Six Must-Have Summer Beauty Products

Summer is just beginning and you know what that means! Time to minimize your beauty routine by trading in your thick cream foundation and moisturizer for lighter products that let your skin breathe, allowing your natural beauty to shine through.  Here are six essential beauty products that will make you look fresh and radiant. Some of you may be heavily dependent on using foundation, but during the summer heat you do not want to worry about sweating off your makeup. Try a tinted moisturizer with SPF to stay protected and even out your skin tone.  I recommend Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20, an oil-free moisturizer formulated with retinol to smooth and revitalize skin.  If your skin needs more coverage, use Stila’s Oil-free Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30, which has the coverage of a medium foundation.

Powder blushes can become streaky when mixed with sweat or water, but a gel blush gives you a natural, dewy flush that lasts from morning to night. Made from all-natural products that bring restorative nutrients to your skin, Tarte’s Cheek Stain is a staple skin product for the summer.  It's a water-based gel that is alcohol-free and oil-free, which will help your skin stay clear and moisturized.  

Summer time also means breaking out the sandals, so have fun with bright tropical nail polish colors.  Brights by OPI offers a great selection of every hue imaginable.  The yellow "Banana Bandana" and the green "Green-wich Village" are great picks for bringing out your skin tone and adding an extra splash of color to your summer outfit.

Instead of resorting to the typical black eyeliner and dark eyeshadow combo for your eye makeup, aim for a more natural look to bring out your eyes. Apply Cover Girl's Champagne 1-kit Eyeshadow along your lower lash line, concentrating in the inner corners. To complete the look, use Cover Girl’s LashBlast Volumizing Waterproof Mascara, which doesn’t clump or streak, and will leave you with full, lush eyelashes that look like falsies without the hassle.