The best cosmetic products and techniques for a long-lasting summer glow

Out with the bold, and in with the true. It’s 2019 and skin is IN. Nothing is more timeless or sophisticated than natural beauty, which is why we’re seeing an emergence of a fresh, natural ‘no-makeup’ look that’s just as relevant today, as it was centuries ago. Whether you’re wearing something casual, or something glamorous, you can’t really go wrong looking natural and radiant. But this kind of minimal look isn’t achieved by just walking out the door without makeup. Creating the illusion of “fresh and naturally beautiful” still requires a little effort, but it’s definitely worth it. Here’s our 5 tips for achieving a flawless, fresh faced look that can withstand the summer heat.

  1. Healthy Skin

Beautiful makeup starts with healthy skin. The best way to keep your skin healthy is by eating fresh, healthy foods, staying hydrated with plenty of H2O, keeping the skin oxygenated through some form of physical exercise, and avoiding oil-producing foods like fried foods and dairy. Also; be careful with the sun, and remember to remove your makeup before going to bed every night! The better your skin is, the more likely you are to be able to pull off the no-makeup look since it’s really about taking healthy skin and making it look healthier.

2. Prime time


If you want your makeup to last, the first (and possibly most overlooked/underrated) product to start with is not a moisturizer, but a primer. Please note; Moisturizer + Primer = too much product for the face, which will only create the perfect conditions for a makeup meltdown later in the day when you start to sweat. A good primer should do both jobs. For this reason, we love Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Rich in feel but never greasy, this advanced formula combines the moisturizing power of shea butter with vitamins B, C, & E and instantly hydrates, softens and cushions skin.  Best of all, it’s completely paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Its fragrance leaves a light, uplifting scent which our clients absolutely love. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the face, so you’ll want to use a special primer underneath, and around the eyes. We love the Anti-Fatigue Undereye Primer by Becca. This caffeine-infused formula will awaken tired eyes, while reducing the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.

3. Light it up


Concealer is the one product that, when chosen correctly, can instantly lift and brighten the face. Choose a color that’s one to two shades lighter than your actual skin tone, and avoid using creamy (oil-based) concealers during the summer months. These tend settle in the creases of your eyes, and the oils in the formula will make even the best waterproof mascara run. We personally love the Pro-Longwear Concealer by Mac. It’s a lightweight, water-resistant, fluid formula that provides great coverage, and a comfortable, smooth finish that’s made to last up to 15 hours! This concealer is no joke, and best of all, it’s acnegenic, which means that it will not clog your pores or cause breakouts! A little of this stuff goes a long way, so be sure to apply carefully.

4. Shape it up

You’ve seen what a great difference a frame can make to a painting, so imagine what framing can do for your face! This is where brows, contour, and color come in. The right colors in the right places truly make a huge difference.


BROWS: Having beautifully groomed brows is the quickest, and least invasive way to give your eyes an instant lift. Start by shaping and shading them with a product that is not too dark. Brownish gray shades work best on most people, but ultimately, the right color will greatly depend on your hair color. We recommend using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. The shape of the pencil makes it easy to fill in the brows, and find the right angles. This pencil also comes with an eyebrow brush on the opposite end, which makes the shaping process much easier.


CONTOUR: Cream pigments are truly the way to go when it comes to creating a natural, summer look. The ultimate ‘J-Lo glow’ can be achieved just by adding depth and color to the face. To shape the face we apply a dark orange-brown cream foundation underneath the cheekbones, on the temples of the forehead, and underneath/along the jaw line. The trick to applying this product, like with any kind of makeup is -you guessed it -Blending thoroughly! Keep smoothing it into your skin so that it mixes with the natural oils and so that you don’t end up with darker patches anywhere. You may also apply this product underneath the nose (to shorten) and along the sides (to narrow).

BLUSH: An important part of this look is creating healthy, flush colored cheeks. Using your fingers apply a cream blush or stain to the apples of your cheeks. Be sure to blend until all the colors are married together, and there is a smooth transition of colors.


5. Set it and forget it!

The goal is to keep the look as natural as possible, so avoid applying a lot of color to the eyes. Instead, use a small, flat/fluffy brush to apply a matte, light yellow setting powder underneath the eyes, and over the lids. This is makeup’s best-kept secret. This little trick will not only keep your concealer from creasing, but will also conceal any puffiness, while adding luminosity at the same time! You’ll also want to mattify your entire T-zone with a long-lasting setting powder like Clinique’s Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder.

To finalize your look just add waterproof mascara to your top and bottom lashes, and some stain or  tinted moisturizer to your lips and voila! You’re good to go! By using these products and techniques your look is not only guaranteed to last, but you will also look fresher, and more youthful no matter what your age is!

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Posted: June 2, 2019


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