Long, complicated beauty routines go out the window once the sun shines. For summer, makeup is all about looking fresh and natural without the fuss. Here’s the scoop on getting a clean, summer-fresh face in four simple steps that take five minutes or less – combined.
Step 1: Face
Skip the hassle (and caked-on look) of applying heavy sunscreen, foundation, concealer and powder in favor of a radiance-boosting tinted moisturizer (applied with your fingertips or a sponge) or a long-lasting powder foundation. Try: Perricone MD Active Tinted Moisturizer, a sheer, multi-tasking moisturizer that protects with SPF 15 and heals existing sun damage. If you need just a bit more coverage, dot problem areas with a creamy, long-lasting concealer like Alison Raffaele True Concealer.
Step 2: Color
The best way to quickly brighten your face is with a dose of bronzer. Swirl a fluffy brush onto a matte or slightly shimmery bronzer (too much shimmer equals disco queen!) and dust upwards onto cheek bones and onto closed eyelids – one or two light strokes deposit just enough color to brighten eyes without needing shadow.
Step 3: Eyes
When it comes to quick cosmetics, skip the time-intensive task of lining eyes and get look-at-me lashes instead. A flick of a lash curler and a coat of multi-tasking mascara like Becca’s The Ultimate Mascara and you’ve got hassle-free definition and drama. If you have an extra 30 seconds, draw a thin line on the upper lids with an eye-enhancing pencil such as DuWop’s EyeCatchers to really add some oomph.
Step 4: Lips
Ditch goopy glosses and thick lipsticks for lighter formulas that condition and protect with just a hint of color. Tinted lip balms and sheer glosses are the go-to lip products for mess-free, easy-to-apply color – so effortless, you can apply without a mirror. For super stay-put color in a sheer tint, try Lauren Hutton First Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain.
Now think about all the ways you’re going to spend that extra time you saved!