Summer Makeup Essentials

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Heat and makeup -- two words that do not go well together. But just because it's summer doesn't mean this makeup loving mama can't wear a bit of color on her face...even on the most humid of days.

There are three summer makeup essentials that helps me look polished, but not overdone.

  1. Mascara -- I don't like leaving the house without some long, dark lashes. In summer, particularly when I am going to be at the beach or pool, I go with a waterproof or water-resistant mascara. L'Oreal Voluminous ($6.99) is my favorite mascara (they have it in waterproof, too), but I also really love Jane Iredale's Pure Lash ($15) water-resistant mascara.
  2. Bronzer -- The key here is to not over-bronze and to make sure you blend. I like to do a light dusting, then just dab a little extra on the apples of my cheeks for a kiss of tan. Sephora's Bronzer Powder ($16) has SPF 15 and comes in four different shades.
  3. Lip Stain -- Forget lipstick or gloss, lip stain gives your smooch a more natural look, which is better for daytime. Plus you won't feel all made up, yet you'll still have color on your pout. I love Cover Girl's Outlast ($7.49) and Bloom's Lipstain ($22). Both go on like a marker and last. 

What are your favorite summer makeup looks?

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