The summer months are sure to bring a healthy glow to our skin, whether it comes from a self tanner at home or time in the great outdoors. The makeup colors that looked so great on your pale, winter skin will no longer cut it on a radiant summer complexion. You will need to adapt to your new look – and so will your cosmetics bag. With an adjustment in the products and hues that you put on your face, you can slide into summer with warm weather style.
The first rule of thumb when it comes to your summer makeup routine is that less is more. The heavy make-ups that worked so well over the cold weather months will simply not work when the thermometer heats up and sweat begins to happen. Think sheer, in both your colors and the products themselves. Since your skin is already nicely tinted, you can probably do away with your foundation for the summer, at least during the daytime. Opt instead for a tinted moisturizer, and follow up with a waterproof concealer to hide flaws and even skin tone.
The next step in your summer makeup routine will be to add some color and shimmer to your skin. Using a blush will help to brighten your complexion, while a bronzer will deepen your tan. Blush colors that work well on tanned skin include the bright pinks and corals that will give you a dash of color that looks natural under the sun. Bronzers come in a matte finish, which serves to deepen your tan shade, or a shimmer that is primarily used to highlight and add sparkle to your face. Matte bronzer can be used all over your face, while shimmering bronzer is generally used in place of blush or as a highlighter.
Your eyes won’t require as much color with this makeup palette either, so think sheer blues, greens and coppery pink to bring out those peepers. Hints of color is best for daytime wear, but go all out with the three-shade system in the evening to make your eyes really shine at night. Summer is the right time to stick with waterproof eyeliners and mascara. Even if you don’t plan to visit the water, sweaty skin in the hot weather can cause your makeup to drip and smudge. One coat of mascara and a subtle bit of eyeliner under the lower lid are all you need to keep those eyes looking their best on a hot summer day.
Finally we come to the lips, which is often one of the most difficult features to enhance in the summer. The first step in beautiful lips should be plenty of protection and moisturizing, since the sun can do its damage to your delicate kisser, and any lip product will glide on better to a well-conditioned mouth. In the summertime, you can get away with a dash of shine from a clear lip gloss during the day, and go for a hint of color with your shine at night in one of the new pink or coral shades this season.
A summer tan can hold its own just fine, but the right makeup can make your face glow even brighter. Keep it sheer and easy, and your summer will be truly beautiful.