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Time to ditch the matte and heavy makeup of winter and embrace the dewiness that defines summer beauty. A gorgeous, go-to summer look is all about achieving that perf dewy glow that gives the impression you’re lit from within — you know, like J. Lo.
Here’s everything you need to know and have to keep you looking radiant all summer long.
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1. Prime It Up
A primer is key to keeping your look flawless. A good primer will prevent your makeup from melting off — which is super important in the summer — and will keep your face looking gorge from day to night. Apply one, like the POREfessional face primer from Benefit Cosmetics ($42), after your moisturizer and before you apply any makeup.
2. Illuminate Your Foundation
A light-reflecting foundation will literally look like you’re naturally a bronzed beauty. Plus, the blur factor of an illuminating foundation helps minimize deep pores. Remember: less is definitely more, especially in the summer, so don’t use extra coverage if you don’t need it. Apply with a sponge for a smooth, natural look. Try NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($45), available at Sephora.
3. Bronze Baby
Bronzer is a must for achieving the ultimate (fake) glow. Because you don’t want to look like you’ve been lying down in the sun allll day, easy does it. Apply bronzer sparingly on cheekbones, forehead, lids, chin, and your clavicle. Get instantly glowing with this Matte Bronzer from NYX Professional Makeup ($9).
4. Brighten Those Peepers
Summer vacay means being relaxed, which is exactly what your face should reflect. Brighten your eyes while doing away with dark circles with a tinted eye cream, like Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener ($37), followed by a light touch of light-reflecting translucent powder, or you can opt for a brightener, like BECCA’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($28), which you apply just underneath your eyes. Your peepers will really pop!
5. Highlight Your Assets
Next, you’ll want to use a powder highlighter where the sun naturally hits your face, like your forehead, cheeks, temples and the bridge of your nose. This final touch will help you look stunningly sun kissed no matter where you are — even if you’re inside, lounging on the couch. Try the Powder Highlighter from Jouer Cosmetics ($24).
6. Go Clear
Because you want to attract attention to your glowing face, you’ll want to avoid wearing heavy black mascara or brow powder. Instead coat your lashes and brows with a clear mascara, like Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow ($3). Plus, you won’t look like a raccoon if you decide to take a dip into the pool!
7. Set the Look
To complete your bronzed babelicious face, you’ll want to use a setting spray. It not only locks in your makeup, but it also gives you that dewy natural glow — without the sweat. Try NYX Professional Makeup’s Dewy Makeup Setting Spray ($8), which is super lightweight and made for the summer.