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Makeup That Shows Off Summer Hair

It’s really easy, when you’re coasting along with a reliable makeup look, to sail right into summer without changing so much as an eyelash. But according to makeup artist, Nikki La Rose, you’d be missing out on a sizzling palette of metals and jewel tones that transform your face into something warm-weather-worthy this season.

Check out the colors you must have in your beauty arsenal now (along with some hair tricks that will put features in the spotlight)…


Heavy, cloyingly matte makeup just doesn’t cut it in mid-July, when temperatures soar and all you want to do is a) shave a few minutes off your makeup routine so you can get outside, and b) let your glowing, natural color show through. Here, what to swap for a look that sizzles:


Swap this: full-coverage, opaque, matte, or heavy powder foundations
For this: sheer tinted moisturizer or BB cream with SPF


Swap this: powder shadows, overly “creamy” liner that doesn’t stay put
For this: cream shadow in bronze/gold shimmer, waterproof liner in teal, amber, purple, ocean, or jewel tones, and waterproof mascara


Swap this: super-matte nude, berry, and brown tones
For this: hydrating or glossy lip color in neon/bold brights, like fuchsia, coral, and magenta


Swap this: matte powder blusher
For this: liquid illuminator (tip: mix a bit into your regular foundation or moisturizer), bronzer, and cheek color with a hint of shimmer



Got a gorgeous summer ‘do going and want to show it off without letting your makeup steal the spotlight? Try these tips from Nikki La Rose…

Voluminous Waves

Makeup strategy: To keep the focus on your sexy, beachy look, channel your inner J-Lo and opt for bronze-y/gold eyes paired with a nude lip.
Hair Saver: Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher

Sleek Ponytail

Makeup strategy: Pulled-back statement hair means minimal eye makeup (think: freshly curled lashes and mascara only), glowy skin, and a bold lip to balance the focus.
Hair Saver: K-PAK Protect & Shine Serum

Casual Updo

Makeup strategy: The look is playful, so let your makeup follow suit…with fun teal, emerald, and cobalt liner, smudged on the lower lash line for a pop of color.
Hair Saver: Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray