Heyyyyy ya'llllllll.  Okay so we just came off of a couple of HOT HOT HOT days.  It was sooo humid (disclaimer: I am not complaining, it wasn't that long ago I was posting about the warm weather was FINALLY arriving).  Summer makeup routines can be tricky because it's the season of not really having to (or wanting to) wear very much and when you do, helllooooo sweat.  

Magazines and beauty blogs love to promote "no-makeup makeup" looks, which I'm truly not hating on - they encourage women and girls to show off more of their natural beauty by toning the makeup way down.  Nothing wrong with that.  However- a couple swipes of mascara and a cute pop of colour on the cheeks and lips doesn't do it for me.  I have some serious post-baby skin happening, complete with hormonal acne and Rocky Balboa-esque bags under my eyes (seriously she's almost 1, does it ever go away??? Or is this just my skin now!?).  With that being said, I have more full-coverage needs which can be tricky in the summer.  I've searched far and wide for products to help me out, and wanted to share 5 of of my top summer makeup essentials with you! 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

This stuff is seriously BOMB.  The description on the Sephora website- "A bestselling, award-winning, full-coverage, color-correcting cream with antiaging skin care and SPF 50+ sunscreen" and I honestly couldn't agree more.  This is a summer MUST HAVE.  


MAC Mineralize Blush in "Warm Soul"

I've posted about this blush before and probably will 1000 more times because it's my favourite blush of all time forever and ever.  The mineralize blushes have the perfect amount of shimmer in them to give you an actual summer glow (as opposed to a sweat glow).  


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in "Sun Dipped"

Or any highlighter from ABH, TBH.  Summer is amazing because you can shamelessly load up on bronzed AF highlighter.  I'm actually using the Amrezy highlighter from ABH right now, but I couldn't find it on the Sephora website so I linked this glow kit instead.  Don't worry though- I've never gone wrong with any ABH highlighters and you can slay all day in either one.  


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Another one I've posted about already- but hey, when you find your ride or die you stick by their side.  Seriously, the other day I went swimming with this on and it didn't smudge - so a little sweat can't even touch this stuff.  


Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

I can't believe I'm saying this but I've actually replaced my Covergirl Lashblast with this Benefit mascara.  I was a Covergirl Lashblast girl ALL DAY LONG but then I tried this and I was hooked real quick.  There's no clumping, and most importantly, no fall out so when you're hot or sweaty it doesn't start to give you raccoon eyes.  KEY.  


As for lips, summer is free range in my opinion.  You can get away with basically anything- but personally, give me ALLLL the nudes during the summer months.  (Here's a link to my post about my favourite lip products for summer!)  Even if I do stick to a more full coverage face routine, I keep it pretty simple on the eyes and lips to balance out the whole "natural" look.  So there you have it!  Cheers to looking FRESH AF all summer long!!!