My 5 Summer Makeup Favorites (Foundation, Sunscreen, Lipstick, and more)

This summer makeup look is what I’m wearing majority of the time this season. Here are my favorites:

1. Foundation: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation – I have found THE summer foundation for me! I have combination skin and literally every foundation will make me look greasy by mid-morning except for this one! That being said, it truly lives up to its name, so if you want a natural radiant foundation, look elsewhere.

2. Setting Powder: Supergoop! (Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35 – How does one reapply face sunscreen every couple hours when you wear makeup? Enter this powder, which I use in “Translucent” more for setting than as a foundation. As my t-zone can get really shiny throughout the day, I prefer powder over a spray, but if your skin is more on the dry side, I recommend this COOLA Organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray.

3. Eyeliner: Clio Waterproof Pen Liner – All eyeliner smudge for me due to my eye shape, but this liquid eyeliner smudges the least, yet it’s still easy to remove. I also love the control of the pen, and that it comes in both black and brown shades.

4. Blush: 3CE “Soft Salmon” Blush & NARS “Taj Mahal” Blush – An orangey-coral blush for summer looks so fresh and sunkissed. I wear this combination, with the 3CE one more on the apple of my cheeks as it’s matte and the NARS one swiped more upward on my cheekbones as it’s got a little shimmer (a little of this one goes a LONG way so use lightly!).

5. Lipstick: YSL “Crazy Tangerine” Liquid Matte Lip Stain – I prefer a lip stain in the summer as it feels light like you’re not wearing anything. This one is matte yet hydrating, and is pretty long-lasting, though you have to touch up a little after eating/drinking.

I wore this outfit of a printed top and fun earrings to an island-themed bachelorette party recently. Wedding season is picking up again this summer so click here to shop wedding guest attire!


  1. M
    July 27, 2021 / 8:20 pm

    Hi Caroline, been reading your blog for years and years – one thing that I would love if you did (and if influencers did more in general!) is letting us know how your current faves compare to your previous top picks, from months or weeks past. A comparison would be fun! And also provide good context for recs, of course

    • Carolyn
      August 1, 2021 / 1:56 pm

      Hi! Thank you for reading for so many years. That’s a GREAT idea. I’ll look through my past beauty posts and do a current comparison. Also, if there are any specific products you’re curious about or would like more of an updated review, please let me know!

  2. July 28, 2023 / 5:04 am

    Fab looks! Thanks for sharing these with us. Please keep it up.

  3. August 17, 2023 / 1:16 am

    So nice post! I love this post so much. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post.

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