12 Summer Beauty Tricks Makeup Artists Won’t Tell You for Free
Here's how you can look like the best version of yourself without sweating your face off in the warmer months.
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Look good while keeping your cool
Looking dolled up and glowy this summer doesn’t have to break the bank. We polled celebrity makeup artists on the secret tips they only divulge to their clients. From nose contours to natural glows, here are the makeup tips artists won’t tell you for free. If you are heading out to buy makeup in person, make sure you know the things you shouldn’t do at re-opened retail locations.
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Shimmer and protect
As the editorial director of makeup for Stila Cosmetics, makeup artist Charlie Riddle knows a thing or two about creating perfect-summer looks. For those who want to look naturally glowy while still protecting their skin from the sun’s damaging rays, he advocates for the “shimmer and protect” approach that he pioneered. “Slice off a small piece of a cream highlighter stick like the Stila Cosmetics Complete Harmony Stick in shade ‘Kitten’ and mix with your favorite sunscreen to give an all-over glow while staying protected.”
Another tip: shimmering doesn’t have to stop at the face. “You can use your makeup to tone your body,” he begins. “Adding a highlight to strategic areas can give the appearance of definition and tone,” he says. The same Stila Hamonry Stick he recommended for your face will also do wonders to the tops of shoulders, collar bones, forearms, and the back of your legs creating an instant toned effect.
Wake up your skin naturally
Celebrity makeup artist and founder of Guide Beauty Terri Bryant has a brilliant way to perk up your skin. “Replace foundation with a jade roller or gua sha,” she suggests. “It’s a lovely way to ‘wake up’ your skin and give it a glow first thing in the morning. As you relieve muscle tension and stimulate circulation the skin appears softer, smoother, and more radiant. Creating good energy and flow is key to getting that summer glow,” she explains. Now that your summer skin is set, focus on planning a crowd-free summer vacation.
Incorporate an essence into your makeup routine
Professional makeup artist Stephanie Valentine has over 200K Instagram followers that track her every beauty move. Despite her celebrity status, her tip for achieving a natural-looking glow is something you can easily recreate this summer. “Spray a dewy essence on the high points of your face, then use a matte spray in the center of your face to give off a natural glow,” she begins. “If you layer your dewy essence between your foundation and powders it will give you more luminous and radiant skin. This also helps to prolong a look.” One she recommends is the Orpheus Bio-Luminous Dewy Essence, which is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, to also help with UV protection and skin rejuvenation. Follow these 16 hair tips from stylists for easy, summer hair.
Keep foundation to a minimum
“Because most people don’t need as much coverage in the summer months, my best tip for glowy summer skin is to use a stick foundation as a pin-point concealer only on the areas where you need it,” says Angela Calisti, a celebrity makeup artist who has worked with mega-watt stars like Bella Thorne, Olivia Culpo, Amanda Steele, and Olivia Palermo. She recommends the Younique Touch Stick Foundation, which has a medium to full coverage foundation with a velvety finish. “It goes on light and allows your skin to shine through,” she concludes. Heavy foundation is also one of many makeup mistakes that age your face.
Go for the glow
As the last step in your makeup routine, Nick Lujan, a makeup artist and educator with over 13 years of experience, recommends applying a small amount of highlighting product by dabbing it on the pads of your ring fingers before gently dabbing it on the areas of the face, like the tops of your cheekbones or cupid’s bow, where you want people to focus. One of his favorite products to achieve this summery glassy effect is Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Liquid Illuminator. He says that all you need is a grain of rice-sized amount because a little goes a long way toward giving you a youthful and radiant complexion. The lightweight gel-oil illuminator can be used alone or added to any moisturizer or primer for a universally flattering dewy look. Find out the best self-tanners for you.
Straighten your nose without surgery
Do you have a slightly crooked nose? This contouring trick from Lauren D’Amelio, a sought-after cosmetologist and celebrity makeup artist, can help it look straighter. First, start by identifying which side your nose tilts to, then more heavily contour this side with the darker shade in a contouring compact like Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo. “This will create the illusion of it being straighter because you are creating a shadow there,” explains Lauren. Since nose contouring can be tricky, she recommends you start off with a small amount of product and add more if needed. These tricks will help your makeup to last in the summer heat.
Moisturize post shower
According to New York City makeup artist Larry Baquerizo, what you do immediately post-shower can have immense benefits for your skin. “Always apply lotion right after the shower or bath for optimum benefits, because this is when your pores are open which will allow the product to absorb more quickly and lock in moisture,” he explains. He likes products that are easy to use and don’t take up too much time, because they make it less likely you’ll skip this important step. One of his favorite formulas? “Rahua Enchanted Island Lotion Mist is a quick-absorbing, sprayable lotion powered by Symbiotic® plant-powered nutrients that act as a climate shield,” he shares. He also likes that the natural morete oil in the formula which is rich in beta-carotene and provides natural plant-based UV protection during the hot summer months. Find out why you shouldn’t wash your face in the shower.
Quench your lips
Professional makeup artist Amanda Thesen noticed that when she wears a mask during prolonged periods while working on her clients, her lips become very dry. To counteract this to achieve the most voluminous lips possible she suggests incorporating a lip treatment or serum to your nighttime routine. “Apply a lip treatment or serum like Fitglow Night Lip Serum before going to bed. This all-natural silicone-free formula contains rich plant extracts and vegan collagen that help hydrate lips so they are smooth and plump the next morning,” she explains. Find out the lip balm hacks you’ll wish you knew all along.
Fake your bake
“Rosy cheeks give the feeling of healthy skin but, we all know how damaging the sun can be for us,” says Lisa Aharon, celebrity makeup artist. “This being said, I’m not willing to go without my sun-kissed complexion, especially in the summer,” she explains. “I like to fake my glow with a creamy sheer blush and some days even a few freckles! I’ve always thought they were beautiful and try to never cover them up on a face with foundation,” she says. Using a cool brown, freshly sharpened pencil or Freck Beauty OG Freckle Pen she likes to dot fake freckles on the high points of the cheeks and over the bridge of the nose. Now that you have your tan sorted out, don’t let these packing mistakes ruin your vacation.
Repurpose brow products for a sultry summer look
“One of my secrets to compliment glowy skin this summer is using brow creme to create a smudgy eye look,” says Carissa Ferreri, celebrity makeup artist. “I use Babe Lash Defining Brow Créme on my clients’ eyes all the time.” To get the look, dip a small tapered blending brush into the creme and apply it to the corners of the eyes. “It does not budge, even when it’s hot and humid and you’re going to the pool and beach,” she explains.
Use colored eyeliner to make your look pop
Saisha Beecham, a popular celebrity makeup artist, pairs colorful long-wear eyeliners with complimentary eye colors to highlight both skin tones and eye color. For brown eyes, she advocates for taking a chance on turquoise eyeliner. “It really helps the brown highlights in the eyes stand out—all the tiny flecks of color in the eyes will pop,” she says. For blue eyes, try gold or taupe, she suggests to bring out any gold flecks in your iris and help warm up light to pale skin tones for a perfect summer glow, she says. Her favorite eyeliners are NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liner Sticks. “[These] are so great, not only because they glide on like butter and stay put, but they also come in an awesome range of colors great for any eye color or skin tone,” she concludes.
Stay hydrated and protected
Beecham knows the key to glowing skin is keeping it hydrated, so she looks for products that pack a punch so that she doesn’t have to apply multiple layers when she steps out in the summer heat. “NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil SPF 30 Daily Moisturizing Primer is so perfect because I can choose to wear it bare as a daily moisturizer and SPF protector or if I’m feeling like wearing my face makeup, it’s a great barrier under my foundation for a smooth finish,” she explains. Read on to learn the 12 makeup rules you should know by the time you’re 40.
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