Summer Skincare & Makeup Tips

With summer just around the corner, it’s just about time to update your skincare and makeup routines! If you want to get clear skin and achieve a glowy, natural makeup look, keep reading!

Having a good skincare routine is the first place to start if you want your skin to look hydrated and healthy this summer. First, pick a gentle cleanser that works best for you. My favorite brand is Cetaphil, but CeraVe and La Roche-Posay also some great cleaners.

Remember to keep your skincare simple. Overloading your skin with too many products can have adverse effects, like breakouts and clogged pores. Use a quality cleanser and moisturizer; additional products can be unnecessary during the summer depending on your skin type. Find the combination of products for you. Keep in mind that eye creams, toners, spot treatments, and serums can have beautiful results for some people but are unnecessary for others.

The last step to everyone’s skincare should be sunscreen. The National Institute for Health states, “UV damage can take a toll on your skin and its underlying connective tissue.” This is why it’s so important to protect your skin with sunscreen.

But sunscreen doesn’t have to be a boring step in your routine! I’m a huge fan of Supergoop’s Glowscreen. It contains SPF 40 and adds an amazing shine to your skin. This sunscreen is a little pricey, ranging between $22 and $40. A more affordable version of this product is e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Suntouchable! Whoa Glow sunscreen and primer. This product is only $14 and has SPF 30.

I would also recommend mixing your sunscreen with a tinted moisturizer or a glow serum to bring out a natural tan. I always mix my Glowscreen with L’Oreal Paris’ True Match Lumi Glowtion. These two products are a match made in heaven!

Now that you’re done with skincare, let’s move on to makeup. In the summer, I hate having loads of makeup on because I end up sweating it off immediately after application.

Meg Smith, a sophomore nursing student, can relate to this issue: “I never wear makeup in the summer because I will sweat it off or it will just be washed away during summer activities like hiking or swimming.”
The key to having your makeup stay on for hours is primer. I love e.l.f.’s Power Grip Primer and Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.

For this look, e.l.f.’s Halo Glow Liquid Filter foundation and 16HR Camo Concealer make a perfect base. Both products are hydrating and reasonably priced.

A sophomore psychology student, Sophia Curcio, added, “I love e.l.f. products because they are so affordable. They have a really good eyebrow gel and a setting powder that lasts all day and doesn’t look cakey at all.”

To finish the face makeup, add a cream contour— I always reach for Rare Beauty’s Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Sticks— and a liquid blush, such as Glossier’s Cloud Paint.

I love keeping my eye makeup simple in the summer. Add your favorite mascara and a pop of color in your inner corners with the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils.

Top off with a hydrating lip gloss, like Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb, a setting spray to lock all the products in, and you’re all set to go this summer!