Summer Makeup Routine

Summer has just arrived for many of you, but I’ve been following these routines for months now here in Texas. The weather here can be very hit or miss, but usually it’s scorching hot and muggy outside. This can cause major makeup meltdowns if you aren’t applying your makeup correctly. Let’s take a look at my summer makeup routine! Follow these steps carefully to prevent your face from being a melted mess this summer. On another note, if you haven’t checked out my summer beach essentials blog, you can find that here.

In today’s blog, I’ll be sharing my Summer makeup routine secrets with you guys.

Start with a clean, dry face

I have naturally oily skin. I will typically wash with a mild face soap, enough so that when I do my final wash there isn’t any oil coming off in the sink. I’ll then prep my skin for makeup by applying a clay mask. My go to right now is the Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask. This mask retails online for about $3.22 at online retailers. Click the link above for more info. A clay mask is a fantastic why to draw oil away from the skin and refine pore size.

Invest in a good primer

After that’s done, I prime my face with Elf Poreless Primer. Elf has several types of primers that have various purposes. Some primers are created to leave a dewy finish, while others are created to have a more matte finish. So, choose accordingly! Sometimes I may even use Milk of Magnesia to prime my skin with, it just depends on how flawless of a look I’m going for. The Milk of Magnesia will create for an oil free, ultra matte finish. I do not recommend using this repetitively because it may break out skin with prolonged use. MoM is for once in a blue moon occasions like a wedding, photoshoot or court side seats at the Rockets game. A good primer will do the face good. Thank the Lord for artificial means of pore minimization.

Conceal any blemishes

Next, I’ll go in with my LA Girl Concealer to ensure maximal blemish coverage underneath my foundation. You can purchase these online or at your local beauty supply shop. I swear by this brand because of the outstanding color range and the affordability. I use the orange LA Girl Concealer to cancel out and hide any dark spots or old scarring that I may have. Remember to allow time for it to oxidize onto your skin for best results.

Top with an SPF foundation

Next, let’s top this off with an SPF built in foundation. I use a combination of the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation with SPF 18 (My color: Coconut) and the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Wear and Comfort Foundation with SPF 15. Both of these come together to deliver a clean, flawless finish sure to have people asking for your skincare routine.

Set the look with a loose powder

Once that’s done, I set my makeup with my Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder. This step, also called baking, is one of the most vital. I think this part of the process is where I find the most joy. Setting your make up properly will drastically increase your wear time in this Texas heat. Check out my latest Youtube video to see exactly how I bake and set in preparation for a hot summer day. Baking is great for reducing shine and residual oil that may start to seep through your foundation. Beware, if you apply too much of the Sephora Bright Set, you will experience flashback in your photos. Like they always say, moderation is key.

Hey loves!!If you enjoyed this blog, be sure to check out my latest Youtube video where I demonstrate use of all of the mentioned products.

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Artis Oval Brush – Opt For The Dupe

Just the other day I was browsing the makeup aisle and found an Artis Brush Dupe. At the time of the find, I had no clue just how amazing these brushes were. I accidentally stumbled across these while actually looking for a new set of the traditional makeup brushes.

If you’re like me, then you probably have no clue what these are nor how to use them. That didn’t stop me. I mean, come on, these look so bourgeois! That’s right up my alley. I thought, surely those can’t be for amateur use. This made me want them that much more.


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So, I went home that night and did what any clueless person eagerly yearning for info does–I went on Youtube! With a few clicks, I found a demo video telling me all about these innovative, chic little oval brushes. Immediately, I was hooked! I knew that I was going to have to try these out for myself. I ended up going back to the store and making the purchase.

Where can you purchase your own set of Artis Oval Brushes?

I found these in my local Burlington Coat Factory store in Webster, TX. I was simply ecstatic that I was getting a set of “Oval Brushes” for myself, at a great price point. Like seriously, ecstatic! I purchased this set of 3 brushes for (wait for it…) a crisp $9 guys!

You cannot beat that, especially since the authentic 10 piece Artis set is about $400. That’s a major price difference! $400 is almost a car note for me! Umm, yeah… NOT TODAY… NOT EVER…

If you have more patience than me, then you can also find these on Amazon. Just be prepared to wait out that shipping time. I tried to find the direct link to the exact product for you guys, but I was unsuccessful. I did, however, find a very comparable brush set here.

Why Use An Oval Brush?

These brushes are ergonomically designed for self-application of makeup. Near the head of the brush, you’ll notice that the stems on these brushes have a little give to them. This is done to reduce the amount of pressure that is being applied to the face. The black finish adds a professional feel to the brush.

The fibers used within them are as soft as polar bear mink (Is that even a thing? lol). The fibers in these brushes are packed very densely. When applying makeup, the product sits on the very top surface of the fibers. There is little to no saturation into the brush. This is great because you end up wasting less of your product.

Application is very simple. You are left with a smooth, airbrush finished consistency. How can you not be impressed!



I achieved the look below after only my second time using the brushes. They are extremely user-friendly. I’d recommend these brushes for all skill levels. Be sure to check out my video below if you’d like to see the full tutorial on how I created this look using the oval brushes.

I try to keep my makeup routine simple and easy. So as not to overwhelm my viewers that are more on the beginning side of beauty.

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