FOTD: Easy Summertime Look

Above: My easy summer look.
The first month of my summer has been transpired so quickly, it leaves me wondering if time truly does go by faster as we age! When not traveling (and I’ve had some absolutely lovely trips as of late), I have been blessed to stick close to home and enjoy my house without the insane demands of my normal work schedule.  Coming out the an extremely fast-paced ten months of life, I’ve had to do some adjusting to this change in pace; mornings with Jethro, unfettered time to blog, experiments in the kitchen and shopping time with my mom have collectively made the past four weeks a rare and joyous time to recharge and refresh.  
My makeup routine also has adapted in kind…even if I don’t have major plans outside of the house, I still put on a bit of makeup to meet the day.  It makes me feel ready for anything, even if that “anything” is simply a walk around the block or a delightfully random conversation with one of my neighbors.  Five to seven minutes of focused time in front of the bathroom mirror is all the time necessary to achieve this easy summer look!
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Above: A different angle ; )
Above: Close up of the eyes…minimal product, maximum impact!
Above: Gri Gri + Charm = perfect nude pink sheen
Above: Summertime makeup shouldn’t take an inordinate amount of time…this look is quick and easy.

Bottom Line: Warm summer days call for a low maintenance makeup routine that highlights features without looking overdone.  In turn, I have been finding myself reaching for the same products over and over again these past few weeks…a skincare foundation that withstands the heat, a semi-matte creamy blush, black and taupe eye products and pinky nude lip color.  These options truly work with all skin tones and types!

What are some of YOUR favorite summer “go to’s” right now?


–The Beauty Professor

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Comments (18)

  • Unknown Reply

    Thanks so much for responding on Twitter. I broke down and ordered the Koh Gen Do Palette in 302. Love your summer look!

    July 16, 2013 at 4:28 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure, Jillian! Now you'll have to tell me all about it once you get it ; ) Thanks for your words about my summer look!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Love this look!! I think I want to get the Kanebo Sensai foundation next! It always looks so perferct on you! Would you say it's one of your HG foundations??

    July 16, 2013 at 8:40 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Giada…the Kanebo Sensai foundation has been a splendid discovery for me this spring/summer. I would definitely say it has reached HG status amongst my foundation choices. Absolutely love it! Hope you are able to get it easily where you are!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  • Sherry Reply

    Love this look! You look beautiful and am glad yiu are enjoying this summer break ;). I have trimmed down my routine to account for the Texas heat and my 12 hour shift as a nurse. I feel naked with no makeup but love the ease of quick waterproof and a outstanding eye OR lip makes me happy. Keep enjoying the moments of spontanaity and I continue to love your blog.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Sherry…thank you!! This summer break has been a God-send for me, indeed. I totally agree…waterproof mascara is a must when humidity is present and there is just something about putting on a bit of makeup that truly lifts the spirits! Thanks for being such a lovely reader and have a wonderful rest of the week!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • Missy Reply

    Great look, especially the pink lip. Any chance you could do a video of you putting this look together?

    July 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Missy…I will see what I can do this week ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm
  • Suzy Reply

    You look great but I especially love how you did your hair – any chance you can show us how to do it?

    July 17, 2013 at 2:27 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Suzy! I will see if I can create a tutorial soon…it is a really easy process ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Gorgeous! I think i would give a pinky-toe for your hair, Prof.
    I'm with you on the minimizing routine – i was just talking about makeup-survival in this otherworldly heat on my little corner of the internet, too :).

    Waterproof Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner and mascara, blotting papers, Chantecaille rosewater mist and a nude lip are pretty essential. And, of course, a quick/easy foundation routine. I'm off to re-purchase my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua compact, and the VIncent Longo Water Canvas too. Something about those foundations just feel soothing in this heat.
    I simply couldn't take another day of liquid foundation sliding off my face o_O.


    July 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Twyla,

      Thank you so much… you are too sweet and I hope you keep your pinky toe ; ) Thanks also for sharing your favorite summer beauty products…I love your picks! I haven't yet tried the Waterproof Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner but have heard such good things that I really need to. The Chante rosewater is just gorgeous (I never get tired of that scent) and I've used the VL Water Canvas off and on for years…so light and refreshing! How does the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact compare in your opinion?

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    • Unknown Reply

      I will try to grow my hair out instead, lol!

      The Stylo Yeux is great! I have allergies *all* Spring and Summer, so need an eyeliner that'll stay put – and stay put it does.
      I first discovered the Chantecaille Rosewater years ago when i was a makeup artist in Honolulu – i can tell you it was a Godsend :). Been hooked ever since.

      The Chanel VAC is definitely not as mattifying as the VL Water Canvas so i need a dusting of powder when we're in the throes of the brutally humid Summers here, , but i find it a bit more soothing and hydrating when my skin is feeling the heat and sun too acutely – you know how it is, sunscreen protects the skin but sometimes the sun can just feel so harsh, regardless. So, i guess on days when it's super-humid and i know i'm going to be an oil-slick, i choose the Water Canvas; on days when my skin needs a little more moisture and TLC, or i know i'll be largely in air-conditioned spaces and prone to drying out a bit, i reach for the the Vitalumiere Compact. They're both still the most refreshing foundations i've found so far. 🙂

      Have a great weekend!
      xoxo talk to you soon


      July 20, 2013 at 6:58 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Sounds good, Twyla ; )

      Good to hear about the wonder of the Stylo Yeux…I also have horrid spring and summertime allergies that contribute to watery eyes so this sounds amazing!

      Thanks so much for explaining the difference between the Chanel VAC and the Longo WC…completely helpful! I used the Water Canvas for years during college and remember loving it. I am usually in between foundation shades in Chanel (20 too light, 30, a hint too dark) but am always open to trying new formulas.

      Enjoy the weekend and talk soon…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm
  • WQ Reply

    It is always a pleasure to read your reviews/recommendations! Lovely products–they look great on you;).


    July 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, dear WQ!! Always a joy to hear from you, girl!

      Hope you are having a lovely day…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Lovely as usual, BP. I especially love the eye makeup!

    July 22, 2013 at 2:19 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Elle…light, simple and it lasts all day…that is my kind of eye makeup approach ; )

      I hope your week is off to a wonderful start…xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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