When summer rolls around and we’re spending many of our days at the beach or outside, the last thing I want to think about is makeup. But even on those days that I am getting ready, I go for a more lightweight face routine — a few essentials that make me feel pretty and put together, but not at all caked on or heavy. I want to share a few favorites that have become summer makeup essentials. (And with just a few extra steps and products, it will transition perfectly into my Fall makeup routine)!

1. I’ve been using Jergen’s Natural Glow body lotion for about 10 years, but I’ve only started using their face lotion this summer. I have really sensitive skin on my face, so I was nervous to try it, but I haven’t had a single problem with it and I love the little bit of color it gives my naturally pasty white face. I put it on morning and night about twenty minutes after washing, and it keeps my skin soft and smooth and just slightly bronzed. 
2. I met the Bare Minerals team at Alt Summit earlier this year and they sent me home with a bunch of makeup goodies, including this Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Smooth Talker. It’s my go-to lip gloss for a natural summer look — just the right amount of neutral shine. 
3. I’ve been using Murad products for about eight months now and haven’t met a product I didn’t like (you can read more about my experience with them here). They recently sent me their acne treatment concealer, and although I’ve been anti-concealer since high school (one too many horrible experiences with breaking out), I gave this one a try. I absolutely love it, and it gives amazing coverage but hasn’t made me break out one single time. I swear by this stuff. 
4. This summer I’ve had a ton of friends get eyelash extensions. I was super interested in how they liked them, and mostly got a negative response about it — the price, not being able to wear mascara, and not being able to rub your eyes were the biggest complaints. So when Younique sent me their 3D Fiber Lashes, which claimed to have the same results at a fraction of the price (and washed off at the end of the day), I was intrigued. I’ve been using them for about a month, and they seriously do what they claim — a few little swipes, and my already long lashes look even longer and fuller with this product. They’re perfect for a lightweight summer makeup routine, but also compliment a darker statement eye perfectly. Can’t wait to use them with a smokey eye when the weather gets cooler!
5. During the summer, I love adding a bright and colorful blush to my routine. But I find that my powdered blush’s fall off quickly in the heat. So instead of using those, I grab one of my pink lipsticks and rub a little on the apples of my cheeks for an instant pretty flushed look. CoverGirl “fairytale is my favorite, and is perfect for doubling up as a regular lip color when you’re wanting to add a little extra color to your look! 
What are your summer makeup essentials??


  1. Natali says:

    You look absolutely stunning!! This royal blue dress suits you perfectly!

    I gotta try out Murad products, I’ve heard so much about them but haven’t

    tried them out yet.


  2. Julie says:

    I love the idea of using a lipstick as blush! I’m definitely looking forward to cooler weather so I don’t have to worry about my makeup melting off my face!

  3. Christina Storm says:

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  4. Erin Li-Sik says:

    I have the same problem with my blush, so I am intrigued by using lipstick. Does it cause breakouts though?

  5. 204park says:

    I’ve discovered Murad a few months ago and I love it too! It’s been amazing during my pregnancy and even though I’m super careful about what products I’m using right now and I’m not using the full line at the moment, I know that as soon as I can I’m going to buy them up and I can’t wait! xox, Sarah

  6. Jasmin daily says:

    Powder blush definitely doesn’t work in the summer! Try Maybelline Dream Bouncy cream blush, I swear by this stuff! 40 Pink Plum is my go to and would look lovely on you!

  7. yourfaceislikethesunshine says:

    Love this look! I’m trying to find that Bare Minerals gloss – is it possible it’s called “Smooth Talker” instead of “Sweet Talker?” Thanks!

  8. Must check out that moxie lip gloss… it’s such a perfect hue! and just got the younique lashes; dying to give them a try. I’ve seen some major improvements.

    great to discover your site!


  9. Courtney says:

    I’ve been curious about the Younique mascara, but I’m a die-hard eyelash extensions wearer! You CAN wear mascara with extensions (which I do for added “oomph”), just as long as it’s not waterproof mascara (something about the waterproof formula can dissolve the eyelash glue?). I just use a q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover to take off the mascara at night. Yes, you have to be gentle with them (no rubbing eyes, no shower directly in face, etc), but I don’t mind!

    • Nicole says:

      you should totally try the Younique mascara! I have had girls switch from wearing extensions and convert totally to the 3D mascara! 🙂

  10. Leticia says:

    I am LOVING your hair color!! Do you have a post with details? 🙂

    • Merrick says:

      I don’t — sorry! It’s just dyed a rich neutral brown with a blonde ombre. Although the lighting in these pictures makes it look a little more dramatic than it actually is. My outdoor outfit photos are a more accurate representation of it!

  11. Sarah Polk says:

    Here in South Louisiana, every make-up just melts off my face. It’s depressing and disgusting.

  12. huv123 says:

    I love the necklace and dress. Have you written about this outfit before?

  13. Marti says:

    Hey Merrick! I loved this tip, I had never thought of using lipstick for blush. So I tried it today, and ended up looking like a clown with big circles! 🙂 How do you put it on and blend it? Clearly I am not well versed in this.

    • Merrick says:

      Oh no! I just barely dab my finger on the lipstick — you don’t need much (as you found out)! Just get a tiny bit of color on the tip of your finger and then dab it a few places on the apples of your cheeks and rub rub rub! Hope that helps!

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