With winter being gone, and spring in its farewell phase, along with chunky sweaters and heavy coats, the time has come to renounce the heavy coats of full-coverage foundations, dark lip and overdone eyes. A new season is here, and like every year, the runways bring about an abundance of inspiration. So, without further ado, here are the summer essentials that should be gracing your makeup case as well as those gorgeous faces. Brace yourselves, summer is coming.
The last night’s remains
This look was made iconic by no other than the legendary Kate Moss, and it is back, with a slight twist. The look we are referring to is the one that seems like it was rocked the night before and didn’t bother to remove your makeup before going to bed. The key ingredients for achieving it are a black liner and a smidge of silver eyeshadow. Apply the shadow on your upper lid using just your fingers to avoid that precise and overdone effect. Add the lines on both the upper and lower lash line and use a smudger (or a Q-tip) to get for that ‘rolled out of bed and fabulous’ look. Keep the rest of the face clean (little or no foundation) and just a touch of lip balm.
‘I’m not wearing any makeup’
This makeup technique is so amazing, and it has been standing the test of time summer after summer. A few more years and it will become the iconic makeup equivalent of a Chanel suit. All the gals out there know that it takes a number of products to achieve this next-to-nothing look, but the key is to use a bit of every one of them. The face should look dewy and fresh – the epitome of summer. To get that summer glow (with minimal coverage of course), it is best to use a product such as the Nude By Nature BB Sheer Glow BB Cream; it’s easy to apply, doesn’t clog the pores, it’s not cakey and gives you that luminous quality of a true girl of summer. After that, add a hint of bronzer, just enough to get in that summer mood, and top it off with pearly beige eyeshadow, (you can use the Naked 2 palette), to open the eyes and a quick touch of your most flattering nude lipstick shade. Five minutes, and you are not good, but stunning to go.
The ‘just kissed’ lips
With the season being all about nudes and emphasizing one prominent feature, it is completely expected (and desired) that certain focus will be placed on the lips. Unlike the sharp lines and precisely drawn lip trend that has been popping all over Instagram, this year is all about that careless lip that looks like you’ve just engaged in some serious lip-locking. For this one, you can either go hunting for that perfect shade of red lip stain, or use the lipstick you already own and using your fingers simply blot on the lips. Most of the color should be concentrated on center of the mouth. This will also give the illusion of a fuller lip. Use the same lipstick on your cheeks, (lip and cheek color-matching is totally in) to get that youthful and fresh-looking skin. In case you didn’t know, contouring is out and the fresh-face maker (the blush) is back in style. Brush your brows and fill them in a tad, curl your lashes and hold the mascara. French girl style – with a twist.
For all those who love their eyeliner on fleek, and are good at executing this tricky makeup technique, rejoice – the eyeliner will live for yet another season. However, it will not be accompanied by glitter, multitude of eyeshadow shades and mauve lips. The goal is to emphasize the eye while keeping the rest of the face clean and natural. Just a hint of a pale rosy lipstick, a touch of blush and some nude eyeshadow will suffice.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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