Summer Make-up Routine

Summer and make-up aren’t usually the best combo.  Full coverage matte foundation and a smokey eye + 100 degree temps = disaster!  But I have found the perfect lightweight ((yet still covers my redness and uneven skin tone)) foundation, fresh eye make-up, and brightening steps to give you that summer glow I know you’re looking for!  I put this together in order of the steps in which I apply so I hope it’s easy to follow along!  Let’s begin! ….

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Moisturize and Prime

Hydrating and priming your face for make-up is an essential step!  I have very normal skin ((after taking Acutane about a year ago)) and therefore am not too picky about my moisturizers.  In the summer I prefer something extra hydrating though because of the frequent sun exposure.  I mix a dime sized amount of this IT Cosmetics primer with my Mary Kay moisturizer and it works like a dream!  The moisturizer gives my skin a healthy glow and the primer prepares my face for make-up.  I have been using this combo for about a year now and don’t see it changing anytime soon!

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Foundation

Now this product is new for me, but has literally been a life-saver in my summer make-up routine!  It’s a lightweight, mineral, full coverage, and long lasting foundation that’s both oil free & hypoallergenic.  There’s even chemical free SPF 15 in it!! Making it PERFECT for summer!  I got this foundation ((in shade LA)) c/o Ashley Sievert Beauty on the Friday I was leaving for the beach so of course I packed it when I saw it contains SPF 15.  I wore it every day out to the beach and my face stayed protected.  Then I forgot to wear it on day 4 and I burned!  This stuff really worked and I can’t recommend it enough for you ladies looking for a product that protects, stays all day, and looks gorgeous on the skin!  I absolutely love that it’s full coverage yet the furthest thing from “cakey”.  No one wants that!  Especially in the summer time!  I apply with my large flat top – Mineral Velvet Crème brush c/o Ashley Sievert Beauty every time.  Starting in my T-zone and working outwards.

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Conceal and Powder

Next up, I brighten my under eyes with the glow under eye brightener c/o Ashley Sievert Beauty and set both the brightener and my foundation with the mineral finishing velvet powder ((in shade LA)) using my dome top – mineral finishing powder brush c/o Ashley Sievert Beauty.  This helps brighten my face and set my base layer so that it stays all day.

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Eyes, Highlight, and Set

In the winter, these are the steps that take me the longest because Oct-Feb I like doing darker eye make-up, contouring, lots of blush, etc.  But in the summer ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’!  This Tarte showstopper palette is the BEST for the warmer months and typically low key make-up days, because its a one stop grab-and-go!  In the summer, I apply “you’re a natural” ((3rd from the left)) first, then “go for the gold” ((2nd from the left)) both with my Rae Morris eyeshadow brush.  And that’s it for my eyes!  Then pop a little bit of blush ((color is Fame)) on the apples of my cheeks using my IT Cosmetics dual ended brush and finish with some highlight.  First I apply the Marc Jacobs glow stick highlight with my finger on my cheekbones and brow bone, then go over top of the cream highlight with the powder highlight in the Tarte palette ((color is Champagne Pink)) using the flat brush.  Summer make-up is all about “glow” so that’s why I double up on these.  My final step in face make-up is setting everything with my IT Cosmetics bye-bye pores setting powder using the IT Cosmetics heavenly luxe HUGE fluffy brush.

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Eyebrows, Liner, and Mascara

Final steps and everyone’s favorite, THE EYES!  I use the NYX Micro brow pencil, in shade chocolate, to fill in my brows.  Then line my waterline with the Tarte inner rim brightener and finish with Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  I have tried a thousand and one mascaras in my lifetime ((but really though haha)) and this one is on my top 5 list!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my summer make-up routine!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Thank you to Ashley Sievert Beauty  for sponsoring this post. And thank you reader’s for supporting the brands that support this blog!

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    • Whitney H

      I’m definitely looking for some makeup that hangs on during the summer. I’ve been going bare-faced because everything runs so easily.

    • Foundation with sunscreen is definitely key in the summer. I’ve switched to powder eyeliner because everything else runs so easily!

      Tori
      http://www.mooretori.com

    • Sara Kate Steadman

      I’m not a huge MK person, but I have to agree, I love their moisturizer. It goes on so light but has such great staying power!

      xo,
      Sara Kate Styling

    • Love that Mary Kay moisturizer!! I’ve also always wanted to try that Tarte mascara 🙂

      X,
      Cristina
      cristinawashere.com

    • Oooh, all these products look amazing! I love makeup posts but typically stick with very simple makeup for myself haha!

      xoxo,
      Katie
      chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    • Rose Guthrie

      I keep hearing a lot of good things about Mary Kay but I have never tried it. I may check out the moisturiser. Thank you

    • Greta Hollar

      There are some great products here! The rest I’ll have to try out.

      Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Smearing is a huge problem when wearing makeup in the summer! Loved hearing about your routine, defintely gonna try a few of these products.

      Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • I really want to try the Bye Bye Pores!

    • M Q

      I’ve found primer to be my best makeup essential this summer!

    • Sarah Louise Zerbe

      I am such a makeup junkie, so I love seeing what other peoples go to products are.

    • I loved this! I want to try that Bye Bye Pores powder!

      xoxo, SS

      Southern And Style

    • Michelle Mink

      looks like a nice collection of make up products. i love your brush.

    • Miss ALK

      I always love hear what others are loving! Makeup is definitely a struggle in southern summer temps, but glad to hear you’ve found some good products. 🙂

      xoxo A
      http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Ashley

      I am currently testing out some new products and have definitely found them to be hit or miss! I am going to check out some of the above! Thanks for sharing your summer makeup routine, babe!!!

      xo Ashley

    • Nice makeup ideas!
      MISSYGOWNS.AT

    • Lily

      How fun!!! I just love your flatlays girl! xo

    • Awesome post– I’ve never tried any of these products so this was helpful in figuring out some new beauty I need to try. PS- I love that dual-ended IT brush, it’s amazing!

      -Amanda
      http://www.agoodhue.net

    • I’ve been in search of a quality new foundation. Thanks for the reccomendationa!

    • Hannah Madison

      Gorgeous pictures/flat lays 🙂 🙂

      XO,

      Hannah from HMS Jewels

      http://www.hmsjewels.com

    • I’m not very good with makeup so I love looking into othe people’s routines- it feels like a cheat sheet!

    • Kristin Thompson

      I always LOVE seeing other people’s beauty routines! I totally feel you with the struggle of wearing makeup in the summer!

      Kristin
      The Blush Blonde