Summer makeup is synonymous with clean, glowing, sun-kissed, and healthy skin. We are here to remind you that you can still make a statement out in the sun, all while combating the summer heat.
If you're looking to spice up your makeup routine, start with these 3 fresh summer beauty looks to rock all season long.
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(pictured: Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in "Trophy Wife", NARS Blush in "Orgasm", Becca Glow Gloss in "Metamorphic Gold")
One way to create a fresh twist on a barely-there makeup look is to add a dash of gold in all the right places. Lightly dust and highlight the areas of the face where the sunlight naturally hits. This includes your temple and high cheekbone, bridge of the nose, under the arch of your brow, and cupids bow. If your skin is on the oilier side, use a mattifying primer prior to applying foundation. Another tip is to lightly apply a translucent powder on the areas of your face that are prone to oil buildup before applying your gold highlight.
Don't forget the rest of your body, sis. Take a body brush and sweep gold highlighter on the tops of your shoulders and décolletage straight from the palette or mix it in with your favorite lotion for a more subdued effect.
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(pictured: Maybelline ColorSensational Vivid Lipstick in "885 Vibrant Mandarin", and Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in "Snitch")
I think we can all agree that ultra-glossy lips have made a comeback this summer. Give your mattes a rest and reach for a bold juicy hue instead. Orange, melons, and pinks are always a great place to start for your pout. But if you care to reach for a shade of lilac to liven things up, go for it girl. The key to a juicy pout is exfoliated, moisturized lips. Take the time to gently exfoliate, then apply a light balm.
Take your fingers and gently press the balm into the lip so your lipstick doesn't slide around and swipes on effortlessly. Top your pout with a glossy gloss and get ready to hit the town with your favorite summer drink in tow.
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(pictured: BlackUp Matte Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in "ELM05", NARS Satin Lip Pencil in "Giusti, NARS Oil Infused Lip Tint in "Orgasm")
A cat eye has always been a classic beauty look. Turn things up a few notches by lining your lids in an electric-colored hue. Cobalt blue, neon green, vibrant yellow, electric orange and stark white are all hot options to rock this summer. If you've got a steady hand, pick up a liquid liner pen; but if you need a little more help with precision, opt for an angled brush to dip into your pigment and take your time. Finish the look off with a soft pink or nude glossy lip that doesn't take the attention away from your colorful wing.
Tell us below, which look are you planning to try this summer?
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Your Go-To Matcha Latte Just Got A Fruit-Inspired Summer Refresh
Can we talk about the grip that matcha lattes have on us? While I’ll always be an iced caramel latte (with oat milk) type of girl to the core, matcha lattes have become a must-have, pick-me-up to get me through the day.
If you’re anything like me, your FYP and explore page is probably filled with pretty matcha recipes that are just begging for you to try. And with these green, semi-sweet lattes quickly becoming a go-to for emotional-support beverage drinkers, it’s hard not to resist the temptation of a delicious and calming sip or two.
Matcha is a type of green tea that originated in Japan and is known for its vibrant green color, fine powder texture, and distinctive flavor. The traditional way of preparing matcha involves whisking the powder with hot water until it forms a frothy mixture, which can then be combined with smoothies, lattes, and other treats.
Not only is it high in antioxidants, but it also has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, and a good source of L-theanine, an amino acid that can promote relaxation and improve mental focus.
Some newcomers to the tea may need a little convincing to come around to its distinctive, leafy taste, however, some new variations to the transitional technique could offer a sweet experience that will make them a true matcha believer.
Outside of milk, which is matcha’s creamy companion, strawberries and mango are two of the latest fruits to be paired with matcha and are unlocking new, refreshing recipes to try for the warmer months ahead. To get you started, we’ve provided a simple, yet tasty recipe for strawberry and mango matcha that you can try at home:
Easy Mango and Strawberry Matcha Recipe
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- 1 cup of oat milk/almond milk
- 1/2 cup of strawberries, hulled and sliced (or),
- 1/2 cup of mango, peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon of honey/agave
- Ice cubes
- In a small bowl, add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder.
- Add a small amount of hot water to the matcha powder (about 1/4 cup) and whisk vigorously with a bamboo whisk or a small whisk until the matcha powder is dissolved and there are no lumps. You should end up with a thick paste-like mixture.
- If desired, add 1 tablespoon of honey or sugar to sweeten.
- Add 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries or diced mango to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the fruit and matcha mixture over the ice.
- Sip slowly and enjoy!
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