Less is definitely more, especially during the heat of the summer. (At least, that’s what our skin says when it comes to wearing makeup in these sweat-inducing temperatures.) However, we shouldn’t let the sun keep us in fear from wearing makeup all the time — especially when there are fun beauty looks that fit right in with summer. With the right products that are melt-proof, skin protective, and neutral, you can create everyday looks that appear effortless. You don’t need makeup, but if you want to amp up your already beautiful qualities, here are 5 effortless summer looks you can mimic all on your own:
1. Golden And Bronze
The sun ends up giving us all a little bit of color when we spend time outside. Take advantage of that sun-kissed skin by adding some bronzer for a light effect. You can easily add bronzer into your everyday look by using a contour brush.
Dab it lightly into your product, tap the brush to remove the excess powder, and then make a fish face. Yes, a fish face — just suck in your cheeks and where you see the hallows of your cheekbones, contour the bronzer there. Make sure you do this in light up and down strokes to blend it well without a line. It will pull together a golden look that is sure to compliment the sun’s rays.
Some popular summer bronzers are Benefit’s Sun Beam, Too Faced Endless Summer, and Naked Flushed.
2. Shimmery In The Sun
Eyeshadow is one beauty product that can easily be experimented with and added into any look. What’s been trending this summer are shimmery eyes that can’t be missed. They provide an extra something that blends well with your complexion by using natural tones.
Choose your favorite shimmery eyeshadow and apply with a shadow brush (or even your fingers). Apply to your eyelids and blend it outwards to make it appear less intense, but evenly distributed. To create more dimension in this eye look, add a brighter shade to the corner of your eyes and apply the darker shade underneath alongside some eyeliner.
Some great quality eyeshadow brands to try are Urban Decay, L’Oréal, and Maybelline.
3. A Colored Liner
Black eyeliner will always be a classic, but the summer give us the chance to wear bolder colors without looking too out-of-place. Colored liners can compliment whatever color your eyes are. Purple hues are great for brown eyes, pink hues for blue eyes, and blue hues for green eyes. You can try any color you want from the rainbow though to make your eyes pop even more.
Colored liners give the illusion of you looking wide awake, which is a sneaky little tip for us early birds and night owls. Just pick out a eyeliner color you can’t resist and apply as you would normally. You can get creative by winging it out, applying it in two lines, or stay tight by lining it under your eyelashes.
Some long lasting liners are Stila’s All Day Waterproof Eyeliner, Urban Decay’s 24/7, and Stila’s Smudge Stick.
4. Blushing And Glowing
Our skin seems to glow naturally after sitting in the sun for a while. The perfect compliment to that natural glow is a touch of blush for some color, which allows our cheeks to stand out more. It’s a flirtatious look, and if you have a significant other, they may be feeling the urge to plant a kiss your rosy cheeks.
You can go in many directions with the various shades that are available. Corals, pinks, and plums all can provide a different blushing glow to the look you are sporting. For powder blushes, it’s best to use a blush brush, but for cream blushes your fingers will just do. Before applying, smile to locate the apples of your cheeks and begin. You can build up the colors or lightly apply them.
Some gorgeous blush colors can be found from Benefit Cosmetics, Tarte, and Nyx.
5. A Soft Lip
Of course we’re all for the bold lip colors in the summer, but a soft lip is a staple when trying an effortless look. You can even play down one of your favorite bold lip products into a soft lip by applying it and dabbing your lips onto a napkin or with your fingers. By blending it out this way, it will lighten the color into a much softer appearance.
Light colors intensify your lips into an organic look — with a little bit of pow. The best part about a soft lip are all the different colors to choose from. As long as you tone it down or choose a light color, it will play easily into an effortless summer look.
Some light lip shades can be found from Revlon, Lorac, and Nyx.