Summer is a time to step out of the usual neutral makeup zone and into bright, lively colors. Coincidentally, summer also happens to be a time when events come by the dozen! Pool parties, BBQ’s, and for-no-reason celebrations… The summer months are packed with fun.

So why not rock a vibrant summer makeup look to the next rooftop soiree or poolside gathering? The best thing about summertime makeup looks is that, with just a few bright accents, it’s all very minimalist. A hot pink lip with just some mascara, a mermaid blue liner, or a swipe of sea foam shadow is all it takes to liven up your look and make it summer appropriate.

I’m sharing two looks that you can wear to your next summer event using some of my top picks from Ulta: One is a little more daring and bold, and the other is a bit more subdued but still celebrates the spirit of the season. In either case, it’s easy and quick!

Look 1


I knew I needed to incorporate a bright lip into one of these looks, so I went for a vibrant pop of red with Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia. The matte finish on this lip color is right on trend and that pinkish-red hue is to die for! I thought a sky blue nail polish would contrast beautifully with the lip color, so I picked up Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Extreme Wear nail color in Big Teal, also from Ulta. To give this makeup look just a little more life, (and it only took, like, 10 seconds!) I also picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler palette and used Metallic just at the inner and outer corners of my bottom lash line. The shimmery chartreuse shade added another fun accent to this vibrant look.


Look 2

If bright colors aren’t for you, stick to more pastel shades. I picked up the Ulta Butter Balm Lip Gloss in Anya, it’s the perfect baby pink shade and it has a super high shine finish. And this lip color still looks great with the light blue nails; it just gives it a more girl-next-door vibe than the fierceness of Look 1!



With both makeup looks, I opted for the Becca Cosmetics Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation in Olive. For the summer months, a super matte formula is ideal since it tends to get pretty hot, and the finish on this foundation is just perfect!

So which look did you like best? With all the summer events happening, I’m sure you can rock both at some point! Enjoy the rest of your summer and be sure to check out an Ulta store or to shop the items I picked out.

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