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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Makeup Made Easy - JUST 5 STEPS!

What's your go-to summer look?

When temperatures are on the rise, it can be hard to find a look that works, but summer makeup doesn't have to be complicated to be pretty. My rule of thumb? Just keep it simple! A few easy steps will have you looking flawless & keep your makeup locked in place. This list might look a little daunting at first, but it isn't (I promise). The steps themselves are super simple and I provide you with some options underneath to keep you looking and feeling your best as you beat the heat.

Here we go!

1.) Don't skip your moisturizer! Skin prep is still important during summer months, even if your skin is producing more oil. Use a mild face wash to cleanse your face. You can also use a toner or micellar water instead. Next, apply your moisturizer.

You've got plenty of options when it comes to products! Here are a few I recommend! 

I like: 
To cleanse - Simple brand Cleansing Micellar Water $5.94
To moisturize -
WITH SPF Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA+++ - $60 or Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 - $12
WITHOUT SPF - Eucerin Q10 Anti Wrinkle Cream - $10 - I tend to reach for this one a lot due to the fact that my foundation already contains an SPF. 

2.) Apply your favorite foundation and powder. It's up to you which formula you like to use.

I like:
Foundation - CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 liquid foundation with SPF 20 - $10 or Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick - $46

Believe it or not, I love my go-to CoverGirl foundation. The color match is flawless and it stays in place all day. If you're concerned about oily skin and don't want to go with a liquid, a cream foundation like Bobbi Brown's stick foundation is a fantastic option. Cream foundations are amazing for any skin type and this particular one provides beautiful, long lasting coverage and looks flawless. You can dab a little extra on trouble spots for extra concealing.

Powder - Almay Smart Shade Skin Balancing Powder - $12 or Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder - $38

Both powders are light and will keep your makeup in place.

3.) Add warmth to your face with your favorite blush and bronzer!

I like: 
Blush - Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose - $8 or Bobbi Brown Powder Blush - $28

Bronzer - Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - $30 or a powder several shades darker than your skin.

Sometimes I like to layer my blushes. That way, they stay on longer and the colors make my cheeks pop! One thing I like to do is start out with a natural looking matte flush. Think of the color your cheeks turn when you work out. On top, I like to add something with a little bit of shimmer. That way, my skin looks naturally highlighted and dewy. 

When it comes to bronzer, less is more. You don't have to over contour here! Simply sweep along your forehead, cheeks, jawline and neck for a healthy glow!  

4.) All about eyes. Here's where we add some optional steps for creating stand-out eyes. Apply any shimmery champagne shade to your lids or just the inner corners of your eyes like I did above. Add any medium/dark brown shadow along your lower lash lines. For brows, use a water proof pomade with a small angled brush. Apply mascara! You're done!

I like:
Mascara - Maybelline The Rocket Volum Express mascara - $6 or Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara - $23
Brows - Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - $18

A coat or two of mascara will help make your eyes stand out and both of these are my current favorites. The Rocket mascara is awesome even when it dries out a bit, so it's a great (and super affordable) option. Applying a shimmery champagne shade to your lids (or just to your inner corners like I did in the look above) will make your eyes pop and look wide awake. Adding a brown (matte or shimmer) shade below your waterline will give the illusion of fuller lashes.Using a pomade like Anastasia's Dipbrow (which is waterproof) will keep your brows on all day while giving them shape and definition.

5.) Apply your favorite nude lipstick or just a moisturizing lip balm.

I like:
MAC Viva Glam II Lipstick - $17 or Smith's Rosebud Salve - $6

MAC's Viva Glam II is a super flattering nude that works on a variety of skin tones. If you already have a favorite creamy nude, apply that! You can also keep it simple with a tinted lip balm. 

And just like that, you're ready for festival and BBQ season.

Joanna xo