with omega-3 and omega-6 to help rehydrate hair that’s been harmed by the heat.

8. The Issue: Raucous Roots

Conflicting vacation schedules — yours and your stylist’s — may delay your color upkeep. Between appointments, rely on DIY root cover-up to maintain seamless coverage. The temporary fix can be as easy as a three-second spray.

“Your strobing is especially lit and giving me life right now.” If you can translate this sentence, you’re excused from class. And if you can’t, don’t worry. The beauty world is teeming with new techniques and technology—and it’s nearly impossible to keep up. Baking? Ring lights? Squareletto?! Consider yourself hereby enrolled in Beauty Slang school.

Baking (verb):
A technique of layering translucent powder over your foundation and concealer for several minutes, which allows the heat from your skin to ‘set’ it, and then dusting off excess. The drag community has done this for ages, which makes sense because they’re always light-years ahead when it comes to makeup techniques.

Non-touring (verb):
Making the choice not to contour, a concept generously handed down to the masses by highly influential human Kim Kardashian, who finally announced that she no longer cared for contouring.

Giving life (verb):
When makeup looks so good that it gives your life new meaning and helps you get out of bed in the morning. Gigi Hadid, for instance, gives us (and probably Zayn) life on a regular basis.

Strobing (verb):
Using highlighter. That’s literally it.

Cut crease (noun):
A supersharp line of shadow drawn across the eye crease to define and accentuate it. It makes eyes look lifted and is, if you care, Kardashian-approved.

Squareletto (adjective):
An up-and-coming nail shape that’s superlong, like stiletto nails, but squared off at the tip. Since squareletto nails are less sharp, you’re less likely to accidentally hurt yourself with them—unless you wear contact lenses.

Sleeping pack (noun):
An overnight mask. In skin-care mecca Korea, masks are generally known as packs.

Multimask (verb):
Using multiple masks at once—but on different areas of the face. A common combination: A clay mask on the T-zone paired with a hydrating mask on the cheeks. It’s especially helpful if you have 99 problems and they’re all skin-related.

The beatdown or beat face (noun):
Makeup application so good that it looks perfect from every angle. A good rule of thumb: If it doesn’t give you life, it’s not a beat face.

De-pot (verb):
To remove pans of makeup—think eye shadow and blush—from their compacts with the intent of replacing them or corraling them in a single magnetic palette. It’s like Marie Kondo’s KonMari method for people who don’t actually want to throw anything out.

Ring lights (noun):
A beauty vlogger’s secret weapon, these resemble magnifying mirrors—but with lights around the rim and nothing in the center. They cast a flattering glow of light that essentially FaceTunes your skin in real time.

Hit pan (verb):
When you scrape the bottom of a makeup palette or compact and grieve accordingly before getting your credit card out.

Lit (adjective):
To have insanely good highlighter application. Not to be confused with the colloquial definition of being highly intoxicated or, as they say, “turnt.”

Tan-touring (noun):
The art of using self-tanner to contour by applying it wherever you’d typically apply bronzer. It’s longer-lasting and looks natural, but you risk having to live with a screw-up for multiple days on end.

Double cleanse (noun):
A method of cleansing skin popular in Korea. It involves using first an oil-based cleanser to dissolve oil-soluble makeup, like mascara, and then a foaming cleanser for a more thorough and effective overall cleanse—and is totally worth the time investment. Trust us.

Haul (noun):
An unceremonious dumping out of your bag of new beauty products followed by a show-and-tell. Some beauty vloggers film this for their audiences, while the rest of us do it just for fun.

HG (adjective):
An acronym for Holy Grail that denotes your “holy grail” beauty product, i.e., something so essential to your makeup routine and/or life that you’d rather get run over than see it discontinued.

Garage doors (noun):
Wearing a single shade of eye shadow from your eyes all the way up to your brows. Very popular in the ’80s and—well, that’s all the warning you could need.

Beauty products specifically designed for ladies with darker skin tones can be difficult to find. American Horror Story star Angela Bassett, however, has plans to change that. The actress has teamed up with Dr. Barbara Sturm to launch a skin care line called Darker Skin Tones by Barbara Sturm.

Inspired by her own skin flare-ups, Angela revealed that she wants the line to help people with deeper complexions who struggle with problems like inflammation and hyperpigmentation.

“Since African-American, or skin of color, problems [revolve] mainly [around] inflammation that is why I especially took care in this range,” she said to Women’s Wear Daily. “It has real ingredients, which are scientifically shown to address inflammation.”

The main ingredient in the five-item line is purslane, an herb that has powerful properties that both works as an antiaging agent and evens out the complexion. Angela added that she wants people to be more aware of their skin care routines and for them “to see what is good for it and ingredients that are helpful.”

The exclusive line, which includes products like a foam cleanser and face cream, will launch at Harrods and be available online in July. Mark this down on your calendars!

PREGNANT women who drink artificially sweetened beverages may be more likely to have overweight infants than women who do not, a study suggests.
Researchers found that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a twofold higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one, compared to women who drank no artificially sweetened beverages at all.
“To our knowledge, we provide the first human evidence that maternal consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy may influence infant BMI,” said the study led by Meghan Azad of the University of Manitoba.
The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, was based on self-reported survey data.
Therefore, it stops short of proving any cause and effect, but should encourage more research into the matter, scientists said.
More than 3000 mothers logged their dietary habits, which were later analysed by researchers.
Their infants’ body-mass index was measured at one year of age. Nearly 30 per cent of women reported drinking artificially sweetened beverages while pregnant, but the study did not identify which kinds of sweeteners women were consuming.
Researchers said they controlled for potential confounding factors that could play a role in the baby’s weight, such as the infant’s sex, whether or not the mother was overweight, and whether or not the infant was breastfed — and for how long.
The report also found no link between the child’s BMI and the pregnant mother’s self-reported consumption of sugary drinks.

Previous studies on the matter have been carried out with lab animals. Some research has found that artificial sweeteners may trigger the appetite and lead to weight gain, or may interfere with important gut bacteria and raise the risk of heart problems.
The study suggests that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one.
The study suggests that daily consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a higher risk of having an infant who was overweight at age one.
However, data from observational studies is often conflicting, said an accompanying editorial in JAMA Pediatrics by researchers Mark Pereira, of the University of Minnesota and Matthew W. Gillman of Harvard Medical School.
They described the current findings as “intriguing” but also “preliminary” because they relied on questionnaires, which can contain errors.
Also, the study did not explore the biological mechanisms at play. “Despite these caveats, the findings by Azad et al warrant attention and further research,” they wrote.
“Randomised clinical trials substituting artificially-sweetened beverages for sugar-sweetened beverages or, equally valuable, water for artificially-sweetened beverages would be particularly helpful,” it said.

In this installment of Julianne to the Rescue, makeup artist to the stars Julianne Kaye shares the beauty products almost every industry pro turns to zhush up their celeb clients. A few picks are pretty surprising, a few are makeup-chair mainstays but you’ll have to read up on all of them to find out why. 

These industry cult products aren’t a huge secret among makeup artists but could be news to you. Of course, every professional makeup artist’s kit is different, but whenever I’m on set and kit-cruising, I always seem to see these same products in all of our bags. Now, I’m going to share them with you!


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If you really want to whiten your eyes like a pro, get these staple blue-tinted eye drops that are in every makeup artist’s kit. The colored versions are an insider secret—it neutralizes yellow and red discoloration immediately and turns the whites of the eyes nice and bright! It used to be impossible to find them in the States but now they’re everywhere with the click of a button. Make sure to remove your contacts before applying the drops though.

Original Laiter Collyre Bleu Eye Drops, $21.99

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This amazing gel transforms any cream lipstick in to a velvety-matte finish. Since matte lips are having such a moment, it’s pretty cool that you can turn your favorite pink in to a flat finish when you feel like it without bulking up your makeup bag with a ton of lipsticks.

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, $24

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I keep a tiny jar of this in my kits always and for a laundry list of reasons—it’s like Windex was to Gus Portokalos in my Big Fat Greek Wedding! Coconut oil can be used for moisturizing, taking off makeup, softening cuticles, taming brows, mixing with sugar to exfoliate lips, face and body, shaving cream substitute, sunburn relief, chapped skin relief, hair conditioner and wrinkle prevention. At approximately $5 a jar and I mean a BIG jar, you will get so much bang for your buck.

Crisco Coconut Oil, $4.99

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This is my latest awesome find, and I was compelled to buy it because the traditional curlers are usually super intimidating to a lot of clients, who often refer to my traditional curler as a “torture device” (If you’ve ever pinched your eyelid while curling your lashes you know what I’m talking about)! Designed to be used after mascara application, the wand gently warms lashes giving them a long-lasting maximum curl without damaging your eyelashes or just scaring the heck out of ya!

Chella Heated Eyelash Curler, $22

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This is my ride-or die-sponge, and I feel like writing, Duh…beautyblender, because I think by now, everyone knows this sponge is incredible! It’s great for blending out foundation, smoothing out contour and the little baby ones are great for getting into the corners of the eyes and the sides of the nose.

Beautyblender original, $20 

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Another great product for multiple uses. I don’t use this as a setting or finishing spray but I do use it to dampen my beautyblender to sheer out or blend foundation. If the makeup gets a little to powdery looking throughout the day, I mist it on the face to freshen it up and bring back vibrancy. It’s also great for mixing with eye shadow or pigments to really pull out the most intense color or even use as liner.

Mac Prep + Prime Fix+, $22