Summer Makeup Refresh

Summer Makeup Refresh

I’m a creature of habit. I don’t handle change well and, when I do, it either has to be a slow process or with a rip-the-bandaid-off ferocity depending on the situation. I gravitate towards certain people, products, colours, etc., and I live in that little comfort zone until I have to (I sound like a treat, don’t I?). Of course, this often goes for my beauty routine, too.

When I first started in the industry writing for beauty pubs, I tried every product that came across my desk, much to the chagrin of every facialist I’ve ever seen. One time I went for a facial at the Dermalogica Institute and my skincare specialist spent the better part of the 90 minutes lecturing me on how “trying everything” was effectively ruining my skin.

Cue a few years later and, while the novelty hasn’t worn off for new products, I’m definitely more selective with what I put on my skin. Now, makeup is a little bit different — there’s definitely a little more room to play without your skin freaking out, so when I got some new summer beauty products to play with, I had to try them out and, well, they may have just made a permanent home in my rotation.

My aesthetic has always been a mix of comfy casual (usually with jeans and some variation of a flowy white top) and beachy chic and, especially in the summer, I try to make my makeup reflect that. The best way to do that is to add a bit of a glow (without looking too shiny) with some coral accents on my cheeks and lips.

Here’s what I’m currently loving:

Skin: Garnier BB Cream + Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter + NARS Liquid Blush in Torrid

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette + Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara

Lips: Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in 68 + Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter

How to get the look:

1. First I prep my skin with my usual routine then, on the back of my hand, I mix a bit of my BB cream and half a pup of the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops. Apply to your face (I used my finger, since that’s what I used to mix it) and then blend into your skin (I used the Mara Hoffman x Sephora Collection All Over Face Brush — similar here).

2. Pump a small amount of NARS Liquid Blush onto the back of your hand (seriously — you don’t need a lot) and lightly tap and blend into your cheeks. Tip: Work quickly because this stuff dries quick and isn’t easy to get off (which is a total plus because it lasted all day), but once it’s dry, it’s not easy to fix. I started in the centre of my cheeks and worked outwards.

3. Because I wanted to keep this look light and fresh, I stuck to the first four shades in the Naked3 palette: Strange, Dust, Burnout and Limit and blended. I topped it with a bit of the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara.

4. The lip was super simple: I outlined and then filled my lips with the peachy Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil in 68 and topped it with a bit of lip balm to add a touch of shine and hydration.

And done!

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