Out with sweaters, in with sundresses. We switch out our wardrobe with the seasons, so why should our makeup drawer stay the same in the summer? To get inspired for summer beauty, The Lookbook asked top makeup pros to explain what products and techniques they swap in when the weather gets steamy. Read on for advice from top makeup artists Hector Simancas (his work appears on the covers of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar en Espanol) and Ingeborg (she just worked with Chloe Sevigny for a new campaign), along with the biggest product trends for 2017 according to Bluemercury co-founder and COO Barry Beck.
Mix it up. Instead of putting on a layer of moisturizer than a layer of sunscreen, Hector thinks mixing the two together gives the skin a more natural look.
Or multitask. “I love a good multitasker for skin,” Ingeborg says. “Karyng Complete Broad Spectrum SPF is tinted, glowing but not shiny and doesn't give that white cast most sunscreen leaves you with. It comes in two colors that work on a lot of skin tones.” Or go with an OG product. “Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer has a huge range of skin tones, a great SPF, and a choice of a dewy or matte finish,” she says.
Invest in a mist. Both Ingeborg and Hector love using mists for a dewy look in the summer. Hector recommends using a toning hydrating mist like John Master Organic or Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, or even just a simply Evian spray water two to three times a day, while Ingeborg opts for Avene Thermal Spring Water Mist, to cool, soothe, and hydrate. “They make a small version for your purse!” she says.
Go weatherproof. “Keeping your mascara from running in the humidity can be such a challenge,” says Ingeborg. “That's why I always grab Eyeko Sport Mascara. It’s weatherproof, long wearing yet easy to remove, curls lashes, separates and the brush grabs even the smallest hairs — can't be without this one!”
Keep it simple. Meanwhile, Hector’s practical tip works with any mascara: To prevent smudging, “avoid mascara on the bottom lashes since you’ll be sweating more.”
Highlighters, Luminizers, and Bronzers
Pick your poison. “This category has seen explosive growth in the past year,” Barry says, and there are more formats than ever to get an all over glow. There’s palettes (Bluemercury’s debuted a new Lune+Aster Sunset Bronze & Blush Palette this spring to join its Moonrise Glow & Contour Bronzing Palette), crayons (try Laura Mercier J’Adore Le Soleil Collection Sunrise and Sunset Highlighter and Bronzing Crayons), powder highlighters (Chantecaille Poudre Lumiere is infused with micro-fine luminescent pearls), and ultra-sheer cream options like RMS Magic Luminizer.
Take it easy. Hector recommends using a lighter hand on these products than in the winter. “If you want to wear highlights and contours use less, the sunlight will provide those naturally,” he says.
Try fingerpainting. “I'm obsessed with Vapour Beauty's Aura Multi Use Classic sticks for cheeks and lips for a quick pop of color,” Ingeborg says, and she uses her fingertips to apply. “It’s so easy to blend.” Hector also loves liquid or cream blushes for summer, and his favorites are Nars liquid blush and Tarte’s cream cheek sticks.
Don’t forget SPF. Ingeborg’s favorite summer lipsticks are Ilia’s super hydrating, creamy versions with SPF. "”Nobody's Baby,’ a warm creamy sheer nude, is my current summer favorite.”
Go for a color pop. “Lip is super exciting for summer. We’re seeing intense, full color, and lots of two-toned looks,” Barry notes.
His favorites for summer 2017 include the lip gloss/lipstick hybrid Nars Velvet Matte (“perfect for a two-toned pairing”), Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo (“seductive, rich formulas that deliver weightless color with the hydrating feel of a balm”), and Bobbi Brown Liquid Art Stick (“this gives a glossy, wet look with very full color.”)
Also try shades like Trish McEvoy Veil Lip Color in Wild Rose, Modern Rose, and Tea Rose or Chantecaille Lip Chic in bright, saturated colors like Lily, Tuberose, and Petunia.
The Lookbook is Bravo’s celebration of personal style. We keep you up to date on the inspiring looks from trend-setting stylistas, test and report on the most-coveted fashion and beauty products, and offer solutions to all your style-related conundrums. Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.