In a world of skincare in twelve steps and makeup with five layers, I’m excited about this summer’s hottest makeup trend. My daily messy-bun and sweatpants-self hopes it’s here to stay.
Drum roll: natural yet defined brows, understated eyeshadow, mascara and a swipe or five of bronzer. #Boom.
It makes sense that as the humidity kicks in and the heats starts sizzling, we are spending more time outside which means fun in the sun (and water) and sweat. But interestingly it’s going a step farther this summer because even the best winged eyeliner is starting to fall back into the [eye]shadows. Today’s magazine covers have replaced dramatic eyes with muted nude that take a back seat to wispy lashes, and dustings of freckles not covered by foundations make an appearance. Freckles?! My heart can’t be any happier.
Time to put away the smoky charcoals, eyeliner and glittery get up.
How to get the look.
Eyeshadow: Opt for a versatile nude shade with some slight sheen to give you some brightness. Add a lighter highlighter color in the corners for some extra pop. Covergirl makes some great nude options in their Eye Enhancers line and bonus they are easy to find and so inexpensive! Have fun with a swipe of color that matches your favorite summer drink.
Lashes: growth serums are all the rage these days. You can read my post about how to get those mega lashes on ReadHead which will give you that flirty, beachy vibe. The trick is to be enhanced yet natural. Put away the super thick falsie look-a-likes and opt for lengthening and fanning. Do a quick eyelash curl and put on a coat or two of your favorite mascara. I like Benefit’s Roller Lash which has the best brush for lengthening I’ve come across and hear there’s a dupe from Covergirl called Lash Sensational. Time to make a trip to the drug store!
Finish it off: Follow up with your favorite SPF, swipe some brow color for definition and hit the high points with your favorite bronzer. That’s your forehead, bridge of your nose, chin, and cheeks. Just a neutral swipe though, the goal is to look sun-kissed, not sun-mauled.
You can achieve this look in under 7 minutes and I’ll challenge you to skip the BB cream or foundation ::gasp!::. It’s a little scary at first but dip your toe in. I promise you’ll be fine.
Your skin will thank you for its own allotted summer break. You can always hide behind your sunglasses and hat, like me!
Have a favorite summertime routine? Drop us a line in the comments.