5 Things You DON'T Need In Your Summer Makeup Bag

Plus, five easy breezy products to add in.
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Plus, five easy breezy products to add in.

It’s SUMMERRRRRRRR! Hooray! Do you KNOW how much grilling I’ve already done? (Hint: a lot.) We Minnesotans endure terrible winters... so summer is my most favorite time of the whole year. 

I’m more than ready to take off my layers and stay outside as much as possible. I just want to wear bikinis and minimal makeup.  

Behold! Minimal makeup Kara. 

Behold! Minimal makeup Kara. 

This face you see is the result of just a few products: foundation, bronzer, eyebrow powder, and lip stain. That’s it. That shimmery glow? That’s sweat. I’ve swapped out so many of my favorite products because it’s summer and I just can’t be bothered to cake on the makeup the way I usually do. I’m not even wearing mascara on the regular anymore, which is shocking!

Here's what I've taken out of my makeup bag, and what I've added in: 

Out: Thick Foundation and Powder / In: Lightweight Foundation

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I swap out my thicker foundation for Soft Focus Foundation by MAKE in Shade 2 Warm. It’s so lightweight that I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything at all, but it covers zits and dark marks extremely well. 

My skin gets tan and just looks better in general during the warmer months, so I don't feel the need to wear thick foundation AND powder. This makes my skin feel like skin, not a mask. Plus, MAKE donates 10% of sales to We See Beauty, which helps fund women-run cooperative businesses. I’m down with good skin and helping out other women. 

Out: Blush / In: Bronzer 

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Out goes winter's pale pink blush and in comes NARS Bronzing Powder in Luster and bareMinerals READY Bronzer in the Deep End. I like my bronzer to have a kick of shimmer, but I don't want to look like I'm auditioning for Jersey Shore. These two products have always served me well on both of those accounts. 

Luster is a bit more apricot-toned; I reach for it if I want to look flushed and healthy. I like The Deep End as a slightly cheaper alternative to NARS’s iconic Laguna bronzer. It's truly brown and it mimics a natural tan when applied with a large fluffy brush to the bridge of my nose and my cheekbones. 

Out: Gloppy Serums / In: A Gentle Scrub 

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I sweat so much in my non-air conditioned apartment and in my day-to-day life that a.) I eschew my favorite heavy vitamin C moisturizing serum and b.) I feel the need to scrub all the gunk out of my face every night. I can just feel the grime of the city joining with sweat to fill up my pores. However, I don’t want to stress out my face with hardcore exfoliation, so I use One Love Organics’s ultra-gentle Brand New Day Scrub. It uses pineapple enzymes and sweet pea flour to exfoliate without stripping my skin. The granules are small and fine, not scratchy. I like to mix a little with just a drop of water and apply it like a mask for a few minutes once or twice a week, too.

Out: Thick Lotion / In: Smooth Body Oil  

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I am one lubed up girl in winter. All I do is coat myself with thick, greasy lotions and hide my skin under leggings and sweaters and big ol’ hunting socks. I have an arsenal of everything from coconut oil to AmLactin to Neutrogena’s iconic Norwegian lotion, the hand cream of my people. The summer is totally different story. I bare a LOT of skin in cutoffs, bikinis, and sundresses, but I don’t want to be bogged down with lotion. I like for my skin to shimmer in the sunlight like I've been romping around in the fields and have just started to sweat. 

Lately I've been using (and loving) Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil. (Full disclosure: Elizabeth is a friend of mine and I occasionally write for her blog, Beauty Bets. This does not affect my love of this awesome product.) Due to its high amount of papaya enzymes, this body oil smells heavenly. The slightly fruity scent lingers all day long, even when you’re mad sweaty. Oh, and it’s full of Vitamin C and shea oil, so it keeps your skin nice and soft as it exfoliates.

Out: Lipstick / In: Lip Stain and Balm 

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There comes a time every summer when I look at my beloved red lipstick and think, "I need a break from you." It's then that I turn to Sephora Rouge Infusion lip stain in Ruby Extract, a cherry-wine hue. I like that this stain comes with a doe foot applicator so I can just dab on a tiny bit or do a few layers for increased pigment, depending on my mood. The stain lasts for hours. It even lasted through a dip in the lake. I tested it for you because I care.

When I’m not slicking on the red stain, I reach for Sara Happ Lip Slip Balm, which is light in texture, sort of like a gloss, and isn't at all goopy. Plus, it has a lovely pinky-nude color, with just a hint of gold shimmer. It makes my lips look fuller and prettier, but still natural. It isn’t the most moisturizing balm in the world, but it gets the job done. I like to put some on the tops of my cheekbones when my face looks a little wilted during the workday.

What do you swap out of your makeup bag in the summer months? Better yet, do you have any summer getaways planned? What's your summer vacay look?