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Summer Makeup

Updated on April 16, 2013

Summertime means cruises, tropical islands, lemonade, beaches, and romance. The beauty trends of this season encompass all this and more. While makeup can be more natural for a fresh face on the beach, use bright colors for cruises or other celebrations. Whatever you choose from this beautiful selection, make it your own for a memorable summer.

Natural


Opt for a simple, fresh face when going to the beach, poolside, or hanging out with friends. This relaxed trend mirrors the feeling of a vacation. Why be overly primped when you can be ready to sunbathe after only a few minutes? After lathering on moisturizer, with spf, of course, just add concealer only where you need it to cover trouble areas. Another way is to add a few drops of makeup to your moisturizer and rub in a thin layer, covering your entire face. Add some lip gloss, brown mascara, and bronzer to your cheeks. If you want to make your makeup last, choose waterproof mascara and long lasting concealer.

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Bright

Bright colors are popular this summer. They invoke visions of Hawaiian flowers and ethnic prints. These shades also remind one of the 80's, but instead of treating your face like a canvas for art, use them as highlighters for your eyes or lips. Just make sure you choose one or the other; an overly technicolor face is distracting.

Other Tips

Be sure to use a primer or extra concealer on eyelids before adding bright eyeshadow. This will help the colors to stay vibrant throughout your hot day. Also, try bright lips in a stain. This is longer lasting then a lip gloss or lipstick. Swipe sheer lip gloss or basic chapstick over it so your lips will retain moisture.

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Neon eyeshadow pops with a natural face and lips.
Neon eyeshadow pops with a natural face and lips.

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      katyalbis 5 years ago

      I love the bright lips trend this summer! I just purchased a NARS lipstick in the shade called "Heatwave." Word on the street is that it's the color some J.Crew models have been sporting in the summer catalogs. It was a tad pricey, but worth it. And thanks for the tips on having a natural look at the beach!

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I love this trend, too. I've always liked bright colors, so this let's me incorporate them. Although, I usually just wear a metallic orange shade shadow on my lids. I love the name "Heatwave"; sounds like the perfect lipstick for the summer! Your welcome and thank you for reading and commenting!

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      5 years ago

      Not only evokes Hawaii, also seems like an intense reversion to the 1950s, to strong, starkly contrasting, basic red coloring, such as preferred by Madonna, etc.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Good point; I think you could be right. :)

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      5 years ago

      Seems like it to me, anyway. Almost 'severe'-looking, even, though this may be the sort of look that is aimed at, I don't know, for some ppl.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I guess I would describe it more as making your face pop with color. Yes, it can definitely be over done. It's important that women focus only on one feature like their eyes or lips, especially when using bright colors.

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      5 years ago

      You mean, for instance, need to paint it on quite thickly and deliberately, as the main focus for emphasis, as with lips, etc?

      I guess so; I hadn't thought of that. (But what do I know?)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, somewhat. For instance, if you want to use the color pink, you can choose to use bright pink eye shadow or pink lip gloss; don't use both. This is an interesting conversation to be having with a male. lol

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      5 years ago

      Well, my wife doesn't feel dressed if she goes out without putting on her face...

      (But like I said, what do I know?)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Your wife could use a neutral color like brown, tan, or white on her eyelids and then use a vibrant red on her lips. Her face would be completed, but her features wouldn't be competing for each other. :)

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      5 years ago

      She actually has sometimes liked to emphasize the cheeks with blusher.

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      5 years ago

      ...but thanks for the advice.

      From your advice, and the things you've said, you definitely do seem to have a mature belief in the appropriateness of a woman's efforts to emphasize the lip form with a bold and contrasting color.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Blush is useful as well. You are welcome and thanks! Of course, after all this talk of makeup, I must emphasize that inner beauty is the best kind of beauty. :)

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      5 years ago

      Yes, re inner beauty, Paul talks in Ephesians about the 'inner man', the inner person. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes; good stuff. :)

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      5 years ago

      Ebower:

      Re.: 'Your wife could use a neutral color like brown, tan, or white on her eyelids and then use a vibrant red on her lips. Her face would be completed, but her features wouldn't be competing for each other.'

      This is interesting, that you interpret the purpose of the lipstick to be what you call 'vibrant red'. I guess by definition, 'vibrant' means 'pulsating with energy and vigor'. Were you referring more to the effect of the lipstick, which in the context of your phrase would seem to suggest regarding the lips as the principal feature focused by the make up? or were you maybe referring to a particular shade of red, i.e., very dark, or very bright/with neon intensity, maybe?

      Because to be honest my dear wife has been known to startle me (in a pleasant way) by having yellowy/pinky eyelids, which have really drawn away the emphasis from the lips.

      (If this is a bit convoluted, I'm sorry.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Right; I was just using it as an example. If one wanted to choose a bright color to place somewhere on the face, I was emphasizing that either the lips or eyes should be featured; not both.

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      5 years ago

      Good point, yes; I hear you.

      Some of your hub photos, above, illustrate your point very well, too.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      YW. Your neon eyelid photo is especially striking and illustrative of your point. :)

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      True; thanks. :)

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      5 years ago

      Re-reading the article;

      Re. your caption comment, above: 'a bright red lip is classic.'

      By 'classic' do you mean in respect of a particular period, (e.g,. 50s), or maybe more of a timeless thing (like as if bright red lips are a reversion to their 'proper' color)?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Usually when I think of a classic red lip, I'm referring to the 50's iconic makeup look. Although, I do believe it is timeless.

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      5 years ago

      I see, yes. I can understand why you think bright, classic red lips are timeless, anyway.

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      Anyway, you said for one of the photos: 'A hot pink lip is trendy, while a bright red lip is classic.'

      So do you have a preference?

      (I guess one would emphasize a vivacious freshness, while the other would indicate a certain striving toward a permanent ideal.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not really a hot pink person, so I wear red or light pink lip gloss sometimes.

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      5 years ago

      I see, so I guess you're more into the classic permanence ideal then.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      In regards to makeup, I would say that you are correct.

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      5 years ago

      Okay, I see.

      You did mention also that you believed it was far better to focus principally on one facial feature to make up. So for you the lips would usually be your strong preference, I guess.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is not always true. Actually, I usually focus on my eyes by using eye shadow and mascara with a light lip gloss. Only sometimes do I wear bright-colored or dark lipstick or lip gloss.

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      5 years ago

      I see.

      For my wife, it's powder that is so fundamental that going out without it put on, she doesn't feel dressed properly.

      For you, I guess, it's mascara and eye shadow.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      For me, I definitely like to wear foundation and mascara; sometimes the rest is extraneous.

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      5 years ago

      I'm sure it looks great, anyway; and I'm sure you also concentrate on the inward and spiritual, as well.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Well, I try; in regards to both aspects. :)

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