Love who you are first and foremost. Don’t be ashamed of wearing a full face of makeup, wear whatever makes YOU feel good about yourself.
My very post on this blog was my Everyday Makeup Routine. It’s the area I feel most confident writing about so I figured why not start off with that.?So, as the seasons change so does my makeup and I wanted to share with ya’ll what I do to my makeup during the summertime. This is a more “full face” look, definitely not something that should be worn to a pool or beach. I still prefer a fuller coverage look in the summer, so just warning that this is still quite a bit of makeup. It’s still a “natural” look but to achieve that, I use multiple products; most are great for the summer heat. If you’re looking for a “lighter” coverage, read my Spring Makeup post; the products mentioned there are fresh and quick! (Click the image above for a full list of products mentioned below!!)
Before my makeup application the rules of washing and moisturizing my face still have not changed. I always do this before makeup.
1. Primer. I prefer to stay away from mattifying primers in the summertime because my foundation has a matte finish, as well as my oil treatment I use before my initial makeup application. But, this primer does have a sort of matte finish. It definitely doesn’t keep me matte, because that’s my foundation’s job, but it doesn’t make me feel greasy. I apply this with my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush.
2. Foundation. Clinique’s Stay Matte foundation is my favorite to use in the summer. It lasts all day and I don’t have to worry as much about my oily skin. I apply this with the same brush I apply my primer with. A tip to get the most coverage out of your foundation is to first apply in downward strokes. Doing this will keep the hair, or peach fuzz that some of us have on our face, down. If you initially start out swirling and buffing then that hair could stick up, and if you’re in the right lighting it’ll be majorly highlighted. After I apply in downward strokes, I then stipple my brush all over my face to get the most coverage. Once I feel good about that coverage, I grab my dampened sponge and dab this over the areas of my face where product tends to settle: my upper lip, the middle of my eyebrows, around my nose, and my smile lines. Doing this takes away any excess product.
**TIP: Wearing sunglasses is a must in the summer, we’ve got to protect our eyes. So to avoid the marks that the sunglasses leave on your nose, you know where they basically wipe off all of your makeup, try applying a very thin layer of foundation there and that way the marks won’t be as obvious. I also find that keeping a powder in my purse helps to powder over the marks.
3. Conceal. “Conceal don’t feel, don’t let them know.” Every time I do my concealer it never fails for this song to pop into my head. But yes, time to cover my dark circles and blemishes. I apply this in my usual highlighting places. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I just did a post on this (click here to read).
4. Blend. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I did a whole review/comparison on this awhile back, (click here to read). This is still my favorite way to blend out my concealer, it’s amazing.
5. Set that concealer. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. Again, not going to go into too much detail because I explained exactly how I use my concealer, sponge, and this powder all in my latest post. But honestly, this is my favorite setting powder for under my eyes. I set the places where I’ve highlighted with my concealer with the pink shade in the NYX palette. I only set the areas I’ve placed concealer because my foundation has a matte finish so I don’t feel like setting my whole entire face is necessary.
Not pictured above: MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Painterly. This is my eye primer and it’s perfect because it conceals all my visible veins on my eyelids. I’ll apply this on one eye (with my ring finger, gently) and then immediately go in with a big eye shadow brush and use the pink highlight shade from my NYX highlight and contour palette to set the product. I like to apply this one eye at a time to make sure the paint pot doesn’t crease or dry. Also if you feel you’re having a tough time blending out your eye shadow, especially after using a primer, try setting it with an eye shadow that matches your skin tone. I’ve been using this trick for as long as I can remember and I really feel it helps. I know most people just use their concealer as an eye primer, so I tried it a few days ago and found that my eye shadow creased and didn’t last long at all. I have super oily eyelids and I need a long wearing product, this one keeps me safe.
6. NYX Highlight and Contour palette. This palette is everything to me currently. You’ve probably noticed that I don’t use an eye shadow palette and that’s because this palette has been all I’ve been using. This is quick and simple and allows me to reach for less items while getting ready. I’ll swipe the very first contour shade through my crease with a large fluffy brush; it warms up my crease perfectly. Then I’ll dip a medium sized angle brush into that same shade and line underneath my eye, I do this below my eye bag, if that makes any sense. I don’t put this directly under my lash line, I leave that clean. I find that this really makes my eyes look bigger. I do blend this out slightly with my MAC 217 brush to connect my crease shade with the shade on the bottom, but I make sure to keep that space under my lashes blank. This probably sounds crazy but it really is subtle. This is all I need for eye shadow on a day-to-day basis, it gives my such a relaxed but put together look. Some days I’ll add a little of the white shimmery highlight shade to the inner corner of my eye, but that’s really rare. I usually keep it all matte and natural.
7. Tight line. Rimmle Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl liner in black. Applying a black eyeliner to your tight line (or top waterline) really makes your lashes look fuller and more defined. I’m a contact-lens-wearer so it’s really hard to find a liner that doesn’t transfer on to my lens. This one is perfect and doesn’t do that or irritate my eyes.
8. Mascara. Covergirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara in black. Waterproof mascaras are perfect for the summer time, especially if you have watery eyes like mine. If you read any of my last makeup posts then you know that the Jordana Voluminous mascara has been my “holy grail” for almost two years now. But I felt like I needed a change because my lashes just weren’t looking all that great. So I decided to find something different and then hopefully I can fall back in love with my Jordana mascara. I actually really do enjoy this Covergirl one though. It doesn’t really give me volume as much as it lengthens. It makes my lashes look super long, it’s also perfect to just quickly slap on for those no makeup days.
9. Contour/Blush. So number nine in the picture is blush, but before blush I contour with my NYX palette. Lately, I haven’t been contouring so much as bronzing. This is a technique called “strobing”, highlighting the high points of your face without any contouring. It’s great for beginners who aren’t that great at contouring yet! I’ll take my Real Techniques blush brush and dunk it into the same shade I used on my crease and bronze my cheeks up. I apply it sort of like I would a contour but it’s much more blended and I’m not actually trying to sculpt my cheek bones. I’ll also take this on my temples, forehead, little bit under my bottom lip, sides of my nose, and then take this all down my neck. I’ve also been using this to contour my collar bones, I know I know, it’s weird but I really love the way it looks. I’ll make my collar bones pop out and then contour under them and also on the inside of them. Then, I’ll go in with my blush once everything is blended out. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, is my favorite blush to pair with bronzed skin. It’s perfect. Next, I’ll take a small fluffy eye shadow brush and apply the white shimmery highlight shade in the NYX palette. I’ll apply this on the tops of my cheek bones, cupids bow, chin, forehead, and a teensy teensy bit on my nose. Lastly, as a finishing touch I’ll take a stipple brush and dip a little bit into the golden highlighter in the NYX palette and sweep this on my cheek bones, top of my brows and anywhere else I feel my skin looks dull. This doesn’t really highlight, but it gives my skin a glow since I am so pale.
10. Brows. Anastasia DipBrow Brow Pomade in Taupe, I talked about this in my February Favorites. I use this to achieve a clean crisp straight brow shape. I think I’m going to do a post on my new brow shape here soon, so I won’t go into much detail. This is perfect for the summer because it is waterproof, I really recommend it.
11. Brow set. Benefit Gimme Brow in Blonde. I use this as a brow set and to give my brows more texture. I don’t have the thickest of brows so this really adds to my brows and gives them a fuller look.
12. Not pictured: My lip combo, it’s still been the same since my March Favorites. I can’t seem to gravitate away from this combo, I love it so much. The NYX lipstick in Fun Size is actually the only lipstick I’ve ever repurchased. I can’t live without it.
Woo! We’re finally through my whole makeup routine. I hope I didn’t bore you too much and that you learned something new! Thank you for reading!