Summer is all about light, fresh, bronze skin, and maybe light and peachy eye shadow. The Houston summer heat and humidity are makeup’s worst enemy. It seems like every primer, powder, and setting spray are failing you, and by the end of the day, you look like you’ve drowned in your own sweat. Mascara and eyeliner leave trails under your eyes, foundation and carefully placed contour are non-existent. All that time and effort (not to mention money) are wasted. Now what?
First things first, figure out a good skincare regimen that works for your skin type and concerns. Skincare is the key to flawless makeup application. Keep in mind that it’s summer time, less is more and skin is sexy.
I am a combination oily girl with problematic skin. However, I really like a fresh face, – not so matte when it comes to my foundation. But because I am so oily in certain areas it was hard for me to keep my makeup from fading on my nose and forehead until I started trying different formulas.
The primer I grab for is the Milk makeup blur stick. It is the perfect first step in my routine because it absorbs oil, blurs out any imperfections, and keeps my makeup on all day!
There are two under eye products that I just cannot work without, the Bobbi Brown under eye corrector in peach and Too Faced Born This Way concealer. The corrector neutralizes the purple circles under my eyes and the concealer is hydrating, brightening, and doesn’t crease at all!
On to foundation! Again, I have two because the Houston weather is so unpredictable. When it’s hot and humid I use the Lancome Teint Idole 24 hour foundation. It’s a medium to buildable coverage, I only use one pump and that gives me all the coverage I want and need. The other one I use is the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with SPF 15. Its sheer coverage gives me a nice skin finish instead of a made up look.
For a powder, I use the Kat Von D Lock It setting powder just to set the areas I get oily. I lightly brush my nose and forehead since these are my oily areas and tend to fade the fastest.
Blush and Bronzer can complete a look instantly. I usually don’t contour I just like a nice wash of color on my cheeks. Too Faced is notorious for their bronzers because there is something for everyone! Their newest bronzer in Sweet Tea has been my go to all summer because it’s formula is really smooth not to mention the color is beautiful. It’s split into two different sides, one side is lighter than the other so one color could be a highlight if you want. Personally, I like to mix it all together as one color and pop it on my cheek area. If you’re a Beauty Insider at Sephora you already know about the free birthday gift you get every year. This year one of the gifts is a Tarte blush and lip color, the blush is gorgeous! I pop a little bit of that perfect pink shade on the apples of my cheeks and call it a day!
What would a summer makeup look be without that glow? Becca’s liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector in the color Moonstone is great if you like a glow without the powdery look. I place it on my cheek bones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow, and even my brow bone! A little bit adds so much to your entire summer time look!
Too Faced has a new palette which I am sure we have all seen, the Sweet Peach Palette and I must say, it is my holy grail for warm shadows. It has all the warm tones I need and some bold purples and greens as well for bolder night time looks. I am a HUGE fan of this palette for many reasons. I can do subtle looks with light washes of color or dark bold looks when I’m feeling a little more daring. You can also bronze and blush with some of the shades!
We can’t forget the lips! As much as I like a matte lip, I adore a glossy kissable lip with Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in Parfait! It is the perfect peachy golden tone for summer! The wear time is incredible, I don’t have to reapply often believe it or not!
Last but DEFINITELY not least is the Marc Jacobs Coconut setting spray. This setting spray not only smells delish, but it adds that finishing touch every summertime look needs. Hold down the button all the way, release the mist and be amazed. It leaves your skin looking and feeling so fresh.