Summer is the perfect time to experiment and be a bit more daring when it comes to your beauty routine. We spoke with Elizabeth Arden’s new global makeup artist, Rebecca Restrepo who is a firm believer of using makeup as an accessory. Rebecca has an impressive celebrity clientele including Gwyneth Paltrow and even Michelle Obama. She gave us some great tips for changing up our makeup look and let us in on her summer beauty must-haves.
Q: What are the key beauty trends for summer?
A: Definitely colour, either in the eye or with bright eyeliners or a bold lip or even in the cheek. It’s all about colour.
Q: One of the biggest colour trends is inspired by Pantones ‘Tangerine Tango’. How can we work this vibrant shade into our beauty routine?
A: Let’s say you are someone who uses a lot of natural tones and so the thought of using an intense red, or the orange or even a fuchsia can be daunting, I would say go for sheer, Like the Elizabeth Arden 8-hour sheer lip tint. It’s a great way to ease yourself into going for the full on colour. Or even using a really bright eyeshadow as eyeliner. You are slowly easing it into your lifestyle but still using colour.
Q: What’s the best way to apply foundation during the hot and humid months?
A: Definitely doing something sheer all over and just going in and spot covering with a full coverage concealer. Either it’s doing a sheer tinted moisturizer, the Pure Mineral Finish Tinted Moisturizer or the Flawless Finish Mousse, which are both really sheer and easy foundations and tinted moisturizers. It just keeps it really sheer and soft and then going in with a flawless finish full coverage concealer. That’s how I do my makeup, I do something sheer and then clean up whatever blemishes I have visiting. Also, don’t always keep powdering the face, a lot of women tend to do that. Especially for someone who is oily, powder initially when you walk out of the house but then carry blotting papers to absorb the excess oil. If you continue to powder it can build up and cause that cakeyness and the colour can oxidize from the heat.
Q: What do you think is the number one beauty mistake that women make during the summer?
A: Too much makeup. They wear the same exact look that they were wearing in the winter and it doesn’t work in the summer. Makeup is an accessory, so soften it. It doesn’t mean that you have to go and buy all new makeup but whatever you’re using at that moment, use less of it or change it up. Make it a little softer.
Q: What are your must have beauty items for the summer?
A: Definitely sunscreen, because it’s the best anti-aging product on the market and you need to have it in your skincare, I’m a full believer of that. Blotting papers, a light powder that I dust on and a sheer tinted lip colour. You always need a little colour for summer otherwise you look super pale because everything is so bright around you.