What Are We Looking For?
As summer heats up, we tend to spend more time outside in the sun, so our makeup and skincare needs change along with the nicer weather. However, we should never be compromising on using only the highest quality clean products. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of everything you’ll need in your makeup bag this summer with the following criteria in mind: wear-time, weight on the skin, SPF, overall quality and of course—ALL PRODUCTS MUST BE ‘CLEAN’!
Sunscreen/Primer: SUPERGOOP GLOWSCREEN SUNSCREEN SPF 40
Prep your skin for the day with this SPF 40 primer lotion for all day sun protection and glow from within. This Allure 2020 best of beauty award winning product is reef safe, vegan and gluten & cruelty-free, and promises radiance, a pearlescent finish and instant tackiness for seamless makeup application (or not). Supergoop’s Glowscreen is certified clean at Sephora, meaning it is formulated without more than 50 toxic components found in many cosmetics products, such as parabens and sulfates. Sea lavender, vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid all work together within the product’s formulation to allow the skin a deep hydration that lasts throughout the day. And if that wasn't enough, Glowscreen also incorporates the use of cocoa peptides to help prevent long-term blue light damage to the skin.
Foundation: ILIA SUPER SERUM SKIN TINT SPF 40
With niacinamide, squalane, hyaluronic acid and an additional 40 SPF when used with Supergoop’s Glowscreen, Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint is also clean at Sephora certified and a winner of Allure’s 2020 best of beauty award. This tinted serum is color-shifting, lightweight, dewy, enriching to the skin, available in 30 shades, and is oil, chemical sunscreen, silicone & fragrance-free. Additionally, it offers blue light protection without the worry of a white or grey cast, gentle on sensitive skin and non-comedogenic (because summer breakouts are NOT the moment).
Concealer: ILIA TRUE SKIN SERUM CONCEALER
With 20 shades available, this concealer is designed to work in coordination with the foundation we previously mentioned. HIGHLIGHTS: clean at Sephora, medium coverage, lightweight, fragrance & gluten-free, vegan, infused with vitamin C & complete with a satin finish.
Bronzer: SAIE SUN MELT NATURAL CREAM BRONZER
Saie’s Sun Melt Cream Bronzer is available in 4 shades and is infused with Elderberry Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal and Grapeseed Oil, providing your skin with the much needed antioxidants and vitamins A and E to get through this summer of sun. Much like the concealer, this balm- to-velvet bronzer is also clean at Sephora certified, vegan, cruelty & gluten-free.
Setting Powder: TATCHA THE SILK POWDER PROTECTIVE SETTING POWDER
Tatcha’s full line of Japanese skincare-infused, luxury
cosmetics has long been hailed as some of the best quality
available to consumers—and this product is no exception.
Most everyone can and SHOULD use this product, as it
works for all skin types and immediately minimizes the
appearance of a multitude of common skin concerns,
including: dry & dull skin, signs of aging, uneven skin
texture, and large pores (with a proven rate of 100%
effectiveness in a clinical trial). When used to set makeup
(or on its own), it acts as a translucent, blurring and radiance-boosting filter for the skin. Certified clean at Sephora, Tatcha’s The Silk Powder Protective Setting Powder is cruelty-free and does not contain talc, sulfates, parabens or any of the other 50+ ingredients on the list of disqualifying ‘non- clean’ ingredients. This product features ingredients that protect the skin against blue-light damage (causes wrinkles, fine lines & hyperpigmentation) and aid in repelling pollution particles from clinging to the skin, silk powder to mattify, smoothen and extend makeup wear-time, and a combination of fibroin and serecin silk extracts. These silk extracts, in combination with the rest of this product’s helpful ingredients, will help provide your skin the all-day dehydration protection it so desperately needs in the summertime, and in turn, reveal a balanced, nourished, softer, flake-proof and glowing complexion.
Blush/Highlighter: KOSAS COLOR & LIGHT PRESSED POWDER BLUSH & HIGHLIGHTER DUO
Kosas’ has many high quality clean products in their line, and this duo is no exception. Vegan, gluten & cruelty-free and certified clean, the Color & Light Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter Duo is available in 6 duos of mindfully-paired shades (3 duos in each 2 pigment levels) and notably includes rosemary extract (hydrates & promotes overall skin radiance) and moringa & jojoba seed oils (awakens skin & includes vitamin C for dullness-prevention and evens & smoothes complexion, respectively). Additionally, the velvety, easy-to-blend & build, natural-finish formula make this product very versatile and travel friendly (perfect for summer).
Brow Gel: KOSAS AIR BROW TINTED CLEAN VOLUMIZING EYEBROW GEL
Available in 10 shades, the Kosas AirBrow Tinted Clean Volumizing Eyebrow Gel is the key to quick, easy, natural, CLEAN summer brows. The long-wear, fluffing, plant-based & biodegradable and effortless but effective formula and application makes it yet another vegan, gluten & silicone & cruelty-free product found on Sephora’s clean products list. Additionally, it boasts the use of ingredients such as biotin, vitamin B5 and castor oil—which all come together to repair and hydrate thinning eyebrow hairs, while promoting thicker and denser healthy hair growth to the max in the long-term.
Eyeshadow: SAIE CREAM BRONZER & TATCHA SILK SETTING POWDER
Use bronzer (previously listed & linked) on the lid, crease and sparingly under the lower lash line (starting at the outer corner of the eye) for an easy, natural sun-kissed look. And don't forget to set the cream bronzer with some setting powder (previously listed & linked) to make it last all day! :)
Eyeliner: TARTE SEA SURFER CURL TRADE WATERPROOF GEL LINER
Clean, vegan, all day wear, beach-proof gel eyeliner? Yes PLEASE! Easy application is a given when using this smooth-like-butter, precise, gel eyeliner pencil. Available in 3 shades, Tarte’s Sea Surfer Curl Trade Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is also gluten & cruelty-free and certified clean at Sephora—meaning its formulated without sulfates, parabens or any ingredients on Sephora’s list of 50+ ingredients and chemicals that would disqualify it from being considered ‘clean’.
Mascara: MILK MAKEUP KUSH HIGH VOLUMIZING MASCARA
My personal favorite item on this list, and many others’ as well, is a cult-favorite
among beauty lovers: Milk Makeup’s KUSH High Volumizing Mascara. Featuring an extremely user-friendly wand (the cross-haired bristles don't miss a single lash) and unique heart-shaped fibers (compared to normal cylindrical ones), making it harder to make this mascara look clumpy or bad than anything else. More notably, the KUSH mascara contains cannabis seed oil derived from hemp, which nourishes for healthier and fuller lashes in the long term, while acting as an extremely effective bonding agent between the fibers and the lashes while you wear it (this allows for an especially long wear-time without it crumbling on your face). The mascara’s intense jet black hue is credited to the pure pigments used in the volumizing formula. In a clinical trial, first impressions showed 95% and 90% effectiveness in volume & length and thickness, respectively. This Sephora certified clean, vegan, cruelty, gluten, paraben & sulfate-free mascara is sure to give you the full, feathered, cat-eye, lash- extension look you want this summer!
SPF Lip Gloss: Supergoop Lipscreen SPF 40
Just like the rest of your body, your lips, in fact especially your lips, need protection from the hot summer sun. Supergoop’s LipScreen provides not only SPF 40 (to protect against the sun’s harmful UVA, UVB & UVC rays), but it also includes relatively high concentrations of grape seed extract and sunflower seed oil, which respectively contain antioxidants (to prevent damage from free-radicals caused by excess sun exposure) and vitamin E & omega-6 fatty acids (to protect against environmental damage caused by excess sun exposure). Sunflower seed oil also helps hold moisture, and when used with kelp extract (which hydrates, nourishes & reinforces the top layer), your lips remain soft and shielded from the sun, signs of premature aging, dehydration and colorlessness. This water- resistant, semi-sweet tasting, non-sticky, clear gel gloss can be used under lipstick or on its own for a more natural look. Absolutely a summer necessity! Additionally, this product is reef safe, recyclable, vegan, cruelty & gluten-free, and certified at Sephora.
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