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 blow-dry 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 conditioner 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/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 would normally 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 wearing in the summer months. Foundation just melts off my face in the warm sun, and it’s not particularly cute. 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 apply a bit of concealer under my eyes to cover dark circles and on red areas, and I’ll call it good. It lasts significantly better over the course of the day, and it looks more natural and glows to have your skin shine through.
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. It just brings dimensionality and light to my face. 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!