Whether you have a vanity full of makeup products or are particularly picky about how your shoes look, beauty means something to everyone. For the Women’s Issue, we went more than skin deep on ways to look and feel your best during the hot Tampa summer to come. We talked to a skin care expert about avoiding sun damage and a makeup pro about looks that will withstand a 75-degree dew point. Meanwhile, a local stylist answers our questions about adjusting to dressing for the office again (like, what should I do about all these sweatpants?).
Summer is starting to look a whole lot better. Read on for more.
SHIMMER + SHINE
Get a bronzy, glowy makeup look that won’t budge for summer
Growing up a military brat, Danette Anderson (above) watched her mom get glammed up for the service’s balls each year and fell in love with all things beauty and makeup. She practiced on friends, went to cosmetology school, and eventually began building a following on social media as both a beauty influencer and photographer in her own right (as a matter of fact, she shot most of the photos in the Big Book of Beauty) — all while raising four boys with her husband. Here, she’s sharing her beauty bests for a summer makeup look that will beat the heat and humidity and keep you looking flawless all season long.
a. YSL TOP SECRETS INSTANT MATTE PORE REFINER
Step one to any summer makeup look is a mattifying base that the rest of your products can hold onto. For people with oilier skin, Anderson likes this YSL pore refin-er, while people who tend to be the drier side can try using just a lightweight, oil-free SPF to start (she recommends the Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector).
$34 | Sephora | International Plaza | 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. | sephora.com
b. ESTÉE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE FOUNDATION
Most people tend to prefer lighter coverage for summer, so Anderson recommends mixing a bit of a full-coverage foundation (like this one) with your everyday moisturizer for a customized tinted moisturizer, or apply with a damp beauty sponge instead of a brush to diffuse the product across your skin. Setting your powder the same way will give you a nice, airbrushed finish, she adds. “In the summer, after an hour, this will still give you a pretty dewy look but keep covering all your imperfections,” she says.
$43 | Ulta | Locations in Northwest Tampa, Citrus Park and Carrollwood | ulta.com
c. CHARLOTTE TILBURY BRONZE & GLOW ($68) | CHANEL JOUES CONTRASTE POWDER BLUSH in IN LOVE ($45)
On the cheeks, you can never go wrong with a subtle bronze. Anderson uses Charlotte Tilbury’s Bronze & Glow palette in medium (“It gives you a really pretty, seamless look without being too muddy or too orange like some bronzers,” she says) and ties the face together with a pop of peachy blush and champagne highlighter (the Bar of Gold, also from Charlotte Tilbury, is her go-to).
Nordstrom | International Plaza | 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. | nordstrom.com
d, e. VIRAGO BABE EYELINER ($23) | NATASHA DENONA GOLD EYESHADOW PALETTE ($129) | MARC JACOBS VELVET NOIR MAJOR VOLUME MASCARA ($27)
To carry the summery bronzed look to the eye, Anderson loves the Natasha Denona Gold eyeshadow palette. “It’s pricey, but it’s so worth it,” she says. “It has a lot of good warm neutrals and golds, plus some pretty ‘pop’ shades for overlays of shimmer.” For eyeliner, Anderson has been using her own Tampa-based brand, Virago Babe’s, newly launched waterproof formula that is meant to carry you through a full day of heat and humidity.
She usually tops off her eye look with Marc Jacobs’ Velvet Noir mascara, inspired by the designer watching his mother mix pieces of velvet into her mascara when he was a child.
Sephora (eyeshadow & mascara) | International Plaza | 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. | sephora.com | Virago Babe (eyeliner) | viragobabe.com
f. CHARLOTTE TILBURY MATTE REVOLUTION LIPSTICK in PILLOW TALK ($34) | URBAN DECAY DE-SLICK OIL CONTROL MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY ($33)
A neutral matte lipstick helps balance out a glowy makeup look, which might explain why Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk was the best-selling lipstick in the U.S. in 2019. “It just makes your lips look so juicy and plump,” Anderson adds. Finally, to keep your face from melting off as soon as you step outside, don’t forget the setting spray (she likes Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil Control spray).
Nordstrom | International Plaza | 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. | nordstrom.com
Follow Danette Anderson on Instagram @danette_and
RAY OF LIGHT
Protect your skin this summer so you can stay glowing all year long
Living in Nashville, Keri Claudel, a certified aesthetic nurse specialist, was used to treating stars like country singer Kelsea Ballerini and celebrity trainer Erin Oprea. Now treating patients at Tampa’s Diaco Institute of Plastic Surgery, the big star she’s focused on is the sun. “Residing in sunny Florida, it’s like a year-round summer,” she says. “I treat your skin so it’s healthy from the inside out, down to the cellular level. Then, you automatically are more resilient to sun exposure and the damaging effects of the sun.” Here are six of Claudel’s picks for products to help your skin stay healthy and glowy under the summer sun.
a. SKINBETTER SUNBETTER TONE SMART SPF 68 SUNSCREEN COMPACT
One option for sun protection is mineral sunscreen. “SPF is a VIP, but when you combine it with saltwater and outdoor activities and extra sweat, it can be irritating and enhance breakouts,” Claudel explains. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which react with irritants like salt, mineral sunscreens are made of zinc oxide and titanium, creating a physical barrier for the sun’s rays to bounce off your skin. Claudel likes this Skin Better mineral sunscreen, which is designed to blend in with any skin tone and type.
$65 | skinbetter.com to find a skincare provider near you
b. ZO SKIN HEALTH BRIGHTALIVE SKIN BRIGHTENER
“One new ‘it’ ingredient is niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3,” Clau-del says. “Niacinamide manages concerns from acne and redness to pigment issues and wrinkles.” It’s also been shown to prevent skin cancer, she adds, always a concern in perpetually sunny Tampa. For her daily dose, Claudel likes the skin brightener from ZO Skin Health, a medical-grade product that helps fade dark spots and redness without a retinol.
$130 | zoskinhealth.com to order or find a skincare provider near you
c. ZO SKIN CARE ENZYMATIC PEEL
As summer weddings, parties and other events are slowly inching back onto our calendars, Claudel says this at-home peel is perfect for that next-day glow you’d get from a facial. Her trick is to sleep with the treatment on so the bromeliad plant enzymes and glycolic acid can get to work clearing up dead skin and repairing your skin texture. Best of all, you won’t be peeling when you wake up.
$72 | zoskinhealth.com to order or find a skincare provider near you
d. ALASTIN SKINCARE TRANSFORM BODY TREATMENT
Perfect for firming up the extra skin you might be showing off this summer, this product helps support your natural production of elastin and collagen. Claudel says it’s perfect for use on its own or to enhance the results of an in-office laser or radiofrequency treatment.
$195 | alastin.com to order or find a skincare provider near you
e. RONERT MD RESTORING POST-TREATMENT COLLAGEN LIP ENHANCEMENT
Don’t forget that your lips are still skin that needs to be guarded from the sun, Claudel says. She says this gloss is a mainstay in her bag thanks to its SPF 15 protection, hydrating properties and collagen-filling spheres that help give your lips a little extra oomph.
$30 | imageskincare.com
f. REVISION SKINCARE INTELLISHADE
A daily SPF is a non-negotiable part of anyone’s skin routine, especially in Tampa. Claudel says one trend she sees in her clients is a dedication to sculpting fit, beautiful bodies, but the same attention isn’t always paid to sun protection from the face down to the chest. “With a little bit of education and some great medical-grade skin care, we can make you match and really increase the confidence of the whole entire picture,” Claudel explains. That starts with a sunscreen like this tinted moisturizer with SPF 45 (she says anything above SPF 30 works), blended all the way down from your hairline to your chest.
$76 | revisionskincare.com to order or find a skincare provider near you
Find Keri Claudel on Instagram @thenashvillebeautygirl
For many of us, working from home has drastically changed our workday wardrobe. From only getting ready from the waist up for our Zoom meetings to embracing the sweatsuit in all colors of the rainbow, casual dressing has reigned supreme over the past year. But as some begin to prepare for an eventual transition back into offices and in-person meetings, you might be wondering: Can I get away with sweatpants in the office?
Tampa personal stylist and blogger Christian Vorderbrueggen says office dress codes were already relaxing and becoming more casual before the pandemic, even in more conservative fields like law. “They had been the ones that would normally wear suits every single day, and they were going to more of a business casual attire unless they went to court,” she explains. “[My women attorney clients] were finding dresses that they could wear. The key to that is people want things that they don’t just have to wear to work. They want their wardrobe to be more versatile and to find pieces that they can incorporate for other events, like other parties or date nights or weekends to maximize their budget.”
So you don’t have to let go of the comfy clothes you’ve accumulated just yet. For many workplaces, Vorderbrueggen says, it would be entirely appropriate to pair something like joggers — which you might wear with a T-shirt at home — with a dressy camisole and a blazer to instantly make your outfit work-ready.
“For most outfits, a jacket will automatically take it up a notch,” she says. “Even a denim jacket. If you have a dress that’s a little more summery and casual, you could pair a denim jacket with that and it would bring it up a level for work. It’s really about being able to layer what you already have.”
Footwear has also been trending more casual, with many women swapping out heels and dressy flats for sneakers. As the pandemic winds down, Vorderbrueggen believes the embrace of athleisure could be here to stay, or it could be shunned the way “hard pants” were last March.
“I feel like people are either going to get really sick of athleisure and make the transition to dressing up again because they are so sick of wearing sweats,” she says, “or, what I’m seeing lately is people incorporating their athleisure with dressier pieces, like a sweatshirt with a fun graphic print and a little flirty skirt. Everything is going more casual, so [it’s] just finding ways to dress up pieces a little bit to make them more business-ready.”
CHRISTIAN VORDERBRUEGGEN christianblairvordy.com | @christianblairvordy