Get Your Glow On

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During the summer months, my makeup routine is all about achieving a sun kissed glow. By using gold and bronze shades and illuminating products, you can easily give yourself a relaxed and glam look. I know that during this season we all avoid wearing a lot of makeup, but what if I told you you could achive a perfect summer face using a handful of incredibly light and airy products? Meet my summer glow makeup routine:

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1. I start by using two pumps of Smashbox Liquid Halo foundation. I dab those pumps onto my forehead, cheeks and chin. Then I grab my trusty Real Techniques expect face brush and move the spots of foundation in small circular motions all around my face until completely blended into my skin. This foundation is very watery and while covering up blemishes and redness, still leaves you with a natural and light finish. I wear the shade number three.

Smashbox – Liquid Halo HD Foundation $42

Real Techniques – Expect Face Brush $8.99

2. I go in to any spot the foundation didn’t cover and apply a little drop of my Maybeline Fit Me concealer. This is one of my holy grail products. It’s basically a watered down Nars concealer, which makes it perfect for those of us who don’t want to pay a lot and also don’t need intense coverage. I blend this product in with the same expert face brush in the same motion. I use shade 15 (light).

Maybeline – Fit Me Concealer $6.99

3. Because I naturally have dark circles under my eyes, they need to be covered. I despise all heavy makeup, especially under eye concealers. I can honestly say this is the weirdest product I own. It rolls on with a metal ball and is super watery. But let me tell you, This covers everything! I roll it under my eye then use my finger to tap it in and its absolutely stunning and you can’t even feel it under the eye. Plus, it diminishes the dark circles over time.

Garnier Skin Renew – Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller $12.99

4. I then set the under eye concealer with a powder one. I got this in a Bare Minerals kit and I love it so much. The tiniest little bit dramatically brightens your under eye while setting the concealer for your busy day ahead. Just be sure not to use too much. If you do it will settle into all your lines and look caky. Less is more with this one.

Bare Minerals – Well Rested Eye Brightener $18

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5. Using my Real Techniques Kabuki brush, I apply my favorite bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, temples and chin. I blend it across the top of my hair line, connect the cheeks to the temples and then apply it on my jaw before blending onto my neck. I use the Benefit Hoola bronzer because it gives a natural and matte finish. If it looks too structured, I will shake all excess off the brush before blending the lines across my face.

Benefit – Hoola Bronzer $28

Real Techniques – Kabuki Brush $9.99

6. Illuminator is really what makes this look scream summer. My go to is the Bare Minerals Luminizer duo. It is the most beautiful illuminator I have ever come in contact with. Sadly, the first day I owned it I happened to drop it. Although it doesn’t look too pretty in its little home anymore, it still does its job. I use a Real Techniques Setting Brush to lightly apply it over the center of my forehead, the apples of my checks to ears, down the bridge of my nose and on my chin. It gives a glow without looking manufactured.

Bare Minerals – Ready Luminizer Duo $24

Real Techniques – Setting Brush $7.99

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7. You guys know that I’m not the biggest face primer, but I can’t do my makeup without an eye primer. I used the original Urban Decay Primer Potion, but when I needed a new one I opted for the nude matte version. It makes every shimmery eyeshadow pop and you don’t have to apply a base shadow since this is tinted. I apply the tiniest amount to my eyelid then blend wherever the rest of my shadow will go.

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden $20

8. Using my favorite bronze pallet called The Top Shelf by Bare Minerals, I apply the darker shade (Cognac) on the edge and blend it into the crease and over the lid. I then add the lighter shade (Mixologist) in the inner corner of my eye and blend it into the other to add dimension.

Bare Minerals – Ready Eyeshadow Duo 2.0 in ‘The Top Shelf’ $20

9. I thinly run a gold eyeliner along my upper lash line to add a touch more definition to this soft eye look.

Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in ‘Scorch’ $20

10. For mascara, I go all in. I start by applying Lash Domination on my top lashes. This mascara gives the fullest eyelashes I have ever seen and without it, I feel naked. The only issue with this mascara is that it smudges, boo. So, I apply whatever other mascara I have on hand over it and then on my lower lashes to keep it on. I just so happen to have the Benefit They’re Real mascara with me right now. This one is beautiful on its own for a naturally gorgeous look.

Bare Minerals – Lash Domination $18

Benefit – They’re Real Mascara $23

11. I have full eyebrows, so I really don’t have to do anything to them. Since they are my favorite feature on my face though and they make me unique, I play them up. I lightly run a little bit of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz over them to simply to give them a little pop.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz Skinny Brow Pencil  in ‘Chocolate’ $21

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12. Sun Beam adds the final glow that really makes this look summery. It’s an odd formula, it kind of reminds me of a watery nail polish. For this look, I dab it on my cheek bones and then lightly tap it back to my hairline. I then put a drop on the tip of my nose, a little on my cupids bow and as a highlight right under my eyebrows. The only time this is noticeable is when it catches the light. For people with dry skin like me, a little shine is a godsend. Plus, its the perfect shade for summer.

Benefit – Sun Beam $26

13. To keep my makeup on all day without drying out or melting off, I spray my face with this cooling setting spray. It really works and keeps your face cool all day.

Urban Decay – Chill Makeup Setting Spray $30

14. Finally, I love a good neutral lip. This one is absolutely my new favorite. The shade is the perfect pink bronze. The formula is so light that it almost feels like a gloss. Yet, the color pay off is well worth the price tag! I mean, its all I’m wearing in the photo; no primers needed.