The Best Summer Makeup

Summer makeup styles tend to show a carry over from trends of the spring, whatever that season brought; ie. the nude face minimalist style, the natural face,  vintage pretty makeup, and modern dramatic graphic eye makeup via lining and bright colors, etc.

Fashion magazines and social media are great resources for promoting products that perform well and will deliver the look we are after.

Here are some recent, great innovations in beauty and have made my list of best summer makeup.


Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

dr dennis gross self tanner pads

What is it?

A self tanner product.

For all you fair to medium skin maidens out there... this is the self tanner you have been waiting for! The feedback has been dramatic and this product has awards 'to boot';

What's so great about it?

In a nutshell, well known New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, has developed easy to use, non streaking, anti-aging self tanner pads called Alpha Beta Glow Pads.

These multi tasking pads are pre- soaked in a formulation that includes exfoliating AHAs and BHAs (included in the name), active Vitamin D, Soy Proteins, Micro encapsulated HA and produces natural, believable, long lasting sun kissed color.

NEW In addition, his latest self tanner product  for applications to the body and has a trademarked ingredient that slows hair growth.

How much?
Face- 20 towelettes for $32.00 at
Body- 8 towelettes $45.00.

important detail on productYou can purchase in other quantities including a combination package of two applications for face and two applications for body for $14.00 (to try it out).


Mineral Powder Sunscreen

mineral powder sunscreen pictureWhat is it?

Physical sunblock via mineral powder.

What's so great about it?

According to Sarah Brown's article "Summer Skin Savior: Sunscreen in a Brush" for Vogue Daily, you can brush on the sunscreen over top your makeup, undetected, producing a matte smooth finish (apply following makeup application not at start of skin care, which is then followed by makeup). There are formulations that even include a hint of bronze.1

It gets a thumbs up from dermatologists like Debra Jaliman, M.D. and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist. Physical blocks according to her, are "like wearing a shirt on your skin. You really get so much more protection." Not too mention they are and easy fit in your purse for reapplication.2

important detail on productMore on mineral powder sunscreens coming soon.

How much?

Vogue Daily article mentions:

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Instant Mineral in SPF 30 and SPF 45 finishing powders; $30.00 SPF30 and $32.00 SPF45

Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, in fair, medium and tanned skin tones $28 at Sephora.
Susan Posnick Colorflo SPF 26 Powdered Foundations and Bronzer $64.

Ref 1,2; Sarah Brown,, Vogue Daily, Summer Skin Savior: Sunscreen in a Brush, May 2012.


Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter

photo of guerlain's new blushWhat is it?

New 2012 summer makeup product, liquid cheek blush highlighter, from Guerlain.

What's so great about it?

We could go with just a short sweet explanation like it's made by Guerlain ( which means you can expect a gorgeous finish, and the highest quality ingredients)
OR I could add that this liquid format combines pigments of pink and orange with mother-of-pearl to create the ultimate, sculpted sun kissed glow.

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter 02 Sunny Pink.

I will also recommend Guerlain's premium, but well worth the splurge, award winning powder bronzer.  I use it almost all year round for a healthy radiant looking complexion.  You can build the bronzing effect for more dramatic color, and it is so easy to use with a nice big dome bronzer brush.  There are eight shades to choose from ( I used number 03 and I am fair to medium skin tone wise).
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 03 0.35 oz

How much?

You can find it at Sephora for $41.00.


Dior Five Color Eyeshadow (Aurora)

summer makeup aurora by diorWhat is it?

Every season, a fabulous five eyeshadow palette for the summer (2012 palette Aurora inspired by the French Riviera).

What's so great about it?

Design house Christian Dior continues to have great success with their makeup line Dior. The five color shadow palette is one of their big successes with their gorgeous combinations of highly pigmented, long wearing, smudge proof, easy glide on eyeshadow shades.

This summer makeup 2012 color theme was inspired by the chic French Riviera.  This palette, Dior 5-Rouletted Eyeshadow 654 Aurora, includes a spectacular combination of earthy metallics and a cool iridescent pink.

How much?

Sephora carries Dior and this five shadow palette is $60.00 (Sorry to list another splurge prestige item, but this could not be missed).


Tarte Waterproof Eye Makeup

tarte waterproof eyelinerWhat is it?

Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Mascara, that is waterproof, launched for Summer 2012

What's so great about it?

Tarte continues their brilliant innovation this summer with waterproof summer eye makeup lineup that includes cream eyeshadows, eyeliner and brow pencils.

Add to this the American Lifeguard Association Inc.'s seal of approval for perfect waterproof wear.  They don't run, smudge or migrate south.

Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner Plum 0.056 oz eye liner in particular, has my attention with fabulous customer reviews (shown above).

Eye liner colors include golden black, bronze, plum, charcoal, brown, navy, olive and fig. They are formulated with beeswax, and mineral pigments. They are minus mineral oil, paraben, phthalates,sodim lauryl sulfate, and they are cruelty free, tested by dermatologists.

How much?

$25.00 at Sephora


Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow
Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint

What is it?

Combination cheek tint and luminizer.

What's so great about it?

So I did say it was made by Tarte so that means you can expect good for you ingredients that make you look good too.  It has also been getting a lot of attention (Allure, Self, Woman's Day, Health, Marie Claire, O.K., InStyle, Family Circle and Fitness Magazines  Spring 2012 issues).

Good for you...The maracuja oil absorbs immediately, delivers fatty acids and vitamin C for great hydration. In addition, this product has the trademarked 'skinvigorating' ingredients which include aloe, beeswax, soybean, vitamins A, C and E.

Looking good... blush and glow, luminous beauty.

How much?

$32.00 at Tarte Cosmetics, and Sephora (moonlight shown).


Bobbi Brown Shimmering Fragrance Oil

bobbi brown shimmering oil pictureWhat is it?

Bobbi Brown's signature best selling fragrance Beach, in a shimmering body oil.

What's so great about it?

This beautiful softly shimmering light weight oil provides moisture and a little shimmer to the body via four essential oils (Olive, Sesame, Avocado, and Jojoba), Vitamins E and C.

It's fragrance is derived from Bobbi Brown Beach eau de parfum which contains sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin. (Sounds perfectly beachy!  I love the smell of citrus, and my namesake flower).

Because its a new product the reviews are limited (like the product), however, the ones I have read gave it five stars out of five (and absolutely loving it).  In addition, it was featured by a number of magazines in their best summer makeup choices.

How much?

At Sephora for $34.00.


Chanel Summer Makeup

chanel makeup pictureWhat is it?

Arguably the best summer makeup lineup for 2012.

What's so great about it?

If you really wanted a brand that gave you everything; brilliant marketing visuals from campaign images to packaging design, the perfect fusion of luxe, chic and quality, and  gorgeous wearable color lineups, then Chanel would be your  first choice.

Perhaps it's the recent press from the Cannes Film Festival leaving me a little over the top dazzled, but the Chanel Summer Makeup Collection had me transported to the French Riviera.

Some quick picks?  Glossimer for Lips in Calypso (deep orange) for when you are feeling bold and glamorous, and Sirocco (shimmery beige-pink) is a must have.

Le Vernis Nail Color in Holiday (orange), Island (pearly beige-pink) or Delight (dark beige brown metallic).

My other Chanel product would be Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Peche Cuivré. ( for lining the inner waterline of my lower lid, and brightening the whites of my eyes).

How much?

Glossimer Levres Scintillantes Lipgloss 28.50, Le Vernis Nail Color  25.00, and Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil $28.00 at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom on line.


Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

What's so great about it?

Here is one of the best summer makeup waterproof mascara performers; clump proof waterproof, nice finish to your lashes and its CHEAP!  Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara consistently gets recognized by beauty editors, and makeup artists in top beauty pick lists.

Quality deals like this make a splurges (like Chanel above) possible.


Smashbox Award Winning Lineup Of Primers

What's so great about them?

This primer lineup is multi tasking, hard working pre makeup, post skin care step that goes beyond just anti aging benefits.

And NOW, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, the original innovator, now has 11 primers to choose from. 

Summer benefit?  I put it in the best summer makeup list because of all it has to offer you, without it working with your makeup.  In fact, you may just opt to skip the foundation.  Now that's fresh summer beauty style.

apple graphic Use this as your base instead of foundation. It will not interfere with the results of self tanners but will provide a base for other makeup, and eliminate unwanted shine.

Extended Smashbox Photo Finish Lineup

    Smooth, perfect skin,  and extend makeup wear with our best-selling, award-winning foundation primer.
    Oil-free formula to smooth and perfect oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.
    Vitamins and UVA/UVB SPF 15
    Just the right amount of luminosity
    Hydrates skin and seals in moisture for hours after.
    Counteract discoloration and even out skin tone - BALANCE is lavender-toned to brighten dull or shallow skin.
  7. PHOTO FINISH COLOR CORRECTING FOUNDATION PRIMER, BLEND Counteract discoloration and even out skin tone with our problem-solving primers- BLEND is apricot-toned to even out skin tone and counteract discoloration and dark spots.
  8. PHOTO FINISH COLOR CORRECTING FOUNDATION PRIMER, ADJUST Counteract discoloration and even out skin tone with our problem-solving primers- ADJUST is green-toned to reduce redness.
    Erase fine lines, stubborn pores, and other complexion imperfections.
    Smoothes and perfects eye lids - worn alone or under any shadow.
  11. LAYER LASH PRIMER Builds volume and conditions eye lashes pre mascara.

important comment about primerI am a big fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  In addition to being an original, innovative and award winning product, I have experienced great results (I have used the original formulation and the one with SPF15). I love the smooth finish it gives my skin, the minimization pores and the ease that my makeup goes on, over it.

If you have ever experienced uneven applications it would be worth the money to try a small travel size primer to see if this corrects the problem.

Last word on the best summer makeup...

The best summer makeup of course includes a lot more.  This is just a stepping stone into some high quality, innovative brands.  As I mentioned, Tarte offers so much this year and you have got to treat yourself to something by Guerlain or Chanel, the ultimate summer makeup prestige brands.

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