Just because you want to spend the day in the pool doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice your make up routine in favor of sunblock and bare skin. The way to get through summer, while still keeping on your makeup, only takes a few adjustments.

Face: Even if you don’t have oily skin, primer is a makeup summer essential because it’s made to help keep on your foundation and concealer, even in water. This applies to eye shadow primer, too. If you don’t want to apply a lot of makeup, but have a few spots and some redness that you want to cover up, apply some BB cream or tinted moisturizer with SPF. This will keep your skin protected and hydrated in the sun, and also give you just the right amount of coverage.

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Eyes: Most cosmetic lines offer both regular and waterproof mascara. If you know you’ll be spending your days in the pool, whip out your waterproof mascara wand. This should not be warn every day, as it is harder to remove, and will do more damage to your lashes upon removal. On rare occasions though, when you feel it’s necessary, this type of mascara works like a charm.

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Bronzer and blush: If you want to look as if you’ve already gotten a little color, use a bronzer that looks natural on your skin. Just make sure that it doesn’t make your face look tanner than the rest of you, since you will most likely be in a bathing suit. This goes for blush, too. Use a light shade, because applying a dark shade, or too much of it will make it look like you already have gotten too much sun.

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Translucent powder: This type of powder won’t add any extra color to your make up, but it will soak up any oil that may form on your skin from being out in the sun, and help set your makeup so it won’t come off as easily.

It’s great to feel confident with your makeup, but don’t worry too much about it. Nobody will expect you to look flawless while you’re diving into the deep end, or lazing around on an inflatable raft. With just a little bit of makeup, you can have that effortless look you’re always aiming for.


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