Summer Makeup Essentials

Especially in Texas, summer arrives with a blast of hot sun and dry air that wreaks havoc on your beauty routine. For me, my summer makeup is characterized by a light coverage base for my skin, a natural lip color, and a nude eye. Thus, I thought I’d share some of my essential, affordable products with you guys.


First up is the face. I like to use a mattifying primer in the summer, when even my dry skin gets oily throughout the day. The Shine Control Primer by Neutrogena is great because it uses rice complex protein to absorb oil and help your makeup go on smoother. I try not pile on the makeup in the hotter months, but if I’m looking for some coverage to hide blemishes or discoloration I always reach for a BB cream. This one by L’Oreal has a more watery consistency, making it really light and easy to wear. However I will say that the shade selection is fairly small, so if you have fairer skin with a cool undertone the shades may not match you as well. Finally, I just set everything with a pressed powder. I love this one from the L’Oreal True Match line, which has 3 shade ranges so that everyone can find their perfect shade.

In terms of eyes, I like to keep it neutral with this eyeshadow trio by Wet n Wild, called Walking on Eggshells. The trio comes with three gorgeous satin finish eyeshadows that are surprisingly soft and pigmented for such an inexpensive product. I generally use a small, flat eye brush to pat the shadows on, and then blend the darker shade onto the outer third of my eye with a fluffy brush. I try to avoid dark eyeliner in the summer, as it generally ends up giving me panda eyes by the end of the day. But a great way to make your eyes look bright and fresh is to use a white or nude colored eyeliner on your lower waterline. My favorite nude eyeliner is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner. The formula is really creamy so it applies easily with barely any pressure, but it stays put throughout the day. Take a look at the swatches below!eye swatches

Lip stains and glosses are my absolute favorite lip products for summer because they’re low maintenance and natural looking. The two featured in this post are my go to products for the warmer months because they aren’t thick or heavy on the lips. The Covergirl lip stain comes in the shape of a tapered marker, making it really easy to apply. However, it dispenses only pigment, so I would suggest layering it with a lip balm or gloss for some more moisture. This Maybelline gloss goes great with the Covergirl stain, and adds some shine to the stain’s matte finish. Check out the swatches below!lipswatches.jpg

Hope you found this overview of my summer makeup essentials helpful! If you did, it’d be awesome if you liked it and hit the button at the bottom of the page to follow me! Got a question or a comment? Leave it down below and I’ll get back to you!

*Disclaimer: all opinions expressed in this post are those of the author, post was not sponsored*

Love, Joyce

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