Walking into refinery 29's office this week, i knew i would learn a summer's worthy of tips and tricks from beauty director, megan mcintyre, but what i didn't expect was the wealth of insider expertise AND SPECIFIC (AND REALISTIC) IDEAS that megan brought to this week's Style Scouting podcast. She's witty, whip smart about everything beauty and most importantly, honest. SHE's Honest about what products actually do what they say, how you can completely change your look in 10 minutes and the miracle product that really does get rid of dark circles.
This weekend not only officially kicks off the start to summer but also wedding season, vacations, outdoor entertaining and more time spent on-the-go. Now more than ever is the time to develop your "beauty uniform" a.k.a. a few great looks that are easy, efficient and bring out your best. SO, I challenged MCINTYRE to come up with super easy "on-the-go" beauty looks for five scenarios we all wish we had a makeup artist in our pocket for: work to after, the gym to 9-5, date night, A Chic SUmmer wedding and the answer to looking your best in under 10 minutes. MCintyre shares the ultimate look for each as well as insider tRICKS and THE products YOU NEED for your best beauty summer ever.
MCINTYRE ON WORK TO AFTER WORK
SCOUT STYLE SECRET: DUOCHROME EYESHADOW
The easiest way to go from work to after is to create a dramatic focal point at the eye. blending multiple eyeshadows TOGETHER IS TIME CONSUMING. INSTEAD, opt for a duochrome shadow (which is multiple colors already pre-blended). "It's like having a make-Up Artist in a pot", says Mcintyre.
HER PICK: URBAN DECAY IN FIREBALL
PREP WITH: ALMAY PORTABLE MAKEUP REMOVER STICKS, ADD SHINE WITH TOM FORD LIP COLOR SHINE IN ABANDON and Mcintyre's secret weapon against shine, a stack of starbucks napkins (!!! she swears they work better than any blotting papers out there!)
MCINTYRE ON GYM TO 9-5
SCOUT STYLE SECRET: ACCENTUATE YOUR FRESH FACE
Many women make the mistake of trying to put on a full face right after the gym when your skin is at its healthiest glow. "Use this as an opportunity," says mcintyre. try sisley paris eau floral spray to cool and soothe your skin. Then instead of foundation and blush, use a cheek tint like Tata harper's 100% natural VOLUminzing lip and cheek tint in very vivacious."
(Want to know the best work to workout hairstyles that won't destroy your hair for the rest of the day? Check out refinery 29's step-by-step guide to chic hair for the gym and after)
MCINTYRE ON THE CHIC SUMMER WEDDING LOOK
SCOUT STYLE SECRET: THE NEW FUSHIA LIP AND EYELASHES FOR DAYS
This is the place for a sexy lip look. "but not just any lip look", says Mcintyre, "the 2016 chanel cruise collection vibrant fushia Lip Look". RECREATE the look STRAIGHT off the runways with CHANEL'S ROUGE ALLURE VELVET LIP COLOUR in L'ECLATANTE and their precision lip liner in fushia. Leave skin bare with light contouring under the hollow's of your cheekbones and draw attention to lashes that WILL look like you've had extensions with the newly reformulated DIORSHOW MASCARA" OR TRY AN AMAZING DRUGSTORE VERSION FROM L'OREAL PARIS.
MCINTYRE ON THE CHIC SUMMER WEDDING LOOK
SCOUT STYLE SECRET: GO SOFT AND PRETTY BY PLAYING UP THE BROWS AND LINING THE INSIDE OF YOUR EYE
While the instinct is to do a bright, sexy lip here- I avoid a strong lip on date night because it becomes a "no fly" zone. Instead play up the brows with Benefit's Gimme Brow. "It's Like cara delivngne's eyebrows in a tube", says mcintyre. (Um, YES please, says me.) It has fibers in it that catch all the light hairs on the perimeter. Then finish this soft and pretty look by lining the inside lower water line and corners of the eye with a soft pink shadow pencil like Nars in goddess. It opens up the eyes for a gorgeous wide-eyed look. Instead of a bright lip, go soft with Uslu AiRlines LIP COLOR. "Putting the lipstick on from the tube will give you a precision look- what you are going for is much softer so press the color into your lips with your finger".
MCINTYRE ON THE 10 MINUTE MIRACLE FACE
SCOUT STYLE SECRET: FOCUS ON YOUR SKIN
Your skin is the most important canvas you have and in a time crunch thes best way to maximize 10 minutes is to give your skin a refreshed look. POWDER FOUNDATIONS ACTUALLY SHOW FINE LINES so your goal is DEWEY SKIN. "It IS MUCH MORE FORGIVING", says mcintyre.
Mix your own magic blend of one part tinted moisturizer (Mcintyre's PICK? beauty counter), a few drops of Nars liquid illuminator in hot sand plus one to two drops of A face oil. blend together and APPLY down center of face, then blend out and finish with a spot conceALER. OnOmiE HAS INGREDIENTS THAT WORK TO CORRECT DARK CIRCLES AS WELL AS cover THEM.
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