With temperatures rising, makeup looks get lighter and simpler, but sometimes, you want to look like you actually made an effort without actually making too much effort. That’s when you can use this look. It is easy to do, yet it makes you look summer glamorous!

You’ll notice there are a lot of products used for the look, but don’t let that distract you from how easy it is to pull off. You see, the reason there are so many products involved is to make sure your makeup stays on your face for as long as possible (and without looking like the guys at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Quick note: when I took the pictures, the white balance of my camera was a bit off, therefore some of the pictures may look slightly yellow. I had to color-correct a few of them (I think the ones of last 3 steps) so you would not think “geez, that foundation shade is waaay off!”

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I start off with a clean skin and apply my morning skincare routine. First I spray JYB Floral Face Water on my face and neck. When it dries, I apply my prescription rosacea cream Rozex, followed by The Body Shop’s Aloe Soothing Day Cream. To top it all off, of course, sunscreen. Can’t be without it during these sunny summer days. My favorite is Zelens Daily Defence Sunscreen SPF 30.
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In the colder months, I usually don’t wear any primer because my makeup lasts appropriately enough. but in the summer, well my face has a tendency to melt, makeup along with it. Primer is one of the essential components to make sure it stays in place. A really good one for this purpose is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (which also helps to smooth some small imperfections!).
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Summer is the time to go with light to medium coverage, especially using a product that can add a bit of radiance (which the subtle “second cousin” of sweaty and oily). A great product that will help in looking radiant without being a crazy oily mess, is the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (I wear shade Punjab).
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I could not go without doing my eyebrows and my typical go-to product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (also found as “Medium Ash”). I fill in and diffuse a bit with the spooley at the other end; that way it looks like it’s plausible I have naturally full eyebrows. In this picture you can see the effect of a well defined brow!
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For the eyes, I’m going with a fairly simple application that still looks like I made an effort. You can’t go wrong with gold, especially in the summer. I apply Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24 HRS in On and On Bronze all over the lid. With this product, you don’t really need primer, it is a pretty good cream base that does not move (not sure about the 24h part, though). Then I applied a neutral, matte shadow on the crease and outer v for definition. I used the shade Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.
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The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil seems to be the only eyeliner I ever use (I’m not exaggerating). For this look I used the shade Demolition, applied to both upper lash and water lines. Then, I followed with mascara. I used Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara. Surprisingly resistant and long lasting, especially considering it is not a waterproof product.
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There was a point after I put on my concealer when I realized, “hey, I forgot brow gel!” But we’ll pretend it was the other way around. I perused my makeup bag where I found this bad boy, the Maybelline New York Brow Drama in Dark Brown. It enhances the look of the eyebrows and keeps them in place for a long time. Once all the eye stuff was done, I applied a little bit of Smashbox High Definition Concealer a bit around the eyes, but mostly to cover some the redness on my cheeks.
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This step is key to make sure your makeup stays in place during these sweaty days: powder. Typically I would use a finishing translucent powder. But this time I went with a powder foundation, for the added benefit of a bit of color (that tends to give a more polished, diffused look). I applied theBenefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in shade Honey very lightly. Its texture and helps set liquid foundation pretty well. Next, I applied Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Glow Powder in shade 40 (another summer favorite!) on cheekbones, temples, and jawline to fake a bit of a “sunkissed look”.
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To finish the with face products, I applied a warm-toned, rosey blush that goes very well with the bronzer from the previous step. I’m using Benefit’s Rockateur Blush. I also applied a tiny bit of highlighter at the top of my cheekbones using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in shade Incandescent light (from the palette). Now, you probably won’t see it in the pictures because this product rarely gets picked up by the camera. And when you do, it probably would look like a disco ball in real life!
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For the lips, I’m going with a very special red “summer blend”. I’m combining two types of lip products for shade and longevity. I started by filling all the lips with this Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in the shade Red Diva. You don’t have to do it too neatly because you will blend and blot it a lot in the next step.
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Using a Clinique Chubby Stick in shade Two Ton Tomato (one of the more pigmented shades in the range), I go over the lip liner. I do this to blend the lip liner and also to add moisture into the look. Any spots you may have missed with the liner (you can see, for example, in the picture I have some gaps in the corners) will be covered now. Then, very important, I blot a few times to seal as much of the color as possible and reducing the intensity of the red. This blotting action is super helpful to make the product last longer. My lip shade lasted me a good few hours, even after food and drinks it remained intense!
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And there you have it! the finished look with in a side comparisson with “before”. Just as proof that you can rock some great makeup and still look like you!
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