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Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Shopbop Beauty: Summer Skin

While the soaring temps of summer are great for pool parties and lounging at the beach, they can be tough on your skin. As soon as you step out the door, hair falls limp and makeup melts. Thankfully, our in-house beauty expert has a few tricks up her sleeve for prepping skin in the sweltering summer.

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Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 1: Moisturize
Start with a lightweight tinted moisturizer. Be sure it has SPF—sun protection is the biggest key to great skin! Layer a mattifying primer—ones with a silicone base are best—to help fight shine.

Step 2: Powder
Dust a light powder onto your T-zone. Avoid powdering the tops of the cheeks to leave some natural moisture for dewy finish.

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Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 3: Bronze
Sweep a bronzing powder over the places the sun would naturally hit your face: the top of your forehead, along the cheekbones, and down your nose. Use a light hand though—too much bronzer can make your face look dirty.

Step 4: Prepare Eyes
Softly powder the lids and apply an eye primer. After the primer dries, set it with a neutral shadow. This keeps your eye makeup from creasing. 

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Hair and makeup by Kendra Gassner.

Step 5: Mascara
Mascara can be tricky in warm weather, but if you have prepped the eye area, it won’t run. Curl eyelashes with a curler or the round end of a shadow brush. Then top with waterproof mascara in a brown or soft black shade.

Step 6: Finish
To complete your fresh summer look, use a tinted lip balm with SPF. Remember, sun protection is everything!

Check out other great hair and beauty tips here.

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