Summer Beauty

By Jennifer Wells
In Feature, Style

Warm-weather must-haves, plus tips and tricks from local experts.

 

 

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Hydration Is Key

Kimberly Palmier, founder and executive director of The Face Company, says the biggest mistake people make in the summer is confusing oily skin for hydrated skin. “The sun over-stimulates oil production, but sometimes the skin underneath is parched,” Palmier explains. She recommends choosing products specifically for your skin type and plumping skin with a hydrating oxygen facial like the one offered at The Face Company (1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 450, Richmond Heights, 314.335.7761).

[1] KIND Rosewater Creme and Spritz The adorable packaging makes it a great gift, but the efficacy makes it a product you won’t want to part with. KIND Soap Company, Webster Groves, 314.942.2024.
[2] Blissoma Amend Antioxidant Sprayable Lotion It cools and regenerates, plus it’s 100 percent vegetarian. The Natural Way, Creve Coeur, 314.878.3001 or iriestar.com.
[3] Skinceuticals Body Retexturing Treatment The moisture-retaining quality of hyaluronic acid is perfect for summer skin. emily-miller.com, 314.780.8247.
[4] FaceCo Hydrating Protection SPF 30 This daily moisturizer provides broad-spectrum protection with a light consistency. The Face Company, Richmond Heights, 314.335.7761.
[5] Hanley Fold Farm Handmade Goat’s Milk Soap A classic and clean soap, great for everyday use. hanleyfoldfarm.com, 314.313.7320.

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Shea LUXE Body Creme This rich, luxe body cream makes for an indulgent hand or foot massage. KIND Soap Company, Webster Groves, 314.942.2024.
Hanley Fold Farm Orange Lotion Bar The summer gardener’s solution for rough, dry hands. hanleyfoldfarm.com, 314.313.7320.
Blissoma Amend Facial Solar Repair We simply can’t resist its soothing relief for post-sun recovery with natural ingredients like Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil. The Natural Way, Creve Coeur, 314.878.3001.
Skinceuticals Daily Moisture Big pores, beware! This daily moisturizer will shrink ’em in no time. emily-miller.com, 314.780.8427.
Hanley Fold Farm Coconut Lip Balm Those who are ingredient-savvy are coo-coo for coconut and this instant moisture-providing balm proves why. hanleyfoldfarm.com, 314.313.7320.

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Hair Affair

A great faux glow starts with smooth, supple skin. For gentle exfoliation, Susan Celeslie, owner of Celeslie’s Salon & Spa, recommends seeking out gentle, nurturing treatments and contends that a great product will be more effective when used on well-maintained skin. She recommends the spa’s flora-peel facial that takes skin to a safe pH level and is both exfoliating and hydrating. After treatment, sunscreen is always a must‰ÛÓso is a little time between your peel and any product application (170 Richardson Crossing, Arnold, 636.464.0070).

[1] Soleil Tan De Chanel For an absolute last-minute tan, this face and body makeup gives instant color and won’t rub off on your clothes. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[2] Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel The gel can be blended with your own foundation for a custom look. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[3] Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing fragrance. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.

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Perfectly Polished

When it comes to the just-right nail color and product, local aesthetician Emily Miller just can’t get enough of the Butter LONDON line. In addition to creating a range of bold, runway-ready hues, the London-based brand is a pioneer in selling non-toxic nail formulas in the US. All Butter LONDON lacquers are “three free”‰ÛÓmeaning they are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (by appointment only, emily-miller.com, 314.780.8427).

[1] Butter London Nail Lacquer in Slapper This ocean-inspired shade is fit for any mermaid (or mermaid wannabe). Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
[2] Nars Nail Polish in Madness It’s the daring and bold orange you need for a summer night out on the town. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.

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[1] Lancome Vernis in Love This soft lilac is a non-committal way to jump on summer’s pastel trend. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
[2] Chanel Nail Colour in Rose Cache A neutral for someone craving a high-end, color-free manicure. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

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Sunless Bronze

A great faux glow starts with smooth, supple skin. For gentle exfoliation, Susan Celeslie, owner of Celeslie’s Salon & Spa, recommends seeking out gentle, nurturing treatments and contends that a great product will be more effective when used on well-maintained skin. She recommends the spa’s flora-peel facial that takes skin to a safe pH level and is both exfoliating and hydrating. After treatment, sunscreen is always a must‰ÛÓso is a little time between your peel and any product application (170 Richardson Crossing, Arnold, 636.464.0070).

[1] Soleil Tan De Chanel For an absolute last-minute tan, this face and body makeup gives instant color and won’t rub off on your clothes. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[2] Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel The gel can be blended with your own foundation for a custom look. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[3] Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing fragrance. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.

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Makeup That Won’t Budge

Ask any Victoria’s Secret model‰ÛÓlooking good when submerged is an art form. We consulted commercial and editorial makeup artist Alison Jo Silvagnoli, who shared her top three products for achieving the perfect beach beauty look‰ÛÓfrom sandy to wet and everything in between (alisonjomakeupartistry.com, represented by West Model Management, westmodelmanagement.com). There are a handful of tips that will help you put your best face forward this summer:

  • Choose Cream-Based or Waterproof Cosmetics The only thing worse than no makeup is makeup running down your face.
  • Don’t Forget the Makeup Remover Today’s products are effective‰ÛÓand sometimes impossible to take off without a proper remover. Save time (and eyelashes) by having one handy, especially when traveling.

[1] Diorshow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara It doesn’t run or flake and adds dramatic length and volume. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[2] Nars Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street The mint green enhances a tan, and the formula glides on like butter, then sets and stays. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
[3] Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Sugar Violet This stay-put formula will beautifully intensify your natural lip color. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.

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[1] Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Eyeshadow in Fantasme A subtle, pool-appropriate way to glam up your look with a touch of sparkle. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[2] Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color This sweat-proof, water-resistant color brings life back to your face‰ÛÓtry it just on your cheeks. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811

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Repelling The Rays

When it comes to protecting your skin from premature aging, the devil is in the details. Dr. Jeffrey Reed, dermatologist at Premier Dermatology, says choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is important‰ÛÓbut just as important is application frequency. Reapplying 2 ounces (about a shot glass full) every two hours, or more if you’re swimming or perspiring, is a must. And be sure to pay special attention to neglected areas like the ears, neck, scalp and temples. Dr. Reed also recommends seeking out shade whenever possible and shopping around until you find a sunscreen with a consistency that you really like and will in turn be more likely to use it regularly (456 N. New Ballas Road, St. Louis, 314. 567.1400).

[1] Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 It is paraben-free and perfect over your favorite moisturizer. emily-miller.com, 314.780.8427.
[2] Demalogica Daily Defense Block SPF 15 The chic but masculine packaging on this sunscreen will attract even the manliest of men. The Skin Institute, Sunset Hills, 314.843.2222.

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[1] Kiehl’s BB Cream Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 A triple threat, this cream protects, corrects and adds just the right amount of color. Nordstrom, West County Center, 314.255.2000.

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Radiant Complexion

When life gives you lemons‰Û_detox! Local aesthetician Emily Miller recommends squeezing the juice from one organically grown lemon into an 8-ounce glass of water (toss the lemon in too) and sip away to promote clearer, more radiant skin (by appointment only, emily-miller.com, 314.780.8427).

[1] Nars Face Illuminator in Copacabana A beautiful highlighter for achieving a Hollywood glow, it’s best used on your cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
[2] MAC Blot Powder A stay-put, touch-up staple in a range of colors for all skin tones. Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
[3] Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat This amazing product reflects light for an ethereal airbrushed effect. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
[4] Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Consistently winning awards in all of the major mags, this tinted moisturizer provides seamless, light coverage. Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

 

Photo credit: Carmen Troesser

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