The summer solstice is near, and that means longer days and steamier nights. Heat up your summer look with warm-toned makeup inspired by the soft radiance of the setting summer sun. Featuring bronze, copper and soft peachy-pink shades, this easy makeup tutorial is perfect for all skin types and tones. We’re sharing six steps that teach you how to apply makeup and achieve a soft, summer glow.
Step 1: Start with a flawless face.
The beginning of any natural makeup look is a dewy, healthy-looking complexion. After completing your typical skin care regimen, use a multitasking moisturizer like LovelySkin LUXE Mattifying Moisturizer to take care of any dry patches, without leaving behind a greasy or oily feeling. This daily moisturizer also contains peptides to keep your complexion looking plump and resveratrol to provide daily antioxidant protection. Apply the moisturizer all over your face, smoothing down onto your neck if desired.
Next, choose a foundation like Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Pigments. This foundation instantly revitalizes skin with 33% concentrated pigments for lightweight, customizable coverage. Featuring a silky, oil-free formula, this foundation can be applied alone or mixed into your skin care for an even more natural finish. Apply this buildable coverage foundation with a foundation brush or your fingertips, blending just below the jawline for a seamless finish.
Step 2: Prime your peepers.
This warm-toned makeup tutorial is all about creating a shimmery, copper-toned eyeshadow look, but first, let’s talk about protecting the delicate skin under and around the eye. Traditional sunscreen is typically irritating to skin around the eyes, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it! Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 is a gentle, multitasking formula that minimizes puffiness with caffeine, hydrates to improve fine lines and protects against sun damage and premature aging with all-physical sunscreen actives. Dispense one pump onto the metal applicator tip and dot under the eye, sweeping up along the entire orbital area (yes, even under the brow bone!) Smooth and blend into the skin.
Next, keep your eyeshadow locked in all night long by priming your eyelid with a lightweight concealer like Koh Gen Do Moisture Fit Concealer – 02. This concealer contains a gloss film powder to blur the appearance of pores and blends seamlessly into the skin without creasing or caking. Botanical moisturizers soften skin for a luminous finish. Using a small concealer makeup brush, apply and blend the concealer under your eyes and onto the tops of your eyelids and smooth until any harsh lines are diminished.
Pro Tip: Dealing with a few imperfections like acne scars or dark spots? Use your under-eye concealer to clean them up and create a flawless canvas for foundation.
Step 3: Create a defined, beautiful brow.
Full, natural-looking brows are a definite trend at the moment and we’re here for it! Add volume and fill in sparse-looking hair with a medium shade pomade like Sigma Beauty Define + Pose Brow Pomade - Light. This easy-to-use vegan and cruelty-free brow filler can be applied with a brow brush to sculpt the brow shape you want. Plus, it’s water-resistant, so it won’t run or streak if you sweat or take a sudden dip in the pool!
Finally, it’s time to give your look a bit of drama by applying a liquid eyeliner like stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - Intense Black. To create a subtle cat eye, start at the corner of your eye and draw a thin line just above the lash line, bringing the curve out and up slightly toward your brows. Next, smudge a small amount of liner onto your lower lash line, making sure to blend in any harsh lines for a soft and sultry look. Finish up with a few swipes of your favorite mascara.
Step 4: Warm up your eyes.
To create a beautiful, sunset-inspired look, choose an eyeshadow shade from a palette like stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette – Spirit and apply a warm-toned peachy-plum all over the eyelid with an eyeshadow brush. This eyeshadow palette is formulated without sulfates, phthalates or parabens and features 12 intriguing shadow shades that were designed to illuminate your inner beauty.
Once you have your base shade applied, it’s time to give this look its signature copper-bronze glow. Use Au Naturale Pure Powder Bronzer - Golden Henna and pat the powder onto the centers of the eyelids with your fingertips, so you can still see the peachy-plum base color on both sides and above the bronze shade. If you prefer to use a brush, make sure you choose a small makeup brush that features an angled tip to allow for controlled application.
Step 5: Get that sun-kissed summer glow.
Bronzers and highlighters are the key to contouring your features and creating the look of soft, sun-kissed skin. For this look, use a bronzer and blush palette like the GLAMGLOW GlowPowder Hyaluronic Acid Infused Glow Palette. This palette features three shades to blend as you choose, plus each powder is infused with hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture to skin. Choose the second darkest shade, and apply with a fluffy brush just below the apples of the cheeks, blending upwards toward the ears.
To contour your features, choose a bronzer like Glo Skin Beauty Bronzer - Sunkiss, and apply it with a bronzer brush onto the outer sides or your forehead, just below the hairline. Finally, dust the powder lightly onto the apples of your cheeks.
Pro Tip: Make sure you aren’t bronzing too much! Use a large fluffy brush and swirl it gently onto the top of the powder. Then, tap the handle of the brush on the side of the bronzing palette to release any excess powder. This technique ensures you aren’t putting too much product onto your brush, which will lead to an “orangey” look instead of a soft bronze.
Step 6: Perfect your pucker.
For this summer look, you can put away your matte lipstick, and instead, choose a creamy formulation with a natural-looking finish in a coral shade like jane iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon - Yummy. This lip crayon provides a rich wash of color while keeping lips moisturized with castor seed oil and vitamin E. To apply, start at the center of your lips, and swipe the crayon out to the corners of your mouth, applying a generous amount of color.
Make sure your sultry summer makeup stays put and spritz the final look with a setting spray like COOLA Organic Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30. This spray provides additional sun protection while giving your look a hydrated, fresh appearance.
Find more step-by-step tutorials on how to apply makeup on the LovelySkin blog.