Summer heat, humidity and sun present an annual makeup quandary that can either leave us melting into an oily, streaky mess or going uncomfortably bare. Neither option is particularly alluring, and neither embodies that glowing je ne sais quoi that we’re going for.
As always, I turned to my favorite purveyors of effortless style, J. Crew, for some summer makeup inspiration, and of course, I loved what I saw. Barely there, rosy hues, luminous glow, and an au naturel beauty. That’s what I want this summer. And I do believe I’ve mastered it! I’ve compiled my summer makeup essentials to give you that coveted J. Crew glow that won’t melt, streak or leave you feeling like a Jersey Shore vacation gone awry. These multi-purpose, paraben-free, natural beauty tools give you that gorgeous, effortless glow that’s perfect for daytime, and can easily be punched up for going out at night.
Step 1: Apply your favorite SPF moisturizer onto clean skin (try 100% Pure Argan Oil SPF Hydrator).
I wash my face with jojoba oil at night (see my magical oil face wash method that gives you pretty-close-to-perfect skin), so in the mornings I just splash my face with water, tone, and hydrate.
Step 2: Illuminate with RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.
I sweep this organic, pearly beauty over my brow bones, the inner corners of my eyes and eyelids, over my cheekbones, and the top-middle of my upper lip. These points, when highlighted, instantly give you a bright, luminous, and awake look which is absolutely gorgeous.
Step 3: Apply a peachy or rosy lip and cheek.
I am absolutely obsessed with lip and cheek combos like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Demure and Josie Maran Argan Infinity in Limitless Pink. The former has a short and sweet ingredient list with powerful coconut oil and other organic botanicals, and the latter features my favorite skincare ingredient (argan oil) in a glowing, but never greasy formula. Both look gorgeous on lips and cheeks and give enough color to create a brightened, luminous look without being over the top for summer.
Step 4: Shape and darken brows.
Bold eyebrows are your most powerful summer beauty statement. I was late to this trend, but now that I’ve started, I’ll never go back. I love Tarte EmphasEYES Eyebrow Pencil.
Step 5: Sweep on mascara.
To finish off this natural look, I like a volumizing mascara like Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara, which is loaded with all kinds of plant extracts and mineral color for healthier, thicker, and fuller lashes. Plus, it’s paraben-free, which is huge! Apply only to your top lashes, with an emphasis on the base of your lashes to create a bolder look.