Finding Your Everyday Essentials

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Not liking the makeup routine you’ve sunken into? How can you change this and re-discover your everyday essentials all over again? Well, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. First, it’s time to be honest with ourselves. Ask yourself these questions:
How much time do I want to spend getting ready? What am I looking for in a product? What do I want to emphasize or hide? Where am I going?

We want to help you feel like the best you when you put on your “go-to” face. While everyone has their own unique traits they work with, we like to think there are essentials out there that are perfect for anybody. See how these stack up in your routine and with your specific needs.

Here are our can’t-go-wrong faves and why they work for most!

 

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Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water 
Let’s start with what makes this one unique. The great thing about micelle molecules is that they act as magnets to lift dirt, oil, and makeup from the face and eyes. Because this cleanser lifts impurities, all it takes is a gentle swipe to remove, instead of damaging your skin with harsher exfoliation. It’s not just a cleanser, either: it also works to tone and repair skin, and let’s face it, who couldn’t use a little R&R for your skin? This is also a cleanser that is gentle on the skin due to extracts of poppyseed, prickly pear, and white lily, so your skin will be feeling fresh and new no matter how sensitive it is.

Shadow/Cake Liner Palette
Adding a palette to your beauty arsenal can bring your look to life in a variety of different ways or occasions, and all the different colors mean you don’t have to stick to the exact same thing every day. A palette is an essential item in any makeup bag because you can mix it up without having to purchase any new colors. Since LuLu has a line of fully customizable palettes, we suggest filling your palette with colors that flatter in multiple occasions for your go-to colors, and selecting a couple that can be for special looks. No matter what kind of eye makeup you wear, you can customize this to fit your needs. Do you usually forgo a heavy black liner? No problem, swap it out for a neutral or add another eyeshadow.

Mineral Powder Blush
Who couldn’t use a little livening up in the cheeks first thing in the morning? No matter the shade of your skin, everyone looks a little glowier with a slight flush added to the cheeks, and we think having a great quality blush in your beauty bag is essential. Even if all you want to do is throw on some mascara and call it a day, swiping on some blush can liven up your face in one simple step. Our pressed mineral blush is a luxurious formula free of oils, talk and fragrance, so it’s ideal for any skin type.

Fit and Flushed Bronzer
Want to take that flat skin a step further? We think it’s safe to say everyone wants that healthy bronzed look. However, in the winter months it can be a little harder to obtain it naturally. Thinking you could use a boost in your flat dull skin? Try Fit and Flushed to add a bronzed glow; the shade is perfect for any skin tone and because it’s buildable you can adjust just how much of that bronze you want, whether it’s just a dash or you want to be shimmering like a gold mine!

5 Ways to Keep Your Summer Glow in the Middle of Winter

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The struggle most women meet in the winter months is the fading of our summer tans, and dry, dull skin that seems to be missing that glow we loved so much. While porcelain skin can surely be stunning, those of us that are truly missing that summertime bronze can take a few steps to get it back (without the sun damage!)

1. Skincare
First thing’s first: we need to start at the base. Turning your focus to skincare can be a remedy for that dull winter skin. If you think this step doesn’t matter, we’re here to tell you: the only way to ensure that what you put on top of your skin will look flawless is for your skin itself to be flawless.
We recommend a daily cleanser and a moisturizer as two things that can help everybody. Cleanse when you wake up to rid your skin of any accumulated debris during the night, and again before you go to bed to be free of any makeup or toxins you met during your day. Repeated use of a cleanser will have you seeing immediate results.
Moisturizing is also especially important during the colder months, because the air tends to dry your skin out pretty severely. Things like fine lines and wrinkles are more apt to appear when the skin is dehydrated and dry. A moisturizer will plump that skin right back up and fight dryness and premature signs of aging. Skincare is the best remedy to dull winter skin; even if your skin may not be as dark as it was, it’s still shining bright.
See: Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water, Fringe Benefit Skin Insurance

 

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2. Bronzer
Bronzer is EVERYTHING during the winter months. If you don’t have that natural tan from the sun, bronzer can give the same effect of one while sculpting and contouring your face at the same time. Bronzer is also buildable upon application, so it can be as heavy or as light as you need it to be with your skin tone. It also contains an iridescence that livens up your skin and won’t leave it looking flat. We recommend focusing on the contour of your cheeks and the temples of your forehead with a buildable bronze, as they tend to be some of the darker areas on your face.
See: Mineral Powder Bronzers

 

blush color choice winter time

 

3. Color Choice
The color palette of your products plays a pretty big role in the tone of your face. It can single handedly make your skin reflect the seasons, which means it’s also easy to make yourself look washed out instead of bronzed and glowing. Because of this, you’ll want to go for bronzed, brassy, and golden hues in your highlighters and blushes instead of peaches and pinks. Warm pinks can add that flushed rosiness that comes with a summer glow, but you definitely don’t want to base your look around these shades (think of pinks as the cherry on top). These brassy colors can add layers of shading to your face and give you a fully dimensional glow.
See: Bronzed Beauty Duo

4. Light Makeup
A mistake we all make in the colder months is reaching for our darkest products that had been in hiding all summer. But if you’re going for a sun-kissed look, you’re going to want to keep all those darks to a minimum. When working with eyeshadows and eyeliners, keep it light. These dark colors can wash you out, especially in contrast with light skin. It highlights the lightness in your skin, which we can equate with looking sickly, and will wash you out even if you have still retained some tan. Instead of heavy black eyeliners, go for brows, or put the focus on dark heavy lashes instead. When choosing a color palette for your eyeshadow, go with warm neutrals and earth tones to work with your skin color. This color scheme can go a long way to achieve this beachy look during the wintertime.
See: Volumizing Mascara

 

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5. Self Tanners
Here at LuLu we are huge proponents of taking care of your skin, so we are giving a big N-O to tanning! Not only is it horrible for your skin, but it’s oftentimes short lived. Instead, use a self tanner or luminizer to mimic that same glow (and we’re gonna let you in on a secret—no one can tell the difference!). Luminizers and self tanners are sheer, so they won’t go on heavy, and with proper blending you’ll be looking as natural as you did this July. They also add a slight iridescence that a normal tan won’t have. Their purpose is to mimic that same summer glow so you can nourish your skin instead of harming it. With the right self tanner, you’ll be looking like you just got back from a vacation in mid-December.
See: LuLuminescence, Fit and Flushed

LuLu’s August Must-Haves

August is here, which means that summer sun is fully blazing! We’ve become accustomed to beach days and summer cookouts, our bright clothing items have come out of hiding, and by now our tans are in full force. Despite it still being summertime, you should be swapping out your regular makeup products from the past few months to some that may better suit you now. For instance, now that you’ve been out in the sun these past few months it may be a good time to ditch the foundation for a bit and let your skin breathe! We’re all about adding color anywhere we can this summer and we’ve spotted the trendiest shades! Here are the products LuLu lives by this August.

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Luxe Bronzer

A bronzer helps to sculpt your face in the same way a contour would, but is much more lightweight, iridescent, and sheer. It’s a great way to add some definition, and has a luminous finish that will give you a glow that you can’t always get naturally or with a flat foundation. Now that your skin is a little tanner, skip the foundation and just opt for a bronzer instead to take your face to the next level, while still keeping it natural. Try the Luxe Bronzer for the perfect amount of illumination to brighten & sculpt that complexion!

 

Fresh Peach Blush

We think the best look is right when you return from the beach and have a slight flush to your cheeks. Why not recreate it without the sting of a slight burn! You can get this beachy look using Fresh Peach, which is a lightweight matte peachy pink. Keep your cheeks bright and rosy even as your skin tone may be getting darker! You’ll avoid that one-note tan and keep a healthy undertone to liven up those cheeks.

 

Rose Gold Shadow

What better way to add a bronzed glam to your eye than our Rose Gold Shadow! This shade has a coppery tone that takes it a step up from the rose gold we see year round. Warm tones and warm weather go hand in hand! This color works particularly well with the rosy and bronzed tones the summer sun brings out in your skin.

 

Volumizing Mascara 

A mascara is perfect for any time of the year, but is especially necessary in the summer when those lashes should be the star attraction! Many of us lighten the load on the rest of our face by sticking to the basics, which really lets your eyes shine! You can never go wrong with long lashes, and with the right mascara, they’ll be the focus of your face. No matter the look you’re going for, voluminous dark lashes lashes are a staple. We never leave the house without some mascara!

 

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Feel the Heat Matte Liquid Lipstick

Time to brighten it up! This color is a gorgeous coral that will pop on any skin tone. The formula of our liquid lipsticks is practically made for the summertime. They have a moisturizing element, so you won’t have to worry about them drying out or cracking, even if you spend a day in the sun! There’s no better time for this pop of color, and it will look great on that bronzed skin! Summer loves coral & coral loves summer.