Hi friends! I recently bought some new products for some summer fun, and if you’re looking for good make up reviews/suggestions, you’ve come to the right place.
What I love about summer make up is that it tends to be less dramatic and more on the carefree side. While I can be quite the smoky-eye and red lip enthusiast, I do enjoy playing down my look in the warmer months for a more natural, sun-kissed look.
For several months, I struggled with a dry, dull complexion that was only emphasized when I applied my regular make up (think foundation powders and powder blush). I was constantly exfoliating the gross flakes and whiteheads that popped up all over my T-zone, but to no avail. Luckily, I did some experimenting with a new face care regimen, and my face has been absolutely glowing these days (stay tuned for a follow-up post on the products I used to achieve this). With a properly hydrated base to work with, I splurged on some new make up that would play up the dewy, fresh look that I love so much! All of these can be found in the April issue of InStyle Magazine, and were rated first-in-class for their product types.
RMS Living Luminizer – Sephora ($38)
I was underwhelmed by the standard size of this product initially, but after using it for the first time, it became apparent that a little goes a long way. Dab your fingers onto the product, applying a good amount of pressure, and swipe onto your cheekbones after applying blush. Have fun with this, because it’s a very natural look – there’s nothing super sparkly or obnoxious about the way this luminizer goes on. Pat on the corners of your eyes, up to your temples, and even on the middle area of your nose for that extra shine. 9/10 – only because it can be a bit difficult to get as much as you want of this product out of the jar at a time.
Stila Convertible Color Cream Blush (Peony) – Sephora ($28)
This is a FANTASTIC blush. Prior to this, I was using a Benefit powder blush that only accentuated my dry skin, and sat on top of it unattractively rather than enhanced my coloring. This cream blush is perfect for my dry skin, and soaks right in after I moisturize in the morning. I got this product in the brightest possible color — partially so that I’d only have to use a little at a time, and partially because I wanted to look like Miranda Kerr (who always has bright, glowing cheeks). Despite its vivid hue, this blush does NOT go on heavily and will help you achieve a similar flush to a day spent in the sun. Dab primarily on the apples of your cheeks and blend up near your temples. 10/10!
Charlotte Tilbury Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner (Bedroom Black) – Nordstrom ($27)
I like this eyeliner, but you can’t use a heavy hand to apply it or you’ll look way more Goth than fun-in-the-sun. The nice thing about this liner is that it lasts through the day; I could swear it’s almost waterproof, although this claim is not found anywhere on the packaging. The black color is a bit darker than I would’ve liked; I probably would have been better off with a brown or a lighter hue, but overall, it’s a good product that works well and lasts through the day. 8/10 (because I’m not in love with it, and because of the price).
These are my newest products, but I’ve paired them with some of my tried-and-trues that look amazing when they’re all applied at once. I use Benefit Sun Beam Golden-Bronze Liquid Highlighter ($26), which I dab in the hollows under my cheeks that form when I suck in, as well as on my temples and brow bones. Provides a great sun-kissed look without the feeling of caking product on (like you’d need to with a powder bronzer).
I’ll typically proceed to apply eyes shadow after this, and I usually use my Urban Decay NAKED Palette ($54). I use the gold color, “Half-Baked,” on my lids and a bit of the glittery brown “Smog” in my crease, with the lightest shade, “Virgin,” beneath my brows and all over the corners of my eyes. If I’m going for a more toned-down look, I’ll skip this step completely and finish off the look with tinted balm, gloss, or my Clinique Rosette Lipstick ($17), which glides on with a hint of shimmer and a silky feel.
The way you apply your make up and, more specifically, which products you use, depends on the occasion. Opt for minimal make up on beach days, or a full face of these fabulous products for a night out!