Your grandma was right--there's a time and place for everything. High-drama makeup is perfect for a fancy night out, but on a hot spring/summer day, it's always fresher and younger to sport a soft, subtle, barely-there look. The idea is to look like you're not wearing a stitch of makeup (no one needs to know you spent twenty minutes artfully applying neutral-toned eye, lip, and cheek hues). Here's how to rock the perfect no-makeup makeup look: Mask undereye circles and dark spots with a creamy, yellow based concealer like Philosophy The Supernaturals Airbrushed Concealer in Dark ($25, amazon.com), and then set with a pressed powder like CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Pressed Powder ($8.18, drugstore.com). Brighten eyes with soft golds, bronzes and coppers--try Pop Beauty Lid Bronzer ($22, ulta.com) comes with every shade you need--followed by a thin line of black pencil and two coats of black mascara. Brighten cheeks with a sheer coral blush like Cargo Blush in Laguna ($26, cargocosmetics.com), and slick on a nude gloss like Avon Glazewear Sparkle Lip Gloss in Mocha Latte ($1.99, shop.avon.com).
Nia Long’s bronzey, natural look is to die for, and it’s not hard to recreate at home! Simply dust a sheer bronzer over cheekbones and the perimeter of your face (we’re obsessed with Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder, $14.99 at ulta.com, and then add mascara and a pearly-nude gloss.