6 Ways to Refresh Your Makeup for Summer

6 Ways to Refresh Your Makeup for Summer

Here are six makeup recommendations for long-lasting, summer-perfect cosmetics.


Summer means lighter formulations, brighter colors, matte blends and long-lasting finishes. Of course, there are many options to choose from whether you want to go bright or natural this season. Here are six of my favorite recommendations for doing both.

1. CC Cream
Say goodbye to last year’s BB creams. Summer's new staple is CC cream — a lightweight color-correcting tinted moisturizer that offers sun protection and anti-aging benefits. I'd slather this stuff on pre-beach or simply with mascara and a punchy lip if I'm running late for work. Try: Olay Total Effects 7 CC Cream.

2. SPF-Infused Everything
If you just can't get your daily dose of sun protection via your moisturizer or a separate SPF, opt for a long-wearing foundation with sunscreen, like CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation, which packs a powerful punch of staying power (even in the most humid conditions) and includes SPF 20.

Tip: Apply some to a cotton ball and keep it in your purse in a plastic baggie for touch-ups throughout the day.

3. Face Sprays
A small spritzer can do wonders to refresh your look. After a particularly grueling subway situation, beach day or even a corporate meeting, a quick spritz on your skin refreshes you and livens up your makeup. Just a small travel-size spritzer filled with water is all you need. If you want to get fancy fresh about it, mix in a little neroli essence (an oil produced from the blossom of a bitter orange tree) or aloe for a soothing effect and spray away if you notice your makeup getting cakey.

4. Emerald Eyes
It's been a while since the Pantone hue of the year has been so flattering in the eye-makeup arena, so let's make the most of our emerald offerings on the ocular area! Try a thin line of CoverGirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade for an on-trend cat eye. For a longer-lasting look, apply a matching shade of eye shadow on top of your liner with an angled brush. Looking for a more dramatic effect? Brush on a little of the green shade in the CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadow in Prom Queen up into the crease using a wide, short shadow brush for a gorgeous smokey green gaze. 

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5. Tinted Lip Balms
This year’s new batch of tinted balms is neck-in-neck with CC cream as the latest must-have cosmetic. And for good reason: They're beyond easy! A tinted balm can be applied in a moving vehicle and still look totally deliberate.

Tip: On the road and need a blush pick-me-up? Dab a bit of the balm on your cheeks for a natural flush. I love to use CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm in Anemone, Sandstone or Clove.

6. Lip Stains
I keep lip stains by my front door for a quick application every time I leave my apartment. Why? Even if I apply another layer of my favorite lipstick, tinted balm or gloss, when that eventually wears away, I'll still have a stain underneath to ensure my lips are perfectly pigmented for hours. I like CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Scarlet Pucker for a popsicle-like pop of color. Can it get any more summery than that?

What makeup are you planning to rock this summer? Read our top summer makeup tips here.

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