In today’s blog post, I’m sharing my favourite makeup picks for the summer. I didn’t include skincare in this post because my skincare routine doesn’t change too significantly between seasons, but I did include some body care and hair care. I mentioned on Instagram a week or two ago that I’m all about fuchsia in the summer, so you’ll be seeing a lot of this particular shade in this post! Also, the good thing about including so many products in this shade is that I’ll use the word ‘fuchsia’ so many times in this post that by the end of the post, I’ll hopefully know how to properly spell the word without having to spell-check it 🤣
Essie Gel Couture Polish in The It-Factor
I’ve done a review of one of the shades in the Gel Couture line and mentioned how much I love the formulation of this line, and looking back at my posts, I apparently did a review of this shade in particular. I picked up The It-Factor last year, which is a bright raspberry in a creme finish. It has incredible performance: opaque in one coat and applies so smoothly. This shade a staple on my toes – I honestly wear it for 90% of the time on my toes in the summer! I find this shade very difficult to capture on camera (it just turns out looking red), but I think I did a much better job below than I did in my initial review.
ILNP Cutie Pop
A few years ago, I was on the search for the perfect coral nail polish. I ended up owning a handful, and not liking any of them. They were either too bright, or not bright enough to the point where they were more peach than coral. Cutie Pop is a new addition to my nail polish family, but it is by far my favourite coral polish. It is just the perfect shade of coral, and it looks like a subtle shimmer polish until you go into sunlight – then it is a glorious holographic polish!
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Jilted
So I have a funny story about this particular lipstick shade. I used to own another tube of this lipstick that I wanted to bring to Vegas with me last year. I mentioned in this post that right before I left for the trip, I discovered it had somehow been smushed to the point of not being able to use it. Coincidentally, this shade was on sale at CCO when I got to Vegas, so I snapped it up. The new tube is the one you see above, and as I was setting everything up for this photo, I dropped the lipstick while the lid was off. It’s still usable, but the bullet is a bit misshapen. Guess I just wasn’t meant to own a pristine tube of this lipstick…
ANYWAYS. Jilted is my ultimate favourite lip colour to wear in the summer. I love it because it has an iridescent blue shift, which makes it really interesting. UD doesn’t make the Revolution lip range anymore; it was replaced by the Vice lipsticks, but luckily they did reformulate Jilted as part of the new line.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sugar Plum
This shade is very similar to Jilted because it also has a blue shift, but this one is in liquid lipstick format. I really like this because it’s not as drying as most matte lipsticks, and it doesn’t look as flat, either – the blue shift definitely gives it an interesting iridescence and sheen that matte liquid lipsticks don’t have. I also like that it doesn’t shift around on the lips, which could potentially be a huge problem on bright colours like this.
Makeup Geek Highlighter in Midnight Sun
This highlighter looks decent on my skin tone all year around, but in the summer months, any tan I get really brings out the beautiful golden base of this shade. Makeup Geek’s highlighters are one of my favourite highlighter formulas, and the shade Midnight Sun has been my go-to summer highlight for the last two summers.
ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Game Face
As much as I love the idea of using coppers and bronzes on my eyes, a lot of them tend to look harsh and weird on me, even though I have a warm skin tone. In the summer when I’m a little bit darker, coppers look a lot more flattering on me. My favourite copper in my collection this year has been ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadow in Game Face, which is bright and so pigmented. These Super Shock Shadows are fun to use – I love the slightly bouncy texture!
Wycon Juicy Blusher in Pink Shock
In the summer, I love using hot pinks and corals for the cheeks (to be clear, I don’t wear them at the same time as the bright lipsticks I mentioned above 😂). My pick this is year definitely the Wycon Juicy Blusher in Pink Shock, which I bought in Italy during our honeymoon last year. I had never heard of this brand, but this was a lucky find – it’s a crazy neon watermelon pink that is very pigmented, so you have to use a very light hand to pick up the product. This will never be a shade that looks natural, but blended out, it gives a gorgeous flush to the skin.
Teeez Be Blushing Blush in Very Rouge
I actually totally forgot about this blush until recently, but upon the first time of wearing it this year, I remembered how much I enjoy it. It’s a gorgeous coral-pink with gold shimmers, and what I love about it is that it gives my cheeks a sheen without looking glittery.
Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream
Yes, I have the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream in my summer favourites, even though I have mentioned on several occasions that I don’t particularly love it, and that I generally don’t think it’s worth the money. Hear me out here. I’ve included it on this list because it smells so delicious and is the perfect scent for summer. When I first smelled this at the Sephora store, I thought it was the most interesting mix of sweet and savoury (am I talking about a snack here?) – it made perfect sense when it found out it’s supposed to be a pistachio caramel scent. This cream does contain shimmer, so you’ll be sparkling in the sun!
Verb Sea Spray
Although beachy waves are great any time of the year, I have really been enjoying using this sea spray for beachy hair this spring, and will definitely continue to use it going into summer. While a lot of Asian girls seem to have trouble keeping their curls in, I have the opposite problem – my curls stay too tight and I get that “glam curl” look, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not what I’m looking for. This sea spray really helps to relax the curls, and it smells really nice – a fresh scent that is pretty subtle. Even my husband likes this product – he uses it all the time to give his hair more volume!
And that’s it for my summer favourites! What will you be using this summer?