Spring and summer may bring fun-filled days in the sun and fabulous beach vacations, but the boiling temperatures, humidity, sea salt and ever-present perspiration can have major negative effects on your makeup, hair and nails. Protect yourself with our 2017 beauty guide, which highlights the latest trends and also provides you with must-have products for every type of budget. You’ll look as bright and beautiful as these Southern summer days. From bold nail art to glowing skin and even a must-try modern hairstyle, here is your 2017 spring and summer beauty guide!
2017 Spring & Summer Beauty Guide
It’s all about the skin this spring and summer! Whether you’re headed to the pool, off to a baseball game or grabbing lunch with the girls, the “no makeup” look, a.k.a “non-touring,” is THE look of the season, and it’s so easy to achieve! These sweat-proof products will give you glowing, youthful skin and, when paired with a neutral eye, will bring out your natural beauty. We’ve singled out our favorite high-end luminous options worth the splurge and their drugstore duplicates for a fresh face on any budget.
High-end: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
The right foundation is key to achieve that “I woke up like this” look. Our high-end pick is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, an award-winning, lightweight liquid foundation that seamlessly glides on your skin to create a radiant, silky finish. If you’re in the market for a high-end foundation that will even the skin tone and cover unwanted blemishes without looking matte or cakey, this is the one for you!
Cost-effective: L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow liquid foundation
Want glowing skin without breaking the bank? The L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow liquid foundation is less than half the price of the higher-end suggestion above, lasts 24 hours and will provide you with the same luminous finish. This lightweight foundation won’t cover all blemishes, but it will highlight the best of your skin while evening tone and providing hydration.
High-end: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
Applying highlighter to the tops of the cheek bones, above the eyebrow, down the center of the nose and on the cupid’s bow is our newest (and favorite) addition to our everyday make-up routine. The high-end option that totally took over the market comes from cosmetics line BECCA, which partnered with YouTube beauty celebrity and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. This sparkling light gold color with pinky-peach undertones lights up your features with reflective shine. Enriched with luminescent pearls, this multi-toned highlight adjusts to your skin’s natural undertones and provides an elegant finish without looking too sparkly.
Cost-effective: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder
Grab the same luminescent shine at the drugstore for under $5! The Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals gives you the same ultra-pearly finish with an easy-to-blend formula and unbeatable price point. Apply this highlight with a fan brush for a glow-from-within look, or bring your shine to the next level by spritzing a small, tapered face brush with setting spray (like Mac Fix Plus or the NYX Dewy Setting Spray), dunking into the highlight and adding to the skin!
High-end: Mac Cosmetic’s Melba powder blush
A soft blush is ideal for completing the no-makeup look. Our high-end pick is Mac Cosmetic’s Melba powder blush. This soft coral-peach color adds just the right amount of flush to the face without looking blotchy or uneven. Mac Cosmetics products are made by and for professional makeup artists, making them extraordinarily easy to apply and providing a consistent color that will stay put all day.
Cost-effective: e.l.f. Candid Coral
Don’t fret — it’s easy to achieve that same natural, coral flush on a budget! e.l.f. (eyes. lip. face.) Cosmetics is one of our favorites for drugstore beauty finds. Their powder blush in Candid Coral is ideal for these hot months and costs just $3!
High-end: NARS bronzing powder in Laguna
The final step in the natural, glowing no-makeup look is bronzer. Bring warmth and dimension to your skin tone with our high-end pick, NARS bronzing powder in Laguna. This cult-favorite, rich brown shade with a gold fusion gives the skin a healthy-looking glow without reading too orange. The easy-to-apply formula creates a sun-kissed look for enhanced, radiant, tanned skin and is perfect for everyday use!
Cost-effective: Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance
Keep your wallet happy by opting for the drugstore duplicate — Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance. This bronzing powder will give you the same finish for under $5! Plus it’s waterproof, lightweight and stays put for over 12 hours.
Nail color and style can offer the world a glimpse of your personality and taste. Plus, it’s a fun and temporary way to try something new! Spring and summer brings bright colors, flirty pastels and sophisticated neutrals. Keep it classic with a simple, fresh mani, or add a fun twist by opting for an embellished cuticle or unique pattern. Here are our picks for the coolest (and most wearable) 2017 spring and summer nail trends! SB TIP: Get a beyond-relaxing mani or pedi at Escape Day Spa!
Get creative with this nail design! Negative space is the freshest trend in the nail world and allows for tons of art-forward fun. Choose a design for your nail, apply nail tape and get to painting. This easy-to-create nail art will stand out in a crowd and totally showcases your creativity and personality!
Forget the French tip; 2017 is all about the cuticles! This trend flips the switch on a traditional style by bringing the focus of the nail to the cuticle. This spring and summer, we’ll be seeing a lot of bare nails with a touch a sparkle embellishment or neon colors around the cuticles, marrying a more subtle, neutral look with a touch of glitzy glam or a soft pop of color.
No manicure is quite as classy as a neutral color and natural shape. Forego the brights this spring and summer and go for a pale pink, off-white, nude or almost-clear color for that timeless and clean look. If you’re looking for an elegant, simple style, the neutral nail is the trend for you! Our favorites? OPI’s “Put It in Neutral” and “Let’s Be Friends!” and Essie’s “Topless and Barefoot.”
Rising temperatures have us dreaming of a hair makeover, and by makeover, we mean chop! Luckily, the modern bob — or “lob,” meaning “long bob” — is this spring and summer’s trendiest cut. Finish the look with multidimensional and vibrant balayage and our must-have warm-weather product — dry shampoo! There really is nothing quite as rejuvenating as leaving long locks behind and stepping in to the season with a fresh style!
This season’s style strays away from the traditional bob. The modern bob is all about angles, near the shoulder or collar-bone length, along with effortless waves. Say goodbye to hot and heavy hair and Hello! to an easy-to-style cut with longer layers in front to frame your beautiful face!
Balayage refers to the technique of highlighting the hair through painting multiple shades of dye to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. This is the ultimate cool girl style, and because of its multidimensional color scheme, the upkeep is beyond easy. We definitely can’t complain about that! Our favorite spots to achieve gorgeous balayage are The Collective and Tonya Jones SalonSpa!
Sweat is simply a side effect of living in the humid South. That’s why we absolutely need a dry shampoo to help absorb the oils in our hair to leave us looking fresh and clean even after a couple of no-wash days. OUAI (the hair care brand created by the Kardashians’ hair stylist, Jen Atkin) has a dry shampoo foam that goes on like a mousse and, when worked into the scalp, absorbs any and all excess oils while adding amazing volume! For a drugstore duplicate, go for the Batiste Dry Shampoo — only $8 and available at any drugstore!
Go forth and conquer these warm months while looking your absolute best!
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