TIt’s finally summer which means more time outside, vacations, and new clothes. However, for me, it also means going makeup free more often and wearing less when I do decide to put some on. Summer makeup for me usually consists of only mascara and Chapstick on days I’m leaving my house but some days require more effort.
The first thing I do (after moisturizer with SPF) is put on a little primer around my nose and cheeks. You only need a tiny bit of this e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer for your whole face for smoothing and blurring pores. I let this sink in while I do my eyeshadow in case there’s any fall out. I have tried out other samples of primers so I’m not particularly attached to this one. I’m trying to use it up so I can move on to an mattifying primer that still blurs my pores which would be better for summer. Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!
Moving onto to eyeshadow, I am in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I got it for my birthday this year from a friend and it’s the only one I use. Since I only have the Lorac Love and Lace and Milani palettes, this is the standout in my small collection. I’ve had the other two for ages so it might be time to get rid of them. The Modern Renaissance palette has all the colors I need for everyday plus a few reds, pinks, and shimmers to kick it up a notch. If you have several other palettes, this might not be as amazing to you but the quality and shades are perfect. The hype around it is not uncalled for.
For everyday, I buff on Raw Sienna or Burnt Orange all over and finish it off with Buon Fresco or Antique Bronze on the lid. I also use Primavera if I want some sparkle. When I want to go a little extra, I incorporate one of the reds into the lid or other corners. I love this pallete not only for summer makeup but year round.
Next, I wipe away any fall out with a makeup remover wipe under my eyes. Now I’m ready for foundation. Currently, I’m using the L’Oréal True Match with SPF. This is great for a dry climate like Colorado but I also love the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte foundation for more humid climates (like Seattle). The True Match blends in smoothly and you can build up the coverage if needed. For me, it lasts a whole day although it does start wearing off around my nose.
To set the foundation, I use the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless pressed powder. It locks everything in and keeps the foundation from melting away. I haven’t branched out and used many other products just since this one has lasted so long. Although I don’t do this often, you can use it on its own since it is a foundation powder if you want less coverage in your summer makeup.
Now I go back and finish up the eyes with mascara. I’m currently using the Clinique High Impact Mascara which I bought after using up a sample size. It doesn’t get too clumpy but still provides volume and length. Before this one, I used the Maybelline Great Lash with the curved wand. It clumps a little more but still a great drugstore option.
When I want a more dramatic look, I use the Stila Kajal Eye Liner on my waterline and to tightline. I think it’s been discontinued but the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil is great too! You can see that I’ve had this forever too and the coating on the cap is almost all rubbed off. For a winged liner look, a little too dramatic for my usual summer makeup look, I love the control and fine tip of the L’Oréal Telescopic liquid liner.
Finally, I usually just use my trusty Cherry Chapstick but there are a few lip products that I mix in. For the summer, I prefer these light pink/nude pink colors. I like the color of the Nars lip pencil sample in Dolce Vita but I probably won’t be purchasing the full size since I don’t think it’s worth the price. For a glossy look, I use the Lorac Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Seductress. I want to try out matte or liquid lipsticks but I haven’t justified it yet. Once I start work though, I want to expand my lipstick collection. Do you know of any comfortable ones that don’t have much transfer?
So, there it is, everything in my makeup bag that I actually use. Summer makeup usually involves lightweight and natural looking products but, it’s always nice to have products that work year around. I like trying new makeup and looks but I just couldn’t justify it the last few years since I didn’t wear it often enough and had limited money that I would rather spend on other things. Now that I’ll be wearing makeup more often for work, I’m on the lookout for things that work well and you love so leave your recommendations below!