How to Wear Summer’s Best Makeup

Experts share their tips on how to perfect your summertime glow.

Francois Nars beautifies Kate Moss

Francois Nars beautifies Kate Moss (Photo: Instagram).

Summertime is undeniably one of the best time to experiment with new makeup looks. Starting off with a base of a healthy tan, it’s easy to swipe on sparkling bronzer, try out a super bold lip or line your eyes with an unexpected hue.

However, when trying out a new product, a little bit of guidance is much preferred. We all know that it can be difficult to figure out how to apply a highlighter that gives you dewy skin, rather than unintentionally turning your face into a disco ball. We turned to the experts (which in this case would be makeup artists and beauty brand founders) to figure out how to properly apply this summer’s top makeup products, from Christian Louboutin’s ultra shiny lip color to Glossier’s brand new highlighter stick.

Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation


Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation in 140 Ivoire, $47,

Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation in 140 Ivoire, $47, (Photo: Courtesy Lancôme).

Tarek Abbas, Lancôme National Makeup Artist
How to apply: “I like to apply the Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation using a natural-bristled brush like the Lancôme Precision Cheek Brush. I prefer a more natural effect, so I will apply very little to the edge of the brush and buff the foundation into the skin. The cushion is great for touch ups and on-the-go.”

Keep this in mind: “Always make sure to blend the foundation down into the neck area to avoid creating a line where you’ve stopped. Regardless of the season, I always use same color foundation as a baseline. In warmer months when the skin is naturally a bit darker, I will mix the foundation with a small amount of liquid bronzer, or use a long-lasting bronzing powder like the Lancôme Star Bronzer to lightly dust the areas of the face where the sun naturally kisses so that it looks most natural.”

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow 

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, $55,

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, $55, (Photo: Courtesy Charlotte Tilbury).

Charlotte Tilbury, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Founder of Charlotte Tilbury Makeup
How to apply: “For an effortless, ‘makeup free’ dewy look, moisturize your skin with my Magic Cream, then apply Wonderglow with your hands or using a brush, to the entire face. Focus on the top of the cheekbones to give your face an instant lift.”

Keep this in mind: “I can’t live without WonderGlow – a skincare-make-up hybrid which is an instant soft-focus beauty flash for the skin. It contains breakthrough fluorescent core technology which re-emits natural light for luminosity. A dream for tired, dull and hungover skin!”

Christian Louboutin Loubilaque

Christian Louboutin Loubilaque, $85,

Christian Louboutin Loubilaque, $85, (Photo: Courtesy Christian Louboutin).

Christian Louboutin
How to apply: “Contour lips with a shade of Lip Definer closest to the tone of the natural lip contour. This will ensure that the lacquer is contained and its wear is optimized. Using the tip of the applicator, begin shaping the lip contour starting with the cupid bow and working your way to  the corner of the lips. Repeat on the bottom lip, starting with the center. Starting again with the cupid bow, use the flat part of the applicator to color lips, gently stroke side to side. Repeat the same process on  the bottom lip. Turn the wand sideways and use the very tip to extend the color to the corners of the lips.”

Ramy Arch Angel

Ramy Arch Angel, $34.99,

Ramy Arch Angel, $34.99, (Photo: Courtesy Ramy).

Ramy Gafni, Brow Expert and Celebrity Makeup Artist
Keep this in mind: “Pomades, pens, pencils and gels will adhere the best during hot summer months, whereas powder formulas are the least long wearing. Choose a brow filler in a neutral shade that’s one or two shades lighter than your brow hair color, but opt for one or two shades darker if your brow shade is blonde or gray.”

How to apply: “Apply Brow filler directly onto your eyebrows, not above or below the brow, but right through the center of your eyebrow. Start at the front of your brow and apply filler in a straight line up to your peak, then proceed in a straight line from the peak to the outer end (or tail) of your brow. Then take a spooly brush and brush through your brows to remove excess makeup and blend what’s left behind so that you’re left with natural-looking fabulous brows, not made-up looking brows.”

Glossier Haloscope

Glossier Haloscope, $22,

Glossier Haloscope, $22, (Photo: Courtesy NARS).

Eva Alt, Glossier Social Media Editor
How to apply: “I apply Haloscope in Quartz in a half-halo from brow to cheekbone and in my cupids bow, which gives me that perfectly dewy sheen.”

Keep in mind: “If I want to look like I’ve had some sun, I’ll use Topaz on the tops of my cheeks and across my eyelids for a warmer glow.”

Nars Bronzer in Laguna and Casino

NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino and Laguna, $39 each,
NARS Bronzing Powder in Casino and Laguna, $39 each,[/caption]Jake Broulard, NARS Lead Makeup Stylist
How to apply: “Bronzer should be applied under the cheek bones, on the side of the face, down the edges of the nose and under the jaw line. The best way to apply bronzer is with the NARS Ita Brush to ensure proper placement, then blend and diffuse the pigment with NARS #11 Bronzing Powder Brush.”

Keep in mind: “Summer is the perfect time to use bronzer because we often retain more color on our body than on our face. Bronzer is an easy way to even things out. I often recommend having both Laguna and Casino Bronzer in your makeup wardrobe. Laguna Bronzer can be used when you get a touch of summer color and Casino for when you retain the most pigment, I often mix the two for when you are in-between.”

How to Wear Summer’s Best Makeup