The prettiest (and easiest) makeup for summer
Here’s a counter-intuitive makeup artist’s secret: you can use a lot less makeup if you wear brighter colors. Summer, when glowing, healthy skin is most visible, is when this trick is most effective. “Adding sheer, intense color to your eyes, cheeks, or lips is an easy way to brighten your face without too much makeup,” says LA makeup artist Jillian Dempsey (famous for her vibrating facial baranother infallible face-waker-upper). “Bright colors can be really sheer and further enhance your natural glow, so you get that makeup without makeup with even less product.
The easiest way to achieve any color, whether it’s a hot pink, dark mulberry, bright poppy or fiery copper, is to apply it as a whisper, as opposed to a full statement with lots of texture. As clean technologies advance, new pigments for lips, eyelids and cheeks look better than ever; pick a shade that suits your skin tone and start experimenting. Applied with restraint, each of these shades is sexy (for day or night), effortless, and gorgeous on absolutely any skin tone.
LIPS AND CHEEKS
Apply color to your lips and cheeks for a simple, seamless look that really flatters skin. Whether your vibe is more of a tinted balm or glossy gloss, a juicy smudge or creamy lipstick, a vibrant color or an understated flourish, a warming blush instantly brightens your entire face.
Tinted Transparent Balms
GOOPGENES Clean Trio of nourishing lip balms
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Brilliant bright peach
Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil
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Dark blackberry tincture
Baby Love Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm
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Bright red lipstick
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The idea is a softly invigorated color, like you’ve just been jogging on the beach. Cream formulas enhance a dewy glow, while powders last longer, especially on oily complexions. Apply either on the apples of the cheeks, then blend upwards at an angle for a soft lifting effect.
Vitamin-infused cream blush
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Cherry red tint
Beet cheek and lip tint
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Powder pink powder
“Re” Dimension Hydra Powder Blush
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Mix a little bronzer over the blush for a gorgeous sun-kissed burn. It can also go just about anywhere else – the bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, chin, eyelids, or collarbones. Warm rose gold beautifully illuminates darker skin tones, while cooler, shimmering formulas flatter lighter skin tones.
A light wash of color on the lids is magical: understated enough for the day and suitably moody for an evening. You can layer the copper and pink shades below for the full metallic effect, use alone or layer over Jillian Dempsey’s Sheer Plum Eyeshadow Gloss, a shimmering touch that’s the sexy essence of summer itself .
THE FINISHING TOUCH:
MASCARA AND MOISTURIZING MAKEUP MIST
Floating, shiny, inky lashes are sexy, transformative, and the easiest way to instantly look more rested. (Ami Colé’s one glides on like a dream and stays put.) Another tip we love for instant refreshment: spritz a hydrating face mist to set makeup and revive it later in the day. The one infused with Mary Allan’s flowers smells amazing and leaves skin looking shiny and nourished.