Summertime Makeup: How to Transition Your Makeup Routine for Summer

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Summertime makeup

As the weather gets warmer, it is probably a good time to start transitioning your summertime makeup routine for summer. What exactly do we mean by that? Well, for starters, fewer and lighter products are best to be used during the warmer months. Wearing heavy products is not a good idea since you will probably end up sweating it all off- or end up clogging your pores. So how do you transition your makeup routine for summer? Today we are sharing some tips and suggestions on how to do this, so keep on reading.

How to Transition Face Products

When it comes to face products, less and lighter are major key factors for summertime makeup. Start with your skincare. Switch to a lighter (yet still moisturizing and hydrating) daytime moisturizer and do not forget to wear sunscreen.

Better yet, consider using a moisturizer with SPF in it, that way you are applying fewer layers of product. Another great option for summertime makeup is using a tinted moisturizer with SPF in it. This would be a good 3-in-1 product since it would take care of moisturizing your skin as well as giving you protection from the sun, all while giving you a bit of coverage.

If you need a little extra coverage, you could always add a bit of concealer on the areas that need it. For those who have very oily skin, you could use a light powder foundation instead of a tinted moisturizer. Just make sure you do not apply too much powder, remember less is more. And of course, if your skin does not need much coverage at all you can skip foundation altogether, just focus on your moisturizer/SPF.

We strongly encourage you to skip foundation, powder, base all together during the summer. We like to call it a “Face-cation” – and the summertime is the BEST time to do it. Face makeup can clog pores – and when it’s hot outside and your skin is wanting to sweat, that’s the BEST time to allow it to do so – let the sweat do its job and clear out those pores and get rid of the toxins in your body. Not to mention when you wear the same level of face makeup that you wear the rest of the year, it can crack and run – which looks worse than if you went without.

Your face deserves a break – please don’t worry about some bumps, acne, or scars for just a couple months a year. You are beautiful just as you are with all those perfect imperfections – and the chances of those “imperfections” correcting themself with a makeup break are PRETTY high!

Blush/Bronzer

Blush and bronzer are great products to use for summertime makeup to add some color to the complexion. As we said skip foundation altogether at times during summer and just lightly bronze your face and add a bit of blush for a pop of color.

Red Apple Lipstick’s Sundrop Bronzer is the perfect shade of bronzer, it’s a warm matte neutral shade of brown that works perfectly to warm up the skin as well as to help define facial features. It is also quite buildable so it works on all skin tones.

First, bronze the areas where the sun naturally hits the face (cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, and chin area) using the Vegan Blush Brush. Then sometimes I also like to add a bit more, to lightly contour/define, on the hollows of the cheeks as well as on the temples and the jawline.

Blush is a great way to brighten the look of your complexion and summer is a good time to use lively, brighter shades. RAL has some beautiful blush shades that work great for this time of year. Pinks, peaches, and corals shades are great color options. Customer favorite shade, Gotta Glow, is a slightly shimmery peachy pink that gives a dewy and fresh look to any skin tone. Good Vibes blush is a great option for those with darker golden skin tones, it’s a fresh matte tangerine shade that will make the cheeks pop.

Image of Sundrop Bronzer by Red Apple Lipstick in it's container with the lid off and tilted to the side. Bronzer is a warm matte bronzer that is perfect for all skin tones

Sundrop Bronzer by Red Apple Lipstick is a warm matte bronzer that is perfect for all skin tones. It’s buildable and believable and should be in everyone’s makeup bag.

Image of Gotta Glow Blush by Red Apple Lipstick a Slightly shimmery peachy pink blush

Gotta Glow Blush by Red Apple Lipstick- a slightly shimmery peachy pink blush

Image of Good Vibes Blush in its container by Red Apple Lipstick. Good Vibes is a Matte fresh tangerine blush

Good Vibes Blush by Red Apple Lipstick – a matte fresh tangerine blush

Image of Vegan Blush Brush by Red Apple Lipstick

Vegan Blush Brush by Red Apple Lipstick. This brush has the absolute perfect quantity of bristles at just the right angle for bronzer or blush application. It’s firm but fluffy and picks up powder for a perfect delivery.

How to Transition Summertime Eye Makeup

When it comes to summertime makeup for eyes you can keep it either pretty simple and minimal, or you can still do your eye makeup as you normally do just switch to lighter eyeshadow colors.

For a natural and simple look, use just eyeliner and mascara (and pair that with a fun, bold lipstick shade). You could use either Black or Cocoa Eye Liner Pencil (using the Angled Eye Brush to help apply) with a couple of coats of The Lash Project Mascara.

If you have very oily lids, you can apply a bit of eye primer and then set that with a base eyeshadow shade before applying your eyeliner. Heirloom, Hush Hush, and Porcelain are some great base eyeshadow options.

Now, if you want more of a full eye makeup look, opt for going lighter on your color selection. Think of lighter neutral shades for more natural looks like browns and beiges. Bronzy eyeshadows are also perfect for those bronzed summer looks.

For fun and brighter looks, try teals and greens as well as pinks and coral/peachy shades of eyeshadows. If you like to wear smokey looks for evening makeup, go for a plum/mauve or brown smokey eye using eyeshadows that are not too dark.

Red Apple Lipstick has a great selection of eyeshadows to pick from, the new mattes are great ones to start with if you are looking for some neutral eyeshadows. As for eyebrows, again simple is best. Go as naturally as possible. I love brow gels to just groom and keep the brows in place. However, if you do need to fill in your brows keep it as natural as possible. For more on how to fill in brows, check out Andrea’s tips here.

Image of Black Eyeliner pencil by Red Apple Lipstick

Black Eyeliner pencil by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of Cocoa Eyeliner pencil by Red Apple Lipstick

Cocoa Eyeliner Pencil by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of Angled Eyeliner brush with spoolie brush on the other end by Red Apple Lipstick

Angled Eyeliner Brush with Spoolie end by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of Black Mascara by Red Apple Lipstick called The Lash Project Mascara.

The Lash Project Mascara by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of Prime Time Eyeshadow Primer by Red Apple Lipstick in its container.

Prime Time Eyeshadow Primer by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of close up of Heirloom Eyeshadow pan by Red Apple Lipstick

Heirloom Eyeshadow by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of close up of Hush Hush Eyeshadow pan by Red Apple Lipstick

Hush Hush Eyeshadow by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of close up of Porcelain Eyeshadow pan by Red Apple Lipstick a light, matte, off-white, creamy nude pan by Red Apple Lipstick

Porcelain Eyeshadow by Red Apple Lipstick

Image of Black square magnetic Z palette holding 9 new matte eyeshadows by Red Apple Lipstick

Displayed are 9 new Matte Eyeshadows by Red Apple Lipstick

How to Transition Lip Products

Summer is a good time to wear lighter and natural lip colors, but it is also a great time to rock those brighter and bold shades of color. You can keep it more natural by choosing to wear a gloss instead, this will give the lips a touch of color and shine without putting on a full-coverage color. Some great lip gloss choices for summertime makeup are:

· Brazen Raisin- beautiful bronzed shade with micro-shimmer that goes on semi-sheer.

Image of Brazen Raisin Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Brazen Raisin by Red Apple Lipstick

· Diamond Sands– sheer nude/gold with a subtle peach undertone.

Image of Diamond Sands Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Diamond Sands by Red Apple Lipstick

· Honey Badger– a medium pigmented nude with pink and brown undertones.

Image of Honey Badger Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Honey Badger by Red Apple Lipstick

· Love Letter– soft light pink with the slightest bit of shimmer.

Image of Love Letter Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Love Letter by Red Apple Lipstick

· Magic Momint– a neutral bronze color, goes on semi-sheer with just a hint of color.

Image of Magic Momint Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Magic Momint by Red Apple Lipstick

· S.W.A.K.– a medium pink gloss with no shimmer.

Image of S.W.A.K  Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

S.W.A.K. ( aka-Sealed with a kiss) by Red Apple Lipstick

· Sun Sparkles– the perfect clear gloss with a touch of shimmer.

Image of Sun Sparkles Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Sun Sparkles by Red Apple Lipstick

· Tangomint– warm shade of orange-red with golden micro-shimmer.

Image of Tangomint Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Tangomint by Red Apple Lipstick

· Tiny Dancer– warm peachy-pink nude.

Image of Tiny Dancer Lip Gloss tube by Red Apple Lipstick

Tiny Dancer by Red Apple Lipstick

Check out all of RAL lip glosses by clicking here.

Lipsticks are great for when you want full coverage color on the lips or when you want a bolder lip. Switch to brighter color shades for summertime makeup since these are perfect for this time of year as well as those tan and bronzy brown and nude shades.

One of my favorite easy way to wear a brighter lipstick is by keeping the rest of my makeup simple- applying a bit of bronzer, blush, mascara on the eyes, and finish the look with lipstick. This keeps the focus on the lips while the rest of the makeup just complements it. These are a few of our favorite RAL lipstick shades for summertime, all of which you can also apply as a stain for lighter wear:

· Beachside– a medium peachy-tan nude.

Image of lady with light to medium skin tone, gray blue eyes with short curly brown hair. She is wearing Beachside lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Here, Andrea is wearing Beachside lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

· Brazilliant– a beautiful light shimmery pink with slight tangerine undertones, it is almost a light coral shade.

Image of Lipstick tube with cap off and color turned up on the left. On the right is a lady with long black hair and dark eyes wearing Braziilliant Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Noemi is wearing Brazilliant by Red Apple Lipstick

· Coral Crush– a true, classic, coral color of pink and orange.

Image of lady with dark skin tone, dark eyes and short black hair. She is wearing Coral Crush Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Fran is wearing Coral Crush by Red Apple Lipstick

· Hibiscus– a deep, berry pink with a hint of red to it, a true raspberry color. Wear it bold or simply as a stain. Looks great on any skin tone.

Image of Lipstick tube with cap off and color turned up on the left. On the right is a lady with long black hair and dark eyes wearing Hibiscus Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Noemi is wearing Hibiscus by Red Apple Lipstick

· Let’s Flamingle– tropical hot pink with a coral cast. While this is a hot pink color, it’s a softer shade which makes it not overly bright.

Image of lady with medium warm skin tone with a summer hat on and looking towards the side. She is wearing Let's Flamingle lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Tanya is wearing Let’s Flamingle by Red Apple Lipstick

· Naughty– a perfect tan nude shade with no shimmer.

Image of lady with warm skin tone and long black hair pulled back. She is wearing Naughty Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Raf is wearing Naughty by Red Apple Lipstick

· Red Apple Red– a classic signature red, light and bright with a slight pink undertone.

Image of lady with long curly hair, light to medium skin tone and blue gray eyes. She is wearing Red Apple Red lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick as part of summertime makeup.

Andrea is wearing Red Apple Red by Red Apple Lipstick

· Risque!– warm-toned red with orange undertones.

Summertime makeup

Noemi is wearing Risque by Red Apple Lipstick

· Starlette– a stunning, warm-toned, pinky red.

Image of Lipstick tube with cap off and color turned up on the left. On the right is a lady with long black hair and dark eyes wearing Starlette Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick

Noemi is wearing Starlette by Red Apple Lipstick

Make sure to check out all of RAL’s lipstick selection by clicking here. Whatever you prefer when it comes to your lips, remember to make sure to moisturize them as well. Always prep your lips by applying a bit of lip balm. The Rallye Balm will help keep your lips healthy and soft while also prepping your lips for your makeup looks.

Image of tube with sheer Rallye Balm lip balm twisted up out of the tube with the cap laying down horizontally to the tube by its side

Rallye Balm lip balm by Red Apple Lipstick

In summary, keep your summertime makeup routine simple. Keep your products to a minimum where possible, and think less and light when it comes to your base products. Do not be afraid, though, to play with colors when it comes to lip and eye makeup.

Switch over to lighter shades of eyeshadows and brighter, bolder lipsticks if you want to incorporate color into your makeup looks. Feel free to check out the Makeup and Makeup Tutorials section for some great makeup look ideas. The No Makeup-Makeup Look would be perfect to do for summer.

We hope these tips and suggestions come in handy as you prepare to transition your makeup routine for the warm months ahead. What are some of your favorite Red Apple Lipstick products for summer? Share with us in the comments below.

Image of lady with long black hair, dark eyes wearing Sundrop Bronzer, Gotta Glow blush, The Lash Project mascara and Risque Lipstick all by Red Apple Lipstick

Noemi is wearing no foundation- just Sundrop Bronzer, Gotta Glow blush, The Lash Project mascara, and Risqué! lipstick.

Image of lady with long black hair dark eyes and medium skin tone she has created a look with a smokey eye using Prime Time Eye Shadow Primer, Porcelain eyeshadow, Made You Wink, Plums Up, Heirloom, Hello Darkness, and Buttercream.  Light powder foundation along with Sundrop Bronzer and M'Lady blush on the face for her summertime makeup. Maven Mauve lipstick topped with Honey Badger lipgloss on the lips by Red Apple Lipstick

Noemi created a Springtime smokey eye look that would also look great in summer. She used Prime Time Eye Shadow Primer, Porcelain eyeshadow, Made You Wink, Plums Up, Heirloom, Hello Darkness, and Buttercream.  Light powder foundation along with Sundrop Bronzer and M’Lady blush on the face. Maven Mauve lipstick topped with Honey Badger lipgloss on the lips.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How do you make your makeup last all day in hot weather?

Keep your makeup light, less is more when it comes to summertime makeup. Stick to lighter base products and consider a face primer if you have very oily skin to help keep your makeup in place throughout the day.

2. What makeup should I wear in summer?

Simple makeup is best for summer, especially during the day. Our best tip is to keep your products to a minimum and only use what you need. We suggest a light base, a bit of bronzer and blush, some mascara, and either lip gloss or lipstick for a quick and easy, simple everyday look.

3. What foundation is best for hot weather?

This will mainly depend on your personal needs but avoid heavy products. Choose lighter options such as a powder foundation if you have oily skin or lighter weight cream/liquid foundation if you have dry skin.

4. What can I use instead of foundation in the summer?

If you do not need to wear foundation skip it altogether and just use concealer to spot-correct any problematic areas. If you do need some more coverage, try using a tinted sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, or BB Cream. These lighter weight products will keep your skin looking natural, yet give you enough coverage, without being too heavy and more comfortable to wear in the summer’s heat.

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