Now that the heat really has started to hit some areas of the country, I'm in the mood for summer beauty! I want brighter colors and products that are made to stand up to the heat and humidity. Luckily there are some great releases out there right now, and some of the best are from Stila.
Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer
So, this primer isn't terribly different from other silicone primers out there now. They all do a great job of smoothing out your skin, making pores and other skin imperfections less obvious when used under your makeup. They even work when alone, and you can layer a little over your makeup mid-day if you need to smooth things out. All of that is true of this primer.
What really sets the Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer apart from others is the form that it comes in. Rather than being a liquid/lotion consistency, this is a stick. Which means that it is easier to travel with! You can put it in your makeup bag and not worry about it spilling everywhere. It doesn't need to go in your liquid 3-1-1 bag if you're carrying everything on to a plane. And when you apply it, you get a little cool feeling from it, so it's perfect for mid-day touchups on a hot summer day.
Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer
This liquid bronzer is perfect for creating a very natural glow. It evens works for me, a super pale girl! You can use just a tiny amount all over (tip: mix it into your morning moisturizer to thin it out a bit), or apply a little extra directly where you want it. I would only recommend this for adding a sunlight glow, not contouring. It's a bit too golden and has shimmer, so it really is perfect for faking a little extra summery glow! The coverage is light but it builds very easily. It feels very lightweight on my skin and lasts all day.
Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush
My favorite product is definitely the Watercolor Blush! This blush comes in 5 different shades, I tried out Water Poppy and Rosewater, but I'm definitely picking up Water Lily and Shimmering Lotus as well.
The formulation is very interesting. It comes in a pot, and you can see that there's a mesh holding the blush in the bottom of the jar. (Note that the lid is made to prevent it from coming out as well, don't worry about this spilling all over.) It's very thin, definitely thinner than most face lotions.
To apply, you just dip in a finger, pat over your cheekbone and then blend with a finger or brush. It is very natural and subtle, but can be layered for more color. I've become a bit obsessed with the Rosewater color, it's a beautiful light pink! The color lasts all day and stays put even on hot and humid days.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks aren't new, but they're one of those formulations that so many people love and whenever they come out with new shades they get snapped up! This season there are 5 new shades. I'm wearing Amalfi, which is the bright coral-pink shades. I really want to try Bella, which is also a bright pink. These are a bit tricky to get the hang of, but once you do they're amazing! They last almost an entire day without smudging or wiping off. The key is to start with moisturized lips and then apply very, very thin layers. Super thin. It's worth it!
All of these products are available at Stila
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