Beauty: Summer Beauty Hacks

by Catherine Trifiletti

Veluxe’sDirector of Business Development Sana Cordeaux (Photo by Catherine Trifiletti)

When CNN’s Dana Bash needs to get glam in a pinch she turns to local on-demand beauty app Veluxe, the brainchild of Susanna Quinn who developed the concept in 2015 after noticing a void in Washington’s beauty market. The former Capitol Hill staffer and real estate agent, mother of two and one of the city’s most well-known hostesses recognized her own need for a convenient way to get party-ready without the hassle of making an appointment or waiting at a salon. “I had really solved a problem in my own life of not having time to get things done,” Quinn explains. “I wanted to look good, feel good, and be healthy.” The app’s at-home services for men and women include blow drys, makeup, men’s grooming, manicures, pedicures, yoga and massages. Washington Life caught up with Director of Business Development and beauty guru Sana Cordeaux to get tips and product recommendations for surviving the warmer months.

From the Experts:

SKIN:Pack away your full coverage foundations and replace them with sheer to medium coverage foundations or a BB cream. It will enhance the look of your skin without masking your overall natural complexion. Sheer foundations are much lighter and less likely to clog your pores. I recommend Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer (Sephora; $36).

GLOW: Spring is the best time of year push blush aside and replace it with bronzer. There is no denying the appeal of a sun kissed glow but as we all know excessive sun exposure can be particularly damaging to our skin. Bronzer is the perfect way to have the best of both worlds. Try a bronzer that is one or two tones darker than your original skin color. I recommend Nars Bronzing Powder (Sephora; $40).

EYES & LIPS: A smoky eye is one of my favorite looks but black can be too much for spring. Instead opt for a grey or blue color to get the look. Chanel’s Architectonic Palette (; $80) is a must have this Spring. While you’re at it, ditch dark lipsticks and opt for lighter colors coupled with a coat of lip gloss for shine Benefit’s Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (Sephora; $16) is great for its non sticky shine and pop of color.

HAIR: Use lighter hair products and less of them. Because the climate will be warmer and more humid, there is no need to use the heavy hair masks and oils that work well in winter. Warm temperatures won’t dry out your hair so feel free to let it breathe! I recommend using Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield (Sephora; $22) and John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz Immunity Primer (; $10).

This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Washington Life Magazine. 

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