Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Makeup: 7 Steps with 7 Products


Thank you guys so much for all of your kind words yesterday.  They really did help make a crappy day that much better (along with shopping the Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret semi-annual sales) and I'm so thankful to have the blogging community as a support system.  I'm responding to each of your emails but it's a bit slow going so I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate your thoughts :)

Now for something a little more fun today - a makeup tutorial!  Please forgive the pictures, my hair, the fact that I'm wearing a t-shirt... basically everything about the above.  I wasn't planning on creating a post out of this but it was such a simple and yet put together look that I had to share.

Seven steps with seven products to get out the door quick and easy this summer - I think we can all get down with that, right?

ONE | Create a smooth base and even out your skin tone with a light foundation and concealer.  In the summer I prefer to use Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer (on sale right now!) as it feels like you're wearing nothing compared to traditional foundation.  I apply with my beauty blender and then I use concealer - either NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or Bare Minerals Stroke of Light depending on how tired I am - to cover up any troublesome spots.

TWO | Bronzer time!  I'm still loving Tarte's Park Avenue Princess and I apply using the "3" rule - trace a figure 3, starting on your temples down to your cheekbones down to your jawline.  I also like to take an eye shadow brush and lightly dust bronzer down the sides of my nose to give it more definition.  Don't forget to blend, blend, blend.   

THREE | Using your same bronzer, apply as eye shadow (make sure to use your eye primer before hand).  This helps create a natural look and you don't have to lug out that big eye shadow palette!

FOUR | Break out the highlighter -- blend Benefit's Sun Beam to the top of your cheekbones for a glowing, sun kissed look.  This is probably my favorite product to break out each summer.  A little bit goes a long way towards looking like you spent the day on the beach :)

FIVE | Fill in your eyebrows but with a light hand as the goal is to look natural and not overdone.  For this, I like to use Benefit's Speed Brow.  It takes a whooping 5 seconds to do each brow!

SIX | Give your face some color with Josie Maran's Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee.  I apply it both to the apples of my cheeks and my lips, it's a great multi-tasking product.  

SEVEN | Finally, my favorite part of all... mascara.  I'm still obsessed with Benefit's They're Real (I swear this post isn't a Benefit add!).  Feel free to curl your eyelashes before -- confession: I'm still to scared to try this -- and only one or two coats should do it.

And that's it!  This look took me about 10 minutes from start to finish, perfect for those summer days where we don't want to waste a lot of time getting ready.  Let me know if you give it a try!

Linking up with Shanna and Morgan


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36 comments

  1. Your lashes... WOW! Gorgeous girl! I love that you \look amazing and fresh faced! I need that mascara haha!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. You eye lashes are just insane!! I remember when you did a post a while back and said they were your favorite feature and girl I can see why!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I started loving the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer last year when I forgot my make up on our anniversary trip! Thanks for the heads up about it being on sale!!

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  4. Loving this look! It's perfect for summer and when you're on the go. I have to get a few of these products!

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  5. I love a great, easy Summer makeup routine! You have flawless skin so you're working with a great base! I need to order the brow gel and try that mascara. How do you like the LM moisturizer? I tried it in college and my skin was so dry that it just didn't work. Do you feel like it does the job because I am so tempted to order it again.

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  6. You are seriously SO gorgeous. I love sunbeam and the gimme brow!

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  7. So pretty! I want to try the Sun Beam!
    xo Southern Style

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  8. Very pretty Katie! While I love my NARS tinted moisturizer, I may try the Laura Mercier one next. I love her radiant foundation primer and definitely recommend that one. Benefit makes a lot of fun products, try the Roller Lash mascara too. I bet with your eyelash primer that it will be amazing on you!! :-)

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  9. You are so very pretty. Love that nars concealer.

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  10. I have said this before but I keep forgetting, next time I'm at the mall I HAVE to get the tinted moisturizer. I have no idea what shade I'd be or I'd just order it. Gimme Brow is a must :)

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  11. Your lashes look great! I need to introduce some sort of bronzer into my summer routine, I love having that glow!

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  12. Your lashes... oh my word lady!
    I thought that one product said FARTE ... haha... a French airy product :) haha

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  13. Your lashes are amazing girl! Wow! This was such a fun post. I'm all about fast makeup

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  14. You are stunning! Benefit has great eye makeup!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  15. Sooo pretty! You have the best lashes ever! I've been loving that bronzer lately too :)

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  16. you are gorgeous. i am SO jealous of your beautiful lashes!

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  17. So you love the Speed Brow? I've recently been experimenting with brow fillers..right now I'm using NYX Push Up Brow and like ok but still want to try others out

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  18. What a great look, lady! You are just gorgeous!!!!! <3

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  19. I'm so glad you're feeling better today, and that you got to take advantage of some great sales!

    As for your summer makeup routine... first of all, you always look fabulous! And I spy a lot of my favorite makeup staples ;-)

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  20. That sun beam is so pretty on you and photographs really well! I still can't believe I haven't picked that up yet!

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  21. Gorgeous girl! These products just enhance that pretty face and it looks so natural :)

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  22. Benefit and NARS - my favorite brands!!

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  23. This is gorgeous! Love how natural you look! xo

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  24. I love Gimme Brow and They're Real! You look gorge!

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  25. Beautiful! I love quick, easy, and gorgeous makeup like this!

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  26. I've been dying to try that tinted moisturizer!! Gorgeous!

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  27. You're so pretty. I love Laura Mercier's stuff! I'd love to try Tarte's stuff :)

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  28. Wow!! You are so pretty :) Love this look for summer and your lashes are AMAZING :) Definitely going to have to give that mascara a try.

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  29. Thanks for sharing! I love anything beauty related! :) I believe a good brow (not overdone) really is the key to making your whole face pop! :)

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  30. You look like perfection! Great products too! xo

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  31. You're gorgeous! I definitely want those products! :)

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  32. You looks stunning and this is great!!

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  33. I've never heard of the 3 rule. this seems right up my alley for an easy summer face.

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