Jul 10, 2016

my summer makeup essentials

Happy Monday dolls! The weather is finally heating up, so i thought this is the perfect time to share my must-have summer makeup essentials. When its really hot out, the sun's beating down and maybe te humidty levels are out of control, wearing clothes, shoes or anything on your skin can seem so icky! I know when it's super hot out, the last thing i want is a bunch of stuff on my face -- buuuut i think i've found some perfect makeup products to keep you looking fresh and dewy without the icky feel. During the summer months I like to keep things pretty simple, sometimes I wear no makeup at all, but other times i just feel better if i have a little somethin' somethin', ya feel me? my faves are a tinted moisturizer, little bit of blush, highlighter, mascara, brow gel and the perfect lip balm. check out some of my faves below!

F A C E 

So for the base of my face I like to keep is lightweight. I usually lean toward using a tinted moisturizer -- i know it doesn't offer a ton of coverage and luckily for me, I don't necessarily need a lot of coverage -- just something to make my face look even and smooth and bright. I love this tarte BB cream because its super lightweight and it can be used on its own or under foundation because it also acts as a primer. It has SPF 30, it's buildable, provides oil-free moisture, minimizes pores and brightens the skin! I mean what's not to love -- absolute perfection for summer! Urban Decay's naked skin one and done is pretty awesome too, especially if you want something with a little more coverage. This product has SPF 20 and is a "hybrid complexion perfector". i've used this multiple times and i believe it does exactly what is says -- one and done! literally, i feel like i don't need much after i've applied this to my face -- smooths everything out and makes your skin look pretty flawless! Sometimes if I feel like my pores are out of control and i need more smoothing factor -- the hourglass veil primer is one of the BEST primers out there. It is a little on the pricey side -- but so worth it! it goes on your skin like a velvety mousse -- seriously so soft! Sometimes I will just put this on and a little mascara and I'm good to go!

tarte BB cream // urban decay naked skin // hourglass veil primer

ok....uhm highlighters! i mean how could you not use a highlighter! right?!?! I am just like everyone in the world and am OBSESSED with highlighters. What's not to love? They give you such a pretty, dewy glow. Who doesn't want to be pretty and have glowing skin?? There are tons of highlighters out there and I probably own like 10 -- some more dramatic than others, but these three here are my absolute faves for summer. They add just the perfect amount of highlight, not too sparkly or shiny. Benefit's watts up is really pretty cream-to-powder formula that's really easy to apply. Its a beautiful product with a delicate champagne glow and soft-focus effect -- creates a luminous sheen! Laura Mercier's matte radiance baked powder highlight is the bomb! This was my go-to for a long time -- I couldn't stop using it even with all my other highlighters! Its super natural with a soft matte radiance -- totally gives a healthy glow, goes on smoothly and blends effortlessly. I like to apply it above my cheekbones and then use a damp beauty blender over it, so it looks more natural and dewy! So my last product is one of my newest purchases and I'm pretty excited about it -- wander beauty on-the-glow blush! its a blush and highlighter duo -- so easy and perfect for on-the-go too. It is also a cream-to-powder product that just glides on and is so easy to blend. I don't love too much blush because I can tend to get rosy cheeks in the summer, but this pretty coral pink is perfect for summer, and all you need is a little dab on the apple of your cheeks!

benefit watts up // laura mercier matte radiance // wander beauty blush on-the-glow

E Y E S & L I P S

I am obsessed with lipsticks and lipglosses but in the summer I don't like having anything too thick or sticky on my lips. I like to keep it much more natural and no fuss. I tend to use lip balm or chapstick -- my lips look smooth, soft and pretty. Sugar advanced therapy lip treatment is really nice. I love the texture and it really keeps your lips from being chapped. If i want a little more of natural pinky or rosy color to my lips then I use Albeit's nourishing lip balm. It's soft and creamy and has the perfect rosy pink color and it's not sticky. My newest fave is Dior's color reviver lip balm in nude pink. Its a very sheen pink but it enhances the natural color of your lips and also has SPF 10 -- protects and softens your lips! Lastly, just throw on some coats of mascara -- waterproof is best in case you’re heading to the beach or pool. I love the formula of Too Faced's better than sex, so i was so happy when they came out with their waterproof version. Then i'll use some clear brow gel to make sure my eyebrows are tamed and stay in place all day!

sugar advanced lip treatment // albeit rose lip balm // dior color reviver lip balm

too faced better than sex mascara // nyx brow gel

what are your favorite summer makeup products??

hope everyone has a beautiful week!

xo,

stephani

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