It is officially summer. That means it’s time to summer-ize the ol’ makeup routine. Usually I wait until it’s too late and I’ve already broken out more times than I can count from not lightening up for summer, but not this year! I’m only mildly in troubled skin water. I think it’s due to my massive love of face masks and Rodan + Fields products when I need to perk up my complexion.
I fully believe summer is the time to go lighter.
I’m looking forward to wearing very little makeup except for lashes and lips. Let’s face it, those are the only products that don’t entirely melt off my face in humidity despite priming underneath like I’m painting over a dark wall with a light color.
No matter what I end up putting on my face for the day, it all starts with SPF. I have a few different day moisturizers depending on what I feel like, but I always put on something with SPF.
Now that the SPF PSA is over, some other things that I always have in my arsenal in the summer includes:
Primer for eyes + face
Even if I’m just putting on concealer, I always put some primer on my face and around my eyes. Gotta give everything a fighting chance to stick around, right? Right now I’m using samples of Smashbox face primer and Lorac Behind the Scenes eye primer.
Waterproof eyeliner and mascara
Let’s be real, most days I wonder why I even bother with eye shadow because within about an hour of being out of the house, it’s breaking down already. Typically I’ll do a wash of a gold or copper and focus on eyeliner and mascara. Use liquid or gel liner because it has the most staying power.
Sometimes I’ll try to be fancy and put on a colored liner for some fun, but when I have to get out the door, it’s a quick cat-eye look.
Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner for a dark black line. NYC New York Color Big Bold & Precice Eyeliner. I know they say it’s bold, but I don’t think it’s as intense as some other black liquid liners.
And for lashes, it has to be Covergirl Clump Crusher, especially on the lower lashes. I used to get smudges under my eyes with anything I put on, but this is the cat’s pajamas. NYC Big Bold Angel Lashes Mascara has been a nice surprise. It very rarely will it transfer.
Bright, statement-making lipstick
Classic glamour in a red or orange-y red. Fun with a bright pink punch. Daring with an orange. I’m not afraid of color on my lips. I welcome it.
Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss in Pink Medium, Laqa & Co Lil’ Lip in Ring of Fire, MAC lipstick in Sail La Vie (LE, I’ve heard Revlon Vibrant Mandarin and Wet n Wild Purty Persimmon are close).
I haaaate feeling like I have a ton of dirt on my face in the summer. Let’s face it, with the humidity and the sweat and the wind whipping up things…there’s a lot of dirt stuck to our faces. Enter: light coverage powder. Anything that will blur imperfections but not add the feeling of “stuff” on my skin is just the ticket.
I love MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (I’m Light Plus when not super-duper tan which I haven’t been since..college?) I’m also experimenting with Laura Geller Balance n Brighten.
Light reflecting powder
I know, I said I wasn’t putting a lot on my face, but light reflecting powder or some other highlighter is necessary to brighten under the eyes and add a little lightness to the face.
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is what I’ve been using for years (almost daily) and I still am not done with the pot that I have. One of the best beauty investments. I also light Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. I have the palette that came out and it adds a little extra glow.
You know that 2pm skin feeling? The one where you’re like…ugh I am a shiny hot mess and I just want to wash my face? That’s why I keep some blotting sheets around. Coffee filters work in a pinch. So do napkins. Just anything to get that shine and oil off of my face (and out of harm’s way of developing breakouts).
I’ve always carried Mary Kay Beauty Blotters with me and I instantly feel more presentable when I use them.