SUMMER BEAUTY FAVORITES {MY GUEST BLOG WITH INVISION EVENTS}

Named a top makeup artist by Martha Stewart Weddings and a top wedding hairstylist by BRIDES, Claire Balest wants to make sure you’re using the best products during the summer with her summer beauty list. We have absolutely adored having Claire and her team on some of our favorite weddings, her style and approach to beauty is impeccable. Being smooth, glowing, and natural are her top priorities during these hot months, and we are going to let you know how she achieves just that!

R+CO MOON LANDING ANTI HUMIDITY SPRAY

Claire likes to tame her hair during the summer with this hair care line. She suggests this product for anyone that deals with frizz from the inevitable humidity. It smells great, feels light, and is perfect for the hot summer months!

NATUROPATHICA : MANUKA HONEY CLEANSING BALM, GOTU KOLA INTENSE REPAIR BALM, LAVENDER PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZER SPF 17.

Through her connection with Barbara Close, the founder of Naturopathica, Claire fell in love with mixing beauty and holistic health together. Keeping your skin dry is tough to do when the heat is soaking up the moisture in the air, and this product will leave your skin glowing skin from the inside out.

NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURIZER

This foundation is always on Claire’s favorites list during the warmer and more humid months we have here in the south. While it has the coverage you’re looking for, she says it also has a weightless feel that will keep your skin easy and breezy in the heat.

SARA HAPP THE LIP SCRUB in LEMONADE

Claire suggests exfoliation in all forms during the summer, adding that most people forget about loving their lips. This scrub will leave your lips soft and healthy. Just don’t forget to follow up with something hydrating, like a lip balm, afterwards

RODIN LUXURY LIP + CHEEK OIL

Claire wants you to glow which is why she suggests Rodin Lip and Cheek Oils as an essential in your makeup bag. You have five shade options, and she has been loving the Berry Baci for a slight wash of rosy pink on her lips and cheeks.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY in LOST CHERRY

Clear skin and a bright lip is an easy makeup look to try. Claire knows you would probably prefer soaking up the sun and salt water than be in front of the mirror, doing your makeup. Mix this stunning lip color into your routine for an easy way to make a statement.

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Easy holiday makeup : from everyday to instant party

I recently made an appearance on WVLT news with a segment on easy holiday makeup : taking your everyday makeup to an instant party look.  I've received so much feedback about it that I thought I would go into more detail here so all your questions were answered!  So feel free to watch the video and then see below for more details and some of the products that I used...

These tips aren't product or brand driven, they're all about COLOR {whether you find it at the drugstore or the department store} and choosing colors that have a lot of impact for an instant holiday party look. 

I'm working on a model who's wearing very basic, everyday makeup - a little foundation to even out the skin, a neutral lip color, and a little eyeshadow + mascara.  Adding a gold-based illuminator to the cheekbones + apples of the cheeks adds a gorgeous radiance to the skin {one that we all tend to be without in the winter months}.  Then I add a deep, berry-colored cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend it in with my fingers to give her that perfect winter flush, the just-came-in-from-the-cold look.  This step adds so much life to the face, and pairs perfectly with the berry lip that follows {or also works great with a nude lip if you wanted to keep it a little more demure}.

The next step is a high-impact, bold berry lip color, which is a fresh + inspired party look : I find a deep pink like this to have the intensity of a classic red lip, but it's a little more wearable.  It's a very modern party look that is flattering on most every skin type.  {*artist's tip : make it REALLY easy on yourself and cheat a step by using the berry lipstick you pick out on your cheeks as well.  Just swipe a little lipstick on your fingers and blend into the apples of your cheeks for a perfectly matched blush color.}

Black eyeliner is the final step {and really the most important}.  A strong, black liner on top of the eyelid grounds the whole look, adding just the right amount of drama to the eye {without it being too much}.  Apply a richly pigmented {pencil, gel, or liquid} close to the lash line so that it mimics and enhances the lashes themselves, and the entire look is done {or almost…}!

If you want to take your look a little farther, pop on some gold or silver metallic eyeshadow to the eyelid to make the eyes really sparkle.  Don't be afraid to use sparkle!  Regardless of age, I think a little sparkle or shimmer on the eyelid is the most wearable place to use it without feeling overdone.  I used a gold metallic on my model {I tend to prefer the warmth of gold on the skin}, which finishes this super easy instant party look.  

All of this takes MINUTES to do and requires little to no technique {read : no more poring over You-Tube videos or combing through Pinterest to find your next holiday look}.  

*Again, this was not a product-driven segment {because these colors can be found anywhere, and you can invest in them as much or as little as you would like to}, but since so many people were asking specifically which products I used on my model, here's a list of them : 

*Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten Shimmer

*Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Raspberry

*Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars in NSFW + Queen {custom mixed}

*Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

*Make Up For Ever Star Powder 920