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Summer is full of happy, colourful, gorgeous offerings and melting makeup, shiny foreheads, smeared eyeliner and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. With temperatures rising we say lighten up your makeup and make it oh-so-natural and fabulous.

Here are some excellent tips, for all skin tones – say goodbye to heavy makeup and hello to light summer-proof makeup:

  1. Primer is a must in the hotter months to keep your makeup in place. Apply after your daily moisturiser (and sun screen!) and before your foundation.
  1. Invest in a light liquid foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly! Check your Personal Chata Romano Colour Chart for your best colour match to be sure it blends with the skin tone of your face, neck and chest. Wait 4 – 5 minutes after applying your moisturiser, sun screen and primer before applying your foundation. This way your foundation won’t be absorbed into the skin with your moisturiser and will create a longer lasting look throughout the day. Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous as the humidity will make you extra shiny.
  1. Skip the shimmer and be sun-kissed all summer long with a good bronzer. Apply to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally kisses you: forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for options with varying shades, they’ll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also brush a little bronzer onto your earlobes and neck, especially if you have short hair or you are wearing a pony­tail.
  1. Switch to lighter shades for your go-to lip and eye colours. Use a nude lip liner if you need extra definition or try an invisible lip liner which deposits a clear, waxy film in order to stop the colour from bleeding.
  1. For longer-lasting eye shadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids. Make sure your primer and foundation cover the eye lid and lip area well, as this will form a good base for the eye shadow, and lip product, to cling to.
  1. Say no to racoon eyes – and opt for waterproof mascara only!
  1. Toss out your heavy winter matte lipsticks and try the summer season’s simplest trend: lip stains. These long-lasting formulas offer sheer coverage that can be built up, making them super versatile. Add a lip balm to add moisture without worrying about the colour melting.

This article was brought to you by Chata Romano Image Consultant Wendy Hind.

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