Summer Sun-Kissed Makeup
By Anne Minkler
Summer is here! I don’t know about you, but summers in California get H-O-T! I live in a town where it gets to 100+ degrees. I work up a sweat just walking to my car. Around this time any weather over 85 degrees and I tend to get a tad aggravated. However, while the sun and I may not agree on summer temperatures, there is one thing about summer that I love.
Natural sun-kissed makeup is one of my favorite looks. I don’t typically wear a lot of makeup, so this look fits perfectly into my routine while adding a little extra glow to my skin! A sun-kissed makeup look consists of dewy skin, shimmering bronzers, and highlighters to add glow to your cheeks, nose and lips. Light eyeshadows and mascara help to bring out your eyes’ natural pop while staying subtle enough to not overpower your face. If you are looking for an easy way to update your summer makeup look try adding in one of these tips or products to your routine.
The first thing you are going to want is a tinted moisturizer. This gives less coverage to your face, so in the summer it will not be as heavy on your skin. Look for a tinted moisturizer with SPF 30. Sunscreen is important to apply all year round, but it is especially critical during these hot months. A tinted moisturizer has more of a dewy look to it. While liquid foundations are more matte and full coverage, tinted moisturizers are light to medium coverage and give your skin a more natural look. Apply your tinted moisturizer with a makeup sponge or brush for best results.
Your next step is to fill in your brows. For a summer glow, I like my eyebrows to be a bit fuller and more natural looking. I typically use brow gel for this look. A brow gel helps tint your eyebrows a slightly darker shade without looking heavily filled in. If you want more info on filling in your eyebrows and getting the best shape for them, check out the very first issue of SEAM. I wrote all about how to shape and fill in your eyebrows.
Once you are done with your eyebrows, you will need a shimmery bronzer. A matte bronzer will work too if you want to go with a more natural look. Just make sure you are using a bronzer, not a contour color. Bronzers are warmer shades of brown, ranging from light to dark. Contours are typically more cool-toned and usually only come in a light and dark shade. Start by applying your bronzer with a loose-angled
brush. Apply bronzer on your forehead near your hairline in a circular motion. Then bring it down to the side of your face and out to your outer cheeks. Avoid putting it directly on your cheeks. That can give you more of an orange tone depending on the bronzer used. I lightly dust a little on the middle of my chin and then work the powder down onto my neck as well. Typically your skin will be a slightly darker shade in the summer months so this will help blend the colors to the rest of your body.
Next, take a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush and apply the bronzer to your eyelids. This gives your eye the slight depth and shimmer without overpowering the look.
Next is a highlighter. This is usually a cream or pressed powder that is very shimmery. This is the product for ultimate sun-kissed glow! Apply your highlighter with a small shadow brush to the inner corners of your eyes and top of brow arch to help your eyes pop.
Next, take a bigger brush with loose bristles to help lightly distribute the product only where needed. If you are using a cream, you can use your finger to lightly tap the highlighter to your skin. Apply your highlighter on the outer corner of your face above your brow and just below the outer corner of your eye. Lightly dust your highlighter on the top of your nose, top of your lips and in the middle of your chin. When you are outside, or in good natural sunlight, the shimmer in the highlighter will start to glow, giving you the full sun kissed summertime look.
Lastly, you cannot forget to coat your lashes in mascara. For this style of look, since I have gone really simple on the eyeshadows, I will lightly apply my mascara as well. Too many coats will, again, draw attention away from the rest of your beautifully glowing face. Make sure you are using either a waterproof or water-resistant mascara. This way it will not smear down your eyes during the hot summer day.
I hope you will take some of these tips and be inspired to create your own fun summer beauty routine. Try adding a couple of these techniques in and see what you think. Remember, practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to try these tips more than once until you find a combination that works best for you. If you try out some of these techniques I would love to see them. Take a selfie of your summer sun-kissed makeup look and tag me in the photo @beautybyanniemink so I can see all your beautiful faces. SEAM