Now that summer is just around the corner, your skin is probably rejoicing at the thought of being able to breathe. Seriously, there is nothing worse than looking like a Madame Tussaud’s wax figure during the summer months—it is a major beauty faux pas.
Achieving that effortless sun-kissed glow however, is well, not all that effortless, but with the right products you can easily achieve a pretty summer look day in, day out.
So to keep your face from melting like a Popsicle under the blazing sun, read on below for must-have products to stash in your makeup bag.
Tinted Moisturizer: Now that the chilly months are finally over, it’s time to let your skin hang out. For some die-hard foundation aficionados the mere thought of this is bound to induce serious heart palpitations, but there is an easy compromise: tinted moisturizer. You can find tinted moisturizers to complement a variety of different skin types and some formulas also contain shimmer or illuminators to provide a healthy glow–just be sure to go easy on the shimmer as it’s a healthy glow we’re after and not a greasy shine. Some formulas may also feature SPF for efficiency and practicality.
Bronzer: Bronzer can be your best friend during the summer months, or it can be your worst. The trick to finding the correct bronzer is to ensure that it is the appropriate shade for your face—there is nothing worse than bold streaks of bronzer across your cheekbones. If you’re pale for instance, opt for a light sand coloured palette. Another key factor of using bronzer is to ensure that you’re not applying it everywhere. Focusing on the parts where the sun would naturally hit (forehead, bridge of nose, cheekbones) results in a natural appearance.
Waterproof Mascara/Bold Eyebrows: To complement your summer glow keep the eyes simple; this means ditching the heavy eye-makeup for dramatic waterproof lashes instead, which will open up the eyes. Lightly filling in or enhancing your brows will actually enable you to wear less makeup as they serve to anchor your face and place emphasis on your eyes.
Bright Lip: Another key element to wearing less makeup in the summer months is sporting a punchy lip. The trend this season is to embrace bright oranges, fuchsias and corals in lieu of deep crimsons and moody mauves. A moisturizing lip stain is also a great idea if you plan on sipping cocktails on the patio all summer long.
Remember that less makeup really is more during the summer months, and that it begins with allowing your natural skin to show through. And to keep your summer makeup in tip-top shape throughout the day, blotting papers are your saviour!