Last year will forever be remembered as the one that changed everything—especially our beauty habits. Gone were the days of lash extensions and eyebrow microblading as we found ourselves learning to do our own manicures, wearing little to no makeup, and swapping luxurious spa facials for at-home face masks and more intricate skincare routines. We embraced our natural beauty more than ever. Now that we can safely reemerge back into the world, we can elevate our looks with these tips to achieve the fresh summer glow up we’ve been dreaming about all COVID long.
Great news for those who mastered a skincare routine that left your post-quarantine skin smooth, blemish-free, and more glowy than ever: natural skin is in. It’s time to ditch the heavy foundation, bronzer, and contoured cheek bones and opt for lighter coverage. Create a natural, no-makeup look using tinted moisturizer, light concealer, and cream blush. We love Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF 25), Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, and Saie Dew Blush to accomplish an effortless look. Even though it may feel weightless, don’t forget to remove makeup and maintain your skincare routine. The Be FAB Kit by First Aid Beauty is a complete set of cult favorites ideal for all skin types.
Celebrate being mask-free with a colorful statement lip. Choose on-trend shades for summer—like vibrant coral, crimson red, rich berry, and edgy burgundy—based on what suits your skin tone…and your mood. Just a quick swipe of lipstick transforms your perfect pout and polishes your look. Long-wear matte or very high-pigmented formulas add incredible texture to next-level color. Try Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick for a long-lasting, buildable, and hydrating formula.
Say goodbye to perfectly defined, penciled-in eyebrows and welcome your unruly, grown-out quarantine brows. The most important, underestimated feature on your face follows our favorite less-is-more summer trend that’s easy to achieve at home. For the coveted soap brows—a brushed-up, fluffy brow look—dampen a spoolie brush with water or setting spray, run it over a bar of soap (that has glycerin) until coated, and brush your eyebrows in an upward direction.
On trend with the barely noticeable makeup look, replace dark, clumpy mascara with Dr. Hauschka Brow and Lash Gel in Translucent. It moisturizes lashes while removing excess makeup and darkening the lashes. It can also be used to accomplish fluffy soap brows. If you prefer false lashes—instead of heavy lash extensions, lash lifts and/or tints are a more subtle enhancement.
Color outside the lines, adding pizzaz with bright liquid eyeliners in unique and unexpected designs. Draw lines in the creases of your lids or any abstract shapes you can imagine. Give it a try with NYX Cosmetics Epic Wear Liquid Liner in Sapphire.