Summer brings sunshine, beaches and vacations. With summer comes some fun make-up products that can help make you look summer ready, sun-kissed and glowing! The best thing about summer and make-up is that LESS is MORE. Here are five simple products that you can stock your make-up bag with to get your face and yourself summer ready!
1. Lip balm with SPF -- Make sure to always keep your make-up bag stocked with a lip balm or lipstick containing at least a SPF of 15 built in. Your lips lack a protective outer layer, so the UV rays from the sun can cause damage to your sensitive lips. My personal favorite is The Naked Bee Lip Balm with an SPF at 15 and a price as low as $3.
2. Choose a powder foundation -- Nothing screams summer like a powder foundation versus a liquid foundation. Choose something that will lightly create a look of flawless skin without hindering a summer "natural" look. My personal favorite is Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup. This foundation has a built-in SPF of 15 and can create a flawless look without the oils and cakiness of liquid foundations and creams. You can find it at Sephora for about $27.
3. Safely fake a tan -- Instead of spending time (and money!) going to the tanning salon or sitting outside for hours on end and damaging your skin, choose a good lotion to provide your skin with a sun-kissed look. If you choose the right bronzing lotion, you will not leave your skin looking orange or streaky. My personal favorite is Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion. This oil-free gel formula has a light texture that can help you develop a glowing fake tan without leaving any streaks or orange marks for only about $18.
4. Grab an illuminator -- Illuminators are my favorite new make-up product. Illuminators can help add an extra glow and sparkle to your face, leaving it summer-fresh and luminous. My personal favorite is Nars Laguna Illuminator, but they also come in different shades. This illuminator is more than worth the $30 and you can find it at Nordstrom or Sephora.
5.Get bronzed -- The one thing you want to be armed with for the summer is a good bronzer. Bronzers can help add that extra oomph to your face and leave you always looking a little sun-kissed (even if you have no time to spend in the sun!) Make sure to consult a make-up artist to pick the right bronzer so it matches your skin tone. My personal favorite is Aveda's Amazonia Bronzer. This bronzer has a combination of warm brown and peach colors that really highlight my face well. You can find this at any Aveda store or salon for $24.
Although I've included my personal favorites, you can always find comparable make-up products from local stores like Walgreens, Target and Wal-Mart. There are so many different make-up products that can help you get ready for your summer -- whatever it may bring!