beauty   //   June 24, 2015

THAT SUMMER GLOW

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From left: Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara // Caviar Stick in Amethyst // Caviar Stick in Sugar Frost // Caviar Stick in Rose Gold // Foundation Primer

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile then you know how addicted I am to Laura Mercier makeup. I started using their Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen (life changer, seriously) over five years ago and haven’t looked back since. As someone that really prefers the natural look, Laura Mercier products work for me in that there are lots of color options to choose from, yet nothing ever feels overdone. It’s a no-makeup makeup – if you know what I mean. And that’s just the kind of thing I’m looking for when it comes to summer beauty: a glow with a hint of sheen, barely-there color, and bronzed in all the right spots. It’s that bronzed-Brigitte Bardot look I desire – without the need for sun’s UVA rays (that’s where this comes in). Good news: I found a way – five ways, to be exact – to get it.

First things first: my Foundation Primer Radiance. I talked about discovering this primer last fall in this post. Well, I still love it and, in fact, I love it even more in the summer. Not only does it smooth things out, but it gives my skin that dewy (read: not oily) look we all love in the summer. There’s a subtle shimmer, too. Some days I mix it with my tinted moisturizer and others, I just wear it on its own.

After a dab of cheek color (I’m currently obsessed with the Créme Cheek Color in “Sunrise” and “Canyon”), I move on to the eyes. This is always a super tricky area for me. I never know what colors to use where (crease?, line? entire lid?), and I also need something that’s quick. Enter the Caviar Eye Stick Coulours. The creamy texture of these makes them super easy to apply and blend – not to mention, the fact that the twist-up pencil packaging makes them ideal for packing in TSA-friendly makeup bags. The Rose Gold shade is the one I find myself using the most. It complements my current go-to lip hue, and it’s got this perfect golden sheen to it that gives off a hint of shimmer, while still looking really natural. It’s one that works day or night. I also love to mix it with the Sugar Frost in the inner-corner of my eye. Instant eye-opening effect!

The final step? Mascara, of course. Their New Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara (keyword: “extra”) adds the finishing touch and let’s be honest: even the longest, darkest lashes need a little somethin.’ I like my lashes full. Think Brigitte-Bardot-on-the-French-Riviera-full. This wand delivers exactly that. It’s a fatter wand, making it easy to get to the root of my lashes and sweep up from there. Did I mention there’s absolutely no smudging? Ms. Bardot would certainly approve.

(P.S. How stunning is this editorial in the latest issue of T magazine? I’m totally smitten with it. If you haven’t already checked it out, you should.)5N2A2717

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Photography and styling by Molly Miller

This post was sponsored by Laura Mercier. All opinions are my own.