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Living on an island we are exposed to a wealth of beautiful hues — from turquoise waters to soft pink sands.

The great news is many of those colours have made their way to fashion runways and can now be seen on gorgeous faces the world over.

Just in time for the Bermuda Day holiday,

The Royal Gazette spoke with make-up artist Alana Dowling about cosmetic trends for the summer season.

Ms Dowling has been working in the beauty industry for the past five years and currently works at the Black Up counter at Gibbons Company.

She said summer make-up tends to feature colours that are more bright, intense and concentrated — from turquoise on the eyes to fuchsia on the lips.

“With spring time you do get some colour, but it tends to be more muted or softer,” she said. “And in the winter you still get a lot of pigment but the colours tend to be richer or darker for the season.”

While trends are a good guideline when choosing your summer look, she said you can always modify it to suit your style and needs.

Here are some of Ms Dowling’s tips for looking your best in the hotter months:

1 Bronzed skin is on trend this summer and gives the appearance of even-toned and radiant skin. To get this look, Ms Dowling recommends products like Black Up’s Complexion Enhancer which is available in three different shades and can be mixed with foundation for an added glow or just added to a facial moisturiser and worn on its own. Bronzers give you a hint of shimmer, but products like this are great because they don’t have the big sparkle particles in it and appear more natural.

2 Turquoise eyes are expected to be all the rage this season, but there are a host of different shades you can use depending on your skin tone or how comfortable you feel. Marine blue and emerald green are also good options for darker skin tones, Ms Dowling said. The trick with this trend is to use a turquoise kohl eyeliner across the lid and then blend it upwards to get a more smoky eye effect. You can also layer it with an eye shadow to get a rich blend of colours.

3 Nude lips are still a popular choice right now, particularly when opting for a bold eye colour. Mrs Dowling said: “When your eyes are the focus and there is a lot of colour of the eyes I would choose to go with a neutral tone on the lips that has a sheer, glossy finish.” She recommends the brand’s satin finish lipstick in shades 2, 3 or 4.

4 If you choose to go with a champagne or natural eye shadow, then a bold lip might be the best bet.

Shades like fuchsia, bright orange and reds with an orange undertone are all good choices if you want to stand out this summer. To tone down the look, try a bold colour lipgloss instead of a matte finish.

5 Some people aren’t comfortable wearing a blush, but the style trends for this season are light pinks and pale corals on the cheeks.

Another option is to use a bronzer and apply it as a blush with maybe a gold highlighter, Ms Dowling said.

For more advice and tips for make-up this season, visit Ms Dowling at Gibbon’s Company on Reid Street.

Made up for the summer: Pictured ( from left) are Sierra Scraders and make-up artist Alana Dowling. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Bold: Sierra Scraders wears a bold red lip, which is on trend for this summer. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Bold: Sierra Scraders wears a bold red lip, which is on trend for this summer. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm)

Get made up for summer

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