It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s an active time of year, so I thought I’d share a very easy beauty routine with you. You can do this in a few minutes and it will give your face a little break from your normal makeup routine while on vacation or even at home enjoying the summer season. Plus, this is that time of year we all want to look fresh-faced and undone but it’s hard to know what to cut out and what to keep. So here are three simple steps after you have applied your morning moisturizer with SPF:
#1 Under Eye Concealer – makeup artist, Bobbi Brown calls this her “desert island product“. It easily covers up dark circles and blemishes and if you are like me, and your eyelids have become “crepey”, I use it as a base over my eyelids and SKIP the eye shadow when applying my full makeup routine. There is nothing worse than eye shadow that has clumped into your eyelid creases! I find concealer gives me a finished look up top without the fuss. Apply concealer under the eye, all the way up to the lash line and over the eye lid. You can use your finger or a concealer brush like mine.
#2 Cream Blush – Bobbi Brown makes a great creamy blush called Pot Rouge, but any brand will do. This is a “double duty” product that you can use on both your cheeks and lips. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and lips.
#3 Mascara – It’s the number one way to make your eyes stand out. Start at the base of your lashes and gently stroke upward towards your nose. It will pull your eyelashes up and over to give you more of a wide-eyed look. You can also grab a q-tip and dip it into your mascara and apply as a lid liner (Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner is actually made with the same base as her mascara). In the picture above I have two mascaras showing because on full makeup days I like to start with a light mascara, like Bobbi Brown’s Everything Mascara and then apply a second coat with a more dramatic mascara like this one called Best Lash Extreme by Jordana. And of course, a waterproof brand would be ideal if getting in the water.
I tried it too and was pleasantly surprised.
I find also, that on active days like this, I prefer showering in the evening before dinner, so you can always switch back to your full beauty routine for the evening in case you have plans to go out, and revert back to the simple routine the next day.
And for those of you who don’t usually wear makeup, this simple routine would be an easy step up when needed for special occasions.
I can’t believe August is almost here! The summers always seem to fly by. I hope this catches you before that last vacation before school starts and you get a chance to try it out!