Consider summer as a decluttering phase for your beauty routine. The humid weather will practically force you to be more light-handed with your makeup and allow your skin to breathe. That said, we asked three makeup artists for tips on mastering summer-appropriate looks. Check them out below!
1. Focus on enhancing one part of your face. To avoid looking overdone, pick a feature of yours that you want to highlight. According to beauty consultant Ara Fernando, she does this to keep her clients' look simple and fresh.
For example, if your eyes are your best asset, you can make winged liner your summer staple. But if you're a lipstick girl, a bright coral or red lip can instantly freshen up your look!
2. Don't try too many things at once. When you feel like trying graphic liner with glitter lips, go ahead -- we'd all be rooting for you! However, Ara doesn't recommend this for a minimal, summer-ready look. "I try to keep things simple and try to minimize combining different trends that could make [clients] look [overdone]," she shares.
3. Apply dewy serums before makeup. Makeup artist Mark Qua recommends using anti-aging serums to give the skin a youthful glow. If your skin is already glowing without makeup, you won't feel the need to apply too much product anymore. Summer is all about understated beauty anyway!
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4. If you're used to fuller coverage, use a sponge to apply your foundation. "Use a beauty blender to marry the product into your skin," says Mark. Doing this will give you that skin-like look, even if you use a full coverage foundation. The sponge will absorb all the excess product so you won't look cakey.
5. Apply product only where you need it most. Redness around the nose, undereye circles, or blemishes—take your pick. Skip foundation altogether if you're comfortable, and rely on concealer if you want to cover something up. Australian makeup artist Karima Mckimmie uses this technique by tapping product onto the skin with her fingers for a seamless finish.
6. Blot before powdering. When you retouch, blot your oils with a tissue or oil film before you apply powder over them. According to makeup artist Laila Al-Harthy, you wouldn't want to move the makeup you have underneath. This will also prevent looking cakey at the end of the day!
7. Use a facial mist. "Mists will be your bestfriend in this heat," says Laila. She recommends spritzing on face mist often during the summer, since it will refresh both your makeup and your skin. Also, doing so after applying makeup will get rid of that powdery look and give your skin a soft glow. Shop for face mists here!