With summer looming (though you might not think it at the moment), I thought it was time to talk to top make up artist and lash extension guru, Courtney Casgraux about the best make up and skin care for us sun-loving girls.
Courtney is a licensed aesthetician, and certified eyelash extension artist who brings a fresh and instinctive approach to creating beautiful faces within the fashion, music and entertainment industries. Known around Los Angeles as the lash guru to the stars, working through appointment or referral only she prides herself on creativity, style, and quality of work.
Cat: I hate wearing foundation in the summer, what would you suggest?
Courtney: Summer is all about fun in the sun. With that said, I can’t stress one important skin care element enough — sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen…Ok, enough of the lecturing. Now for the fun stuff! With summer being all about skin and light coverage cosmetics here are my insider tips for playing safe while keeping that cool, California girl look;
M.D. Powerful sun protection in SPF 30 by Dr.Gross is a great one! This product’s website claims to that Dr. Gross’ sun block helps with the iron production in the skin — when iron is exposed to sunlight, it becomes unbound and is photo-activated which causes DNA mutations that can lead to skin cancer. It also has vitamin c, which will help lighten and brighten any imperfections that might already exist.
Clarins instant light complexion perfected is a good alternative to foundation illuminating the complexion and promoting a longwearing natural finish. If you need more coverage you can use it under foundation.
Cat: Is there a color for blush that will give a sun kissed look instead of just using the usual bronzer?
Courtney: Yes! Benefit lip and cheek stain in chachatin. This mango-tinted stain beautifully blushes lips & cheeks with a tropical sunset hue. Smooch-proof & smudge-proof, so it’s perfect for those beach bunnies out there.
Cat: I hate using waterproof mascara, as it never comes of when I want it to. Which do you suggest?
Courtney: Lancome’s hypnose drama waterproof in Black is amazing! A single coat with this ultra volume-boosting mascara that’ll take lashes from so-so to show stopping and as there is no need for one coat it is easier to remove.
Cat: There are so many lip products to choose from now from gloss, lipstick, stains and balms. Which do you think look best on the beach?
Courtney: Clinique’s chubby stick moisturizing lip color balmin Watermelon and Whole Lotta Honey will turn your dry, delicate lips into lip smackers.
Here are also some products comparable for the girl on a budget:
SPF: Aveeno ultra-calming daily moisturizer spf15
Foundation: Neutrogena health skin glow sheer SPF 30
Blush: Physicians Formula cashmere wear ultra smoothing formula
Mascara: Rimmel sexy curves waterproof mascara
Lip: Pixi tinted brilliant balm