To me, summer makeup is best when it’s soft and easy. I love the products below for that reason. Just a few great products and you’ll have a cool summer look:
tarte maracuja rainforest glow instant matte waterproof body perfector ($36 USD) – A bronzing, matte, waterproof body perfector infused with maracuja.
Product Performance: Say goodbye to dull, uneven body skin instantly with nourishing maracuja rainforest glow matte waterproof body perfector! This revolutionary formula moisturizes the skin as it imparts a healthy, natural-looking tan immediately, with a no-fuss, no wait instant bronze-on-demand that helps mask uneven skin tone, imperfections and varicose veins. Infused with maracuja, rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids, this streak-free, quick-drying bronzing lotion brightens and restores skin’s natural luster, so even after you wash it off with soap and water, skin still feels soft and looks radiant.
Powered By: maracuja oil: rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) known to replenish, rebuild, and enliven skin for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. Vitamin C: gives the appearance of brighter skin. Anti-aging elixir: promotes active skin recovery and rejuvenation.
What I think: This product is perfect for the summer. I use it when I’m wearing shorts and capris and haven’t kept up with my faux tan. I love that the ingredients are good for my skin and especially that it doesn’t rub off on my clothes.
tarte park ave princess bronze & glow™ matte bronzer & cheek tint ($32 USD) —
An innovative 2-in-1 matte bronzer and cheek tint in park ave princess. Transform into a glowing, bronze goddess with tarte’s new bronze & glow™ matte bronzer & cheek tint.
Product Performance: This innovative 2-in-1 complexion enhancer in tarte’s signature park ave princess shade will give you the perfect balance of a sunkissed bronze and a natural flush. Apply the weightless, mousse bronzer over foundation or smooth onto bare skin for an all-over matte radiance. Using the convenient blush tip, invigorate your complexion by applying the tint directly to cheeks and blending with fingertips for a subtle peachy pink glow. By fusing two products into one, the recyclable component prevents the waste of potentially useful materials, making it the most eco-friendly and convenient bronzer and blush choice for the tartelette on the go.
Powered By: Amazonian clay & maracuja oil. Maracuja oil instantly absorbs into the skin, delivering a high dose of essential fatty acids and vitamin C to hydrate the skin while imparting a beautiful pop of sheer color. Amazonian clay acts as a total skin balancer, by hydrating all skin types, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin, improving clarity and texture, and removing surface oil to mattify skin for a soft focus and flawless finish.
What I think: I love the blush part of this duo. It is such a gorgeous color and it is so easy to use. Just rub a little on the apples of the cheeks, rub in and go! The bronzer is matte and creamy. It takes a little practice to get it looking perfect, but it is so pretty.
Both tarte products are available at www.tartecosmetics.com.
The Hard Candy Lash Ink 4-Day Lash Stain ($7 USD) cloaks your eyelashes keeping them thick and fluttery up to four days straight. By using this eyelash stain you need not reapply mascara for up to four days. No matter whether you bathe, swim, cry, or get wet in the rain, your lashes will stay flawless. This Hard Candy lash stain comes with a bristle brush that allows you to apply the lash ink to your lashes from the roots to the tips. You can have thick glossy lashes every day, with just a little work every four days using this 4-day lash stain.
What I think: I LOVE this mascara! First of all it gives a great separated fullness and length. And it doesn’t flake at all. My lashes look great for a few days!
Available exclusively at Walmart and walmart.com.
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé ($24 USD) — A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture. Pout, Bare Baby, Pink Diamond, Bare Blush, Bare Beige, and Quarts are included in our Summer Nudes collection.
What I think: Laura Mercier’s glosses are moisturizing and not sticky. I have this one in Pout, a very soft pink.
Laura Mercier Nail Lacquer ($18 USD) — Limited Edition. The ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting color. Nail Lacquer does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Bare Angel, Bare Rose, Bare Haze, Bare Mocha, Bare Espresso and Cocoa Suede are included in the Summer Nudes collection. Fordbidden and Bewitched are included in the Dark Spell Collection.
What I think — I love the soft color and the smooth formula. Just a couple of coats gives an opaque look.
Both Laura Mercier products are available at www.lauramercier.com.