I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve got summer on the brain. Yeah, yeah, we’re still a few weeks away, but my sweaters are packed up, my snow boots are in storage and all I can think about are sandals (more specifically: espadrilles!), and tunics and swimsuits, and oh right, makeup.
I couldn’t be happier to bump by thick concealer and foundation down a drawer to make way for new spring makeup—and as you'll see in my below list, there’s a boatload of great new products that we all need rightthisverysecond. Chock full of shimmer, bronze, glitter and beautiful bright hues, this is the makeup that goes hand-in-hand with your tassel earrings, breezy dresses and freckle-speckled noses.
BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette
One of the biggest makeup launches of year, Becca teamed up with the model/mom/chef to launch a new palette that does just want it claims—makes you GLOW. Thanks to the brand’s clutch highlighter and three rosy-hued blushes dreamed up by Teigen herself.
Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette
Time to put the moody, broody shadows away and break out the pastels that are the perfect accompaniment to sun-kissed cheeks.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip
These sticks are just plain fun and sort of remind me of finger painting tubes from back in the day. But I digress—what’s really great about them is the consistency and the colors. More creamy than gooey, the liquid lipstick is semi-matte and provides full coverage for eight whole hours. Perfect for those hot days and nights when you leave your skin bare and pair it with a statement lip.
Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder
One of summer’s few downsides? Humidity. We’ve all succumbed to over-powering heat at 9 a.m. when you’re commuting to work, but this blotting powder is here to save the day. Super lightweight, the powder will erace any trace of oil or grease for your pretty puss, keeping you looking cool as a cucumber even when you feel the opposite.
Lipstick Queen Mornin’ Sunshine Lipstick
Four words: I love this lipstick! Super-hydrating and nourishing (thanks to shea butter, mango butter and olive oil), Mornin’ Sunshine delivers a coral hue that is unique to everyone and created based on your body’s pH levels.
Laura Geller Island Escape Eyeshadow Palette
Another palette, because, duh. This one from Laura Gellar delivers robust, bold colors—Jungle green! Paradise purple!—that are smudge-proof and thusly, perfect for summer.
Yves Saint Laurent The Street and I Couture Palette Collection
Pair this limited-edition palette with an LBD for a hot date and you’re good to go. Comprised of a light pink shadow for under the brow, a dark kohl grey for lining eyes and hot oranges and pinks for your lids, it’s an all-in-one bomb eye kit.
NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette
More shadows, because really, a girl can’t have too many. Nars’ earthy selection are full of shimmery neutrals that are just right to pair with white jeans and big gold hoops on a summer afternoon. Bottle of crisp rose not included, unfortunately.
Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick
Is there anything better than a multipurpose product? Nope. Throw this cutie in your purse when the days are long and you’ve got both your lips and cheeks covered when emergency touch ups are needed.
Tarte Make Believe In Yourself: Limited-Edition Tarteist PRO Glitter Liner
No, this isn’t your everyday liner. But I can’t think of a better time to rock a rose gold glitter liner, can you? Summer is made for shimmer and sparkle and with this liner all you need to add is a great mascara and BOOM, you’re done.
Benefit Cheek Parade
If you’re a Benefit addict like me, then this is the palette, err, parade for you. Comprised of my new musts GALifornia and Hoola Lite, along with cult favorites Dandelion, Hoola and Rockateur, this is your one stop summer shop for bronzing, blushing and brightening.
Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
Even sun-kissed cheeks can use a little definition and this contouring stick does the job beautifully. Applies like a creamy powder in a light bronze, which is perfect for summer skin.
MAC Extra Dimension Blush
Yes, most summer days we want to look like Tinkerbell, covered in shimmer and shine. But sometimes, you also want to rock a dramatic cheek and this MAC beauty will get you there quick.
Kevyn Aucoin The Moleten Lip
A gorgeous gloss that can be worn alone or over lipstick, the Molten shades are rosy and gold and perfect for warm summer nights.
Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask
For those of you who aren’t into the whole sun thing, apply this mask to your face, neck and décolletage for three nights and you’ll look like you just got back from a weekend in the Hamptons.
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