I am not a huge fan of summer. I do enjoy the warm sun on my skin but I don’t like being excessively hot, wearing shorts, or short sleeves. I think part of the reason I am always antsy for summer to end is because my favorite season, autumn, follows. When it comes to summer trends, there is one thing that I love more than any other season – the makeup. I’ve always been a minimalist when it comes to makeup and this summer I really embraced the summer beauty bits that leave my skin fresh and glowy without too many products.
I’ve been keeping it simple lately with the products that I use and I have found that this combination best suits my skin in the summer. I definitely haven’t gotten much of a tan this year but I do have a bit more color on my face and freckles on my cheeks. My skin has been clear so I’ve been keeping my base light and all summer I’ve avoided foundation, which has been so nice. After my AM skincare, I go in with my favorite concealer of the moment, the Glossier Stretch Concealer. This definitely does not have the best coverage but it feels so moisturizing and it is buildable. It is definitely a product that I will repurchase when I finally use it all up.
When the weather turns hot, I like to avoid powder products as much as possible, which gives me the perfect excuse to use my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal. This highlighter is one of my favorites because it’s actually pretty subtle and is so creamy. I usually just use my finger to pick up the product and place it where I want it (cheekbones, brown bone, and sometimes a little on my nose and cupid’s bow). If I don’t feel like getting my fingers dirty (seriously, sometimes I can’t stand it), I brush a little of the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer in its place.
Once I have all of my cream products on, I add a little bit of powder. I strayed from the Too Faced Primed & Poreless powder for a while and just didn’t have as good of results. I have hit some serious pan and will have to replace it soon. It’s just the best powder to give an airbrushed finish without looking like you are caked in powder. I pat a little under my eyes and in my t-zone to set my concealer.
I don’t feel right going out without doing anything to my brows. The Glossier Boy Brow is super quick and gives a big impact for how easy it is to use. I carefully brush it through my brows to add some thickness and color that also will keep them in place. I do sometimes struggle with my sparse areas but sometimes I just don’t have the patience to make them perfect (who does).
Another step that I just cannot skip is mascara. I like lashes that are separated and elongated and the L’Oréal Telescopic Carbon Black mascara does just that. It has a tiny, plastic brush, which normally I don’t dig, but it makes my lashes look so long yet natural (or as natural as mascara can be). If you want a mascara that gives you big, plump lashes, this is not the mascara for you. When I do want a little more oomph, I just layer with a curling or thickening mascara.
After powdering, I always like to add some color into my skin. Since my skin is a little darker than it is normally, I can get away with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light, which is the darkest bronzer I own. It has a bit of shimmer in it as well so I think it’s best suited for summertime. For blush, I alternate between my Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion and Diffused Heat. These blushes are all three shimmery without being glittery and add a natural flush to the cheeks. I usually keep it subtle but sometimes I like to have an extra pop of color.
The final touch is to add some lip balm. I don’t like to have to touch up my lip products, so I normally stick to something sheer, like the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rose. The sheer shade of red of this balm screams summer. If I forget to add it, I normally throw on a swipe of the same balm in Honey, which I keep in my purse. With all the lip problems I’ve experienced over the last couple of years, this product doesn’t seem to irritate my lips as much. Come autumn, I’ll swapping them out for my favorite NARS lip pencils in Damned and Cruella.
Makeup is so personal and everyone has different complexions and preferences. I don’t mind showing my imperfections so I prefer to keep things light and simple with my summer beauty bits. I have a feeling some of these products will carry me into the fall and winter though the paler my skin becomes, the more I may feel the need to add some color and definition back in. While summer is here, I’m going to enjoy my minimal makeup look.