How To Keep Your Makeup Light And Look Beautiful This Summer!

Ed Note: A big thanks to Karen A for contributing this article which will keep you looking great this summer!

How To Keep Your Makeup Light And Still Look Beautiful This Summer!

I’m a sucker for makeup. It doesn’t matter what brand. I can find something I love from just about every brand out there whether it be from Sephora, Target or the local drugstore. When it comes to summer makeup my motto is “out with the old and in with the new.” Summer is the perfect time to ditch old makeup and test-drive the season’s hottest colors, but it’s also important not to overdo it especially on extremely hot and humid days. The last thing you want is a ton of makeup melting on you face. Summer makeup should be simple and natural. Below are six fabulous tips from the pros on how to keep your makeup light during the summer and still look good. Happy summer makeup shopping!!!

Charissa Keo, LORAC PRO Artist based in Houston says to use Primer, primer, primer. Apply a thin layer of oil-free face primer to clean hydrated skin then follow up with a lightweight concealer to brighten under eyes and even out any discolorations. Then use a light dusting of powder in the T-zone and you are ready to take on the summer heat! Don’t worry about blotting excess oil – a little glow is good and looks healthy and radiant! Try LORAC’s POREfection Face Primer, $32 available at

Try LORAC’s POREfection Face Primer, $32

 “For summer it’s great to make your products do double duty says,” Sonia Kashuk, Makeup Artist and Founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. Try using her Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm in Charmed for a natural flush and juicy lips. If you really want to punch up color, layer the Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Coraly Nude underneath for a full power pout. Summer is all about minimalism so keep the eyes simple with the Pearlescence Longwear Crème Eye Shadow and a few coats of mascara. Now your makeup bag is pared down. Sonia Kashuk’s Dewy Luxe & Cheek Balm retails for $9.99, the Velvety Matte Lip Crayon retails for $7.59 and the Pearlescence Longwear Crème Eye Shadow retails for $8.99 at

Brilliant summer makeup from Sonia - All under $10!

Susanne Langmuir, founder and CEO of Bite Beauty loves a natural look and opting for sheer colors will just add that extra polish to finish your look. Bite Beauty’s new BB For Lip collection is available in 5 lip-toned shades that repairs, primes and protects with SPF 15 – we call the look MLBB (my lips but better!!). The BB For Lip collection retails for $24 each and is available at

 The BB For Lip collection - a must have makeup for summer heat

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Director of Education and Artistry Lijha Stewart suggests using a few key products that stay in place and keep the focus on flawless skin. She says you will need a basic foundation for your skin type such as MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Foundation, which is ultra-lightweight and water-resistant, a concealer for under eyes and skin concerns, HD Blush #335 (it’s long wearing and the perfect sculpting color for most skin tones), and HD Pressed Powder to take down unwanted shine in an portable compact. Last but not least, lock your makeup in place with Mist & Fix. MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Foundation retails for $40, the HD Blush retails for $26 and the Mist & Fix retails for $29 at

Makeup Forever easy summer makeup - LOVE that Mist It and Fix

Raquel Grijalva, NARS National Makeup Stylist says Less IS more, especially when it comes to your complexion. NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is the best compliment for summer skin. It is water based, lightweight, and SPF 30. Works much like a swimsuit, hugs your skin! After using your daily moisturizer, apply a pea-size amount of NARS Pore Perfecting Primer layered on top. This oil free primer is perfectly light and matte. Using your fingertips apply the tinted moisturizer, layer and build coverage to your desired finish. Complete the look by lightly buffing the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, working it into the skin. This formula will secure it wears perfectly on the skin and feels amazing to the touch. NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer retails for $42 and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder retails or $35 at

NARS light reflecting powder for summer radiance made easy

per-fekt Founder Richard Anderson says learning how to prevent makeup from melting in hot weather is important to looking your best even on warm, humid days. Try layering per-fekt’s Skin Perfection Gel “on top” of any foundation. It will dry on contact and transform into a liquid powder sealing in your favorite foundation, for a “light” not makeup-y look. per-fekt’s Skin Perfection Gel retails for $48 at

Skin perfecting gel? I think I need some of that for the summer!

What are your summer go-to products?

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