(Published in the Cayman Compass Weekender, Friday, April 15, 2016)
With the hot summer months just a matter of weeks away, now is the time to overhaul your skincare and makeup collection. Summer requires hard-working makeup products to stand up to Cayman’s tropical heat in tandem with skincare products to protect and sooth sun-parched skin.
Here are some of the latest products you’ll want to stock up on.
An SPF is a must to protect skin from harmful rays. Luxury skincare brand la prairie has recently released a fabulous new product, “Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil.” Boasting an impressive SPF 50, this gorgeous cream has a luxuriously light texture making it perfect for everyday use under makeup. Not only that, it also boasts a wide range of skin protecting antioxidants to further protect the epidermis from external stress factors, as well as skin brightening ingredients to help even out skin tone and improve skin clarity. Who knew a simple sunscreen could be so hardworking?
Available at la prairie Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
When the heat is turned up, waterproof formulas are a must. Estée Lauder has recently released two new products designed to take you straight from the office to the beach. The “Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer” does exactly what it says: it stays on all day, even holding up after a full day at the beach. Not only does it stay put in extreme conditions, this great product also offers fantastic, buildable coverage, hiding even the toughest blemish. Pair with Estée Lauder’s famed Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup foundation for a flawless finish. The cosmetic brand’s “Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner” is also another winning product which will be staying put in our makeup bags throughout summer. Available in 10 dynamic shades, the rich, intensely saturated formula glides smoothly and effortlessly onto the lids without tugging or skipping, perfect for creating a beautifully flawless feline flick.
Available at Penha Cosmetics, Cardinall Avenue
Colorful, hydrated lips
Lip products offering intensely nourishing formulas with a no-makeup feel are a must in summer. Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Sensual Lip Satin” is now available in a new range of bold summer colors. Long-wearing to withstand lattes and lunch breaks, the innovative flock tip applicator allows precise application, and can even work to outline your lips. Available in six stunning shades, this hybrid, semi-matte velvet finish lip color, leaves lips baby soft, yet drenched with maximum color.
Available at Le Visage, Camana Bay
Yon-Ka Paris’s “Lotion Yon-Ka” is a fabulous product to keep skin hydrated throughout the day. The French skincare brand is famed for their use of healing aromatic plants, and this soothing lotion is no exception. Lotion Yon-Ka drenches skin with the solar-charged energy of five aromatic essential oils for purifying, toning, hydrating, and invigorating effects. Simply spray this refreshing lotion onto your face whenever you feel that your skin, or even your mood, needs a pick-me-up. Perfect on a hot summer’s day.
Available at La Mer Spa, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
The trend for big brows sees no sign of abating. MAC has just launched a new line of products tailored specifically to brows. The collection of professional brow products includes brow powders, pencils, liners, and gel finishers, all in a wide range of formulas, finishes, and colors to suit everyone. Our favorite, however, is the “Big Brow Pencil.” Don’t be put off by its chubby size – it allows for surprisingly precision application. Featuring a hybrid texture of wax and powder, it offers an all-in-one solution, perfectly filling in sparse brows while helping to ensure brow hairs stay put throughout the day. Use blunt for big, full brows, or use the built-in, removable cone-shaped sharpener at the end of the pencil to hone the tip for a more precise brow.
Available at the MAC boutique, Cardinall Avenue
Set, and then set again
We’ve all been through the horrors of taking our time to perfectly apply our makeup, only to look in the mirror a few hours later to see half of it sliding off our face. Cue Coola’s excellent “Face SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray.” A weightless, matte finish mist, this spray will help keep your makeup looking fresh all day. It’s packed with tried-and-tested skin-loving ingredients too, including Hyaluronic Acid to help soften, tone, and rehydrate skin, as well as a broad spectrum SPF 30 to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Formulated with 70 percent certified organic ingredients and infused with an uplifting natural green tea and aloe scent, this product is a winner all round. Say goodbye to makeup meltdown!
Available at Le Visage, Camana Bay