Affordable Summer Makeup Must-Haves

The best time of the year is upon us. That’s right, it’s almost Summer. With Summer coming up, it’s time to start adapting your makeup routine to the new season. Here’s a list of my must-have products for summer.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Poreless Putty Primer

Summer means sweat, so it’s important to find a primer that will keep your foundation locked in place. This primer not only keeps your makeup in place, but it also blurs and smooths any fine-lines, wrinkles, and pores for a flawless canvas.

Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Tint

Don’t let the name of this foundation fool you, it has fantastic coverage for a tint. It’s lightweight, has buildable coverage, lasts all day, and contains hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated all day. This product’s also very versatile, I keep several colors on hand to use it as a foundation, a brightener, and a cream contour.

Too Faced Born this Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder

This powder… y’all this powder was a game changer for me. This setting powder is so finely milled that a little bit goes such a long way, and feels like you don’t have anything on. While this product is a little pricey compared to everything else on this list, it’s worth it.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

This bronzer is my absolute favorite. It applies so smoothly and gives you the best sun-kissed glow that’s perfect for summer. My favorite part of this product is the smell, it’s AMAZING! It smells like the beach in a compact.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink*yr_2019*ch_pla*bnb_b*eng_bing*dv_des*cty_us&utm_term=4580634167126144&utm_content=pt0_face&gclid=CIHBqc_23OgCFWGwZQodkeEGag&gclsrc=ds

This blush gives the perfect peachy pink flush to your cheeks. It looks so natural and glowy which makes it perfect for that summer glow.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Shimmer Highlighter in Starlight Glow

Don’t let the fact that this highlighter is $6.00 trick you, it’s unbelievably pigmented. If you want that blinding highlight that can be seen from a mile away, this product definitely does the trick.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

Finally, it’s time to finish off your look and set your face in place. This setting spray is one of the best I’ve ever used, the mist is so fine, you can drench your face and it barely feels wet. The best part is that my makeup stayed looking fresh all day long.

I hope you liked these recommendations and found some new favorites. Get out there and rock your summer looks.

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Makeup is something that’s personal to everyone that wears it. For some, it’s an art, a form of expression, a confidence boost, or all the above. Regardless of what makeup means to you, we can all use some tips and tricks to get the most flawless look as possible. In this article, you’ll get all of our tips to make your face makeup Instagram worthy.

Tip 1: Skin prep.

Skin prep is very important; your makeup will only be as good as its base. Your skin prep can be done in 3 easy steps.

  1. Start by washing your face with your preferred cleanser. You want to make sure you’ve removed all the dirt and grime from your skin.
  2. Next, you’ll want to do a quick exfoliation to get rid of any dead skin and dry patches. You can use either a physical exfoliant like the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub or a chemical exfoliant like the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel Exfoliant, depending on your preference.

*Bonus: If you want to go the extra mile and get an even smoother base, you can dermaplane your face. Dermaplaning is another form of exfoliation that uses an eyebrow razor, like the Schick silk touch-up razors to remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells.

First, make sure you dry your skin completely. Then make sure you hold your skin taut, and holding the blade flat against your skin, move in short, upward movements to remove peach fuzz. Do this over your entire face (obviously skipping your eyebrows) to achieve a smooth, hairless base. This will help your makeup apply easier and allow it to appear less thick.

  • Finally, you’ll want to apply a good moisturizer. If you have oily skin, we recommend the Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel, or the Neutrogena Hydroboost Gel Cream is a thicker formula that works well on dry skin. Let your moisturizer settle into the skin for 10-20 minutes before you begin makeup application.

Step 2: Foundation and face.

Liquids and Creams

  • First, you’ll want to choose a foundation that works for your skin type; generally, a dewy finish foundation works best for dry skin and matte finish foundation works best for oily skin.
  •  For an even application, a damp beauty blender sponge works best. Lightly bounce the foundation over the skin until you’ve reached your desired coverage.
  • If you have any areas that need extra coverage, use a light layer of concealer and bounce it into the skin with the damp beauty blender the same as you did the foundation.
  • For a natural-looking contour, use a foundation shade about 2-3 shades darker than your natural skin tone. You can see your natural contour line if you make the “fish face”. Draw a line from the top of your ear following the contour line, stopping halfway to the corner of your mouth. You’ll then want to take your beauty blender and bounce/ blend the contour upwards. You never want to blend your contour downwards, or it will give the illusion that your face is sagging.
  • Allow the liquids and creams to dry down. Allowing these products to dry down will allow for a better application of setting powder or other powder products.

Powder Products

Using a light fluffy powder brush, dunk your brush into a translucent loose setting powder. Tap off any excess, and then begin lightly dusting a light layer of the powder over your entire face. Applying a layer of setting powder allows other powders to blend easier, avoiding any patches that may be caused by blushes or bronzers sticking to any tacky spots in your foundation.

Next, if you so desire, using a powder bronzer you can enhance your contour by blending the bronzer powder upwards over your contour.

To easily apply blush in the right spot on your face, look in the mirror and smile. When you smile, the apples of your cheeks will raise allowing you to clearly see the “apple” shape. Lightly blend your blush in a circular motion in this area.

Now it’s time for highlight. Using a small fluffy brush, lightly apply highlight to the cheekbones, the forehead, the tip of the nose, the chin, and the cupid’s bow of your lip.

Step 3: Set.

  • To finish the look, spray a generous layer of setting spray over your entire face, and fan dry. Avoid talking or making any kind of facial expressions during this step to avoid creases.

Now that your face is flawless, get to taking those Instagram-worthy selfies.