During the warmer months, less is truly more. No one wants to be weighed down by heavy foundations and powders – it’s all about using sheer, creamy products to get a luminous, natural glow. Play up the fresh faced, no-makeup makeup look this summer. Keep reading for tips on how to achieve the supermodel-beloved look and the best products to use!
MONOCHROMATIC, CREAM EYESHADOW: Part of achieving the coveted ‘no-makeup makeup’ look is eyes that look bright and awake. Put a drop of a brightening eye cream, like Clinique’s Pep Start ($26.50), under your eyes to hydrate and eliminate puffiness. Follow that up by applying a cream shadow in a neutral tone to your lids. Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige ($5.99) is a wearable hue that won’t break the bank.
FULL BROWS & LASHES: Strong, groomed brows and fluttery lashes are also musts for the fresh-faced look. Forego eyeliner and apply multiple coats of your favorite volumizing mascara to amp up your lashes, like YSL’s The Shock ($29), getting as close to the roots as possible. If you have some sparse areas in your eyebrows, fill them in with a pencil (it looks more natural than a pomade or powder). Anastasia’s Brow Wiz ($21) is forever a classic. The key to this look is brows that will stay in place, no matter the weather. Swipe a coat of brow gel, like this one by Sephora Collection, to set them.
NIX THE FOUNDATION: While foundation makes your skin look like flawless airbrushed perfection, it can also look a bit heavy, especially during the day. Go for a tinted moisturizer instead, like Laura Mercier’s cult classic ($44). It provides just the sheerest amount of coverage, while hydrating and smoothing out texture. Packed with vitamins, it leaves skin with a radiant, healthy glow. If you want to conceal blemishes or certain problem areas, use a hydrating concealer, like Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost ($12.99), that won’t sink into fine lines or look cakey.
BRIGHTEN YOUR UNDER-EYE AREA: Use a brightening concealer, like IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer ($24), to perk up your under-eye area. It will conceal any signs of fatigue or aging…plus, it’s waterproof. Make sure to set it with a light dusting of brightening powder, like Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder ($26). It will stop the concealer from slipping around, and adds a boost of luminosity to the entire area.
CREAM BLUSH: During the summer, put the powder blushes away. Cream and liquid blushes impart a much more natural, glowing flush. NARS has just launched a line of liquid blushes ($30) and they are game-changing. Just a little drop goes a very, very long way. Simply pat it onto the apples of your cheeks with your fingers or buff it in with a synthetic brush. So soft, feminine and pretty. If you prefer cream to liquid, RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek ($36) is a winner. It also doubles as a beautiful lip stain.
NON-TOURING: Non-touring, a pun on the Kardashian-famous contouring trend, is all about looking fresh and glowy. The best part? It’s so simple that anyone can master it. After applying your tinted moisturizer, apply a subtle, non-shimmery highlighter to the high points of your face. Cheekbones, bridge of your norse, brow bone and cupid’s bow. The Hourglass Ambient Strobe Light Powder ($38) is ideal for this look – luminous, yet natural at the same time.
STROBING: Non-touring taken to the next level is strobing. It’s essentially the same technique, but you use a light-catching shimmery highlighter rather than a more subdued version. This is perfect for a hot summer party where you just want to glow. From bronze to peach to pearl, the Sephora Illuminate Palette ($28) has different powder options so you can mix and match to create the perfect glow for every look.
POP OF COLOR ON YOUR LIPS: For the final step, add a pop of sheer color onto your lips with a tinted balm. No lip liner, no maintenance. Pop it into your purse or beach bag for quick touchups. YSL’s Volupte Tint-in-Balm ($34) is hydrating, slightly glossy and delivers the perfect punch of color. Go for a soft pink for a natural look, or a bright red or coral to jazz it up.
Are you into the fresh, glowing look for summer? Let us know what you think in the comments below!