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The Prettiest (and Easiest)

Makeup for Summer

Here’s a counterintuitive makeup-artist secret: You can use a lot less makeup if you wear brighter colors. Summer—when glowy, healthy skin is more on display—is when this trick is most effective. “Adding sheer, intense color to your eyes, cheeks, or lips is an easy way to brighten your face without wearing much makeup,” says LA makeup artist Jillian Dempsey (famous for her vibrating face bar, another foolproof face-waker-upper). “Bright colors can be really sheer and still enhance your natural glow, so you get that no-makeup makeup look with even less product.”

  1. The easiest way to pull off any color—whether it’s hot pink, deep blackberry, bright poppy, or fiery copper—is to apply it as a whisper, as opposed to a full-on statement with lots of texture. As clean, nontoxic tech has advanced, the new pigments for lips, lids, and cheeks are more beautiful than ever; pick a shade that suits your skin and start experimenting. Applied with restraint, every one of these shades is sexy (for day or night), easy, and gorgeous on absolutely every skin tone.

  2. Jillian Dempsey Gold SCULPTING BAR Jillian Dempsey Gold SCULPTING BAR
    Jillian Dempsey
    GOLD SCULPTING BAR
    goop, $195
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  2. LIPS AND CHEEKS

    Dab color on both your lips and cheeks for an easy, pulled-together look that really flatters the skin. Whether your vibe is more tinted balm or shiny gloss, juicy stain or creamy lipstick, vibrant color or low-key flourish, a warming flush instantly brightens your entire face.

  1. Sheer Hot-Pink Balm

    Olio E Osso Balm in French Melon Olio E Osso Balm in French Melon
    Olio E Osso
    Balm
    goop, $28
  2. Vivid Peach Gloss

    ILIA LIP GLOSS ILIA LIP GLOSS
    ILIA
    LIP GLOSS
    goop, $24
  3. Deep-Blackberry Stain

    Balmyard Beauty Baby Love Balm Lip + Cheek Tint Balmyard Beauty Baby Love Balm Lip + Cheek Tint
    Balmyard Beauty
    Baby Love Balm

    Lip + Cheek Tint

    goop, $32
  4. Bright-Red Lipstick

    Kosas Weightless Lip Color Kosas Weightless Lip Color
    Kosas
    Weightless Lip Color
    goop, $28
  1. Bright-Red Lipstick

    Kosas Weightless Lip Color Kosas Weightless Lip Color
    Kosas
    Weightless Lip Color
    goop, $28
  2. Pro Tip

    Exfoliate away dryness with this gentle lip sugar scrub before you apply pigment for smoother, softer, plumper-looking lips.

    Rose-and-Sugar
    Lip Scrub

    French Rose Lip Polish French Rose Lip Polish
    French Girl
    Rose Lip Polish
    goop, $18

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  2. CHEEKS

    The idea is a softly invigorated flush, as if you’ve just jogged on the beach and the energy is surging through you. Cream formulas enhance a dewy sheen, while powders last longer, especially on oily complexions. Apply either at the apples of the cheeks, then blend upward at an angle for a soft, lifting effect.

  1. Electric-Coral Cream

    RMS Beauty Peach Luminizer RMS Beauty Peach Luminizer
    Jillian Dempsey
    Cheek Tint
    goop, $28
  2. Dusty-Pink Powder

    Beautycounter Satin Powder Blush in Sorbet Beautycounter Satin Powder Blush in Sorbet
    Beautycounter
    Satin Powder Blush
    goop, $30
  3. Bronzer/Luminizer

    Blend a little bronzer on top of blush for a gorgeous sun-kissed burnish. It can also go just about anywhere else—the bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, chin, lids, or collarbones. Warm rose gold lights up darker skin tones beautifully, while cooler, shimmer-flecked formulas flatter lighter skin.

  1. Cool-Peach Shimmer


    (Great for Paler Skin)

    RMS Beauty Peach Luminizer RMS Beauty Peach Luminizer
    RMS Beauty
    Peach Luminizer
    goop, $38
  2. Warm Rose Gold


    (Great for Darker Skin)

    (M)anasi 7 Bronzelighter, (M)anasi 7 Bronzelighter
    (M)anasi 7
    Bronzelighter
    goop, $58

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  2. EYES

    A faint wash of color across the lids is magic: low-key enough for day and fittingly moody for a night out. You can layer the copper and pink shades below for a full-on metallic effect, use either on its own, or smooth on the sheer plum lid gloss from Jillian Dempsey, a gleamy flourish that’s the sexy essence of summer itself.

  1. Shimmering Copper

    Rituel de Fille Eye Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Love Spell Rituel de Fille Eye Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Love Spell
    Rituel de Fille
    Ash and Ember Eye Soot
    goop, $38
  2. Chic Metallic Pink

    RMS Beauty Creamy Eye Polish in Magnetic RMS Beauty Creamy Eye Polish in Magnetic
    RMS Beauty
    Creamy Eye Polish
    goop, $28
  3. Sheer Plum

    Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Plum Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Plum
    Jillian Dempsey
    Lid Tint
    goop, $28

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  2. Finishing Touches: Mascara and

    a Hydrating Makeup-Setting Mist

    Fluttery, shiny, inky lashes are sexy, transformative, and the easiest way to look instantly more rested. (The one from Juice Beauty glides on like a dream and stays put.) Another trick we love for an instant refresh: Spritz on a hydrating face mist to set makeup and to revive it later in the day. The jasmine-infused one from May Lindstrom smells incredible and leaves skin gleamy and nourished.

  1. Defining Mascara

    Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara
    Juice Beauty
    Phyto-Pigments


    Ultra-Natural Mascara

    goop, $24
  2. Gleamy Face Mist

    May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden
    May Lindstrom
    The Jasmine Garden
    goop, $70
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