With summer still in the air, it's time to finally discuss my summer makeup tips and tricks. Hotter weather and sunshine overload mean an oily face and sunburn-prone skin. What once worked for me during the winter or spring no longer does anymore. I know my skin type shifts when the seasons change. Though it once was starved for moisture a couple months ago, now it can no longer handle heavy creams and multiple layers. Today, I'm discussing how I switch up my makeup routine during the warmer months. When the sun comes out to play, I tend to opt for a more natural, radiant look. Cream makeup products and tinted moisturizers become my new best friend. Here are five ways I switch up my makeup for summer...
When the sun comes out so do my tinted moisturizers. Or BB creams. CC creams, too! Basically, I reach for lighter, more dewy foundations. When it's hot out, I don't want to bother with caking on heavy-duty foundation or concealer. I want my skin to breathe! Some days I even forgo foundation altogether in favor of a simple concealer. Whenever I only wear concealer I apply it just to the problem areas like my under eyes or my T zone where I have redness and hyperpigmentation. I leave my "good" skin alone. When I get a tan I bring out slightly darker shades, too.
This summer my most reached for base combo is the It Cosmetics CC Cream in Light and the NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Finland. Both contain SPF which always comes in handy whenever I make a huge mistake and forget to apply my Supergoop sunscreen. Even though I'm a couple of shades darker, my It Cosmetics CC Cream is still slightly dark on me so I like to mix in my lighter NARS tinted moisturizer to get the perfect match.
The less is more approach to makeup is a rule I abide by this season. I don't know what it is but something about warm, sunny weather makes me go back to basics. Easy nude lips, simple eye makeup, a light base, and a dewy cream blush is all I need most days. I guess I just can't be bothered to do much more! I skip the heavy makeup. Ditch primers altogether (with the exception of lid primers of course). Blush or bronzer. I tend to only focus on one, not both. Personally, I find that applying both blush and bronzer can look a bit too done up for the summer. I also like to add a light wash of shimmery eyeshadow to brighten my complexion and throw on a cream highlight for a teeny bit of extra glow.
Bring On The Glow
Summer is all about embracing the glow! You're going to be a sweaty mess anyway so why fight it?! Start by investing some more time prepping your skin with nourishing, but lightweight skincare. As tempting as it sounds to skip the moisturizer, don't. Even oily skin needs moisture! Well prepped, happy skin means flawless makeup. As for makeup, I'm all about bringing back the cream products. Blush, highlight, bronzer, even eyeshadow. Cream products amp up the glow all while looking natural. They give the illusion of well nourished and prepped skin, too.
I'm a huge fan of the Glossier Cloud Paints, as you may already know, but I'd also recommend checking out the Glossier Haloscopes. I have Quartz, a subtle gold highlight that gives my cheekbones a beautiful natural glow. A new discovery is the Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek stick in the shade Werk. It's the perfect everyday dusty rose blush! For eyeshadow, I'm loving the Nudestix Magnetic Eyeshadow Pencils in Burnish and Nudity. They're both beautiful shimmery gold and bronze shades. Since the Nudstix eyeshadows have a cream formula, they're fairly longlasting and relatively crease-proof. I never bother using an eyeshadow primer when I wear them!
Lock It In
While I'm all about embracing the glow, I also need to make sure my makeup won't melt off my face within the hour. Products that'll stay in place and last all day but won't take away that dewiness are a must in my book. That doesn't mean they have to be mattifying! If you're oily, opt for soft matte foundations and concealers. They'll have the lasting power but won't look too one dimensional! If you do need a primer, I recommend this Milk Makeup Blur Stick. For those with dry skin, maybe look into an illuminating base like the L'Oreal Lumi Glotion to amp up the glow. A hydrating face mist like the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary one is your best friend! Face mists provide much-needed refreshing moisture and glow.
For my combo skin, I tend to skip primers and go straight for my bases. To keep the shine at bay I do powder down my T zone and under my eyes to set everything in place. Throughout the day I touch up with some oil blotting sheets to get rid of the excess shine. I also like to use a face mist like the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist that sets my makeup but leaves my skin hydrated and glowy. If I know I'll be out all day, I use my holy grail setting spray, the Urban Decay De-Slick. It's the best at setting my makeup in place!
Experiment With Color
Just because you're going for that minimalist, dewy look doesn't mean you have to stop having a bit of fun with your makeup! While I'm not the biggest or boldest experimenter I do like to switch up my eyeshadow to suit the summer weather. I tend to wear lighter rosy shimmery shades instead of matte neutrals. Rose gold eyes and terracotta lips are my new thing! I've also seen some really cool colored liquid eyeliners on the market, like yellow or shimmery gold, that I'd love to try. For lips, if I'm feeling bold I like wearing my in-your-face fiery orange-red L'Oreal matte lipstick in Julianne's Red. It makes a bit of statement. Something about summer makes me a bit playful!