Summer time is all about sunshine, bare arms and legs, and light and fresh clothing and makeup choices. A fresh face look is so summery and youthful, pairs perfectly with all your lightweight clothing, and makes it look like you’re wearing nothing. So here’s a little step by step to show how I achieve that flawless fresh faced look, without any cakey or heavy makeup — in fact, everything I use is super light so I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup!
Plus, since there are only a few steps, it takes just about 5 minutes from start to finish so you can be out the door to your sunny summery activities in no time, and looking fabulous and fresh!
Start with a clean, dry face. The key to the fresh face look is no dry or rough patches, so I use Neutrogena Blackhead eliminating scrub every few days to keep my pores super clean and to slough off any dry skin. It works wonders and I highly recommend it. Moisturize well after using it, then let your skin completely dry before applying foundation.
A super even and smooth base is the first step, and I use bareSkin foundation from bareMinerals (I wrote more about this product here) and buff it gently all over my face. Make sure you blend it nicely on your jawline and neck.
With a big fluffy brush, apply a loose powder to set your foundation. Since I’ve started using the bareSkin foundation, I’ve used my old bareMinerals mineral veil foundation as my loose powder, which gives me a little extra coverage where I need it, and helps the liquid foundation really stay in place all day. But before that I used a CoverGirl loose translucent powder and it worked great. In fact, I still use it in the next step.
(optional) fill in your brows. With the light fresh face look, a defined brow is flattering since it adds a little bit of contrast and definition to an otherwise smooth and soft look. I use Anastasia brow powder duo and an angled brush from Ulta. After filling them in, go back with the fluffy brush and CoverGirl translucent powder and brush over them gently to set the makeup and give it a less harsh and more realistic look. I’ll do a full brow tutorial soon!
Next let’s add a little bit of color to that newly evened out skin tone. First up is bronzer. Don’t go heavy on this — the idea is that you want to look glowy and sunkissed, so no harsh lines. I use a fluffy brush to get a more natural look, and use “warmth” All-Over Face Color from bareMinerals. I apply it just below my cheekbones (where you can see the brush in the photo below), along my hairline on my forehead, along my jawline, and down my neck. I also occasionally squish the brush a bit with my fingers to make in narrower, and then apply down the sides of my nose (but not on the bridge).
[tip: When you put your brush in your bronzer color, always do a brush on the back of your hand to make sure you get an even application when you put it on your face].
Now add a little color to those cheeks with a bit of blush. I love “beauty” by bareMinerals because it’s a very natural pink. Use the same brush-first-on-the-back-of-your-hand tip that I mentioned above when applying blush, and smile when you do this so you can put it right on the apples of your cheeks.
Next up, add a bit of definition to those eyes with a dark gray or black eyeliner pencil. I like bareMinerals lasting line long-wearing eyeliner in charcoal. I use liquid liner for evening makeup, but during the day the pencil achieves a softer look while still giving the illusion of a thicker lash line and defining your eyes. Skip the eyeliner on your lower lid for this look.
And you’re done! A flawless, super lightweight, super natural fresh face for summer!
This is not a sponsored post. I get asked all the time about my makeup routine, so hopefully this answers your questions. I’ve been wearing bareMinerals for three years now, and, as you can tell, I really love it 🙂