While doing some research on summer makeup trends, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I found these Rimmel products at Walmart for only $3.97 a piece. I spent less than $20 and bought everything I needed to create the hottest summer makeup trend.
I don’t know about you, but in the summer I can’t take off enough clothing. I really just want to be nekkid all the time because it’s so hot here in the south. Unfortunately, nekkid wouldn’t even cut it for cooling off so I’ll just do y’all a favor and leave my clothes on.
I’ll never forget this one time while I was pregnant with The Muffin. We met my dad in Wildwood, Florida to pick The Nerd up from a short summer visit he had with him. We walked from the parking lot of the gas station to Dad’s RV parked on the other side of this lot. When we got to the RV, I noticed water running down my legs at frightening speed. It had been one doozy of a pregnancy complete with three months of bed rest, so I was almost positive that my water had broken about 4 weeks early. I kept my fears to myself until we could get back to the car. I quickly realized that the water wasn’t amniotic fluid at all, but sweat pouring from every sweat gland in my body. The fact that it still happens during the summer and I haven’t been pregnant in over 2 years frightens me.
The irony of the fact that my name is Summer and I hate the season is not lost on me.
This is the very reason my hair stays curly in the summer, I wear either dresses or jeans with tank tops – you die either way, and why I just can’t do the whole liquid foundation and lotsa makeup thing when the temperature reads “Hades” on the thermometer.
I’m in my 30s and I just feel more confident with make-up on. I have naturally blonde eyelashes which means you cannot see a defining line around my eyes if mascara has not found their way to rest upon them that day. I have extremely red cheeks, and not in the “I just got done making out with my husband” super hot way, but that “I just have splotchy, red skin all the time and I don’t know how to apply blush properly” embarrassing way, so I feel like I need something light to cover that up during the day too.
Then there’s that whole I’m as white as a polar bear’s butt so I need some sun-faking stuff on all those natural highlights. OH – and let’s not forget the fact that I’m just vain and love to look “better” without looking like I’ve been smacked upside the head by Boy George’s make-up artist.
All of these crazy issues lead me to Rimmel’s affordable makeup line. I was at Walmart waiting for The Muffin’s antibiotics and pain killers after her horrendous double-bone forearm compound fracture, and I wandered down the make-up aisles. I ran up on Rimmel’s line and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. $3.97 for Rimmel Natural Bronzer? $3.97 for Stay Matte Powder? $3.97 for Stay Glossy lip gloss? Wait, I’m not done! $3.97 for an eyeshadow palette with 4 shadows in it? Be still my heart! I greedily swept through the aisle and grabbed each of those, plus a waterproof soft kohl eyeliner in a nude color that I couldn’t wait to get home to try. I could have filled my cart with Rimmel products but the whole point of buying it all was because I’m on a budget and needed a new summer makeup look.
No, seriously, I put it on in the car.
The Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss is my absolute favorite lip gloss. I bought some last year in a mauve shade, but I needed something to go with the bare look that is such a hot summer makeup trend right now, so I picked up a new one. This lip gloss feels amazing on your lips. It’s extremely smooth and slippery without being sticky like most lip glosses are. Plus, it lasts for hours. Even when you feel like you don’t have any more on, your lips are glossy as all heck. At $3.97, I haven’t found a better gloss on the market.
I waited to play around with my new make-up because of The Muffin’s broken arm, but when we ventured out of the house for The Nerd’s spring band concert, I sprung for the “London Look” from the back of the eye shadow. I added my own touch with the nude eyeliner because I have smallish almond-shaped eyes that look even more squinty when I wear dark eyeliner.
I looked as though I had in fact left the house in 4 days by applying bronzer to my cheeks, forehead, and the bridge of my nose. The eye shadow has a tutorial on the back with two ways to wear the four shades together.
As an artist, I know that makeup’s real purpose is to enhance the naturally occurring shadows and highlights of your eyes. Having fun with color is fun,but I just prefer to look natural where make-up is concerned.
So this is where we Segway into the “how-to” portion of this easy-to-follow article about how to apply eye shadow. I teach you simple, inexpensive ways to look naturally beautiful on a budget this summer without being completely nekkid.
Watch the video or read about it below.
1. After washing and moisturizing your face, swipe a matte powder over your entire face to smooth your complexion and rid your face of any oil slicks.
2. Smile into the mirror like the Cheshire Cat and brush a bronzing powder over any areas the sun would naturally hit such as your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your chin, and forehead.
3. Begin with color #1 and brush the eye shadow from your lash line to the crease in your eyelid. It will look different for every person.
4. Take a crease brush and brush shadow #2 into the crease of your eye. Try to follow the natural shadows for this step. Look for where your eyelid is naturally darkest, and swipe the shadow there.
5. Use color #3 and apply to the skin just under your eyebrow down to the crease of your eyelid.
6. (optional) use the darkest color, #4, and a thin brush, to line the outside corner of your eye lid on both the top and bottom.
7. Use a blending brush to blend all colors together.
8. Use a light-colored eyeliner and draw a thin line from corner to corner of your eye, on the top eyelid. Repeat 3 – 8 on both eyes. Or you could try a completely different look on your other eye. It’s entirely up to you.
9. Apply mascara to both eyes.
10. Dab Stay Glossy lip gloss onto your lips and pucker up into the mirror. You’re sexy and you want your body. Say it.
11. Now whip your hair back and forth, straighten your back, and walk out of your house like you have a key to the city. Because you do have a key to the city – it is you and your own fierceness. Look out, We’re nude and on the move!
And while you’re at it, check out the Live SoFab Summer Digital Magazine right here. Rimmel is featured in it, and there are some great ideas for all things summer. The season, not me.