ELIXHER Beauty Contributor Danni

ELIXHER Beauty Contributor Danni

It’s that time of year again: the temperature (and humidity) is rising, beach pictures are flooding our Instagram timelines and, I don’t know about you, but my makeup routine takes a serious backseat. Beach ready, bronzed skin and an occasional pop of color is all you need to “beat” for the heat. Five steps will have your skin flawless and ready for action.

1. Tinted moisturizer*

Whether oil free or moisturizing, depending on your skin type, Bobbi Brown has one of the best ranges of tone for women of color on the market. This three-in-one takes care of your daily face cream and SPF needs while lightly smoothing complexion. With three different formulas based on skin type, she’s sure to have you covered.

*Custom blend your own tinted moisturizer by adding a drop of liquid foundation to your moisturizer before applying.

2. Bronzer

Liquid, gel or powder, bronzers add warmth and dimension to the face allowing for chiseled cheekbones and DIY tans. I love using an angled brush like NARS Ita brush around the perimeter of my face and right under cheekbones with my favorite bronzing powder.

3. Highlight

A golden shimmer high on cheekbones, above the Cupid’s bow and brow bone will reflect the sun, creating a healthy glow. Buffing NARS Albatross into skin serves as a perfect highlight, regardless of skin tone.

4. Eyeliner and Mascara

This inseparable duo will brighten eyes immediately. Eyeliner on the upper inner rim will give the appearance of longer lashes while creating a lift to the lid. Pro Longwear Eyeliner by MAC promises to stay put through even the slickest of situations. Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara has a unique applicator that lengthens and separates even the most sparse lashes.

5. Lip Color

The easiest way to spice up a nude, glowing face is a pop of color on the lips. No matter how demure or daring, OCC’s Lip Tars are the perfect lip color for summer! With high wattage shine and a multitude of color choices, Lip Tars are the perfect pocket companion for any season.

Finish your look with a spritz or two of Urban Decay’s De-Slick setting spray and you’re ready for summer sun at the beach, concrete jungle, and everywhere in between.



Danni is an Aveda trained, licensed skin care specialist and freelance makeup artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics with a passion for holistic health as well as at home skin care remedies.  She began her self-taught makeup career in the LGBT community, doing makeup for transgender performers and decided to go to school to learn about the most important foundation: skin. After graduating, Danni later became a makeup and product knowledge educator at the Aveda Institute, freelance artist for NARS Cosmetics, and now Bobbi Brown where she has had the privilege of working behind the scenes of NYFW shows. A self-proclaimed product junkie, Danni brings her skin care education, makeup expertise, passion for product knowledge, and “new!” to you, so that YOU don’t have to. 

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