My Easy Summer Makeup Routine

In the summer, I like to ease up on the amount of makeup I apply. It gets really hot here on the East Coast! I like to create a makeup look that appears fresh and not too heavy and that doesn’t take me more than 5-10 minutes max to complete! Let me tell you all about this simple summer makeup routine.



I recently discovered this Benefit Cosmetics Brow Contour Pro 4-in-1 defining and highlighting pencil when it was on sale at Ulta. (I had posted it in my Daily Deals for June. Make sure to check my Daily Deals tab every day so you don’t miss out! This brow pencil is no longer on sale!)

Here is why I love it:

  • The pencil is pigmented but not too pigmented, so it’s really easy to fill in my brows without worrying about them being too heavy.
  • It has a light shade for the fronts of your brows, a darker shade for the tails (I do not use the darker shade.), a definer, which is life-changing because it makes your brows really stand out and frame your face, and a highlighter, which I apply under the arches and blend to highlight. (For reference, I ordered the “Brown / Light.”)
  • You don’t have to sharpen it.
  • Everything you need is in one beauty tool!

Note: If I am pressed for time and can’t do my entire makeup routine, I undoubtedly choose to do my brows over my lashes. They frame your face and need to look polished!

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I also snagged this Beauty by POPSUGAR Be Noticed Eye Shimmer Putty Powder on sale at Ulta, and it’s still on sale! It’s $5.75! (originally $23!)

This is a great summer eyeshadow, because you don’t even need a brush to apply it. Application is a fool-proof cinch. Plus, you can wear it alone, which is how I am wearing it in all of these photos. (Bonus- This makeup product is perfect for traveling and beach days.)

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I cannot rave enough about this mascara. It’s one of my all-time beauty favorites. If you haven’t given Maybelline’s Snapscara a try yet, you’re missing out! (It’s currently BOGO 50%, so I’d jump on that and stock up!)

Here’s what I love:

  • easy to apply
  • removes with water
  • doesn’t flake
  • doesn’t smudge or drip
  • makes my lashes look a mile long

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I like a full coverage foundation, but they can feel thick and heavy for summer. This Too Faced Born this Way Undetectable Medium-Full Coverage Foundation is the perfect balance! It covers all my flaws without being sticky or thick, and I can easily layer it to hide trouble spots.

I may not have to return to my full-coverage foundation in the winter, although I do like it (Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15).

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Follow the shade guide!


Another one of my recent discoveries is Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I used to use a drugstore concealer, but now that I finally gave into Tarte (It has such a good reputation!), I’ll probably never go back.

Why do I love it?

  • It seems to cover my under eye circles and other dark spots more quickly than my old concealer
  • It has some serious staying power.
  • It provides a smooth, flawless finish.

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Yes, it’s summer, so I don’t always need bronzer, but I do think it adds a little more color and definition! I sometimes use it in place of blush when I am running short on time. It’s a makeup must-have!

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I love this Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer because its not shimmery. Since I like to wear glittery eyeshadow and highlighter, I definitely don’t need more glow on my face!

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Also, this Becca Cosmetics Luminous Blush does have some sheen to it, so yeah, definitely don’t need a shimmery bronzer! With that being said, the shimmer in this blush is so fine and subtle, you can’t see sparkles on your cheeks. It simply enhances your natural glow.

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I’ve tried many highlighters in my day, and all of them pale in comparison to Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector. (I linked the mini version in case you’re not ready to buy the full-sized one, but if you did, you would not be disappointed. I wear it in the shade Opal.)

I have found other highlighters to be too golden, too sparkly, too hard to blend. This pressed highlighter is none of those things. It’s an all-time beauty fave of mine.

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I received this line of lip colors through a collaboration I did earlier this year, and I am HOOKED. You can choose from tons of colors, but my favorite for summer is this neutral pink shade, called Clothes Off.

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A fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog written by Jackie Mikkelson, Instinctively en Vogue is a source of inspiration for busy girls, especially moms like her, who want to be chic while staying comfortable.



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  1. 7.3.20
    Tracy said:

    Tarte shape tape is one of my favorite products! I am in need of a new mascara so I’ll have to check that one out!


  2. 7.28.20

    Great content, I enjoyed reading it! You should try some French beauty products for a more natural finish, I’m sure you’ll like it. I like using YSL all in one glow foundation for a fresh skin look and lancome custom drop highlighter for more natural glow.

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