As soon as the summer sunshine starts pouring through my windows in the morning, I have an insatiable need to match the weather with my look. Here is how I accomplish the switch from cozier, winter vibes to lively spring and summer looks!
I don’t really ‘do’ my hair: When the temperature starts to go up, I stop trying to blowdry my hair or use tools or products. I let my hair air dry so my waves and curls stick around. I let my hair grow out (a little) and add some highlights to brighten up my vibrant red-violet tone. I tend to just spritz in a little sea salt spray or use a dash of dry shampoo and dry condition if my hair is in need of a refresh.
I simplify and lighten up my skin care routine: In the warmer seasons, I tend to use lighter moisturizers and fewer oils and serums. I just don’t feel the same scale of parched-ness in my skin, so I don’t layer on the rich products I use in cold weather. I also just pare my routine down to the bare basics. Right now it consists of: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Caudalie Vinopure Serum, Mizon Snail Mucin Moisturizer, and NextCare Hydrocolloid Dots (if I have a blemish).
I ease up on face makeup: During the winter, I tend to do a real foundation routine — primer, foundation, concealer, powder, the whole shebang. This is not the look I enjoy in the summer. Foundation just melts off my face in the warm sun, and it’s not a cute look. So for the summer months I either do a light foundation (Armani Luminous Silk, Revlon Candid), tinted moisturizer (NARS Tinted Moisturizer), or just a touch of concealer (Glossier Stretch Concealer, NARS Soft Matte Concealer, or First Aid Beauty Bendy Avocado Concealer). Honestly, most of the time I just tap a bit of concealer under my eyes and on red areas and call it good. It lasts better and looks natural in the summer heat.
I go for a glow: I ix-nay powder all together unless I have an event. I go for a rosy flush instead of a more nude blush (right now I’m head over heels for Clinique Black Honey Blush). I sweep bronzer all over my face — at present I’m pretty obsessed with The Balm’s Bahama Mama — and I make sure to hit my temples and the top of my nose. I also love a good highlight. Sometimes I go for liquid highlighter, but usually powder is less messy and faster if I need to get out the door, so The Balm’s Mary Luminizer is where it’s at!
I skip lipstick or heavy lip products: I slather on Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Masque before bed each night after I brush my teeth. But in the day time, I complete my look with a swipe of tinted lip balm or a very balmy lipstick (Clinique’s Black Honey, Glossier Generation G Lipstick in ‘Like’, Glossier Balm Dotcom in ‘Cherry’). You can definitely rock more vibrant colors in the summer, but I honestly like the look of a natural lip that doesn’t take any upkeep (meaning your beloved lipstick won’t melt in the sun).
I take incredible care of my hands and feet: I do manicures and pedicures (at home usually) with a vibrant color — Essie’s Geranium is heaven-sent. I keep my paws scrubbed and moisturized for flip flops and sandals. I don’t like feeling self-conscious about my feet, so I do the best I can to make them look pretty and fresh in the summer.
Let me know how you achieve the spring/summer vibe!