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Keep Your Summer Glow Fresh

As the Jon McLaughlin song sadly announces, "Summer is Over." Sigh. But, just because school is back in session and beach days are fading to a memory, your summer glow doesn't need to fade quite so fast. Our Style writer visited Bloomingdales in New York City and sat down with Clinique makeup artist Gina Zelko to get some tips and tricks.

Care for your Skin

Always clean your skin in the morning and at night. Then add moisturizer, morning and night. Many companies now mix their moisturizers with a hint of foundation, and that's a huge bonus for this season. With your summer glow still fresh on your skin, you don't need much foundation -- just a hint of tint!

When you apply foundation to your face, Gina had one major piece of advice: don't use your fingers! "When you use your fingers, you are spreading oil and dirt all over your skin, and that leads to breakouts." Instead, use a clean makeup sponge. "That will make a big difference if you are prone to breakouts," Gina tells us.

Speaking of breakouts, if you have pimples that need covering up, "apply coverup after foundation," Gina reminds us. "Most girls make the mistake of putting on coverup before their foundation. Sometimes you get the wrong amount or color of coverage when you do that, and sometimes the foundation wipes away the coverup."

Get your Glow On

The next important item is bronzer. Bronzer comes in cremes, loose powder and pressed powder. Bronzer can leave your skin with streaks, loose powder can be messy, and pressed powder can crack. Gina recommended Clinique's new Superbalanced Powder Bronzer. It starts out as pressed powder, then you turn the top dial 1/4 turn and it shaves off just the right amount for one application. Use a big, fat, soft brush, dip it into the powder and apply it in the shape of the number 3. "Your skin is darker at the edges of your face, and that is where you apply bronzer first," Gina tells us. "Start above your eyebrow and bring your brush down, around the outside of your eye, down under your cheekbone, back toward the edge of your face under your jaw -- it forms the number 3!" (Of course, on the other side, it forms a capital E!) Finish your bronzer application with an exclamation point down your nose and on your chin.

Highlight your cheeks with a light blush. To apply it in the right place, "all you have to do is smile," Gina tells us. The round apples of your cheeks come out. Dab blush onto the apples of your cheeks to add a healthy pink glow to your summery skin.

Finishing Touches

Since the goal of this type of makeup is to keep a healthy, natural-looking summer glow, you don't want to add too much color, glitter or detail to your makeup. When picking a lipstick, pick something light, a little shimmery, and just a touch darker than a summer light gloss to spotlight the tan you have left. The mistake many girls make is to wear lipstick that is too bright or too dark. "If you turn quickly and look in the mirror and all you see is lipstick, you have the wrong color," says Gina.

For eyes, most days (and especially for school), you should keep it natural. "At the most, you can put a little creme eyeshadow foundation on your lids for daytime makeup," Gina told us. "For evenings, the big color combination for Fall 2012 is gold and purple. Just a little shimmer is enough to show off what's left of your summer glow."

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How do you keep your summer glow for fall? Share your thoughts and secrets here!

 

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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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