How To Simplify Your Summer Beauty Routine

Don’t you just love summer??
It gets a little on the warm side here in Phoenix, but even so I love summer. I love summer clothes, I love escaping to the beach, I love long summer evenings by the pool with friends and margaritas – I love it all.

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Simple Summer Beauty
image by Kyle Goldie
makeup by Corinna Cooke

One of the things that I especially love is being able to relax the beauty routine over the summer months. 

Most of us get some extra color in our faces during summer, (even when we are trying not to!) so we can scale back on other makeup, streamline the makeup process, and get out the door more quickly with a fresh dewy look. Remember, a full face of makeup looks silly on a hot summer’s day.


So here are 5 quick steps to a simple but fresh summer face that’s perfect for your everyday look .

1. Cleanse

Give your skin a quick cleanse in the morning to make sure it looks fresh and pretty.
If you tend to get oilier in the hot months, need help with your 
T-Zone being extra shiny or get more breakouts (like most of us!) try Ren Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel. I order it online from Space NK

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2. Even Out Your Skin

After your facial SPF has soaked into your skin use a BB Cream instead of a foundation. BB Creams have moisturizer and primer built in, and give you a thin veil or gorgeous color so that you look polished but fresh.

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Try Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream. It’s easy to buy online from Nordstrom because it color adjusts to match you – all you do is choose from Fair, Light, Medium and Dark

3. Work Your Cheek Game

 Get a gorgeous glow on your cheeks with my favorite new product (it was new to me but is has been around for a while), Stila’s fantastic Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

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I’m obsessed with this super easy to use gel bronzer. You can mix it into foundation or use it alone to create a glowy bronze to your cheeks. It’s not sparkly like most bronzers, instead it melts into your skin and just glows, leaving you fresh faced and looking like you’ve been running around outside in the sunshine.

4. Accent Your Brows

My new favorite brow game is Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Definer

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The texture is fantastic, I love the colors, and the shape of the pencil makes it easy to give yourself a defined brow without morphing into those ludicrous “Instagram brows”. I get mine at Nordstrom.

5. Seal It with A Kiss

The final step in a super simple summer makeup routine is creating a gorgeous mouth.
You can go one of two ways, either keep the soft, neutral, glowing look by adding a spectacular neutral lip (as opposed to a boring neutral lip). Or, dial it up with a bold, vibrant lip.

I am obsessing over the new Charlotte Tilbury lip collection. Charlotte knows her way around a sexy lip, and her new celebrity inspired Hot Lips collection doesn’t disappoint.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim K.W.

If you want a neutral lip look, try Charlotte’s Kardashian inspired Kim K.W. It’s a pink toned neutral, so super pretty with warmth to it.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Hot Emily

If you are a golden skinned girl and want a bold lip, try Hot Emily, inspired by the ridiculously sexy Emily Ratajkowski.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina’s Love

If you are a cool toned girl and Hot Emily feels a little too orange/coral for you, my other favorite that will not only give you vibrancy all summer, but will be your best friend all winter is Charlotte Tilbury’s new Hot Lips in Carina’s Love

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited

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