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Top 8 Summer Solutions to Your Beauty Problems

There are many beauty problems I encounter and sometimes I feel as if I’m the only one. On rainy days your hair gets frizzy and on sweltering days your makeup melts. When I mentioned this to Elena she assured me everyone has many of these problems. In fact she encountered them as a makeup artist on location in her travels around the world. No matter how exotic the location, how gorgeous the turquoise water is, or if you’re running to your 10am meeting, you’ll run into Summer beauty problems.

Here are Elena’s kit essentials to look your best under hot conditions.

1. Problem:

Sweaty Shiny Skin

Where Elena encountered it:

Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon, like the tea) – from beaches to rainforest it makes for a hot and humid climate.

Solution:

Mattifying primer Step 1 skin equalizer by Make Up For Ever  “As suggested in the name this is step one between skincare and makeup application to limit shine.”

MAC prep and prime translucent finishing powder “takes away shine and mattifies without looking like you’ve added on an extra layer of makeup.”

MAC blot film  “For oily skin this film is a non makeup product that takes away shine by blotting the paper along the skin.”

2. Problem:

Melting Makeup

Where Elena encountered it:

Cambodia

Solution:

Make Up For Ever’s waterproof Aqua line will save you this summer. “You can even skinny dip in it.” Elena says “I stumbled across an online forum for underwater mermaids that perform in Vegas. I love Aqua Eyes eyeliner. It won’t smudge or budge. I wonder if Ariel at Disneyland swears by it?”

Laura Mercier eye basics. “This liquid primer adheres to lids and can be used on their own as a natural shadow or as a base to build colour. Perfect for cancelling out redness and discolouration in the lid. Dries to a smooth powder finish.”

Urban Decay all night spray is the final step before the model is camera ready. This product always saves the day whether on the red carpet or sweltering beach shoot. Whether it’s for a night out or your wedding day this product has staying power.

3. Problem:

Tan Lines (hard to avoid the unavoid-able)

Where Elena encountered it:

Bali

Solution:

St. Tropez 24hr Instant Bronzer will bring your tan up to speed, evening it out. The best part is it washes off so you get a tan without the commitment. This streak free non- orange design is fool proof. If your skin doesn’t have that summer glow yet, then this is beautiful all over. “I put it on the untanned skin to match the models existing tan. To avoid staining my hands I love using St. Tropez’s Applicator Mitt.”

4. Problem:

Frizzy Hair

Where Elena encountered it:

Maldives is made up of 1600 picturesque islands known for beaches and turquoise clear water, but being in the middle of the Indian ocean you can imagine the humidity. If you can walk from one end of the island to the other it’s like basically on a boat!

Solution:

Armed with anti-frizz product Elena set out to battle the humidity that comes with being on an island. “Use John Frieda Frizz Ease extra strength hair serum for all hair types sparingly.” Elena suggests, “Start at the ends and work your way up so the top of your head doesn’t end up looking greasy.” Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil is also a kit staple of Elena’s ” It helps tame frizzy hair without weighing it down.”

5. Problem:

Sunblock/SPF

Where Elena encountered it:

Mejumbe Island, the scorching sun of Mozambique. This privately owned 500m wide 1km long island offers minimal shade.

Solution:

Coola Suncare’s Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint not only has a tint so you look flawless at the beach, it also can be used under makeup. You can layer with coconut oil. It’s contains natural SPF of 4 which blocks off 75% of uv radiation. Lasting up to 45 minutes of protection it’s great as a base that brings out your golden tan, and bonus, it prevents peeling.

6. Problem:

Monkeys Stealing Your Mascara

Where Elena encountered it:

Zambia was known for brightly coloured textiles before factories closed when work went to China.

Solution:
The landscape is green and brown so Elena recommends you wear a bright red lip . It won’t protect you from thieving monkeys, but at least you’ll look good! “Seriously this happened!”

Monkey Bidness

Monkey Bidness

7. Problem:

Dry Skin

Where Elena encountered it:

The f’ing dry, dry, dry, beautiful desert of Oman.

Solution:

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  “Right out of the shower moisturize with coconut oil, followed by Kiehls Creme de Corps. For the face I like Elizabeth Arden 8 hr cream for daytime and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream and Lip Magic.” Peter thomas roth water drench hyaluronic cloud cream.

“A favourite of both mine and Linda’s is SAABOON Nude Lip Balm. Applying lip balm before bed is a must to wake up with a plump pucker.” Make sure to keep it handy for a top up throughout the day. Last, but not least, hydrating sheet masks. Everybody makes them, everybody loves them.”

Oman

8. Problem:

Protecting damaged hair

Where Elena encountered it:

Thailand is hot and humid so when given the chance people always jump in the ocean. This can be refreshing, but can lead to damaged hair from salt water.

Solution: 

L’Oreal Professional Absolut Repair Lipidium. “This deep conditioning hair masque is my  favourite. I use it both on models and myself when hair has been long exposed to saltwater or chlorine.”

Thailand

Thailand

Camels!

Camels!

All Smiles

All Smiles

Ready For My Close Up

Ready For My Close Up

Cambodia

Cambodia

Maldives

Maldives

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Picture Perfect

Mountains Of Oman

Mountains Of Oman

Rice Fields

Rice Fields

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