The natural look – what does that even mean? Summer is officially here and all we want to do is deep dive into our fav summer activities that include endless amounts of rosè, brunch with our friends, lounging by the beach, and getting our summer tan on. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about being tan and sun kissed that makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Is it that every part of our body looks more toned when we’re tan? Or maybe because we feel like we need less makeup when we’re tan because our skin seems to naturally glow and cover up blemishes??
But let’s be real. We love our skin too much and read too many articles about the negative effects of baking in the sun. So, how can we make a compromise? We want this effortless, summer chic look but where do we start? We’ve heard it everywhere…”natural beauty”, “makeup free”, “look flawless always”, “easy as 1,2, 3” but stepping into summer in our most confidence skin sounds way easier than it actually is!
Sometimes it’s way harder than just rolling out bed, running a brush through our hair and strutting into the day with minimal effort…but still looking like a runway model.
Let’s focus on our skin for now and take a look at our current situation.
Expectation for Summer: Flawless clear complexion, sculpted brows, luscious eyelashes, smooth skin, even tan all over
Reality For Summer: Frizzy hair due to unbearable humidity, makeup melting off our face as we run to make the subway (again!), tiny pimples popping up every day from constantly being sweaty, shorts tan
So, how do we rock this natural look with the most minimal effort while still feeling good?!
Firstly, I feel like we should also take into account that it will absolutely take makeup for some of us to to rock the natural “no makeup” look. It’s not hypocritical, it’s just fact.
For that sun kissed, even skin tone…
Instead of slapping on your thick foundation this summer, opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Our fav, the Philosophy’s Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint with 20 SPF that’ll leave you protected & looking fresh.
To combat your humid frizzy hair…
Try sleeping on a silk pillowcase. We love it because it works to smooth our skin and calm our crazy morning hair.
To get the glossy lips and sculpted brows…
We have two major favs that won’t break the bank but will make you the envy of natural beauties everywhere. Aquaphor Lip Repair can be purchased at your local pharmacy and gives just enough gloss + shine to get you noticed. Glossier Boy Brow comes in 4 different shades, including clear. PSA: Ladies, if you weren’t sculpting your brows before, you better get on it ASAP as you’ll be blown away by how much more put together you look. Even better, this doesn’t sweat off your brows so you can have those stylin’ brows in the gym too!
For those annoying pimples that pop up overnight….
We love this acne system that not only cleanses our skin, but uses a gentle blue light to literally kill off the acne causing bacteria. And it’s compact so we take it with us on all our summer adventures.
For smooth armpits and bikini lines…
We really forget how quickly our hair grows until we are lounging poolside and have that “Oh no” moment when you realize you forgot your weekly lady upkeep. For this, look no further than at-home hair removal. All you do is treat the desired area for a few weeks and your hair follicles will be disabled and you’ll never have to worry again about forgetting to shave pre-pool party.