Summer is officially upon us, Smart Girls! I don’t know about the rest of you gals, but when the weather changes, my makeup routine changes. Summer is no exception; I like a no-fuss exercise full of creamy cosmetics. Below are some products that I’ve been reaching for on way more than one occasion these past couple of months!
Smashbox “Camera Ready BB Cream”
Foundation and I haven’t always gotten along. I fall in love with a product and then something in our relationship goes wrong. So far, my go-to base has been Smashbox’s BB Cream. I like to go for a lighter foundation during the hotter months, so this one hits the mark. At the end of a long day, it’s still on my face, with no streaks.
Givenchy “Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen”
As someone with no real blemishes to cover during my makeup routine, I like to use a lighter concealer that covers any dark circles and adds a bit of radiance under my eyes, making me seem more awake. This pricey number is great at doing both of those things, is lightweight, and comes in a convenient pen packaging.
Clinique “Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm”
This product took me a little bit of trial and error to get right. I would swipe it on my cheek, blend it, and feel like I had gotten too much product, ending up sort of clown-like. But I learned that you just have to dab it onto your cheek and blend with your fingers. It’s build-able, so you can really customize how much rouge you want on your cheeks that day. It also lasts a long time compared to powder blushes that I have in my collection. Plus, Clinique’s a classic! You really can’t go wrong.
Laura Mercier “Caviar Stick Eye Colour”
These babies are so easy to apply and really travel friendly. I have the color “Rose Gold” and like to cover my whole eyelid and then blend it out with a Mac 217 brush, or even my ring finger if I’m in a rush. It’s a fool-proof product. Also, check out Bobbi Brown’s Cream Shadow Sticks, they’re so creamy and long-lasting, but this particular Laura Mercier color that I have is perfect for a summer day.
Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara
Yes, this mascara does have a raunchy name, but when you look past the title, it’s really a great mascara. I’ve had trouble finding one that keeps my lashes curled all day, especially under my glasses. With this, I just curl my eyelashes for 10 seconds with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, put on a couple of coats of the “Better Than Sex” mascara, and I’m good for the rest of the day. I’ve been so impressed with its’ longevity and curl-ability, so it has definitely become a holy grail mascara in my book!
Dior “Dior Addict Gloss”
During the summer, I really love a lip gloss. I want something creamy, shiny, and low-maintenance. Dior checked all of those boxes with their lip gloss in “363 Dormeuse”. When I first got it, I applied it, loved the texture, and then thought “Wow, could I have gotten a more boring shade?”. However, I’ve learned to really love it. I can just swipe it on quickly so that I have some color on my lips, but not so much so that it looks like I tried too hard.
I hope that this list gave you some insight into great cosmetics to look into this summer. They’re all light and great for a natural makeup day. For more beauty related tips, check out How Do I Use That? The Eyeliner Edition, Smart Girls Carry On Guide, Preventing Split Ends, and All About Primers.