If you’re anything like me, then a light coat of makeup is your everyday routine. But, that doesn’t mean  I don’t love trying out new makeup looks on occasion. Plus, summer is the perfect time to experiment with your makeup! From hosting barbecues to long days spent at the beach, the upcoming season holds numerous opportunities to try out a whole new look.

For those of you who are feeling extra adventurous in the cosmetics department, you’ll love these makeup looks I’ve specially put together. Not only will these looks take your makeup game from amateur to eye-catching, but they are also super easy to do!

Here is a step-by-step guide that details 5 makeup looks I’m loving for summer:


1. Poolside

Poolside makeup can be tricky, but there’s no reason to not feel glamorous while lounging around! 

Step 1: I always make sure my manicure/pedicure situation is in check before heading poolside. One of my favorites for summer is OPI Nail Lacquer Collection — great selection of colors and doesn’t chip easily!

Step 2: Generously apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 to your face and neck for a combination of light coverage and protection from the sun.

Step 3: Apply a light coat of Urban Decay Ultra Waterproof Mascara to your eyelashes. The goal is to apply just enough to make your eyelashes appear darker, but not clumpy. If you’re feeling extra bold, add a thin line of colored eyeliner to your lower lash line. ULTA’s Automatic Eyeliner collection has some amazing colors for summer!

Step 4: Lastly, lightly apply Revlon Color Stay Lip Balm Stain to get color without the hassle of reapplying or smudging. And finish off with NYX Cosmetics Dewy Makeup Setting Spray for a fresh-faced look.

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After Hours

2. After hours

Nighttime looks are all about the eyes, which is the main focus of this next look. 

Step 1: Apply Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eyeshadow duo starting with the cream and finishing with the powder. Then add a light layer of one of Black Up’s Metallic Eyeshadows — The metallic copper red is one of my favorites to pair with the Tom Ford Eye Shadow

Step 2: Using Loreal’s Infallible Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, draw a semi-thick line along your top lash line. Then, bolden your lashes by finishing with Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Action 4-in-1 Mascara

Step 3: I’m not one to contour on a daily basis, but I’ll sometimes use NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer to darken contoured areas — under my cheek bones,  on the sides of my nose, and around my face. Add Benefit’s Liquid Highlighter to your cheek bones and down the center of your nose to emphasize the bronzer.

Step 4: Finish off with Urban Decay ‘Revolution’ Lip Gloss for a bold look.

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Weekend Getaway

3. Weekend Getaway

Weekend getaways are the perfect time to experiment with different, yet natural makeup looks.

Step 1: Using Tarte’s 4-in-1 Mascara, apply a generous amount to your top and bottom lashes. Unlike some of the other looks, this one calls for long, thick lashes. Next, outline your eyes with MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner focusing on the bottom inner lash line. 

Step 2: Apply NYX Cosmetics Ombre Blush by starting at your cheek and swiping up towards the hairline above your ear.

Step 3: Line your lips using Marc Jacobs Lip Liner Pencil before applying BareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss. Rub your lips together for an even application.

Step 4: Finish off by lightly dusting a Bronze Shimmer and Highlight Powder over your face for a glowing look.

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Fourth of July

4. Red, White, and Blue

4th of July is right around the corner! What are your red, white and blue makeup goals?

Step 1: Lightly dust your eyelid with Make Up For Ever’s Eye Shadow in Poppy. With a fine brush, underline your lower lash line with Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Metallic Cobalt, then finish with a dab of Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow in Polyester Bride in the inner corner of your eyes. 

Step 2: Generously apply Tarte’s 4-in-1 Mascara to your lashes and outline with MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner.

Step 3: Accent your cheeks using the NYX Ombre Blush, then apply Benefit Liquid Highlighter where needed. 

Step 4: Finish off with a bold lip — MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in Dance With Me has great lasting color.

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