Now that the pollen has cleared, summer is finally upon us (we all have a love/hate relationship with this season). The temperature can be unbearable at times but, summer has always had a carefree vibe to it. For me, it’s an opportunity to switch up my beauty routine, which at times can be extensive. I keep my summer routine simple with very few products and I’ve compiled a list of my favorites that work for every woman under the sun!
1. Serum – Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Serums are something that benefit all skin types. This one in particular has been a staple in my nightly routine for some time now. After a long day out in the sun, this brings that healthy moisturized feeling back to my skin. It works to enhance your skins natural repair process while you sleep. This even helps to protect your skin from environmental assaults during the day. My favorite thing about this product is that it actually works for every age group, ethnicity, and skin type. I’ve introduced it to several women in my family and it’s their new favorite. It’s easy to use with great benefits.
2. Facial Moisturizer – Neutrogena Moisturizers
Being out in the sun can dry out your skin. Even with my oily skin I can tell when I need a good moisturizer. This particular moisturizer is not only affordable but it works. They have a variety for different skin types, some including SPF which is a necessity during this time. It wears great under makeup and let’s face it, more moisturizer equals less wrinkles.
3. Concealer- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
This is perfect for those “no makeup” days. Wearing a full face of makeup during the hottest days of the summer is a task in itself. This concealer goes on smooth with a natural finish. The creamy formula moisturizes the under eye area for those days our dark circles decide to make an appearance. A little of this and there is no need to pull out that heavy foundation.
4. Matte Lipstick-
I didn’t list a specific brand for this category because you have so many options. Matte lips have hit the market even harder with the recently popularized liquid lipsticks. I love matte formulas because I can put them on and they last all day. The last thing I want to worry about is touching up my lipstick while enjoying my summer activities. If you’re new to the matte family try a soft matte formula (MAC The Matte Lip Collection). These tend to be the perfect mixture of moisture and matte. For extra longevity I recommend liquid lipstick (Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks). They dry down to a matte finish once applied and these babies aren’t going anywhere. Find a fun new color that adds a pop to your routine and rock it daily.
5. Nail Wraps – Shop ncLA
As much as I love getting my nails done I just don’t have the time with my busy schedule. I went thru a phase where I would polish them myself but after so many chips and smudges my spirit was broken. I love these nail wraps because I can apply them myself and go. The number of designs allows something for everyone. To me this is safer than gel nails. I noticed after doing gel for a long period of time my nails felt weak. Grab a design, apply them at home, and see how much personality they bring you!
With these five products you can maintain a simple but effective beauty routine for the summer. Try new things and find a routine that works best for you. It shouldn’t be a challenge to look good while having fun in the sun!