BEAUTY BAR: Bronzed and Beautiful

Well hello there heatwave! It’s nice of you to finally reach Chicago (please stick around for more than just one day)!

Unfortunately, this recent weather spike certainly results in us experiencing some watercolor effects due to our makeup smearing down our pretty faces. Nevertheless, summer is the perfect season to experiment with shimmery, smokey eyes and nude lips!

This summer’s “subtle” smokey eye shade definitely resides in the bronze, gold and copper families. W magazine had a great spread recently that fully explained how to achieve the ideal bronze goddess look, rather than one that will make you look like you’ve simply been rubbing your eyes all day.

The best part about this beauty trend in particular is that chances are you already have these shades in some eyeshadow palette in your current collection. Plus, they are neutrals, so they match with any outfit! This Fashionista did exactly that. She chose to sport a copper-to-bronze smokey eye to help emphasize the golden tones already in her outfit. To tone down the severity of the skirt, she paired this printed bodycon with a simple black top (wearing solid colors closer to your face still gives the makeup a chance to make a statement). As if that’s not making enough of an impression, some strappy black wedges sure did the trick!

This Fashionista took the subtle approach in terms of her eye makeup, adding just enough shimmer to give herself that sun-kissed glow we’re all dying to obtain!

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR? Jealous yet? Get this look by using a BB or CC cream as a base all over your face, then follow with a copper shade on your lid and a brown matte eyeshadow to cut the crease and make the eyes pop. Clean up any unwanted darkness and brighten those inner corners with a shimmery off-white or cream shade (all can be accomplished with the Naked palettes). Help those eyelashes join the party by coating them just once with your favorite volumizing mascara. All that’s left is to tint the lips just a bit with some lip balm, or you can leave them au naturale if you’re lucky enough to have that rosey hue. If you still feel like something is missing, define those cheekbones some more with a little contouring, and voila! You have yourself a look that is truly golden!