Well, with the solstice on the 21st, we’re finally into summer! How’s it going for you so far?
I love the rhythm of the seasons, and summer is always a welcome change of pace. Things seem to feel a bit more simple and uncomplicated. I feel like I could pare down to a few favorite dresses, a pair or two of flat sandals, a swimsuit, and a handful of nourishing beauty products and have all I need.
So today, I thought I’d share my summer makeup routine with you and also show off my little DIY beauty station in our new house. I found this beat up little dresser at an antique store, spruced it up with a coat of white paint, and gave it a new home in the corner of our bedroom. Since we have very little storage in our tiny lil’ bungalow bathroom, all hair, makeup, and beauty things go here instead. I love the way it worked out!
Isn’t it just the most serene little space? I love starting my mornings here.
Even though our room gets plenty of natural light, there isn’t much direct light for applying makeup, and there aren’t any plugs nearby either, so I found the perfect solution — an inexpensive battery powered makeup mirror from Ikea.
Right: Thrifted ceramic plate, silver coin necklace from Storyweaver Mercantile, thrifted gold coin necklace.
Left: Thrifted ceramic vase, dried leaves from our front yard :)
On these longer, warmer summer days, my makeup routine includes six nourishing, no-fuss products. Read my thoughts on each one below and then keep scrolling to watch the video. And if anything catches your eye, you can shop it and support Unfancy at the same time through the affiliate links below.
Step 1: Troos Botanical Facial Oil
The sun, the wind, the extra time outdoors — my skin usually needs a little extra love in the summertime, so this year I added a facial oil to my routine. It nourishes and moisturizes and preps my skin for a little makeup.
Step 2: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Since I don’t wear much in the way of foundation, I like to use a tiny bit of concealer around my eyes and nose if I’m heading out. I use the Vanilla shade which is a tiny bit lighter than my skin in the summer — it creates more of a highlighting effect.
I’ve been using this stuff for a few years now and I keep coming back to it because it’s just so darn easy to apply! No brushes or sponges needed, and absolutely zero caking. Just nice light coverage that gives a natural glow. Bonus: It’s got SPF 30 and is made with organic ingredients. I use the Natural Glow shade.
Step 4: Anastasia Brow Wiz
Here’s another favorite that’s been in my lineup for a few years now. It just does the job so well and blends effortlessly. Since I go light on all other makeup in the summer, I do a subtle bold brow to add a little definition to my face. Best part? It’s low maintenance and stays put all day (unlike eye makeup that smudges and lip color that might have to be reapplied).
Here’s what you need to know about me — I like a natural looking mascara. As in, I want a mascara that makes me look like I just happen to have great lashes and am not even wearing mascara. Extreme fullness and length and stuff isn’t what I’m after. So with that said, I discovered this stuff last year and have been super impressed. Natural, natural, natural. (And no raccoon eyes!)
Step 6: French Girl Mineral Lip Tint
I’ve never been a lipstick gal — give me a lip balm lip with a bit of tint and I’m a happy camper. I used to wear Burts Bees lip tint, but I prefer the French Girl color options (I wear the Sonali color). Bonus: it’s is 92% organic.
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And there you have it!
So tell me, do you tend to pare down your makeup in the summer? If you had to pick just one summer beauty item you couldn’t live without, what would you pick? And I’d love to hear if you have any self-care rituals you do in the summer. Share away!