Summer is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for so long to be able to lay aimlessly at the beach, catch up with family/friends and do everything I didn’t have the time/ weather conditions for during the school year (In reality, I envision my summer plans mainly consisting of binge watching the new season of OITNB, but let’s just pretend that’s not the case). 

With the weather getting warmer, I always find myself not wanting to wear as much makeup as I do during other times of the year, as I feel like heavy makeup moves around so much faster and eventually turns into an oily mess on my face during the hot and humid summer days. For that reason, I tend to skip the heavy contour and heavy eyes and go straight to the essentials. If you’re with me on this, here are some of my tips and ideas for a simple, fresh face that you can wear during the day or modify into a nighttime look if you wish.

1. Cleanse and prime

Skincare is important all year round, but probably slightly more important in the summer. This is because the warm and humid weather increases dirt, sweat and oil build up on most people’s faces. Use a cleanser that works for you and apply a moisturizer that won’t make you extra oily (those do exist). Apply a primer to further prep your face for makeup. This will help your makeup last longer and is especially important during summertime, as hot weather calls for a few extra steps to set our makeup in place.

2. Switch to a BB/CC Cream

A full-coverage foundation can feel heavy on the skin, especially when it’s warm out. If you find that you don’t need as much coverage during the summer, BB or CC creams might be a better option as they are a lot lighter than regular foundations. Plus, they are supposed to be good for your skin! If you own a foundation and want to get less coverage out of it without buying an entirely new product, you can mix your moisturizer into the foundation you have in order to thin out the consistency, therefore getting a similar effect. However, if you love your full-coverage regardless of the season, by all means! 

3. Get that summer glow

Though I love a matte finish, I always gravitate towards dewy, bronzed skin during the summer months. If you’re the same way, bronzer, blush and highlighter will be your best friends. Use the bronzer and blush to give your face color and dimension, and apply highlighter to the high points of your face for a healthy, radiant look.

4. Simple eyes that pop

A soft, subtle eye makeup that opens up the eyes is perfect for summer days. Try using a light, shimmery eyeshadow all over your eyelid and on your tear duct in order to bring out your eyes and make them look more awake.  You can also use a white/flesh colored eye pencil in your waterline in order to further open up your eyes to make them appear bigger. If you want, use a darker eye pencil on your upper lash line to further define your eyes or add liquid liner to fancy it up a little. Don’t forget to curl your lashes for even more defined eyes and apply your favorite mascara!

5. Switch up the lip color

One of the easiest and most effective ways to adjust the intensity of your makeup look is to change up the lip color. You can transform your makeup from daytime appropriate to nighttime glam by just adding a bolder color to your lips. This is perfect for when you don’t want to bother spending a lot of time on your eye makeup but have an event to go to for which you want to wear a makeup look that is more on the dramatic side. More subtle lips paired with subtle eyes will give you the perfect fresh daytime look. Summer is the best season to experiment with bold lips that will instantly take your makeup to the next level. See how you can create different looks without changing your entire makeup, just by switching up the lips!

These tips really work for me when I’m adjusting my makeup routine to the summer season and want to keep things simple. I hope they work for you too! Don’t forget to set your face with powder and use a setting spray at the end to make your makeup last.

Here’s to a wonderful summer! 

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