I definitely prefer a quick and easy makeup look during the summer as opposed to going all out with a full face of makeup which may include a full coverage foundation, heavy eyeshadow and some false lashes. I mean don’t get me wrong, I definitely do like to spend more time on my makeup than most people as I find it to be weirdly therapeutic. Anyone else with me? Now that the weather is getting warmer and nights getting longer, I’m all about spending less time inside getting ready and more time enjoying the sunshine with friends and family. Heavy makeup just sweats off your face during the summer anyway and it’s the most dreaded of circumstances especially when you’re at a party, wedding or some sort of special occasion. Let’s get on the minimal makeup train for a few months because I’m all about it.
FOUNDATION/CONCEALER: Last summer I used the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream almost everyday. I pulled it out of the bottom of my unorganized pile recently and have since been using it on a regular basis for the past few weeks. I almost forgot how much I loved this stuff. It’s incredibly soothing and cooling on the skin, which is perfect for the 80-90 degree summer days. I also find the coverage to be just as good as many of my medium to full coverage foundations. Winner. I also enjoy wearing the Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector on those days when I just can’t be bothered with normal foundation. Next on my list to try is the adored Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer because I’ve only heard great things. Let me know if any of you have tried it and what you think. I’ve been using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes for about a year now. I should probably try something new, but hey, it’s hard to change things up when you really love something.
BROWS: I definitely love a fuller brow compared to a skinny one (who honestly loves skinny brows though?). I’ve also seen brows that take things a bit too far by being massively overdrawn and far too thick. My preference is a nice, full brow, but very natural at the same time. Benefit is launching an entire collection solely dedicated to brows in late June, which I’m very excited about. At the moment, my everyday brow routine consists of my Tarte eyebrow pencil, which has sadly been discontinued followed by the L’Oréal Brow Gel Mascara, which is a great, cheaper alternative for Benefit’s Gimme Brow.
BRONZER: Lately, I’ve loving using the Benefit Hoola Bronzer with my Too Faced Kabuki Brush. I apply it all over the high points of my face where the sun would naturally hit: top of the forehead, cheekbones and jawline. Just think that bronzer application should be a “3” shape on either side of your face. If I’m not feeling like using powder, I’ll put on Benefit Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer, which is such a dreamy product especially for this time of year.
EYES/LIPS: My favorite makeup to buy is eyeshadow because I find that putting on eye makeup is definitely the most fun as there are so many different colors and options to choose from (creamy eyeshadows, eyeshadow pencils, powder eyeshadows, etc.) My favorite shades to wear at the moment are light shimmery and golden bronze shades. For this look, I used the Tartelette 2 In Bloom Palette, which is one of my favorite palettes I own because I get so much use out of every shade. I used the color funnygirl all over my eyelid and then swept firecracker over the top. I also blended both shades under my waterline with a pencil brush. Lastly, I lined my lashline and waterline with Stila Lionfish Smudge Stick Eyeliner, which is a beautiful deep bronze sheen. I finished the look off with my eyelash curler, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and ColourPop Midi on the lips.
GOING FOR THE GLOW? Then you’re not done yet. I used my ring finger to put Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector underneath my brow bone, cupid’s bow and cheekbones for the ultimate highlight. To top it off, I used my Real Techniques Power Brush to lightly apply MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Lightscapade all over my face. Insert sassy girl emoji in pink with her hand out like she’s holding an invisible tray. I love her.