This season the trend from spring 2009 continues; keep your skin looking as healthy and natural as possible and play up your features with a splash of bold color. Summer is flirty, fun and ready to have a good time all day without worrying about your makeup.
Foundation should be kept as minimal as possible. Using tinted moisturizer is one of this season's hottest tips. Dot it along your cheeks, your forehead, on your chin and down your nose and blend outward from your nose for a flawless finish. Of course, pick a brand that gives you SPF 15 for extra protection against summer's high UVA/UVB rays. Mineral makeup is also a great choice for summer 2009 makeup. Most brands automatically come with SPF, and the powders are so light and weightless you don't feel like you're wearing makeup at all. Some even have mattifying properties to help control shine that you don't get with liquid makeup.
Blush is still sheer pinks, roses, peaches and apricots. Keep it light and natural. You want to look radiant, not like you're wearing blush. For a different way to apply blush, pull away from the apples of your cheeks and closer to your temple, blending in to your hairline.
Eyeshadow for summer 2009 makeup tips is the most fun. Go wild with a bright blue, green, purple or teal. It's easy to wind up looking like a clown with colors this bright and bold, so use a single color at a time.
1. Add a punch of color to the outside "v" of a neutral eye.
2. Create a "smokey eye" using a bold color in place of brown or charcoal.
3. Sweep a single bright color over the lid from eyelash to just above the crease and blend with your highlighter to the eyebrow.
4. Simply use a bright colored eyeliner in addition to your normal eyeshadow.
Lips this season are going glossy, but think "subtle shine" vs "oil slick". Stick with the same skin-brightening colors for lips as you do for blush; pinks, roses, light corals and apricots. Applying a balm with sunscreen prior to your gloss will also help you avoid burnt lips should you be caught outside for long periods of time.
And finally, don't forget to make sunscreen a habit.