Ask Belle: Roundup Vol. 5
Apr 4, 2011
I love your blog, and I trust you in all things fashion and beauty. This summer I am both getting married and bridesmaid in outdoor, daytime ceremonies. I would greatly appreciate any advice on how to look good without melting in 5 minutes, especially for eye makeup. DC can be brutal!
Surviving the hot and humid summer weather is definitely a challenge. By mid-afternoon, your face can look like a oil slick, but what if it didn’t have to?
To keep your makeup in place you need three things: face primer, eye primer and post-makeup spray.
For the face, I like Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer ($30). Unlike other products that I’ve tried, it isn’t drying and it doesn’t make your skin feel tight or itchy. Definitely, my favorite primer.
On the eyes, you need more help. First off, do not, I repeat, do not apply foundation or concealer to the eyelid. Just apply an eye primer. This will help the shadow and eyeliner adhere and prevent creasing. I like Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18).
Lastly, you need to make sure that your makeup is locked in place. To freeze your makeup on your face, you need a setting agent like Model in a Bottle ($14). Simply spray it on, and it will help keep your face from melting away as the day progresses.
If you want to touch up as the day wears on, you need to invest in some oil absorbing sheets ($5). Use them to lightly blot away any oil or moisture on your face. However, do not press too hard, and for God’s sake, don’t rub. You want to remove oil, not makeup.
I’m hoping I can tap into your good fashion sense for an upcoming trip. The Husband has work meetings in Berlin and London in May (I know, rough life) and I get to tag along – which I am super excited about.
What I am not super excited about is looking too frumpy or touristy. You know what I mean, since we see them here all the time. And while I could certainly hit the stores with the idea of “just don’t look like THAT in mind” I would prefer to have a little more direction!
Any thoughts on being comfortable (Berlin is a huge walking city) but chic?
When I travel in the summer months, I only pack dresses and flat sandals. I like to be comfortable, but I find that packing dresses ensures that you’ll look nice wherever you go. If I were taking off overseas, I would pack a good selection of knee-length and maxi-length dresses.
I’d also invest in a good pair of flat sandals in a neutral color. These metallic, t-strap sandals (Anthropologie, $90) won’t slide on your feet when you walk. They also have a rubber sole to cushion the feet on long, touristy strolls.
I don’t wear jewelry, never have, but I’ve seen some of your posts and I think it’s time that I start. If you were going to spend around a $100 on a few pieces, what would you buy?
I don’t buy earrings. I find that a pair of white metal studs, gold studs and pearls will get you through just about anything. Instead, I like to spend my coin on necklaces, bracelets and rings. And when starting a jewelry collection, I’d buy a few larger pieces for maximum effect.
The stack bangles are a nice choice because you can wear one, two or twenty. Buy these and a set of plain gold and you’re probably set for life.
As for the rings, I like a nice, big statement ring and I find that the cheap stuff suits me fine. If you’re looking for some trendy pieces at a reasonable price, I would try Banana Republic. They’re by no means heirloom quality pieces, but they last long enough for the price.
If you don’t have many necklaces lying around, I’d start with something simple. This large, gold chain is a great place to start. It’ll look great with sheath dresses and button up blouses.