Hey there! I’m highlighting one of my favorite clean beauty brands today (this isn’t sponsored) and sharing my summer makeup routine.
I have shared skincare and makeup routines here many times, but what makes this one unique is that it’s my bare essentials routine. Anything less than this and I’d just take the day off makeup completely. Like most of us, I don’t like to wear as much makeup in the summertime. So here’s my minimal routine.I always begin with primer. I only added primer maybe a year ago and WOW what a big difference it makes. It really helps to smooth pores and look about a million times more hydrated.
COOLA makes a great primer with SPF 30, which is perfect for long summer days. Plus, there is nothing worse than putting sunscreen on over a full face of makeup—ew. Better to knock it out with the primer. Don’t forget your neck.
(If I’m not wearing any makeup at all, I always put on these drops. They are really silky and easy to apply—they don’t feel like sunscreen—but are SPF 30. The reason I always put these on regardless of whether or not I’ll be outside is because they also protect from blue light if I know I’ll be in front of my computer all day.)
Next, I use a BB cream. Lately I am loving this one. It’s closer to full coverage than any BB cream I have ever used and buildable. I have a lot of unevenness in my skin and dark circles and this product helps me feel evened out, but not too covered up. It’s very natural looking.
I also added eyeliner after this step, I just didn’t take a photo. Also I should note that I currently have eyelash extensions and just got my brows micro bladed, so that cuts down on the time I spend on my routine quite a bit! If you’re on the fence or interested in either of those things I can share more in the comments.
Next, I use this blush. It is my all-time favorite blush and the ONLY product I bought during my first month of swapping to clean beauty that I still buy time after time. I like the peach color on my fair skin, but rose color works better when I have a spray tan.
Next, I add just a teeny bit of highlighter along the top of my cheekbones and around my eyes. Highlighter is a less is more thing, but it makes a big difference in how “glowy” my skin looks in the end.
Next, I add a lip color. I do love to try different lip products all the time and this COOLA lip tint has SPF 30.
Something I had learned from caring for Nova’s skin and also from going in for my first skin cancer screening this year is that there as so many parts of our bodies that we don’t think to use SPF on. Our scalps, our ears, our lips … and more. So lip tint with SPF is a good thing to keep with you in your purse all summer!
The last step is setting spray and I have to kind of rave about this product—it made my skin look so dewy (see the next pic). I am sold! Plus, it has SPF as well. I am going to keep this setting spray around year round.
Alright, here’s my finished look!
This is what I do with my routine most days unless it’s a very special occasion or I don’t wear makeup at all. I grew up wearing tons of makeup and always trying to change my appearance, but the older I have gotten I have come to realize that embracing my skin and just giving it a little boost is the best way to go. At least for me!
Thanks for reading! I’m happy to answer any questions you have in the comments! xx. Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.