8 Makeup DOs and DON’Ts for Summer

Summer is usually a favorite time of the year for most people. The sun is out, the temperatures are up and it’s time to hit the beach with your friends! Summer is also a great time to get creative with your makeup look. You can bust out those fun, bright colors and go to town. Shimmers, sparkles and glitter are all in.

With that being said, you shouldn’t think it’s a complete free for all when it comes to makeup in the summertime. If you want to look your best, there are certainly some dos and don’ts that you should make sure you’re following.

Summer SkincareSummer Makeup DOs

Let’s start with things that you should be doing when it comes to makeup in the summer.

1. Do: Get a foundation with an SPF

This is rule number one. When the sun is out, that means it’s time to start protecting your skin every day. This is true even if you go outside for just a few minutes on some days. The easiest way to do this is to get a foundation that has an SPF built in.

2. Do: Try a nude lip

Nude lips always look sultry and sexy on a summer day. To achieve this look, start with a light or baby pink lip pencil that actually takes color away from your lips. Some people even use their foundation. Top this with a clear or light colored lipgloss. Recommended summer lips care: Hydraquench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm with SPF 15 sunscreens.

3. Do: Use bronzer

Bronzer is great for summer because it achieves a sun-kissed effect on your face, but you don’t have to deal with the sun damage. Dab a little on the apples of your cheeks, the sides of your forehead and your nose. You can even use bronzer on your neck, chest and shoulder tops.

4. Do: Try new colors

Summer is full of color, and your face should be no exception. This is the time to try out that bold blue or bright yellow. Eye makeup is the best place to use color. Use the nude lip and just a little bronzer to tone down the rest of your face while you dabble in color with your shadows and liners.


Summer Makeup DON’Ts

Now that we’ve covered what you should be doing, let’s look at makeup products and trends that you should definitely be avoiding during the summer months.

1. Don’t: Stick to your same old winter foundation

Summer is not the same as winter. Your skin will be different, and you should change your foundation routine as a result. Switch out that old cakey liquid foundation you used during the winter by replacing it with a tinted moisturizer or a light mineral powder to soak up excess sweat.

2. Don’t: Forget to purchase waterproof eye makeup

Your eyes will need new makeup as well. Because it’s not uncommon to get rather sweaty during the summer, using eye makeup that is waterproof will ensure that you won’t be a dripping mess with black liner and mascara all over your cheeks by the end of the night.

3. Don’t: Forget to store your makeup in a cool, dry location

With the temperatures up, taking care of your makeup means storing liquid, cake and powder items where they won’t get too hot or soggy. If you have air conditioning, you should be set. Otherwise, make sure to put your makeup in a dark drawer and away from windows when it’s not in use.

4. Don’t: Go crazy with the bronzer and fake tan

Bronzer is one of the funnest makeup items for summer, but you have to be careful! Make sure you use it sparingly, and always use natural light when applying it.