Understated beauty looks that are perfect for this time of year
Forget about wasting time on a full face of makeup in summer – ‘less is more’ should be your hot weather mantra. Pick one key area to draw attention to and hone your morning makeup efforts there. Here’s how to take the easy route with your summer makeup while still achieving maximum impact.
A power pout
When it comes to summer handbag essentials, NARS Pro Artistry Director Rachel Goodwin singles out “a true red lipstick and breath mints”. Here are some sure-fire ways to nail a perfectly applied pout.
#1 / Lip prep
To prepare the lips for colour, use a sugar scrub to soften and prevent peeling. “I start with a balm to nourish the lips and then I’ll go in with the sugar scrub on top,” says Casey Gore, makeup artist and founder of The Future Mrs. “After wiping off the excess, I’ll add more balm.”
#2 / Choose your colour
“Statement lips always make an impression,” says Goodwin, who recommends NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment. “If red feels too obvious, go for a vivid fuchsia or deep burgundy, then add a pop of glitter.”
“Even with a super-natural look, you can pump up the lashes,” says Gore. “You can really go to town.” Get your eyes working with these standout techniques and savvy advice from the experts.
#1 / Stay focused
If you don’t want to touch-up constantly, concentrate on the eyes. “I prefer a strong eye on nights where I want to be free to drink, eat, laugh and kiss without being distracted by maintaining my lipstick,” says Goodwin.
#2 / Try jewel tones
“My idea of a perfect summer party look definitely involves colour,” says Goodwin. “Try emerald green or garnet shadow with a bit of gold shimmer, or even some glitter on the inner lid.”
#3 / Draw a perfect line
Eyeliner is one of those looks that works all on its own. “After you get your line as straight as you can with your brush or pen, go back with a pointed Q-tip with some makeup remover on it to even out any rough areas and create a more perfected angle,” says Goodwin. Then, just add two coats of mascara.
Go for glow
“Warm, soft golds keep everything dewy and glossy,” says Gore. Note down these tricks on highlighting and contouring so you shine in all the right ways.
#1 / A flattering glow
Gore recommends a warm yet cool contour. “It’s flattering and quite on-trend,” she says. “Then add a beautiful wash of soft coral over the top.” To hit the right spot for a natural-looking flush, “feel underneath your cheekbone so you know where you want to place the stain,” suggests Gore, then apply just above your finger. “It looks like you’ve been a bit sun-kissed.”
#2 / Enviable uplift
Most of us fall back on a diagonal sweep under the cheekbone to achieve supermodel facial curves. But actually, we should be going in more horizontally. “If you can come across from under the cheekbone, it lifts the cheekbones up,” advises Gore.
marie claire Beauty Director, Sally Hunwick joined the marie claire team in 2017. Previously Sally has worked on Cosmopolitan as Beauty and Lifestyle Director, Women’s Health as Contributing Beauty Editor, and Harper's BAZAAR and Dolly as Beauty Writer and Beauty Editor respectively. An award-winning journalist with a long-running career both in Australia and in the UK, Sally is passionate about all things beauty and health.