Hi there, Makeup for Your Day readers! So we all know that as an artist and as individuals we all have our favorite tried and true products that we absolutely would not be able to live without. Then we have those that we tend to rotate out seasonally due to the changes in our skin, the changes in weather, and our changes in daily activities.
Today I am going to go through some of my personal FAVORITE summer beauty products. Ones that I have personally tested and given two big thumbs up for being long wearing, comfortable to wear in the summer heat, and easy to use so you can spend less time getting ready and more time at the neighborhood cookout. My daily makeup goals for the summer time are to keep it light, long-wearing, easy, and on trend. I find that the following products help me achieve those goals.
First I want to start just like we start when getting ready in the morning… with skin care! A given in the summertime and important all year is SUNSCREEN. For me having more sensitive skin and simply not loving that oily sunscreen feel I have two favorites. First is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, I like this because it is a broad spectrum sunscreen made specifically to be used on the face. I don’t think that it feels too heavy or greasy, and my dry skin feels soft and moisturized afterwards.
Another cool sunscreen option is the Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF. I like this option because it can be used all over the body, is water resistant, and the best feature is that I can dust it over my makeup like a traditional powder. Plus, it has the added bonus of being a chemical free sunscreen which is great for sensitive skin types.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands. Its an area that gets a lot of sun exposure, but that we tend to forget about. We want our hands to continue to be protected and to look just as young as our faces!
Up next is foundation. In the spirit of keeping it easy and light I am going to highlight my two favorite lighter weight foundations/ tinted moisturizers. If you are looking for that glowy skin finish Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua is perfect! This oil-free, natural foundation is easy to blend. Its great for simply enhancing your skin, and emphasizing that summer glow. However, if glowing is not your thing I also highly recommend Nars new Velvet Matte Skin Tint. It gives a soft focus finish with a little more coverage than the Vitalumiere Aqua, and works well with oily skin types, or for a evening look with a lighter feel.
Tip: if you can’t live without your favorite highlighter, try pairing it with a more matte foundation. The contrast will help the highlight stand out and give you more of a beach goddess glow!
Finally, let’s talk color. This year it is all about staying fresh, natural, and soft. Usually when the season switches over I tend to trade my powders for creams. They are easy, long wearing and blend into the skin flawlessly. Bobbi Brown has a great selection of cream shadows. You can blend them for a full eye look or simply take your favorite light neutral shade, like Sandy Gold, and sweep is across the lid for a little color and shimmer.
Also, colors like Slate are perfect for a quick smokey eye. Concentrate the pigment close to the lid and blend towards the brow, keeping it lighter and softer as you work your way up.
And to flawlessly fake that sun kissed look don’t forget about your cream bronzer and blush. When choosing a cream blush shade you ideally want something that mimics your natural flush, so don’t shy away from the more vibrant tones. When pigment is all packed together in
a cream stick or pot it tends to look more intense than when gently blended onto the skin. The Multiples from Nars are some of my favorites. I love the ease of the stick, and the
formulas are very blendable. No more worrying that it will give you clown cheeks!
For a flawless flush try using your fingers to apply on the apples of the cheeks and then blend upwards, following the cheek bone with a soft blush. The warmth of your fingers helps to manipulate the product and the fluffy brush to softly disperse it.
I hope that some of these suggestions encourage you to play around and get a little more creative with your simple summer look. Also, if you are looking for more ways to wear your summer products or have any questions on other products that might work best for you we are always available for individual classes. You can come to our studio or we can meet you and your friends on location for a fun how-to class. We always encourage you to try new things, be creative, and find what works best for you.
Enjoy your summer!
**Caroline is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Nashville, TN office. She is available for on-location hair cuts, hair extensions, airbrush makeup applications, beauty lessons, hair styling lessons, waxing, as well as temporary lash applications by appointment. To schedule a session with Caroline (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Caroline, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Nashville, TN office for special events and weddings worldwide.**