5 Ways to Update Your Beauty Routine for Summer

posted on May 19, 2014 | by Amanda Holstein

5 Ways to Update Your Beauty Routine for Summer


One of the many things I look forward to as summer rolls around is changing up my beauty routine for the warmer weather. With a slight tan, healthier skin, and a wardrobe change, I always refresh my skin, makeup, and hair for something more fit for summer beauty trends. There are five main things in your beauty routine that I recommend updating for the warmer months. Find out what they are below:

1. Your Cleanser & Face Lotion

In the winter, your skin tends to be dry and needs heavier products to keep in that moisture. But as summer rolls around, you can swap out your cleanser/lotion combo for something gentler and lighter. I recommend using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and DailyAdvance Lotion. I’ve been using Cetaphil for years. It’s one of the only products that, no matter what my skin is going through, works gently every time. Plus it’s great for any skin type. It’s one of the most reliable products I’ve ever used and I always have it in my bathroom cabinet, particularly in the summer. The cleanser is gentle but still effective, leaving your skin feeling perfectly clean. The moisturizer is the perfect consistency too. It’s light but soaks into your skin well and keeps it hydrated all day.


2. Your Foundation

I always say less is more when it comes to summer beauty. Instead of loading on the foundation, powder, and bronzer, try swapping them all for one product – a bronzing BB cream. It evens out your skin tone, adds that summer glow, and keeps the look natural. Try Urban Decay’s new Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm. It’s one of my new faves!


3. Your Blush

When your skin is paler in the fall and winter, soft pink blushes tend to work best. But once you get a little color to your face, I like to swap my blush for peachy or coral hues. They’re bright, summery, and add the perfect amount of color to your skin. I’ve been using Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Reflex.


4. Your Eye Makeup

Summer is a great time to opt for a softer look, especially when it comes to your eye makeup. Swap out your black eyeliner and dark eyeshadows for more summery hues. Try blue eyeliner and a light, cream shadow with a touch of shimmer. It will open up your eyes and look great with your summer wardrobe.


5. Your Nail Polish

My favorite part of my beauty routine to update for summer? My nails! While darker, jewel tones are great for fall and winter, I love a good pink, coral, or melon shade for summer. It’s so much happier, brighter, and more fun! Here are two of my favorite hues: Essie polish in Cute as a Button (left) and Tart Deco (right).


Check out StyleList today to find out more tips on how to update your beauty routine for summer!


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