Gimme Face: Summer Face Essentials

Hellooooooo everybody! We’re back! Sorry we’ve been so spotty with the posts recently. There’s a lot of big shit happening personally for both of us, but hopefully there won’t be any more interruptions for awhile. Thanks for hanging in there with your girls.

Since we last wrote, summer has officially arrived. It’s been surprisingly mild here in Georgia this June, but the heat is ramping up, and it’s not gonna break until October. Say goodbye to dry skin and brittle hair and hello to a constant sweat-mask and chlorine wrecking your dye job!

J/K. (Kinda.) Summer is my least favorite season, but there are things to appreciate about it, such as tomatoes, peaches (basically all the produce, tbh), rose, and swimming pools! I’m sure there are more, I just can’t think of them because I’m too distracted by my enormous pit stains.

At any rate, whether you love summer or hate it, you gotta switch up the ol’ beauty routine to accommodate the heat, so I thought I’d share a few of my summer face staples with you.

A note before I begin: I’ll spare you a full-blown lecture, but the most important beauty product year-round is a good sunscreen. I switch it up a lot, but both Coola and Supergoop have great facial sunscreen options that aren’t weighty or greasy. If you’re super prone to burning and need something a little heavier, Aveeno makes a thicker formula that I like to wear at the beach.

Okay, now that I’ve dispensed with the PSA, let’s get into the good stuff.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot hang with a thick matte foundation in the summer. It either is able to hold up in the heat but as a consequence looks incongruously cakey (summer lewks should be loose and relaxed!) or it can’t, in which case it turns into a horrible separated mess if I spend more than five minutes outside (the humidity in this town is REAL, son). But I also don’t have great skin, so going barefaced, while a perfectly respectable choice, is not something I’m gonna do. Enter tinted moisurizer. Lindsey wears Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer year round; I really only wear it in the summer. My personal favorite is Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint— and yes, it has an SPF. You can never be too safe!


Now, this has a little bit of shimmer, which may not be your thing, in which case there’s a matte version. But in my opinion, anything that reflects a little light without being glittery when it’s super bright outside is a good thing. This is really light but does a great job of evening out my complexion. It’s an excellent every day wear, and you can slap on some mascara and lip balm and be good to go. I often get compliments on how glowy I look when I wear this. Unfortunately, as is still the case with a lot of brands, Jouer’s shade range is absurdly limited–they don’t make a shade darker than “tan,” which is ridiculous–but they have slowly expanded over the years and I’m holding out hope that they’ll get with the times sooner rather than later.

If, like me, you sometimes want fuller coverage but still don’t want a heavy foundation, NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic Foundation is a good (and budget-friendly!) choice.


This is buildable, so it starts at medium coverage but can easily be built to full. And for the amount of coverage you get, it’s pretty damn light. If you have oily skin, you’re going to have to blot periodically when you’re wearing this, but, like I said, I accept shininess as a fact of summer, and this holds up surprisingly well for being water-based. I’ve even been reaching for it on lower-key days when I’m not doing a full face.

The other summer face essential, while I kind of hate to say it, is bronzer. I only recently overcame my prejudice against this product. But I got a bronzer sample in an Ipsy bag last summer and was surprised that I actually liked the overall effect. So, while other people may have different reasons for using it, my reason is that my face is lighter than the rest of my body in the summer. Although I apply body sunscreen daily, my face resists sun better than the rest of me, for some reason, so I get very slightly darker in the face when I’m out in the sun all day and full-on tan all over the rest of me–especially my arms and shoulders. Some people choose to wear a significantly darker foundation to make their head and body match, but I don’t understand my undertones well enough to make that look believable, so that’s where bronzer comes in. Bronzer, applied sparingly to the forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin, helps my face look as sunkissed as everything below it. This cohesion pleases me. During the day, I go for a bronzer with a little shimmer so it’ll pick up the light. My absolute favorite shimmer bronzer is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 24 Hour Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, because it reflects light beautifully but isn’t sparkly or crazy in the least.


This stuff is just gorgeous. It’s flattering on people with multiple undertones, it’s really richly pigmented and buttery, and a little goes a long way, so even though it’s $30 you won’t have to replace it for a looooong time. I love it.

If you’d prefer a matte bronzer, Ciate makes a great one.


Everything I like about this is basically what I like about the Tarte bronzer, only minus the shimmer. The color is super natural-looking and the texture is gorgeous.

If the me from five years ago could see me writing a post about bronzer right now, btw, she’d die. LIFE IS A JOURNEY.

So that’s it for us this week, dreamboats! Again, thanks for being patient with us, and, as always, we love to hear from you on Facebook and Instagram. Let us know what you think! What are your summer face must-haves? We want to know!

C U Next Tuesday! (Really, we promise.)



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