Sir John’s Top 3 Summer Beauty Hacks
Summer is one of our favorite times of the year. From lazy beach days to backyard BBQs with family and friends, we can’t seem to get enough of the warm weather and extra time to spend outdoors. That said, summer is notorious for beauty challenges that can be difficult to overcome. Between high humidity levels, heat, and powerful UV rays, our skin’s appearance can certainly take a beating whether it’s sunburn or melting makeup. A good solution? Knowing the right beauty hacks to help you achieve (and maintain!) the look you want throughout the season of fun in the sun.
But instead of scouring the web for beauty hacks to follow, we went straight to a pro—specifically, L’Oreal Paris’ Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sir John Barnett. The beauty guru for Hollywood’s elite gave us the inside scoop on how to beat the summer heat, including tricks on looking fresh when the weather is anything but refreshing. Read on how Sir John’s insider tips and—to state the obvious—take copious notes!
Beauty Hack #1: Conceal a Sunburn
As a refresher, Broad Spectrum sunscreen use is a must year-round, especially during the warm summer months when your skin will be directly exposed to harmful UV rays for prolonged periods of time. Sun damage is one of the main causes of visible signs of premature skin aging—think: wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines—and even some cancers. By applying Broad Spectrum SPF 15 or higher, and reapplying at least every two hours, you can help protect your skin against UV damage and its unwanted side effects.
One of those side effects also includes sunburn. Anyone who has ever dealt with a sunburn before knows just how unpleasant it can be. Despite our best efforts at keeping sunburn at bay, it could still happen. Aside from the discomfort, a sunburn on the face can mess with your look. Luckily, if your face is sunburnt and you have an important event to attend, you can help neutralize and conceal unwanted redness in a flash. Sir John recommends using the following trio of products from the L’Oreal Paris collection:
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Correcting Kit
When it comes to concealing redness, green-tinted color-correcting formulas can make all the difference. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Correcting Kit boasts a green-hued cream complexion corrector that’s ideal for neutralizing the appearance of redness—such as with a sunburn—along with three other color correcting shades to play around with.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Correcting Kit, $16.99 MSRP
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation
After neutralizing redness with L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible Total Cover Correcting Kit, Sir John recommends reaching for L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This full-coverage foundation offers all-day wear with a weightless feel. Simply smooth onto skin with clean fingers, your favorite foundation brush, or a makeup blender.
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, $12.99 MSRP
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender
To make blending as easy as possible, Sir John recommends using L’Oreal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender. This makeup blending sponge allows you to reach every nook and cranny (like around your eyes or nose) to conceal redness. For best results, use quick dabbing and rolling motions on the areas of your face you wish to conceal, and the rounded end over larger areas of the face.
Beauty Hack #2: Keep Your Makeup from Melting
It’s no secret that humidity can wreak havoc on our makeup. However, melting makeup doesn’t have to be synonymous with steamy summer days. Sir John recommends swapping out a few of your usual makeup products for these picks from L’Oreal Paris that can help prolong the life of your look.
L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil
This ultra-fine tipped mechanical brow pencil allows you to draw on tiny, thin hairs, that mimic the real thing. Another great brow hack? Spray hairspray onto a thin toothbrush, and brush it through your brows to keep the look in place.
L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
For the lashes, L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara is a summer necessity. This volumizing and lengthening mascara helps define your eyes without smudging or clumping.
L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $9.99 MSRP
Beauty Hack #3: Create a Faux Summer Glow
Who doesn’t want a healthy-looking glow during the summer? To achieve a radiant glow without the negative effects of tanning, Sir John recommends a combination of exfoliation, hydration, and illumination with these three products from L’Oreal Paris:
L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser
A healthy-looking glow starts with your skin care routine. L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser is a unique clay-to-mousse formula that helps exfoliate dead skin cells and refine the surface of the skin. Formulated with three pure clays and red algae, this cleanser helps removes everyday impurities like dirt and oil for a clearer-looking complexion.
L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin
One of the most important products in achieving a radiant-looking glow is your moisturizer. Sir John recommends reaching for L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water, this lightweight moisturizer not only quenches skin with moisture and locks it in, but also delivers a glowing action to improve skin’s radiance.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
A little illuminator never hurt anyone, right? This highlighting product makes it incredibly easy to achieve a lit-from-within glow in seconds! Sir John suggests mixing a few drops of this illuminator with a hydrating facial moisturizer (ahem Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care). Apply the mixture to your cheekbones for an instant sparkle.