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About Face: Marlena Stell

About Face: Marlena Stell

by Melissa Magsaysay

Beauty guru, YouTuber and founder of Makeup Geek, Marlena Stell is used to sharing her must-have products, tips and tricks.

It’s her approachable yet aspirational take on beauty that has her millions of viewers hooked on her content. The success she’s found through her social platforms and Makeup Geek beauty line has her traveling year round, but it’s summer when she tends to get away for personal time.

Here, she breaks down how she stays flawless all summer long and her must have products to pack this season.

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Makeup Geek Founder Marlena Stell

Q & A With Marlena

Do you tend to change up your beauty look and skincare routine for the warmer summer months? If so, how?

Because summers are so hot, I tend to go more matte with my foundation to help it last longer. I also use brighter colors on the eyes or lips since summers tend to be more colorful and fun. For skincare, I use gel based moisturizers instead of creams since they are not as heavy.

Traveling anywhere fun this summer? What are your in flight hacks for keeping skin hydrated?

I'm going to Las Vegas where hydration is SO important! Before I fly, I apply a hyaluronic acid serum and a thicker moisturizer to prevent my face from getting too dry. I also drink as much water as possible before my flight. As soon as I get to my hotel, I wash the plane grime off my face (yuck ;) ) and apply more hyaluronic acid and moisturizer.

When on holiday somewhere warm, what "desert island" beauty products do you pack in order to have a pared down routine and look?

I currently love the Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation -it's lightweight and doesn't feel too heavy so is perfect for summer. Then I just bring my Loreal Voluminous mascara and Makeup Geek plush cream in Jetsetter (how appropriate for how much I travel!)

Any tips for keeping shine at bay when it's warmer out?

Take a tissue and tear apart to make a one ply then dab the oil from your face throughout the day. Keep a pressed powder compact in your purse to touch up throughout the day if needed.

What are the top 11 beauty items (face and hair) you're using right now?

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Makeup Geek Bronzer in Tawny
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NIA 24 Skin Strengthening Moisturizer
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Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation
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Elemis Superfood Facial Wash
Plus Size Designer Fashion Marlena Stell
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Highlighter #2
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L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
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Makeup Geek In the Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Plus Size Designer Fashion Marlena Stell
Makeup Geek Iconic Lipstick in Shy
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Flutter Lashes in Roxy
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Caviar Repair Recovery Shampoo
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Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray

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