Some beauty looks are always on trend: red lips, a smoky eye, and flawless skin—just to name a few. But others come with a definite expiration date. They’re meant to be fun, but also fleeting. The trends we’ve been seeing this summer fit into the latter category. These makeup and nail looks are hot right now, but you won’t be seeing them after Labor Day. Because, let’s face it, tropical-inspired makeup tends to look out of place against the sea of wine and deep berry hues that seem to arrive every fall.
So, now that we’re halfway through summer, it’s your last chance to try the best looks of this season. We tapped into top beauty pros to find out which trends are set to retire by fall, and how you can rock them right now.
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Summer Makeup Look #1: Mermaid Eyes
It’s been the summer of the mermaid everything (hair, nails, and makeup). One of the easiest ways to take the plunge is to wear aquatic shades of blue and green on your lids.
Get The Mermaid Eyes Look: “The mermaid eye can be beautifully worn two ways,” says Gabriel Almodovar, Maybelline global makeup artist. Try an aqua green shade all over the lid and blended into the crease. Then add a turquoise blue shadow, fading it into the brow bone highlight. “Or, you can apply the aqua green on the inner half of the lid, blending into blue on the outer half,” he says. For both looks, line eyes with a dark liner and add fluttery lashes. Try NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Eyeshadow in Mermaid and Savage.
Summer Makeup Look #2: White Eyeliner
We don’t follow that whole don’t-wear-white-after-Labor-Day rule, but the white eyeliner trend just won’t look right post-summer. “Eye shadow always gets darker as the seasons cool down, so a white winged liner with a darker smoky eye would just seem out of place,” says Almodovar.
Get The White Eyeliner Look: Start with a light shimmery eyeshadow such as L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Little Beige Dress. Then line lids with white liquid liner, flicking the line up and out past the outer corners of your eye. Try Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Bump. Finish the eyes with lots of lashes. For the rest of your face, go for a sun-kissed look with a pop of peach blush on your cheeks. Get both bronzer and blush in one compact with Lancôme Belle De Teint Mosaic Palette in Patio Mediterraneen. It’s a perfect summer look, says Almodovar.
Summer Makeup Look #3: Neon Lips (H2)
Bright neon lips in electric shades of pink, orange, and fuchsia just look better when paired with sun-kissed skin (a faux, safe glow, of course). “They pop when you have more color on your skin,” says Almodovar.
Get The Neon Lips Look: Apply your neon lippie straight from the tube, says Almodovar. Bold colors call for ultimate precision, so after you’ve applied, line lips with a liner that matches or that’s slightly darker than your lip shade. Try NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick in Neon Lights, a bold orange, and Slide On Lip Pencil in Summer Tease. For a believable summer glow, swipe bronzer on the high points of your face (cheekbones, forehead, the bridge of your nose). Try Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric Bronzer.
Summer Makeup Look #4: Glossy Skin
Things got really slick this summer with a deliberate sheen on unexpected places like eyelids and cheekbones. This look works in the warm weather season, because skin tends to be naturally dewier, says Almodovar.
Get The Glossy Skin Look: To get glossy, use a dab of clear gloss on cheekbones or lids. “You can also enhance the glossiness by using a cream highlighter on the cheekbones, inner corner of the eye, tip of the nose, and the cupid's bow,” Almodovar says. Try it with Maybelline New York Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. “Glossy skin is beautiful, but make sure you don't cross the line into greasy-looking skin,” he adds. To prevent a total meltdown, control where you shine by using a translucent powder in the T-zone. Try Urban Decay Naked Skin The Illuminizer Translucent Pressed Beauty Powder.
Summer Makeup Look #5: Monochromatic Bronze
A full face of metallic bronze is a sultry look that looks amazing on hot summer night - not so much during cool fall nights.
Get The Monochromatic Bronze Look: Start with a bronze smoky eye: Use two or three different bronzed eyeshadow shades, applying the darkest hue at the lash line and the lightest under the brow bone, says Almodovar. Find several options in Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Taupe Craze. Add some depth by lining lids with a black or a deep brown liner. Then dust cheeks with a powder bronzer such as Maybelline FaceStudio Master Bronze Kit, and swipe on bronzy lip shade. Line your pout with a slightly deeper liner shade and blend the edges with your fingertip for a soft lip contour, says Almodovar. Try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Matte Metallic in Caged and NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Lip Liner in Natural.
Summer Makeup Look #6: Florida Nails
Yup, that’s what celebrity manicurist Erica Marton is calling them. “Bright colors like turquoise that look like the waters off Miami, or bold oranges that scream sunsets in St. Pete’s Beach have been all the rage this summer,” says Marton. And these colors won’t be making the cut this fall, she adds. The other thing that we’ll see less of come fall? Nail art. So, get your fill of both right now.
Get The Florida Nails Look: “I would incorporate these two colors with an opaque white,” says Marton. Try essie Nail Color in Blanc, Lancôme Vernis in Love in L’Espirit Libre, and YSL La Laque Couture in Jungle Orange. Paint your pinky fingers white, your ring and middle fingers turquoise, and your pointer fingers and thumbs orange. “It’s a uniformed nail art look that’s fun and easy,” Marton says.
Which summer trend will try before the season ends? Tell us in the comments below!
About the Author:The daughter of a hairdresser, Krista Bennett DeMaio likes to say she has beauty in her blood. She has well over a decade of beauty editorial experience. The former magazine-editor-turned-freelance writer has covered all things beauty from anti-aging skincare to NYFW runway trends. Her work has appeared in national publications and websites including Women’s Health, Redbook, Shape, Dr. Oz The Good Life, bhg.com, and prevention.com. She lives in Greenlawn, New York with her husband and two interns, er, daughters.
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