Summer Beauty Essentials

With every season brings wardrobe changes in my closet and even beauty changes in my makeup bag.  This summer has been no different.  I have added a few beauty products to my makeup bag that have become my summer essentials.  Though summer is almost over, it's not quite over yet.  If you don't already have these items in your makeup bag, you may want to consider adding them before summer is over.  

1.)  SPF sunscreen

-This one is pretty much a given.  We all know it's important to protect our skin from the harsh rays of the sun all year round but especially in the summer.  No matter how little or how much "melanin magic" your skin contains, you still need to apply sunscreen not just to your body but also to your face.  I have been wearing a face moisturizer that also contains SPF.  It's a 2 for 1 deal so I'm all about it.  The pharmacist in me recommends you get a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.    

2.)  Darker foundation

-Because we tend to spend more time outside during the summer and because the sun is much harsher, we may tan and get a shade or two darker.  Due to tanning, whatever foundation we were wearing during winter may now be too light.  So, you may want to readjust your foundation and get a darker foundation and revisit your lighter foundation for fall/winter.

3.)  Highlighter

-There's nothing like a summer glow...which is why adding a highlighter to the high part of your cheekbones is a must for your summer makeup routine.  When the sun hits your highlighted areas, you'll look so radiant!  

4.)  Bright, bold lipstick

-I love bright lipsticks for summer!  I know it may be hard for some darker skin tones to feel comfortable rocking a bright, bold lip because it can seem like such a major transition from your face to your lips.  However, one thing I've discovered that makes it better for me is to tone down the boldness a bit by lining my lips with a lip liner that is slightly darker than the lipstick or by using a lip liner that is close to or even a bit darker than the natural color of my lips.

5.)  Lip gloss

-Glossy lips are back and perfect for summer.  Wear the lip gloss alone, over a lip liner or, add a little gloss on top of any of your matte or satin lipsticks and make your lips pop!

Do you have any summer beauty essentials that you have been using this summer?  Let me know in the comments!

Love, peace, and sole!