When the summer months roll around, we look forward to wearing less makeup. Not only is it a much-needed change from the dark lipstick and thick foundation we typically wear in the winter, but it's also an easy way to avoid a makeup meltdown.
But don't get us wrong. We aren't saying that once the thermometer reads 70 degrees and higher you should simply go bare-faced. Instead, lightening up your summer makeup look should be more about embracing a more healthy glow.
To help you put your best face forward all the way through Labor Day, we asked celebrity makeup artist Nico Guilis and Too Faced founder and creative director Jerrod Blandino to share their summer makeup tips for beautiful, breathable skin.
"Summer is all about embracing the natural essence of your beauty, especially if you have a nice golden tan. You won't need much," says Guilis. Start by applying coconut oil on the face as a moisturizer right after the shower for hydrated and luminous skin.
Blandinio adds, "Using less face makeup allows your skin to breathe and appear naturally flawless instead of heavily made-up." Opt for a full-coverage concealer in areas that are in need of camouflaging, then blend out a lighter layer of foundation or BB cream on the rest of the face. Primers for both face and eyelids are perfect for summer, as they'll extend the wear and seamless finish of your shadows and foundations.
Guillis cautions against applying products that are not the right formula for your skin type because it will start to run down your face midday -- and if it's not the right shade, it will appear streaky. A lightweight, water-based foundation with SPF followed up with bronzer in place of translucent powder will impart enough warmth without becoming too cakey.
Use your fingers to dab on a cream blush in a pinky-coral hue for sexy flush, or try this baked pigment blush Blandinio recommends which is more resistant to sweat, humidity and face oils.
Matte or satin eyeshadows and eye pencils are great for during the day. But at night, try brushing on a golden shimmer to the center of lids, which will add an instantly brightening effect. And of course, apply a few coats of waterproof mascara to thicken and lengthen lashes. To complete your summer makeup look, Blandino's motto is "When in doubt, gloss it out!" Sheer lip gloss in punchy pinks, hot corals or shimmering nudes are perfect.
What are your makeup must-haves during summer?
Shop the experts' product picks in the slideshow below, then keep clicking for our favorite celebrity lipstick looks:
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