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Just Five Things: Summer Makeup Edit

05/30/2018 9 Comments

Just Five Things: Summer Makeup Edit

05/30/2018 9 Comments

Byrdie has a video series on their YouTube channel called Just Five Thingswhere celebrities, models, makeup artists and other industry pros share their top five beauty picks from their personal kits. These folks have access to lots of products, so when something lands on the top of their favorites list, it’s gotta be good.

Watching Just Five Things videos is a fun way to find new makeup, hair care and skin care to add to my beauty wish list, but it also makes me think about my own extensive stash. I love to buy and try new products, but there are everyday essentials in my makeup collection that I reach for time and again.

I love the idea of a signature, go-to makeup look each season; a routine that makes you feel great, and that you can knock out in 10 minutes to get out the door. (See: I hate mornings.) I think of this team of five products as a starting point for an everyday minimal routine: they work together beautifully to create an easy, glowing, fresh face for summer, with or without foundation.


Bobbi Brown Extra Bare Glow Illuminating Moisture Balm

1. A glowing skin prep-step.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm in ‘Bare Glow’ gives the skin a boost of hydration and an instant, healthy glow. The effect is sophisticated and lovely: think pearlescent luminosity; not glitter or shimmery shine. This hydrating balm wears beautifully on its own to give bare skin a little sheen, under foundation as an illuminating primer, or patted onto the high points of the face as a subtle highlighter.

Want a drugstore alternative? Try this ‘Glotion’ Natural Glow Enhancer.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Creme Brulee

2. Natural finish, full-coverage concealer.

NARS Soft Matte Concealer is my favorite do-it-all, full-coverage coverup.If you’re matte-averse like me, don’t be put off by the name of this concealer; there’s nothing matte or dry about it. The potted formula sets to a natural satin finish that doesn’t crease — no setting powder required! — so it’s easy to apply on-the-go. This concealer lives in my handbag and saves the day on mornings that I rush out of the house without makeup and need something quick and easy to cover spots and dark circles.

(A hygiene side note: I always keep individually-wrapped antibacterial hand wipes in my bag to sanitize before I dip my fingers into any potted products.)

3. Tinted fiber brow gel.

I like brow products that fill in sparse areas, keep the hairs neat and tamed, and camouflage the grays that pop up from time to time. The new Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel does all of that in one quick step, with a tiny, dual-sided brush that loads the perfect amount of product for a mess-free application every time. The formula contains microfibers that bulk up brow hairs for a fuller look, and it holds brows in place all day without ever looking stiff or crunchy, or smudging or flaking. If you’re into unfussy, low-maintenance brows, you’ll love this stuff.

Drugstore alternative: try the tinted Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara. The color selection isn’t great and it doesn’t contain microfibers, but it gets the job done.

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in 'Blaze'

4. Matte cream bronzer.

As I get older and my skin changes, I find myself preferring cream products over powders. Cream bronzers can be tricky, but when you get the hang of them, you can’t beat the natural, sun-tanned effect on the skin.

My current favorite is the MILK Makeup Matte Bronzer in ‘Blaze’: it melts into the skin and stays put all day. I use a trick I learned from Jamie Paige to apply it: instead of swiping the product straight from the tube onto my face, I warm up the product by applying it to the back of my hand; then I load it on a brush or beautyblender and lightly swirl/dab it onto the high points of my face, slowly building up the color and blending out the edges until I’m happily bronzed.

This can also do double-duty as a cream eyeshadow: just swipe it into the crease for definition.

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in 'Belle'

5. A nude lip and cheek duo.

It’s tough to find a lip/cheek multiple that works equally well for both applications: some are great on the cheeks but desert-dry on the lips; or perfect for lips but too greasy to hold up on the cheeks. Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils are the best of both in a convenient package, with great color payoff that lasts up to six hours. My favorite shade is ‘Belle’, a rose mauve nude: I pat it onto my cheeks with a fingertip, and quickly blend it into the skin for a natural flush, and draw it onto my lips straight from the pencil. These pencils come with a sharpener in the lid, which is super handy on-the-go.

 

Just Five Things: Summer Makeup Edit

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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  • […] already know I love a good ‘no-makeup makeup‘ routine, and my latest favorite thing is a clean and natural manicure. When my salon started stocking […]

  • PeculiarPorter 06/02/2018 at 10:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, you take such wonderful pictures! I’ve been wanting to try Milk for the longest time.

    xo Logan
    https://peculiarporter.com

    • Keira Lennox 06/03/2018 at 9:03 am

      Thanks so much! I shoot them all with my iPhone! ☺️

  • Shelby Cofrances 06/01/2018 at 8:57 am

    I really want to try the Milk bronzer stick. I’ve heard great things about it! I do enjoy a good cream bronzer.

    • Keira Lennox 06/05/2018 at 12:49 pm

      I really love it! I’d love your recommendations for other cream bronzers, if you have any. CoverGirl used to make one that was amazing (and so affordable!) but they discontinued it.

  • Amanda Rowland-Osmer 05/31/2018 at 5:17 pm

    As a Florida girl myself, I’m always looking for good summer beauty finds. Just ordered the NARS concealer!!

    • Keira Lennox 06/02/2018 at 12:10 pm

      Awesome! I think you’ll love it. As you know, it’s tough to find a concealer that can hold up to our summers around here, but this really does!

      • Amanda Rowland-Osmer 06/07/2018 at 8:25 am

        The NARS concealer is amazing. It blends so easily and I don’t need to use a ton. I am in love with the color and feel on my skin. Thank you for the post!!

  • Carolina Jenkins 05/30/2018 at 4:52 pm

    Keira ,you sure as always post everything that I will try and need !
    Thanks so much for sending all this great information !!

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