During the summer, it’s common to scale back your makeup routine to prioritize comfort in the heat and show off your beautiful natural skin. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of opportunities to get glam, whether your calendar for the next couple of months is jam-packed with weddings or you just like to wear makeup every day regardless of the rising temps. Between dewy skin, bronzed cheekbones, glossy lips, and more, there’s so much to love about summer makeup. In need of some inspo? Ahead, we’ve rounded up some editor-approved summer makeup tutorials to try.
An Easy, 5-Minute Tutorial
If you’re crunched for time but can’t bear the thought of leaving the house without a little makeup (trust us, we get it), this simple everyday makeup tutorial takes just five minutes to do. Seriously. YouTuber BlissfulBrii’s summer makeup routine starts with a lightweight yet full-coverage liquid foundation to stay cool and comfortable on hot days. (We love the breathable, weightless feel of the YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation, which also has SPF 30 to keep your skin protected from the sun.) She locks her foundation and concealer in place by setting it with the Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, then keeps the rest of her makeup simple — cream blush and bronzer to warm up the cheeks, a swipe of brow gel and a coat of mascara.
Warm Bronze and Copper Tones
In this tutorial, creator Joanna Maria Kutkina demonstrates how you can get a faux sun-kissed look and add warmth to your complexion using makeup in bronze, copper, peach and orange shades. Instead of foundation, she layers SPF, tan drops and the L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum for a glowy and natural-looking base. What really makes this look standout, however, are the peachy and copper shades of eyeshadow she uses on her eyelids. For a palette with a variety of sunny, orangey pigments, check out the Urban Decay UD x Smiley Naked Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Mucho Happy.
Maybe you’re the kind of person who loves a full-glam look — lashes and all — regardless of the season or occasion. We hear you. This everyday makeup tutorial keeps the skin glowy and lit-from-within while using full-coverage products. For the eyes, this YouTuber does a soft, blended-out wing and fluffy false eyelashes (our faves are the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Lash! Vegan False Eyelashes). The creator’s look also features a full lip moment, finishing with a swipe of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick.
A Colorful Monochromatic Look
Washes of bright pink on the cheeks, lips and eyelids make for a colorful and creative summer makeup look that’s still lowkey enough to rock during the day. Creator Alexandra Anele achieves this monochromatic flushed vibe by layering candy-colored blushes and blending out the same color on her eyelids. Anele uses cream blush in the video, but the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Glow Blush has a silky feel and comes in stunning pink shade options.
No Foundation Summer Makeup
When the temperatures start to soar, it can be uncomfortable to layer on the foundation when you want to let your skin breathe. Enter: Naakie Nartey’s summer makeup routine to cover up scarring and hyperpigmentation without using foundation. Nartey blends out concealer and uses color-correcting techniques to cover dark spots. To try the technique yourself, invest in a concealer that matches your skin tone as well as a lighter option for highlighting and a darker option for contouring. The Valentino Beauty Very Valentino Concealer is a hydrating longwear concealer that will feel comfortable on even the hottest days.
A Cry- and Heat-Proof Wedding Guest Look
Wedding season is in full swing and while weddings are the perfect opportunity to glam it up, heat, sweat and the occasional tears can quickly undermine a makeup look. This cry- and heat-proof wedding guest makeup tutorial will be your savior this summer. Remember to start with primer to make your makeup last and opt for budge-proof, waterproof products like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara.
Some days may call for a bright, statement-making lip or graphic eyeliner, but on other days, we’re all about letting our skin take center stage. No matter the condition your skin is in, there are ways to even out your skin tone with makeup and get a soft, satin skin finish. Below, we reached out to celebrity makeup artist Dean Fournier, who’s ready to divulge his best tips for achieving flawless, even skin. The best part? You can master the steps in less than 10 minutes.
What Is Uneven Skin Tone?
An uneven skin tone is characterized by varying colors and pigmentation on the skin. Everyone has some degree of unevenness on the skin — after all, nobody’s skin is just one single color all over. An uneven skin tone can show up in the form of redness, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and even an uneven sunburn or suntan. An uneven skin tone is different from an uneven skin texture, which typically comes from breakouts, bumps, enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.
What Causes an Uneven Skin Tone?
As mentioned before, an uneven skin tone can come about due to discoloration, redness, sunburns, and/or hyperpigmentation. These can be influenced by a variety of factors, including but not limited to genetics, excess sun exposure, and fluctuations in hormones. If you’re concerned about having an uneven skin tone, we always recommend checking with a board-certified dermatologist to help determine the root cause and figure out a treatment plan. Protecting your skin from the sun by wearing a broad-spectrum SPF every day (which we recommend everyone doing anyways) and practicing sun-safe measures such as wearing protective accessories can help minimize and prevent an uneven-looking skin tone.
How to Even Out Your Skin Tone
Step 1: Start With Primer
“In order to speed up your complexion perfection, don’t skip primer,” says Fournier. “A good primer will help smooth out your skin and allow makeup to glide on and blend easier and faster, not to mention last all day.” To even out your skin tone, Fournier recommends opting for a color-correcting primer, which can target specific concerns of discoloration. If minimizing the look of redness is your top priority, look for a primer with a green tint to it, such as the L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Redness Eraser. If you have a tan to deep skin tone and you struggle with dark spots and hyperpigmentation, look for a primer with an orange or peachy tint — we like the L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Dullness Reducer.
Step 2: Apply Foundation
“Next, apply a sheer-to-medium-coverage foundation,” says Fournier. “Blend out with your fingers, then pat it in from your hairline to your jawline. This presses the product into your skin and gives you the most natural finish.” If you have extra time on your hands to blend and desire a fuller-coverage look, you can opt for a full-coverage foundation instead. For a medium-coverage foundation, you can’t go wrong with the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, or the Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation if you’re looking for a drugstore option. If you prefer a full-coverage foundation, we recommend the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation or the NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation.
Step 4: Dust on Setting Powder to Finish
Looking to cover blemishes? “A quick dusting of a powder is an important last step to help even out skin texture around any bumps,” says Fournier. Lightly dust on the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Finishing Powder as a final touch to help you get an airbrushed finish.
The Best Products to Even Out Your Skin Tone
Looking for more recommendations to help even out your skin tone? Check out our picks below.
A little goes a long way with this buildable medium-coverage foundation. It instantly blurs the look of discoloration, texture and pores, leaving your skin with an even tone and filtered finish. The formula includes good-for-your-skin ingredients like glycerin, matcha and niacinamide for an ultra-smooth and moisturized look. This pick is very matte, so it’s recommended for keeping shine in check on oily and combination skin types.
It can be hard to find a concealer that offers full coverage in a lightweight, natural-feeling finish, but this one manages to check all of those boxes. It provides a flexible, soft matte finish that won’t cake or crease all day, long-lasting hydration and is non-comedogenic.
This semi-matte foundation looks and feels like your skin but better, with a breathable, buildable finish, 24-hour wear and 40 shades with a wide array of undertones. Our editors love how lightweight and long-lasting the formula is, even on high-humidity summer days.
Whether you use this powder as a foundation all over or pat it on top of another foundation to add extra coverage and staying power, this powder does the trick when it comes to evening out your skin tone. With a soft matte finish, medium-to-full coverage and a formula that resists sweat, water and transfer, it’s the perfect finishing touch to a full glam base routine.
Get all the benefits of a serum with an impressively full-coverage finish from this CC Cream. Hailed as the #1 SPF Foundation in America, it’s packed with skin-loving ingredients and a completely transparent SPF to protect your skin without leaving a white cast on tan and deep complexions. The original formula works for all skin types, while the matte version is ideal for controlling shine on oily and combo skin. IT Cosmetics also offers an illuminating formula, which helps revive and add glow to dry skin types.
You don’t always need a full-coverage foundation to achieve a near-flawless, even-looking skin tone. What matters most is finding a formula that matches your skin tone exactly and blends in easily for a truly seamless finish. This lightweight foundation comes in almost 50 shades, which are formulated with up to six pigments to help you find your closest match. Our editors love it for its silky, lightweight feel and ease of blendability.
This foundation’s soft matte, full-coverage formula leaves skin looking picture-perfect and even in tone. Infused with hyaluronic acid, jasmine petal and PSF 30, it softens skin and helps defend against the sun’s rays with each use. After two weeks of continued application, it’s designed to leave skin looking and feeling softer, smoother and more hydrated.
Part SPF, part tinted, radiance-enhancing corrector, this serum leaves skin looking glowy and protected from the sun’s rays. It comes in three shades — light, medium and deep — which are sheer enough to blend into any skin tone and add a subtle luminosity that looks especially stunning in natural light. With a combination of skincare ingredients, it helps to even out your skin tone overtime and increase the look of natural radiance.
Not quite a foundation but not quite a skincare product, this balm to powder formula offers skin a subtle tint as it blurs the look of texture and helps manage oily skin throughout the day. It contains oil-absorbing upsalite to help mattify your skin and can be worn alone or underneath a foundation for added coverage and blurring benefits.