BEAUTY BAR: Purrfectly Lined

CAUTION! The following beauty trend may be just what you need this summer. When you aren’t setting the fashion tone at summer festivals or dancing under strobe lights in the clubs, it may be best to leave the crazy neon prints to Ke$ha or Lady Gaga. Don’t get me wrong, I love neon as much as (if not more than) the next girl, but sometimes you just need to take a fashion break. Just as celebs swear by quick fix juice cleanses, Fashionistas swear by this simple summer detox—no blender required.

Well almost. This detox does not require the juicer style blender, but a makeup blender sponge is definitely encouraged. Relaxed summer days call for a fresh-faced, neutral color palette. The easiest way to achieve such a feat is to try a light coverage foundation. A tinted moisturizer is perfect for the summer. But don’t leave out the protection; opt for a foundation that doubles as both a moisturizer and sunblock. Look for at least SPF 15! Set the look with translucent powder to cancel out the dreaded shine that comes with hot summer days.

I know what you’re thinking: how can I go neutral without looking plain? Stop worrying, you wouldn’t believe the lines you could get. Neutral doesn’t have to be boring! Wake up your face with eye-opening makeup. Start with a light eyebrow pencil to give your eyebrows a little more shape and depth. Next, give your eyes the perfect wink with a thick, sleek cat eye. Although everyone has their own unique eyeliner preferences, I have always found that for the best combination of long wear and sharp, crisp lines, you can’t go wrong with an eyeliner ink pen. Begin by applying more pressure towards the inner part of the eye and draw your line the length of your eye. Once you reach the outer corner of the eye, gradually release pressure and flick for the purrfect cat eye.

Complement your neutral makeup with a beachy meets the street look. This Fashionista does a good job of pairing her pale gray dress with nautical-inspired accessories. Nothing says “I wish I was at the beach” like cognac, off-white, coral and gold. Here, you can see this Fashionista incorporates these colors into her cute sandals, watch and Rita Ora approved nails. Plus, what’s more beachy than hair with perfect undone waves that could make even the ocean jealous?

What’s on the BEAUTY BAR? Wave goodbye to the complicated beauty regimens and burning hot flat irons. All you need is tinted moisturizer, an ink eyeliner pen and a scrunchie. If you’re anything like me, you can be lazy in the morning. In addition to the easy makeup steps above, get easy undone waves by sleeping overnight with damp hair in a messy bun. You’ll wake up looking like a beach goddess once you ditch the scrunchie!