We already know that during the hot summer months, makeup is best applied like clothes – as minimally as possible. However! When it’s 90 degrees outside and the humidity is that of the Amazon rainforest, there’s a thin line between the perfect bronzed, dewy glow, and the “I’m sweating in places I didn’t know existed please don’t touch me” situation.
And while I fully support the minimal makeup, sometimes a mid-day (and a post-work, pre-frozen-margarita) refresh is just necessary.
In an effort to keep it light (on my face and in my handbag), I set out to simplify my summer makeup routine and see how far I could stretch the basics. I’m talking 3 products, 6 uses…
1. Mascara as brow gel –
I first discovered this trick when I unexpectedly woke up to an empty tube of eyebrow gel. Sure, I might not win a Nobel Prize for the idea, but it’s a fairly reliable plan B. After swiping to coat your eyelashes, lightly comb your eyebrows with the same wand (just as you would with your actual eyebrow gel) in an upward direction. Ta da! You look refined, defined, and resourceful too!
I’ve found that nearly any color works for this technique. Apply your favorite lipstick to the body part it was intended for, then lightly dab the highest parts of your cheekbones with the same color. Continue dabbing with your fingers until it’s blended and smooth. It works like a charm and is a lot less painful than the old “pinch your cheeks ‘til they’re rosy” trick.
3. Balm as…well, everything –
And I mean everything. Use it on your lips for a gloss, cheekbones for a highlight, eyelids for a shimmer, and all the other nooks and crannies for a little moisturizer. This is really the only product in which the “less is more” rule does not apply.
And voila! A full beauty look that you can fit in your mini purse. And here in the Studio, we’re really into mini purses.
How do you simply your summer routine? Any other double-use products we should know about??