The Best Summer Makeup Tutorials for Any Vibe or Occasion

July 07, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | by L'Oréal
Photo of a person with long dark hair and long nails holding their fingers to their temple and looking in the mirror of a Giorgio Armani Beauty compact

During the summer, it’s common to scale back your makeup routine to prioritize comfort in the heat and show off your beautifully natural skin. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of opportunities to get glam, whether your calendar for the next couple of months is jam-packed with weddings or you just like to wear makeup everyday regardless of the rising temps. Between  dewy skin, bronzed cheekbones, glossy lips and more, there’s so much to love about summer makeup. In need of some inspo? Ahead, we’ve rounded up some editor-approved summer makeup tutorials to try.

An Easy, 5-Minute Tutorial

If you’re crunched for time but can’t bear the thought of leaving the house without a little makeup (trust us, we get it), this simple everyday makeup tutorial takes just five minutes to do. Seriously. YouTuber BlissfulBrii’s summer makeup routine starts with a lightweight yet full-coverage liquid foundation to stay cool and comfortable on hot days. (We love the breathable, weightless feel of the YSL Beauty All Hours Foundation, which also has SPF 30 to keep your skin protected from the sun.) She locks her foundation and concealer in place by setting it with the Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, then keeps the rest of her makeup simple — cream blush and bronzer to warm up the cheeks, a swipe of brow gel and a coat of mascara.   

Warm Bronze and Copper Tones

In this tutorial, creator Joanna Maria Kutkina demonstrates how you can get a faux sun-kissed look and add warmth to your complexion using makeup in bronze, copper, peach and orange shades. Instead of foundation, she layers SPF, tan drops and the L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum for a glowy and natural-looking base. What really makes this look standout, however, are the peachy and copper shades of eyeshadow she uses on her eyelids. For a palette with a variety of sunny, orangey pigments, check out the Urban Decay UD x Smiley Naked Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Mucho Happy.

Everyday Glam

Maybe you’re the kind of person who loves a full-glam look — lashes and all — regardless of the season or occasion. We hear you. This everyday makeup tutorial keeps the skin glowy and  lit-from-within while using full-coverage products. For the eyes, this YouTuber does a soft, blended-out wing and fluffy false eyelashes (our faves are the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Lash! Vegan False Eyelashes). The creator’s look also features a full lip moment, finishing with a swipe of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick.

A Colorful Monochromatic Look

Washes of bright pink on the cheeks, lips and eyelids make for a colorful and creative summer makeup look that’s still lowkey enough to rock during the day. Creator Alexandra Anele achieves this monochromatic flushed vibe by layering candy-colored blushes and blending out the same color on her eyelids. Anele uses cream blush in the video, but the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Glow Blush has a silky feel and comes in stunning pink shade options.

No Foundation Summer Makeup

When the temperatures start to soar, it can be uncomfortable to layer on the foundation when you want to let your skin breathe. Enter: Naakie Nartey’s summer makeup routine to cover up scarring and hyperpigmentation without using foundation. Nartey blends out concealer and uses color-correcting techniques to cover dark spots. To try the technique yourself, invest in a concealer that matches your skin tone as well as a lighter option for highlighting and a darker option for contouring. The Valentino Beauty Very Valentino Concealer is a hydrating longwear concealer that will feel comfortable on even the hottest days. 

A Cry- and Heat-Proof Wedding Guest Look

Wedding season is in full swing and while weddings are the perfect opportunity to glam it up, heat, sweat and the occasional tears can quickly undermine a makeup look. This cry- and heat-proof wedding guest makeup tutorial will be your savior this summer. Remember to start with primer to make your makeup last and opt for budge-proof, waterproof products like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara.  

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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