When the temperatures rise, it's important that what you put on your face stays there.
For my face, I've been mixing a dollop of Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Foundation Primer ($33 - Nordstrom is having a 10% off sale right now, until June 10th, so it's $29.70), an equal amount of Garnier's Oil-Free BB Cream, a dot of MUFE HD Foundation ($42) and a pea sized amount of Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator ($39) in IL01 - Sheer Beige. I have a deluxe sample of the Koh Gen Do and while it is nice, $39 is a bit much so I've ordered the NARS Hot Sand Illuminator ($30 @ Nordstrom $27) to see if it's a good replacement. I set my T-zone with a sheer, loose powder and a fluffy brush.
My bronze glow comes from a combination of NARS Multiple ($39) in Malaysia, but searching for it now on the internet it seems perhaps they have discontinued it - shown above is the Matte Multiple in Cappadoce, and NARS Bronzing Powder ($38) in Laguna.
On eyes, I have only been using Laura Mercier's Caviar Eye Sticks ($26, @ Nordstrom 10% off, $23.40) in Khaki, Amethyst and Sandglow. These glide on like a dream and are super easy to blend. They stay on all day without primer. A new favorite that I can't get enough of.
For cheeks, I'm loving Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle ($27) in Watermelon/Moonstone, which is a coral red infused with pale gold. It provides a pop of color with an illuminating highlighter. LOVE. I can't wait to get my hands on Raspberry/Opal.
My other favorite for cheeks is Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Berry Bliss ($22) - a deep wine.The 50% coconut water blush gives the hydrating color of a gel-stain.
I suggest throwing YSL's Baby Doll Kiss & Blush ($40, @ Nordstrom it's $36) in 02 Rose Frivole in your purse or beach bag for instant, lasting color on the cheeks and lips. I'm really into blush right now, can you tell? I can't help myself! I think my next one will be 05 Rouge Effrontee. Don't tell my husband or my bank account!
I literally just received these Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors ($23) in 02 Apricot Shimmer and 05 Candy Shimmer, so I am not sure how I feel about them. I've heard rave reviews so I'm hopeful. These are sheer and smell like cotton candy. I'd prefer it contained some sun protection also but I guess I can layer something underneath.
Skindinavis'a The Makeup Finishing Spray ($29) to help everything stay put.
So, take advantage of that Nordstrom sale (I know 10% doesn't seem like much but it's rare that this stuff goes on sale) plus you get free shipping and returns. I'd love to hear what your summer favorites are!