One of my favorite things about summer is the relative ease in our daily schedules. The days are longer. Our social events are more relaxed. Summer outfits are much less complicated. With our summer tans and moisturized skin, we can usually take a few steps out of our beauty routines too. Here’s my simple, everyday summer makeup routine and the clean beauty products that I use to keep my skin nourished and glowing…
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and I may earn a small commission from any purchases that you make by clicking on my link (at no cost to you). As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
1. Sheer Foundation
In the summer, you may want a lighter weight foundation, as you switch from formal events to casual backyard dinners. As you tan, you may also need a darker shade.
Mineral Fusion is an affordable clean beauty brand that is EWG VERIFIED™ (it the clean beauty standards set by the Environmental Working Group.) I’ve been using their Pressed Powder Foundation and their Liquid Foundation for years, and love the light to medium coverage.
I also just added their SPF Brush-On Sun Defense to my Amazon cart. Did you know that you should be re-applying sunscreen after a few hours in the sun? It’s a little tricky to do with a liquid sunscreen when you have makeup on, so keep this powder on hand for touch-ups.
I also use Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals Foundation which includes a moisturizing, anti-aging serum. It’s more sheer than the Mineral Fusion liquid foundation, so think of it as a tinted moisturizer. I find that in with my summer tan, my dark spots and undereye circles are less noticeable, so I can get away with less coverage in my summer makeup routine.
In case you’re not familiar with the brand, Jane Iredale is also a clean beauty brand. Their products are paraben, phthalate, and cruelty-free. If you want to test them out, take a look at the Pure & Simple Makeup Kit. It includes foundation, blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow in one little compact so it’s perfect when you’re on-the-go. (Just add mascara and eyeliner.) It’s available on Amazon, but if you need help figuring out the appropriate shade for your skin, try the Foundation Finder Quiz on their website.
A pencil eyeliner is usually easier to use, smudgeable, and easy to apply to your waterline than a liquid one. I love to switch up the color of my eyeliner from brown to navy to soft black, depending on my mood and the occasion. I have Mineral Fusion, Jane Iredale, and Burts Bees eyeliners in my make up bag. They’re all clean, easy to apply, and they last all day even in hot, humid weather.
I’ve been using a Gabriel Cosmetics mascara which looks very natural. I’m still looking for a clean beauty mascara that gives me much more volume and length without smudging or bleeding. These are a few that I’m planning to try, based on some great reviews and recommendations:
4. Bronzer Or Blush
Even with my tanned skin, I find that I need a little bronzer or blush to create definition and glow. I have a compact bronzer from Mineral Fusion which I sweep onto my cheeks and eyes. If you like to wear both a bronzer and a blush, take a look at their Blush/Bronzer Duo.
During the pandemic lockdown this year, I really missed wearing lipstick! For video calls, and anytime I don’t have to wear a mask, I like to use a pink-brown that just adds a pop of color to my face. My current favorites are W3ll People’s Optimist Organic Semi-Matte Lipstick (I use New Mystic) and Mineral Fusion’s Lipstick (I love Alluring). I also love Beauty’s Lipstick Crayons which fit nicely into my smaller clutches and handbags.
If you have darker skin and have a hard time finding nude lipstick, take a look at Mented. They make vegan, non-toxic makeup with a focus on dark skin tones. Their lipstick is also available at Amazon. I’m checking out the Semi-Matte Nude Pink Brown.
Add These To Your Summer Makeup Routine
When I need a little more makeup for photos or video calls, I add my Beautycounter brow pencil, bareMinerals Bareskin concealer, and eyeshadow from my Beautycounter Velvet Eyeshadow Palette (I have the Romantic collection.)
How many products do you use in your daily make-up routine?