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How to ‘sweat pretty’ with Scottsdale 16’s Grace Koval

In the unforgiving Arizona summer heat, it is all about sweating pretty. Grace Koval, member of the Scottsdale 16, a part of Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, shared some of her summer beauty secrets, tips and techniques to beat the summer heat. The Scottsdale 16 is a group of young, beautiful women in Arizona who are booked for a variety of events across the Valley, including corporate parties, special events and modeling for promotional or runway shows. Koval is no stranger to the importance of always looking good regardless of the scorching temperatures.

Your skin is your first impression and keeping it looking good during the summer months, which puts extra stress on your skin, is a must. It almost seems too simple but staying hydrated in the summer can go a long way when it comes skin beauty.

Grace Koval

Grace Koval

“I noticed a huge difference in my skin with acne, spots and just overall complexion with just water alone,” said Koval.

To keep her looking its best at all times in the summer Koval applies Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask a few times a week to replenish the hydration her skin loses.

It may seem cliché, but Koval named sunscreen her essential summer beauty product.

“Even with olive skin, I apply sunscreen when going to the pool because I want my skin to look great even when I’m much older,” stated Koval.

She recommends L’Oreal’s Sublime Sun SPF 50, which goes on clear and makes you skin glow all day. Another way to get that must needed SPF is with moisturizer that included SPF in it; Koval uses Aveeno Positively Radiant every morning and night to get that added hydration and softness.

It also is “very crucial to have a chap stick around you at all times,” said Koval.

Summer beauty is all about having that sun kissed skin but, as easy as it can be to tan in an Arizona summer, it can be just easy to lose it.

“It’s very basic, if you want to keep your tan you have to moisturize your skin,” Koval said.

With tanning and being out in the sun skin damage is something you always have to lookout for. Koval recommends Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, a prescription-strength serum, to improve sun dark spots.

“I am on my second bottle,” she added.

Even with radiant healthy skin, looking your best is not easy in the heat because makeup can melt right off your face. To make sweating look good and keep long lasting makeup Koval applies Dior Glow Maximizer light boosting primer. Koval is a huge promoter of primer: “You can wear it alone, under foundation or even mix it with a CC cream for an all-day glow.”

Summer makeup is all about keeping it light for Koval.

“I try not to have my makeup to heavy in the summer, so a great lip is a must,” she said.

She is loving BITE’s high pigment pencil in rhubarb, it’s moisturizing, goes on light, and leaves a great natural looking lip. Summer beauty is about keeping everything looking good in the heat and sun by talking care of your skin and using products like primer, sweating this summer has never look better.

Want to know more about Grace? Read our interview!


Beauty Brands Offers Cool Summer Products

Summer is supposed to be easy, breezy and low-maintenance.  But the hot sun can melt your makeup and the humidity can sink your style, creating high upkeep for your looks.
Help is on the way from your local Beauty Brands salon -and-spa superstore. A treasure trove of products will help make you effortlessly beautiful and cool even during the cruelest of summers.  Here are some favorite melt-proof, wilt-proof picks for summer 2013 from the store’s team of beauty experts:

•  Body:  Want to look naturally sun-kissed?  Put on Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel/Tan Matte, featuring Smart Color Technology that allows all skin tones to use one shade.  You’ll get a flawless matte finish minus the streaks and scents that come with many other self-tanners.

• Face:  There are several ways to prevent runaway makeup when the temps start to climb:

Start with a pristine matte canvas, using philosophy matteness collection. This skin-soothing formula performs double duty as a deep daily cleanser and a weekly purifying mask.  It features glacial clay.  How cool is that?

Then, prep the face for the day with an all-in-one product like SmashBox Camera Ready CC cream – it primes, corrects imperfections, hydrates and helps makeup stay in place.  Or try water-resistant Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm SPF30, another perfecting primer that’s great for outdoor activity.

•  Eyes:  Look cool in the pool with eyeliner that stays put.  Try Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.  A marker tip applicator creates a flawless line with no skipping, smudging or pulling.

•  Hair:  What if you could create a force field between summer humidity and your hair?  Well, Sexy Hair Weather Proof Spray does just that.  It contains polymers that make a humidity resistant shield to protect blow-outs, updo’s and curls from wilting in the weather.

•  Nails:  Give yourself a long-wear, super shiny manicure that lets you have fun in the sun and is chip-free for up to two weeks.  Choose from a wide variety of colors by OPI GelColor or CND Shellac. You can get a gel manicure at the salon & spa at Beauty Brands.

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