Heat and outdoor events make summer makeup a chore. Celebrity makeup artist and co-creator of Mikatvonk Makeup, Jay Jay Rauwenhoff, shares her tips for nailing glowy, natural makeup, and a step-by-step guide for getting the look:
Tip #1 / Keep it simple
“Make this your summer beauty mantra!” says Rauwenhoff. Summer is the season for embracing a natural-looking glow. You want your natural skin to shine through. “The ‘no makeup’ makeup look requires makeup! It’s getting the balance right and using natural, subtle tones – that is key to pulling off a natural finish,” says Rauwenhoff.
Tip # 2 / Lighten up
Swap your heavy foundation for a lighter option. “That doesn’t mean that you need to step out the door with nothing on your skin. Use a tinted moisturiser or, dilute your foundation with a little moisturiser to make your own,” says Rauwenhoff. If you have a dry skin type or mature skin, this tip can help through any season. For those with oily skin, Rauwenhoff recommends mixing your foundation with primer instead, for sheer, longer-lasting coverage.
For glowing, dewy summer skin, your new bestie is primer. “A good primer is like sanding a wooden floor. It creates a smoother, less porous surface.” Try Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer.
The current brow trend is natural, but still defined. Rauwenhoff’s tip: “make sure your eyebrow pencil isn’t too dark. Use a dry kohl pencil because they only deposit a light amount of colour.” Try Mikatvonk Auto Eyebrow Pencil.
“It’s all about a fresh pop of colour on cheeks this summer,” says Rauwenhoff. Create the perfect flush with a cream blush instead of powder. Apply with your ring finger and dab the colour on the apples of the cheeks. Try Luma Just A Touch Lip And Cheek Tint.
When it’s hot, a bright lipstick can be high maintenance. Add a clear or lightly tinted gloss, “with not too much shimmer – you want dewy shine,” says Rauwenhoff. Try Frank Body Send Nude Lip Tint.
Maximise your glow. Create definition by highlighting the high points including cheekbones and the nose bone. “Use a fresh orange or champagne-toned highlighter if you have a medium or warm skin tone, or a pearl-toned highlighter if you have fair skin.” Try Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick.
With a matte bronzer, lightly contour the top of the forehead (where it meets the hairline) and around the temples. “As well as creating a subtle, warm depth of colour to define the face, using bronzer here instantly makes your eyes pop that little bit more,” says Rauwenhoff. Try Natio Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer.
Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.