While I am lacking some summer outfits right now, I think I need to share my favorite summer makeup and hairstyles.
Wearing makeup in the summer is not ideal. It’s hot out and putting a full face on is not the best combination for a sticky summer day. I have some quick and easy makeup tips for the summer that proves that less is more.
For the base of your face: a tinted moisturizer. I prefer tinted moisturizers over a foundation year-round, especially in the summer. Finding ones that have SPF in the cream is something to look for when choosing a brand. I use the Origins Ginzing Energy-boosting tinted moisturizer. I like this one because it’s light and the cream blends in with your skin and doesn’t feel as heavy as foundations usually do. Another reason why I love this product is because it has SPF 15, so in the summer my skin is protected.
On top of the tinted moisturizer of your choosing, a light powder is something good to hold the moisture in a give yourself a matte look. I use the BareMinerals Matte Foundation Powder that also has SPF 15. This can be used as a foundation or a light powder to top off your face. I use this year round, but in the summer I will sometimes switch it up and use the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Bronzer. This gives your skin a radiating look without the overpowered bronzed look.
For the eyes, eyeliner and mascara are my go-to look, but in the summer sometimes mascara is all you need for the day. I think longer lashes in the summer is a better look than over-the-top full lashes, so I like to use the Katy Kat Eye Mascara by Covergirl. This adds length to my lashes.
Those are some basics of a look in the summer. To add to those looks, finding the perfect eyeshadows and lip colors is key. For eyeshadows, bronze/gold shimmery colored eyeshadows are my favorite. I think that color with tan skin makes your face glow while also bringing out your eyes. If you’re not into the bronzy look, any pinks are also a go-to eye look for me in the summer. Pinks are bright and fit the summer season, so doing a pink look with a touch of mascara and you’re good to go.
For those of you who love lips, nude or subtle lip colors are the move for the summer. The winter is the time to make bold statements with dark blues and purples and bright reds. The summer is when you should bring out those light pinks and nude colored lipsticks to give yourself a natural look.
Long or short, curly or straight, thin or thick, each of these summer hair tips fits for everyone. First, embrace your natural hair, whichever it is. Summer should be the time to give your hair a break from the damage of winter. Care for your natural hair and manage it this summer with these looks.
My go-to hairstyle when I’m wearing my hair natural is wearing it half up half down in a ponytail. I will usually brush it all back and out of my face or leave some hair on the sides and tuck them behind my ears. This is my favorite hairstyle because it’s simple and you get the best of both worlds with wearing it down and up.
I get it. Sometimes the heat and your hair don’t mix and you just have to put it up. For those days, I say high ponytail either brushed back or with some hair around your face. I’m a fan of both and in the summer this is my second go-to for bad hair days.
To spice up your hairstyles, throw some braids in and you’re good to go. I’ll either wear two french braids in pigtails, or braid a little from each side away from my face. With this style, you can also pull it back into a ponytail with the rest of your hair or pull both for a half up half down look. Braids are another look I want to utilize more this summer.
For those who are extra like myself, hair accessories are growing to be my favorite items to buy. Any wrap headbands are perfect for the summer. You can throw them on with any look or wear just the headband to keep your luscious locks away from your face. I’ve also found that cute hair pins are fun to add to your hair when pulling it back. You can find them just about anywhere, but my favorite place to find them for a cheap price is at Forever 21.
Lastly, scrunchies over hair ties every day. Scrunchies are much more friendlier to your hair and look cuter than the basic hair ties. For summer, finding them in reds, yellows or blues would be perfect to use when wearing your hair up. The colors are more fun than blacks and greys that fit the winter vibe. The brighter colors will add something to your looks and you can also coordinate them with your summer outfits.
We’re almost done. Just a few more weeks until we can actually utilize these looks in the sweet summer heat. If your taking summer classes this year, take these tips and walk into the classrooms a ray of sunshine with your fresh natural looking face and head turning hairstyles.
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