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Best Summer Makeup Routine for Acne-prone Skin + The Best Way to Conceal Blemishes

summer makeup routine for acne prone skin and how to cover blemishes

The heat index in RVA has been breaking a 100 degrees fahrenheit every, single, day this whole week.  So, my normal winter foundation routine is just not cutting it.  In the winter, I loved using my PUR cosmetics hydra-fluid foundation.  This stuff is amazing for dry skin and never leaves me looking patchy.  But in the summer, this finish is just too dewey.  Summer makeup, for me, supposed to look natural and light, while also being sweat-proof. So, here’s the best summer makeup routine for acne-prone skin.

The Basics: Summer Makeup Routine

The first step to any summer makeup routine or any makeup routine for that matter is moisturize.  Prep your face for makeup.  And since the sun is blazing, remember to put on sunscreen!  Prevention is key for radiant skin.

The second step (another super important one) is primer. You HAVE to have primer.  Seriously, it’s summer.  It’s hot and you’re going to sweat, so your makeup will start moving within the hour.  Trust me, your perfect highlight and contour will soon be a muddled mess.  To prevent that from happening use a primer.  A good primer will keep your skin looking flawless and lock in all your hard work.

The third step requires a little skill.  Don’t worry, it’s just a little.  For the summer, you want a more natural look since cakey makeup would slip and slide too much in the heat.  However, if you have a breakout, a natural foundation generally has less coverage too.  So, keep reading to find out my secrets on concealing a zit.

Best Way to Conceal a Zit

When you have a breakout, it’s super easy to just cake on concealer to cover it up, but that actually makes the breakout even more noticeable.  The best way to conceal a zit is to treat it then cover it.  I apply tea tree oil to all my problem areas, then I go in with a light moisturizer.  Once my face is nice and hydrated, I apply a good primer to blur out my pores.  After my primer, I start dotting concealer over my problem areas.  Once those are covered, I take a CLEAN and dampened beauty blender to blend the concealer in to my skin.

After my concealer is blended in, I take my dampened beauty blender and blot it over my compact foundation.  I’m currently using the Hello Oxygen Compact and it does a fabulous job of evening out my skin and decreasing redness.  PLUS, this stuff sticks!  My foundation was still on even after three hours of pokemon hunting.  If you play Pokemon GO, then you now this foundation is seriously AMAZING!

My Summer Makeup Routine + Products Used

To help treat and prevent more acne, I’m using my favorite Almay concealer with salicylic acid.  I take the concealer and dot the center of my face, sides of my nose,and over any blemishes.  Once my face is covered in little dots, I take a damp beauty blender to blend it in.  After I’m done, I seal in my handy-work with my Hello Oxygen Compact.  This combination feels light on the skin and leaves you with a matte finish that lasts all day.  Plus, the compact has SPF!  WIN!!!

I finish off this foundation routine with Benefit’s WATTS UP highlighter on the bridge of my nose and under the eyes for a natural glow.  And if you have thin or non-existent eyebrows, I definitely recommend using the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.  This stuff lasts all day and a little really does go a long way.  I grab a little product on my brush and line the bottom of my brow.  And using the little spool side, I brush out the product.  This technique gives a nice natural looking, full brow that lasts all day (which is key because when I’m out and about in the summer I don’t want to worry about touch ups). Finish the look off with a little mascara and you’ll have the perfect natural makeup look that won’t break you out!

What’s your favorite summer products?

How to Find the Perfect Cage Belt for YOUR Style

At first glance, cage belts look quite intimidating like they someone just went back in time to Medieval times and stole the queen’s belt.  But designers have transformed this harsh style in to something classic and elegant.  I would never have thought I could successfully style a cage belt without looking like a cartoon character.

A cage belt that is classic in design with a minimalist style or even some pastel colors can look really cute paired with a loose dress or a maxi skirt.  The belt give the dress some edge while also giving you a great figure!  Win-win situation!

When looking at cage belts, I usually opt for one that has three or less belt buckles because I find that the more belt buckles the belt has, the bulkier it looks.  I want the belt to cinch me in, not add more bulk.  For color, I usually look for belts that have two tones because the belt looks less edgy and harsh with multiple colors or textures.

I love this belt I got from Ann Taylor, a few summers ago.  It’s the perfect caged belt because the bright pop of pink really creates a fun vibe that is not often found on caged belts.  Plus, the woven texture on the belt creates a cute boho vibe that is perfect for the summer!

I styled my belt with this loose white dress from Dresslink.  This outfit is 100% festival ready!  For a more fall appropriate outfit, you can style a cage belt with a loose dress with long sleeves.  It’ll give you a great boho vibe.  Just finish your outfit off with the perfect fringe bag and you will look like you just walked off the cover of a magazine!

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**This post is sponsored by Dresslink.  I received the product free for reviewing/ styling purposes.  
All opinions expressed are my honest opinion.**

Three Ways to Style Backless Dresses

Backless dresses are one of the biggest summer trends.  At first, these dresses can seem intimidating.  But it’s super easy to style.  Here are three ways I love to style my backless dresses:

The first way is with a cami.  When I first got a backless dress, I was self-conscious and super nervous to walk around with my whole back open to the world.  So, I paired my backless dress with a matching cami.  The matching colors create the idea of a set and makes the outfit look more polished and chic.

Another way to style a backless dress is with a bralet.  I love the look of a caged bralet under a backless dress.  It creates an effortless summer look that is perfect for concerts, festivals, or a day at the park.  The bralet gives you a little bit of coverage, so you won’t feel too exposed.

The third way to style a backless dress is to wear it with a stick-on bra, so you’re back is completely open.  This third way is perfect for backless evening gowns or cocktail dresses because there is no bra that takes away from the design of the dress.

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Which way will you style a backless dress?
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All opinions expressed are my honest opinion.**

The Three Items You NEED to Survive This Summer (Office-wear edition)

The sun is out and the heat waves begin.  The last thing we want to wear on these 100+ days is a suit.  So, here are three things I can’t live without every summer:

  1. Lightweight Blouses
  2. Flowy Dresses
  3. Lightweight Cardigans
Lightweight blouses such as chiffon blouses or lightweight cotton blouses look polished and feel like air on your skin.  A light blouse paired with dress pants or a simple pencil skirt will give you a professional look while still keeping you cool and comfortable.  
Recently, I have been in love with this cotton blouse from New Dress.  It’s lightweight style, never leaves me feeling like I’m melting under the summer sun.  This top looks great with a pair of navy dress pants or a navy pencil skirt.  I love how the navy looks against the white top.  Plus, the navy bottoms really makes the stars on the top POP!

Flowy dresses speak for themselves in the summer.  Nice flowy dresses flow away from the body and really lets your skin just breathe under this super hot heat.  To make flowy dresses more appropriate for work, throw on a light cardigan.

I have been in love with this trench coat style cardigan from New Dress.  It looks cute with a dress and looks so chic with a sleeveless top and dress pants.
What do you like wear to work in the summer?  Comment down below!
**This post is sponsored by New Dress.  I received these products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

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