'Tis the season for perfect skin! Okay, so maybe that has less to do with the sunshine and more to do with how we're caking on less product, but I really feel summer skincare is more simplified. That said, with all the extra sun you're getting, you should definitely be taking extra precautions to take care of it!
1. Cleansing Water
2. Facial Mist
Facial sprays are a must-have for me not only for setting makeup, but also to refresh your sweaty, heated faces from being out in the sun so long. I personally fancy the Eau Thermale d'Uriage because of its soothing and cooling benefits, and Caudalíe Grape Water for an instant moisture and mineral boost. Both sprays come out of a nitrogen can in a very fine mist rather than an annoying squirt, and contain NO alcohol or other irritating ingredients, which most other facial mists have. While these aren't exactly makeup extending sprays, they do help get rid of that powdery makeup finish, in the same vein as Mac Fix+.
Sunscreen is probably the NUMBER 1 summer necessity for me (although really, it should be year-round). Even a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure can harm your skin that won't only result in immediate discomfort (sunburns!) but also long-term, irreversible damage. One of my biggest gripes with sunscreen is how uncomfortable or tacky they feel, especially under makeup, so I opt for sheer, more fluid mediums that you can't even detect on the face, such as Uriage Hyséac Fluide SPF 30, which dries down to a silky matte finish, perfect for oily/combo skin. A Korean (and more affordable) alternative is the Etude House Sunprise Mild Watery Light, which has a really watery texture as its name indicates. The Uriage one contains physical SPF while the EH one is purely chemical, so make sure you know which works better for you.
Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched (in the blue tube), which goes on clear but smells DIVINE and Grape Vine (in the green tube), which gives off a gorgeous sheer barely-there berry-toned tint.
4. Tinted Moisturizer (in lieu of foundation)
5. Blush + Bronzer in One
So, forget about contouring; STROBING is what 2015 is all about! Basically, it's a technique where you skip contouring altogether and just go straight to highlighting... everywhere. Cream highlighters are all the rage for this effect, but who has time for adding more sticky goopy stuff onto your face? I abide by my classic theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer for a golden glow, and when we're talking 2015, you can't forget about Jaclyn Hill's fancy collaboration with Becca ChampagnePop either.
7. Cream or Potted Eyeshadow
I go pretty minimal with summer eye makeup, just because I can't be bothered to mess with smudging eyeliner and powdery eyeshadow fallout. My go-to look involves smudging a long-wearing cream eyeshadow like Stila Smudge Pot in my crease and blending it out with a lighter all-over shade like E.L.F. Smudge Pot in Cruisin' Chic (SO cheap yet SO good. This stuff won't budge on your eyelids).
8. Waterproof Mascara
This is something I reserve solely for the summertime because it's such a pain to get off. That said, it's an absolute summer necessity, whether you're splashing around in a pool or sweating up a hurricane in the sun. My favorite picks include the Maybelline Volum'Express The Rocket which keeps your lashes curled all day with no drooping, and Innisfree Skinny Microcara, a Korean alternative which has a super skinny brush and bristles for clump- and mess-free application—perfect for lower lashes. Make sure to get the waterproof versions of each for summer, as both come in regular formulas (that I show love to every other season) as well.
In all practicality, when it comes to minimal summer makeup, color cosmetics would be the last to go for me. But why would you even bother wearing makeup if you couldn't take advantage of the trendy bold and beautiful colors that scream summertime?
9. Vibrant Lipstick
10. Equally Vibrant Nail Polish
What are your summer beauty essentials? I'd love to hear what products you're loving this year!