Summer is the perfect time of the year to embrace a little extra dewiness, but that doesn’t mean that we should look greasy and overly shiny. Check out my tips for managing oily skin if excess shine is something you struggle with.
A fail-proof way to prepare the skin is to use fewer products, and apply them in thin layers. Depending on your skin type and preference, you could use a face sunscreen that acts as your UV filter and primer at once. My picks for primers with SPF are:Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint SPF 30 for oily skin types Hynt Beauty Sun Prep SPF 25 for normal skin types Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing face Sunscreen & Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for dry skin types
Make sure to check out my guide to sunscreens for more information on sun protection and detailed sun care product suggestions.
For this look, I applied the Hynt Beauty Sun Prep all over my face. This product works very well under makeup because it is mildly hydrating and moisturizing and it has a luminous finish.COMPLEXION
In summer, less is definitely more when it comes to foundation. Most days, I like to apply only a little concealer here and there, but for this look, I used the ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation in Salina. This foundation works well for evening out the skin tone while still feeling very lightweight and hydrating, without being greasy. It has a natural-looking, skin-like finish that looks great even in broad daylight and offers sheer, but buildable coverage. It gives me that “my skin, but better look”. I added a few dots of W3LL PEOPLE Bio Correct Concealer in Light under my eyes to disguise dark circles and dark inner corners of the eyes, and blended it with my fingers towards my temples.
Using my favorite mattifying powder, the translucent RMS Beauty “Un” Powder, I set the foundation in the areas where I tend to look oily. The velvety finish helps to control shine while giving the skin a soft, smooth look. It never looks cakey, even if I accidentally overdo it, and it helps to extend the longevity of the products applied underneath.
When I want a little more coverage I add a layer of the Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in Warm 3, a powder foundation that has a lovely semi-matte finish, but does not emphasize dryness or fine lines.CHEEKS
A summery, sun-kissed look calls for a generous layer of bronzer. A swipe of the correct shade of bronzer can give you the warm glow of a restful, carefree day at the beach—even when you just walked out of your office. My current favorite bronzer is the Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in the shade Honolulu, which is perfect for light-to-medium skin tones like mine. It’s a medium shade of brown that doesn’t come off as orangey or muddy looking. The same bronzer also comes in a lighter shade that suits more fair complexions, and a darker shade for deeper skin tones. If you are unsure whether a certain color will suit your skin tone, you can take advantage of The Detox Market My Little Sample Bag sample program, which allows you to pick up to 4 samples.
I applied the bronzer along the outer areas of my face—under my cheekbones, on the sides of my temples, and across my nose. I used the Alima Pure Soft Focus Brush, a duo-color fibers face brush that is perfect for gradual application of face powders, blushes and bronzers, which picks up the perfect amount of pigment.
With the same brush, I also applied some blush on the apples of my cheeks. I used the Kosas Pressed Powder Blush in the shade Contrachroma. This is a coral-rosey shade that compliments the bronzer look perfectly.BROWS
On my brows I used the Plume Nourish & Define Brow Pomade in Chestnut Decadence, which has proven to be sweat proof, even during the most hot/humid Florida days, so that I don’t become brow-less midday.EYES
On my eyes, I first applied a thin layer of the ILIA Beauty Natural Brightening Eye Primer, and after blending it well with my finger I used a tiny amount of RMS Beauty UnPowder to set it.
I used a combination of warm shades of brown and gold eyeshadows, including the same blush that I applied on my cheeks. On my eyelids, I applied the Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Magnetic, a golden brown with a subtle sheen. Along the crease, and blended upward towards the brow bone, I applied the Sappho eyeshadow in the color Beckitt, a medium, warm brown. Then I added the Kosas Contrachroma blush in the crease to intensify the coral hues of the look. I also applied the Kjaer Weis Magnetic eyeshadow along the lower lash.
I finish the eye look with two coats of the ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara in After Midnight on both upper and lower lashes.LIPS
Nothing compliments a sun-kissed look like a tawny lip. For the daytime, I prefer it to be more on the sheer side, maybe even a little glossy. I like to line my lips with a liner that matches my natural lip color, which for me is the RMS Beauty Lip Liner in Nighttime Nude. I mix a couple of different products to get the exact color I want. For this look I applied the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Bronzer Stick with my finger to add a hint of bronze. Then I patted the W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Lip Butter in the color Nude, which is a warm, peach pink. It is also a very creamy product with moisturizing benefits.THE GLOW
A Summer face look is not complete without a little extra glow. I used the newest shade of the Maya Chia Illuminating Serum called Afternoon Delight to add a sheen to the highest points of my face, including cheekbones, nose bridge, and cupid’s bow.