Welcome to summer. Mosquitoes are attacking your legs, the sun is melting your makeup,
your hair is drying out and you are trying to shed those extra pounds you never lost. We
turned to A-list stylists for solutions to emergency warm-weather situations.
SHOW SOME SKIN:
1 Bling it out
“A cost-effective way to bling out arms and legs without the work is to spritz your body with
aerosol olive oil hair spray,” reveals Lucky Smyler. “It takes seconds, the result is instant
shine, and the hydration lasts all day.”
2 Mosquito makeover
“If clear Caladryl lotion isn’t on hand, [treat bites by] crushing an aspirin and mixing it with
aloe vera to create a paste,” advises Oslyn Holder. Dab with a Q-tip. This should reduce
swelling and allow you to apply concealer. “A yellow-based concealer will cancel out the
redness,” adds Tia Dantzler, global creative director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Apply in a
patting motion to pack on color. Then top with foundation, followed by a dusting of powder
to set. We love Fashion Fair’s Pressed Powder ($22; fashionfair.com).
3 Get your glow on
“For an all-over glow, mix your favorite lotion with Gleam by Melanie Mills Body Radiance
[($40 for 3.5 oz.; gleambymelaniemills.com)]. It’s the same product they use on Dancing
with the Stars to keep the contestants looking fab.”—Merrell Hollis, Black Opal artistic
director and head of the makeup department for The Wendy Williams Show.
4 Ash invasion
“Use an SPF with clear zinc to avoid the grayish-purple hue that most SPFs give darker skin
tones. Try CeraVe SPF50 with Invisible Zinc [($14.99; mass retailers)].” —Holder
Read more in the June 2014 issue of EBONY Magazine.