Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Makeup Kit

Summer makeup is a bit of a different animal.  You don't particularly want to look made up, but you want to look radiantly gorgeous.  You want to look like your absolute best self.  Like, "Hey!  Look how good the sun and this gorgeous summer weather has been to me."  

These are some of my favorite products to help you get this kind of a look and to make it last through sweat and summertime adventures.
e.l.f. Studio BB Cream $6- This BB cream has the best coverage out of the BB creams I have tried so far.  It is still lighter and more moisturizing though than foundation, which makes it great for Summertime :)  Also it has SPF 20.
e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick in Persimmon $1- This is great as a blush and you can use it as eyeshadow, I really like it best for blush though, and I tried it on my lips once and it wasn't cute at all.  Ha ha!  Pink Lemonade or Golden Peach would also be great shades for Summer.
e.l.f. Complexion Brush $3- This brush works great for powder for setting your foundation, for blush, and for bronzer.  It is very soft and dense and has a great shape.
NYC Mosaic Face Powder in Pink Cheeky Glow $3- This is an amazing matte (not sparkly) pink blush that is very flattering on all skin tones.  It has great color payoff and because it is a mosaic you can very your color slightly depending on where you sweep your brush.  Applying this over the apples of your cheeks over the color stick helps your makeup set and last even longer.
e.l.f. Studio Baked Bronzer in St. Lucia $3- I love this bronzer for adding a touch of warmth, I used to contour my jaw line and everything with it but realized it's not quite the right shade for that.  Use the complexion brush with this and apply it just below and slightly on the bottom of where you applied your blush.  Then around the top of you forehead, a bit on the bottom of your chin and along the sides of your nose and a bit down the sides of your neck if your face is looking darker than your neck.  So use it kinda as a contour and kinda as a bronzer and it will be great :)
e.l.f. Mineral Eye Shadow Primer $3- This is a great primer for eye makeup.  Apply it all over your eyelids and it will keep makeup from creasing and help it last longer.  For Summer proof makeup apply this then your eye 
e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin' Chic $3- You can use this for a one color eye look that is multidimensional and perfect for Summer.  Just use your fingertip to pat it onto your lower lid from inner corner to outer corner then smudge into your crease.
Avon Kohl Eyeliner in Intense Brown or True Black $3.99 (on sale)- This eyeliner is so easy to apply.  It glides on smoothly and you can smudge it out a bit for a great almost smokey eye look.  It does not smudge or smear throughout the day though.
Maybelline Define-A-Lash Waterproof Mascara $7- This is a great lengthening, defining mascara.  It gives more of a natural look that I love for Summer.  The waterproof formula is great for a pool day.
e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit $3- Gorgeous defined brows will take your makeup to the next level.  This brow gel and powder will make perfecting your brows easy-peasy.
I did not include it in the picture, but a great setting material for your makeup in summer is cornstarch.  So if you are not a fan of the dewy look that this BB cream may leave you with, use that same complexion brush and dip it in a bit of cornstarch and tap, tap, tap the excess off and then apply sparingly to your t-zone and wherever else.  Sparingly is the key here.  See more here.
Thanks so much for reading!!
Comment below with your favorite Summer makeup products.
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  1. Thank you for visiting & I also love elf products - your review was
    very good.
    All the best, Mimi

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  3. Cormstarch?! I've never thought of that! Great products. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love yours!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

    1. Yeah it really works! Too much can be drying and icky though.

      Thanks so much for returning the visit!

  4. Girl YES! I have a couple of these things in my own makeup bag right now! LOVE. And I also LOVE that you included the Maybelline Define-a-Lash mascara!! Its my "holy grail" drug store mascara... And NO-ONE ever talks about it (it seems) aside from me. LOL So I was all excited to see it included in your post. ♥ haha

    Thanks so much for linking up to Makeup Monday! (I Pinned your post!)


    1. I know! It's crazy that no one talks about the define-a-lash. I had a friend/roommate who told me how amazing it was and I tried it and loved it! That was in 2010.

      Thanks for hosting your makeup link up! It's such a great link up!


  5. That's a lot of products for under $40 - great round up! I'll have to keep my eye out for that NYC Mosaic!

    1. Thanks! Yeah it is a nice blush :) Thanks so much for stopping by!