With summer fast approaching, you might think that it’s just a waste of time to put on makeup. After all, the scorching heat of the sun will just melt it all away! You might also think that summer makeup will just be cakey and uncomfortable, taking the fun out of your summer trips.

But this should not be the case. When it comes to summer makeup, less is actually more. In today’s video, Margaret Manning demonstrates how to apply minimalist makeup to enhance your glow and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Apply Facial Oil to Give Your Skin a “Tingle”

This may seem like one more step to complicate your beauty regimen, but facial oils truly work wonders for your skin. As we age, our body produces less of the natural oils that we need.

Using facial oil gives the skin extra moisture and protects it from the damage caused by the sun and the environment. Apply facial oil by patting it gently on your face and neck.

Use a Lightweight Concealer and Foundation

Walking around in the heat and humidity can lead to smudges and smears. Choose a concealer and foundation with SPF to add extra skin protection, but apply them as lightly as you can.

Dab the primer lightly with your fingers to tighten and minimize the pores, then use a light stick foundation to even out the color and texture. Dab a mineral illuminating concealer over shadows, spots, and other areas of concern.

Play with Eye Colors

Margaret isn’t too crazy about hiding anything and using too much concealer, but she’s especially keen on playing with eye colors.

Choose a gel eye color that becomes matte after drying. Gel liners are best for summer makeup because they’re pigmented enough to give you the results you want with only minimal blending. Ariane Poole has a line of matte gel products with colors perfect for the summer months.

Highlight Your Eyes

Waterproof gel products are your best friend this summer, says Margaret. Choose a light eyebrow makeup that’s easy to control and blend to add texture to your eyebrows. Volumize your eyelashes and highlight your eyes with an eyeliner, but make sure that you have melt-proof makeup.

Choose Fun Colors for Your Cheeks

Margaret advices to lightly apply your blush using a small angled brush to highlight and add color to your cheeks. Pink and coral highlights work best in summer, but a shimmery bronzer can do the trick too.

Give Your Lips a Shimmer

As you did with your cheeks, choose fun and fresh color to give your lips some love. Coral, pink, and peach can do wonders for your lips if you’re into these colors.

But what’s important is to choose a product with a beautiful gloss, one that glides on smoothly almost like a lip gloss but has the texture and color of a lipstick. Make sure that your lipstick is pigmented and moisturized enough to prevent melting.

How do you do your summer makeup? Do you think that it’s better to keep things minimal this summer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Let’s have a conversation!

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