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Comments () | Published July 1, 2009
We also loved Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara in black ($22 at Nordstrom), Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara in navy ($24 at Bloomingdale’s), and Chanel Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara in Smoky Marine ($30 at Nordstrom).

As for removing waterproof mascara, Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips does the job ($17.50 at Macy’s).

Best Reasons to Blush

If you have enough color in your face in the summer, a little powder bronzer may be all the makeup you need. Or you can apply matte blush to the apple of the cheeks for a pop of color. “MAC powder blushes are so long-lasting,” making them great for summer, says Stiles. She recommends Pinch O’ Peach for fair and medium skin tones and Loverush, a plummy burgundy, for darker skin ($18 at Bloomingdale’s).

For the best results, blush should come after foundation and loose powder. “Without powder on first, blush will create a slick spot,” Stiles says.

We found that Benefit’s High Beam, a pink pearly highlighter, and Moon Beam, the golden version, gave a grease-free glow (both $24 at Sephora).

Love Your Lips

Stiles loves Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Sex Kitten (around $9 at drugstores): “This coral color is absolutely perfect for summer.”

For a sheer look with SPF, we liked Chanel’s peachy Aqualumière Sheer Colour Lipshine SPF 15 in Jamaica ($28.50 at Nordstrom).

We fell for three lip glosses: Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Guava Gold ($14 at Saks Fifth Avenue), a soft peach with tiny golden particles; Lip Balm SPF 15 in Hue 30G by Kiehl’s ($9.50 at, a light golden peach; and Lorac Lip Polish in Sizzle ($17.50 at, which works with every skin tone and isn’t sticky.

For those who prefer a lip pencil, Stiles recommends Aqua Lip by Make Up For Ever ($17 at Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa), which is waterproof yet soft enough to glide across the lips. We tried and loved 03-C, a pinky neutral beige, and 18-C, a coral orange. Both stayed on long past lunch.


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