When it comes to my day time makeup, there’s no other way to describe it but basic, simple, and practical. I feel like those are terms I use often here on the UU, but that’s truly because I need everything I put on and wear to truly work for ME – from my head to my toes.
Making sure that my makeup routine encompasses practicality is something I find important year-round, but especially during the summer seasons it feels imperative to find a comfortable beauty balance.
Summertime offers unique challenges when it comes to your makeup – the sun can make a great makeup look turn into a melted mess, you can find yourself tending to severe sunburns from wearing makeup without any sunscreen protection, or your usual makeup look can appear harsh under the bright summer sun.
These are beauty challenges we all face (pun intended!), and that’s why I’ve come up with a easy go-to makeup look that won’t slide off your face, won’t leave you with uncomfortable sunburns, and will appear soft and natural in any lighting. Watch my video below to see how I achieve this natural summertime makeup look:
Light and Natural Summer Makeup Tutorial
Bare Minerals Bareskin in Bare Linen
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Revlon Photoready Eye Brightener
NYX Blush in Dusty Rose
Bare Minerals Highlighter in Love Affair
MAC Cosmetics Bronzer in Harmony (matte)
Zooeva Brush Set – read more here
Before filming, I went ahead and applied my Bare Minerals Bareskin in Bare Linen foundation, and also my Revlon Photoready Eye Brightener (just to the eyelids, and undereye area), and then set both of those products using my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, which is a great summertime product as it is SPF 25 and protects your skin from the sun! *If you’re interested to see how I do this, please comment below and I’ll share a full tutorial on my foundation routine.
Now I start on eyes. The eye makeup in this tutorial is very simple, which is why it’s so perfect for summer – it’s light and natural! To start, using a flat-sided brush, I simply pack on the colour “Dirtysweet” from the Urban Decay Smoky Palette across my eyelid. This colour is a very soft rose gold tone, and appears quite naturally while still giving a very beautiful shimmer effect.
In the crease of my eye, I use Urban Decay Smoky Palette eyeshadow “Whiskey”. Whiskey is a matte chocolate brown colour which applies very pigmented. It doesn’t take much of this product to have a bold eye so start with a light hand and build up. Using the same flat brush as before, I simply draw on the shape I like over the crease area. To ensure the eyeshadow crease doesn’t have an obvious line, I then take a larger fluffy eyeshadow brush and buff the shadows in together. If you ever find that the crease colour isn’t blending in well enough, simply take more of the colour used across your lid and blend it further into the crease.
One the main colours are applied, I then take “Thirteen” from the Urban Decay Smoky Palette and apply that to my inner eye, and brow bone area. I don’t know if you can tell in this video (hopefully not!) but I am quite tired and I’ve found that adding in a soft matte white tone to these areas really helps brighten up my eyes to create a more awake and vibrant look.
Now it’s time for eyeliner! The eyeliner I am using in this video is MAC Cosmetics Fluidline eyeliner in Rich Ground. I simply line the top of my eye, and wing out the ends, using an angle brush. This is a VERY easy product to use and I highly recommend it for makeup beginners!
To finish off the eyes, I simply apply my MAC Cosmetics Zoom Mascara.
To create a natural summery bronzed look to my skin, I first create a soft contour using MAC Cosmetics Bronzer in Harmony. Using a contour brush, I apply the contour line quite obviously. After I have outlined my contour, I then blend the lines out, making sure to blend the lines around my forehead and around my hairline back into my hairline to eliminate any obvious lines.
Then, to warm up this look, I take my favourite drugstore blush, NYX Blush in Dusty Rose, and simply apply a small touch to the apples of my cheeks. Since you’ll be out in the sunshine, your skin will likely naturally take on a red-tone throughout the day (especially if it’s a hot one outside!) so try to apply your blush with a very light hand.
Lastly, I apply my highlighter. In this tutorial I use Bare Minerals Highlighter in Love Affair to create a very warm and natural glow to my look. I apply it to my cheeks, down my nose, and on my forehead to create a overall dewy look. To ensure the highlighter lines aren’t obvious, I take a blending brush and blend the look all together.
Last but not least is lipstick! To complete this look I apply Urban Decay Lipstick in Fiend. This lipstick appears very natural on me, and is what I like to call a MLBB lipstick (my lips but BETTER!). These sorts of shades don’t appear obvious, and play into that natural look that is so perfect for summer.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any makeup looks you’d like to see next please let me know in the comments below!