Go nude this summer! Get your mind out of the gutter; we are talking about your makeup. This season, trendy clothes are full of bright colors, but when it comes to your skin, a fresh and flawless look is what’s in. Here’s how to create your natural summer look:
When beginning with your base, opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of a powder or liquid foundation. A tinted moisturizer will allow you to get a better color match for your skin without giving you a caked on makeup look. Most products include SPF, which will protect your skin from the aging and harmful effects from the sun during those hot summer days.
Try Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $42. Available at Sephora.
After applying your base, sweep on a lightweight bronzing powder over your cheekbones to give yourself a summer glow. Bronzer beautifully reflects light and provides a more natural appearance than blush. If your face needs a more colour use a bronzer and blush mixed palate like Sephora’s bronzer Harmony trio with rose, apricot and gold.
Make your look sparkle, with Sephora’s Harmony Trio Bronzer in Apricot, $16. Available at Sephora.
A completely nude eye can look tired, so the trick to creating a natural look while using makeup is all in the colour. For lighter skin tones apply a light rose coloured shadow on the lids of your eyes for a hint of sparkle, for darker skin tones a champagne or soft caramel will work well. Along your lash line use a liner brush instead of a pencil or liquid liner for less of a harsh line and apply a shade close to the colour of your eyelashes to give them a fuller appearance. Finish off with mascara.
Enhance your complexion with Stila’s All Over Shimmer Duo, $22. Available at Sephora.
For the perfect summer pout use a matte lip stain to give your lips a freshly kissed look. Glosses and lipsticks will wear off and don’t provide a natural appearance. Tarte’s lip tint gives you a natural flush that lasts day to night while keeping your lips moisturized. Even better, this product is paraben and chemical free. Opt for peach or a light pink for the most genuine hue.
Give your pout a subtle dash of colour with Tarte’s LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint, $24. Available at Sephora.