Summer reboot
Date: 01 june 2018

Put your full-coverage foundations and heavy eyeshadow on pause. It’s time to loosen up and make room for some laid-back beauty looks - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

Summer brings so much joy—mangoes, tans and beach holidays. But it also brings with it a massive downsizing of beauty kits, which can be a bummer. Full-coverage foundation? No chance. A mega-watt smokey eye with fake lashes? You’ve got to be kidding.

This season, however, we’re not as reluctant to pack up our full kits. Summer comes at the same time as a worldwide shift towards clean, minimal beauty, and here’s how we’re dialing down our makeup routines.

Sheer out
Can’t bear the feel of moisturizer and sunscreen followed by foundation when it’s a billion degrees outside? Swap your regular products for a tinted moisturizer which will give you the hydration you need, plus sun protection as well as some coverage. We turn to Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 and theBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF18 to even out the complexion and keep skin sheltered. Beauty PSA: To get the full protection of the SPF number mentioned on the bottle, you have to use a quarter teaspoon of product for your face alone. Use a measuring spoon to see how much that actually is: it’s more than you think! So, on days when you’re going to be outdoors and fully exposed to the sun, consider using a ¼ teaspoon of tinted sunscreen like Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defense SPF 50 .
If there ever was a time to stop contouring, this is it. Swap out your contour and highlight set for a bronzer like Smashbox Halo Warm Bronze Lights, to bring warmth and life to the skin. Sweep a fluffy brush loaded with bronzer on the high planes of your face (cheekbones, temples, Cupid’s bow) and brush some on the bridge of the nose for an authentically sun-kissed glow.
Stock up on products you can use in more than one way, like a cheek and lip tint. We love Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color. It makes for a quick application, looks sheer and effortless, plus having the same colour on the lips and cheeks is an easy way for makeup to look profesh without trying too hard.

Just add colour
If you’re yearning for a pop of colour, don’t hesitate. Summer is the time to try a few wacky shades you might not feel comfortable with otherwise. The only guideline: use strategically and sparingly. Line your upper lashline with a fun shade using M.A.C Liquidlast Liner or Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil. Or, instead of a full line, try playful touches like dots and dashes—very on trend. Bring some whimsy with coloured mascaras, like Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara in shades of purple, blue and green. Glitter, another trendy touch, can be dotted into the inner corner of the eye for a flash of light. Try Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Sparkle Stick for a precise application.

Summer reboot
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.