We’ve all been waiting for that bronzy summer look to ease a little bit the effort in our beauty routines: that subtle blush in our cheeks from sunburn, a golden glow from bronze instead of highlighter, and those 100% natural beach waves straight from the sea. If you still decide you want to do your makeup during the summer, there are a ton of new summer makeup trends that are definitely worth trying.
From that neon eyeliner you’ve seen all over Insta to natural glossy lips, these buildable styles allow you to do as little or as much as you want. Keep on reading to see the summer makeup looks that we loved this summer.
inner corner vibes
How to do it: Add some neon pigment/eyeliner to your inner corners to bring your eye makeup game right into 2019.
How to do it: Keep the rest of the makeup natural and dewy and commit to a bold neon color on the eyes (you can switch and go for the lips instead).
How to do it: Here, the focus is just on having a natural glow. You can achieve this with a mixture of both skincare and makeup, which will make your skin looking radiant. For skincare, use an illuminating toner (we love Acwell Licorice Toner), a serum, an emollient-heavy moisturizer (Jet Lag Mask is great for this). For makeup, use a non-mattifying foundation with a natural finish and reach for a cream blush (Glossier Cloud Paint is awesome) and cream contour instead of powder.
How to do it: A no-makeup makeup look always been a runway classic, intended to enhance models’ beauty without interfering artificially. You should gently enhance your natural features without overdoing it.
Use a concealer to fade any flaws, and reach for an illuminating primer, a foundation with a natural finish and a cream blush.
For eyeshadow, use a shade slightly darker than your skin.
For mascara, use a very dark brown instead of black to create a natural effect.
For lips, choose a nude/cherry shade that compliments your lips and apply it using your fingers instead of applying it directly from the tube.
How to do it: Dewy dumpling makeup is all about skincare and does not have a matte finish, so your skin needs to look super hydrated and exude a healthy glow, especially around your eyes and cheeks. Use tons of highlighter (like this creamy highlighter) and cream makeup in general, and remember to not use finishing powder all over the face. In fact, just dab your forehead and chin very lightly with powder to keep the shine focused on your cheeks. Apply the highlighter in a “C” shape, toward your temples and above the cheekbones. If you want to fade imperfections, use a brightening pen (like this one from YSL), to clear away any spots and illuminate your complexion.
How to do it: Glass skin really starts with skincare. The truth is, the better your skin is, the better the makeup is going to lay. This trend isn’t necessarily about highlighter and skin finish. It’s about a radiant, healthy, and moist look. After exfoliating, apply an intensely hydrating essence (this is my absolute favorite for anything dewy-related), serum, moisturizer, and a very good illuminating primer. Then, apply a natural-finish, medium coverage foundation (full coverage can get too cakey). After, use a liquid highlighter or an illuminating lotion and gently dab it into the skin (cheeks, temple, the tip of the nose). Please remember that with this makeup trend, you should opt for natural makeup, as glass skin was created to give the impression of a naturally-perfect skin. Keep your eye makeup subtle and use a sheer, natural lipstick or gloss and you’ll be on your way to dewy town before you know it.
How to do it: Before filling in your brows, use an angled brow brush to brush your brows upwards. Next, it depends on what exactly you want to achieve when filling your brows. For example, I have dark, bushy eyebrows. I would never, ever deepen my brows. I need to choose a color that is a shade or two lighter than the natural color of my brows to prevent the look of “marker drawn brows.” Contrary, if you have lighter hair and are deepening your eyebrows, you can opt for a tone that’s a half to one shade darker, but not more than that.
The product you choose makes all the difference. If you are new to the eyebrow game, a gel or powder is your best choice. A pencil is excellent for when filling sparse spots. A mouse is best to cover gray brows, deepen hair color, and provide a little holding power.
The trick to shaping perfect eyebrows is to create the shape by using small hair-like strokes. A crucial thing to remember is to not press hard on the skin. It’s always easier to add more color than it is to remove it. Be careful at the front of your brows to not be squared off or too harsh. You also don’t want to overextend the tail end of your eyebrow, because it draws your face down. Just relax, take your time and go soft, and your brow game will be perfect.
How to do it: Glossy eyes are the easiest of all luminous looks to achieve — simply by tapping a layer of gloss onto your lids. The problem is… glossy eyes are simple to achieve, but because of the properties and texture of the gloss, it’s not very easy to wear. Think of eye gloss like a lip gloss; it needs constant reapplying. Chose a gloss with a texture that’s not tacky or gluey.
Another thing is that the gloss will feel very weird at first, and you’ll be tempted to wipe it off after 15 minutes. If you resist those first 15 minutes, the sensation will disappear eventually. Try this one; it has a balmy texture, dense pigment, and very fine glitter that lasts longer than a typical gloss.
Any product you use to achieve glossy eyes will break down other makeup it comes in contact with (like an oil cleanser), so remember to skip mascara and liner that day and opt for false lashes and eyeshadow instead.
The beauty of the gloss trend is that it draws attention to wherever you apply it. If you have big eyes, dab some gloss just in the center of the lid, below the crease. If you have smaller eyes and you want to make them look larger, bring the gloss all the way up to the brow bone.
How to do it: This is my personal favorite makeup trend ever. I see it as the child of dewy dumpling and the monochromatic look. Eyes+Cheeks is the art of matching the shades you wear on your eyes and cheeks, but whether you make it subtle or bold is up to you. Go bold and play with textures. My go-to product to achieve a more subtle, everyday wear of this trend is the Glossier Cloud Paint—simply dab it onto temples and cheeks wherever you like and tap it into the skin. It just blends right in and has a very natural finish.
If you want to go bold, use a mix of matte, metallic, frost, or glitter finishes to add dimension to your look. For example, if you want to do a pink eyes+cheeks you can use one shade on both lips and eyes, but apply a darker shade across the eyelids to add definition. Then, and a slightly more pigmented pink to the cheeks for a healthy flush.