Summer makeup can be a struggle. It must endure a lot of adverse conditions – sweat, humidity, dryness, excessive partying – while making you look your best despite the oppressive weather. It’s no surprise when beauty experts are singling out the defining looks for summer, they err on the side of simplicity. Forget the elaborate decorations that keep you entertained during spring showers and winter snow-ins. Summer is the season to be practical and quick so you don’t miss out on all the celebrations and festivities crowding your schedule book. This doesn’t mean throw minimal makeup like nobody cares. It’s all about refining your choices so they don’t take much time or effort while still looking spectacular on your face. You want to rush out the door to that Friday night stomper, but with the certainty that you look good enough to attract the proper overnight attention. Here are the best ways to do that in 2017.
EYELINER FROM LAST NIGHT
Subtle black and silver makeup is nothing new. These colors have been popular since gothic beauty went mainstream in the late 80s. What’s new here is Chloe’s enduring product, a smoky eye that’s so good it will enhance your runny makeup just enough to make the whole thing looked planned.
DRAW OUTSIDE THE LINES
Smudged lipstick made a limited appearance last year at a few of the racier shows during NYFW, but it wasn’t until this summer that the messy look went mainstream. Now, you can easily apply lipstick in a hurry. Let chaos take over for a minute.
USE A STAIN ON YOUR LIPS
If smudged lips are a too much for your complexion to handle, stain those choppers instead. All you need to do is blot some product on your lips and cheeks. You can also devour a Popsicle and let its ruddy juices lend your lips some vibrant, temporary color.
GIVE YOUR EYES SOME EXTRA SHINE
Gloss is all the rave this year thanks to 90s nostalgia. From glistening lips to shimmering nails, we’ve seen almost everything. The latest development fills out the trend with shiny eyelids. Let’s just say some simple face cream can go a long way.
EMBRACE DARK EYELINER AND GO GOTH
It used to be taboo to blacken the contours around your eyes like a sinister clown, but not this summer. Goth is making a comeback and this look is one of the subtle results. It’s a great way to make your eyes pop against an outfit of vibrant colors.
MOISTURIZE UNTIL YOU CAN SEE IT
Half beauty trend and half skincare regimen, 2017’s obsession with shiny skin carried over to this technique which allows your moisturizer to act and foundation while keeping your skin healthy and comfortable. Some even add Vaseline on top to enhance the glow, but you can leave that part out of it.
WHAT TO DO WITH MELTED LIPSTICK
If you left lip product out in the sun and it’s becoming a pile of mush, repurpose it as blush. This will give your cheeks a soft, sun-kissed look you can’t get with classic blush or rogue. Sometimes mistakes yield some of the best results.
Summer 2017 is all about shine and eyeliner. If you can blend these two into your current makeup routine, you’ll look refined and sexy on vacation. Is that all you ever wanted from a beauty trend?
— Scarlett Price