As summer settles in and temperatures start to rise - so does the need for keeping your cool. I caught up with the beautiful and talented makeup-artist, Cris Jenkins, (below) for some beauty boosting tips on how to stay fresh-faced and pretty, all summer long...
NATTY STYLE: What are this summer's key beauty trends?
CRIS JENKINS: Color! Coral is the new pink. Coral is a fresh and sophisticated approach to summer and really a happy medium between pretty pink and vampy red. And don't think you can't join the party: beauty brands have made a coral for every skin tone! Bobbi Brown, MAC, Chanel - everyone seems to be all-over the coral craze with shades ranging from peachy to salmon corals, warmer mango, orange and even amber corals.
CJ: I'm excited by Smashbox's Artifical Light (both colors). A fellow makeup artist, Jackie Gomez, introduced it to me on one of the pre-Fashion Week shows last year in NYC and I've been in love ever since. It gives skin a dewey glow that looks great when the sun hits your face. I like to blend it around the bones of the eye; an inverted C application. I recommend starting above eyebrow, blending out into the hairline then come down to just on top of the cheek bone. In the evening I like to take it down the center of the nose. Looks HOT! Celebrity glow HOT!
NS: Since summer is all about vacation and weekend trips, do you have any tips for traveling and how to pack only what we'll need while away?
CJ: Absolutely! Look for products that are multi-purpose or functional. There are three items in Bobbi Brown's line that I love. To keep it simple I personally use her tinted moisturizer w/ spf in the summer. You've got a little bit of coverage, moisture and protection in one product. My other personal favorite multi-function item is her Pot Rouge - good for a little color on your lips and cheeks. Then there's her Shimmer Bricks - they work double-time as an eyeshadow and a highlighter: just dust wherever the sun would hit the face. It even looks great lightly dusted on shoulders and chest...just simple and beautiful.