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How to Update Your Makeup Bag for Clean Summer Beauty

Jun 10, 2019


Clean beauty options to create that sun-kissed glow from day to night!  My favorite clean beauty makeup picks for summer!

It’s always fun to change out my clothes, shoes and makeup for spring and summer! Secretly I prefer the cooler weather, but I do love keeping my makeup a bit lighter in the summer! 

Living somewhere that is very hot and humid, having makeup and skincare that performs and doesn’t leave me feeling yucky after a long hot day is important.

Every day it seems to be getting hotter, so I thought this was the perfect time to hit refresh on my daily beauty routine and update my makeup bag. I like to stick to my tried and true favorite clean beauty brands and select a few fresh summer colors!

It’s no secret that when it comes to makeup I am pretty loyal to my favorite clean beauty brand Beautycounter—not only because of their ingredients but also because of their thorough testing regime and performance factor. Seriously, not all “clean beauty” or “natural” brands are created equal!


Why clean beauty? Read on…

My best advice? Don’t cover up with products every day, even clean ones—Let your skin breathe! Have at least one day each week where you go free of makeup or at least keep it minimal. Air is the best healing agent, so giving your skin a chance to rest, breathe and cleanse is so important—even if you are using clean beauty products already!


How to Update Your Makeup Bag for Clean Summer Beauty

Brightening+ Vitamin C Facial Oil | Golden Hour Recovery Cream | Dew Skin Foundation | Bronzer | Highlighter | Brilliant Brow Gel | Lip Sheer

Moisturize first

Start with Beautycounter’s lightly orange scented Brightening+ Vitamin C Facial Oil, one of my all time favorites, especially in the summer months. I’ve truly noticed a radiance boost and it feels and smells so refreshing each morning! I typically like to let the facial oil soak in for about 10 minutes, if I have the time, and make my bed or get dressed, or play with Remington!

PS…I have been LOVING this Golden Hour Recovery Cream at nighttime. It is literally gold!!

Ok on to makeup.

Start with the Dew Skin Foundation. I like to switch to this lighter tinted moisturizer in the summer because it contains SPF protection. It applies beautifully for sheer coverage to even out your complexion and contains Vitamin C for a bright, dewy glow! I love how soft and light this foundation feels.

Next dust your face with Alima Pure Radiant Finishing Powder, I recently tried this new product and really love it for summer.  This powder gives your face the most luminous glow and I love the sun kissed look for summer (I wear color Olympia)! If you are looking for more of a matte finish, use Beautycounter’s Mattifying Powder instead as Alima Pure’s does have a bit more shimmer, in the best way!

It’s no secret I am obsessed with these next two items to give your skin that “sun-kissed” look! Radiant Bronzer in ‘Dune’ and Luminous Highlighter in ‘Halo’. I like to switch it up to bronzer for summer and typically put my blush away and I never leave the house without a sweep of highlighter. This combo will give you that sought after “glow!” 

Beautycounter’s pressed powders are not only formulated using clean ingredients but also are batch tested to make sure they are free of contaminants and heavy metals, something most beauty brands, even clean brands, do not do! They are also highly concentrated, so you seriously only need a sweep to get all day long lasting color.

Frame your face & brows

Lastly I frame my brows with this Brilliant Brow Gel! It is my number one favorite makeup by far and I always wear it even on “non makeup” days! Postpartum, my hair and brows really took a hit, and I love how this brow gel naturally enhances your brows and frames your face. It gives you a natural, elegance with just a few sweeps! It is flake-proof and uses moisturizing oils like cocoa seed butter, shea butter and coconut oil to condition your brows!

I finish the look with a sweep of lip color! Day to day I love Twig and Brunch for a neutral look but for summer I like to add a pop of color with Rose or First Date. Beautycounter’s lipsticks are free of lead and feel so creamy going on! They also moisturize your lips at the same time which is so helpful in the hot weather!

For special summer occasions…

Day to day in the summer I typically don’t wear much eye makeup, but on days when I need to or special occasions I love the Classic Velvet Eyeshadow Palette, the bronze, sun-drenched colors are perfect for any time of year but especially summer, and Volumizing Mascara.

On days when I like to keep it super minimal, but still want my face to have a bit of color, I wear the bronzer, illuminator, brow gel and lip sheer!

And if you need a little skin refresher for hot days or travel days, use these Essential Face Wipes—they remove dirt, oil and grime and soothe and hydrate your skin leaving you refreshed and glowing!

This clean beauty summer makeup routine will look just as good at the end of the day as it does in the beginning, using ingredients that are good for you and your health!


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