Summer Beauty Favorites

Summer is here and so are my summer favorites! School is out and the lazier days of summer have begun. In honor of the beginning of summer, I’m excited to share some of my favorite products for the hot, humid summer months! These are all things I have used and love, and I hope you love them, too!

Summer is here! Check out my summer favorites that I'm loving right now!


My 3 Minute Summer Makeup Routine

Summer is almost here! I can’t wait to share my simple, 3 minute summer makeup routine! You see, I don’t like wearing a lot of makeup in the hot summer months. The heat and humidity of Kansas City, combined with the afternoons at the pool with my boys, means that I don’t spend a ton of time on my appearance! I’m equal parts excited and nervous for summer, do you love Summer break? I’m looking forward to lazier days spent at the pool and more freedom to stay up later and sleep in a little. But, along with that, I’m nervous about the inevitable fights and the cries of, “I’m bored, Mom!”, I’ll hear daily. Oh well, can’t win them all, right?! lol.

Check out my super easy summer makeup routine! #summermakeup #easymakeup

That’s why I love having a simple makeup routine to see me through the hot summer months. I can still feel put together and I don’t feel like my face is melting off. The best part? Because I use cream makeup, my makeup is water resistant! That means that I can swim with it on and it won’t come off unless I rub my face really hard with the towel. 🙂

Are you ready to see my easy routine? You’ll be amazed at how fast and simple it is.

Here’s what I use for my 3 minute summer makeup routine:

That’s it! I don’t contour my face at all when I’m doing my 3 minute summer makeup routine, so this is a very natural look. But, it’s probably one of my favorite makeup looks! Bonus- my husband loves it, too!

My summer makeup routine is so simple, I only need a few products!

I start by using my fingers to apply my highlight shade- Mango– where I feel I need some color correcting help. Most days, this is on my cheeks, across my nose, and under my eyes. I gently dab the color onto my skin and blend it in with my fingers. Since I’m going for a natural coverage look, I’m not trying to cover all of my skin’s flaws. If I feel like I need more coverage, or I look extra tired, I’ll use a brush for this step.

Once I have my highlight applied, I apply my lip & cheek color with the B Squared brush. Dahlia is my favorite lip and cheek for Summer because it’s so bright and fun. I love how it looks on my tanned summer skin. Since I know I’ll be using the Bella Cream Bronzer over my blush, if I go a little heavier with the Dahlia on my cheeks, I don’t worry too much! The Bella will calm down any extra brightness!

Time for Bella Bronzer-

When I’m happy with my cheek color, I use the large end of my B Squared brush to apply the Bella Cream Bronzer. Because it is a cream bronzer, it works a little bit differently than a powder bronzer and a cream contour. Bella is also really pigmented so it doesn’t take much to see a difference on your skin! I put Bella anywhere the sun would naturally hit my face if I was standing outside. This means I brush it lightly on my cheeks, across my nose, on my chin, and on my forehead. I blend it in so I don’t have any dark, splotchy areas, and then I move on to my brows!

For my brows, I grab my Astoria contour (my current favorite brow shade), and I use the Know Your Angles brush to quickly fill in my brows. Again, I’m not going for a detailed, date night look. Remember, I’m just doing a natural, 3 minute summer makeup routine! After my brows, I throw on my favorite mascara. It’s always amazing what a difference some mascara and brows can make when it comes to your face!

With a few simple steps, I'm ready for summer adventures! #summermakeup #simplemakeup

Don’t forget Illuminator!

Oh! I almost forgot Illuminator! I love using Rose Gold Cream Illuminator in the summer months. It’s so pretty on tan skin! I use my fingers to apply my Illuminator across the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and on the cupids bow of my lips.

When it comes to setting my makeup, I go back and forth on my method depending on the day. Some days, I’ll use a setting spray (THIS one is great for oily skin!), and other days I’ll use a setting powder over my T-zone where I tend to get shiny (I highly recommend THIS one!).

A little more Dahlia on my lips, some lip gloss, or even some Maybelline Super Stay lipstick if I’m feeling fancy, and I’m ready to go! I love how light this makeup look feels on my face. I forget I’m even wearing makeup. It allows me to get ready in even less time than usual, and I’m able  to head out the door at a moment’ notice!

3 minute summer makeup before and after!

Have you gotten re-color matched for your summer shades? When the seasons change, our skin tone usually changes with them. It’s so easy to get your makeup ready for your summer skin tone! Click the button below to go to my color match request form and I’ll get you set up in no time!

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See how I do my 3 minute summer makeup. #easymakeup #summerstyle
Summer makeup that's perfect for busy moms! #mommakeup #quickmakeup



Cream Foundation– 5 Reasons I love It!

Ok, confession time. I had no idea that cream foundation was a thing until I found Maskcara a few years ago. I know it’s becoming more common, now, but when I was dipping my toe into the waters of makeup 3+ years ago, I only knew of liquid foundation or those green covergirl powder compacts that everyone used in the 1990’s when I was in high school. (Yes, I’m that old. hahaha!) Now that I’ve converted to using creams for my makeup, I’ll never go back to the liquids & powders I used to use! 

5 reasons I love Maskcara's cream foundation over liquids and powders!


How I Get Full Lips with Lip Contouring!

Have you ever felt like you would like the look of fuller lips but don’t want to commit to injections or anything crazy? There’s a really easy way to get the look of fuller lips without having the hassle or price tag of a more permanent method. I’m going to share with you my secret to getting the look of full lips with lip contouring. Did you know it’s possible to contour your lips as well as your face? I’m here to tell you it’s very possible, and it’s very easy!

No matter what your makeup expertise level, you can do this. Whether you are a beginner with makeup, or an expert. This is a technique that anyone can use to up their makeup game. Want a little drama for a date night, or love the look of light lips but feel like it looks weird on you? Lip contouring is the perfect technique for you. I had never heard of it until about a year ago, and now I use this technique all the time. I love how it looks on everyone.

My secret to getting full lips the easy way! Have you heard of lip contouring?


Spring Makeup Trends: 4 Flower-Inspired Looks!

Can you believe it’s Spring already? Winter always seems as if it will never end, and then one day, the grass is getting green again! After months of darkness and cold, the warm sun and blooming flowers are such a welcome sight. It seems that the whole world is ready for bright colors again after the dark months of winter. We exchange our dark, heavy coats for light, bright cardigans and light jackets; so why would we continue to wear our dark winter makeup? Let’s talk Spring makeup trends!

A new season means new makeup shades! Here are 4 makeup pairings that are perfect for Spring.


Eyeshadow Techniques: The Smokey Eye Look

Smokey Eye look in 3, 2, 1…Go!

Have you ever wished you knew how to do a more dramatic eye look for a night out on the town? I know I have. Just the term, ‘Smokey Eye’ used to intimidate the heck out of me! I thought it would be super complicated to learn how to do a smokey eye look, and so I never even tried. Now, I’m here to break down this eyeshadow look for you! So you can feel confident and never again be intimidated by the words, “Smokey Eye”!

Eyeshadow Techniques: The Smokey Eye Look.


Get Your Perfect Maskcara Color Match

Wondering how to get your own custom Maskcara color match? Let me break it down for you! But first, how many times have you gone into the makeup aisles and looked at the different brands of foundation and felt overwhelmed by the choices? Long-lasting, full coverage, natural coverage, liquid, powder, matte, dewy…it’s enough to make your head spin! And then, when you finally figure out what color and formula you like, and you need to re-purchase, the makeup company has inevitably re-formulated your choice and changed the name! *insert face-palm emoji here* hahaha!

Maskcara is all about making your life easier. One of the ways we do that is with our artist program. It’s my job as your artist to keep track of what colors look best on you, help you choose what coverage you like, find the best application technique for your skin, and generally be your makeup assistant in your back pocket! It’s a pretty awesome job. 4 easy steps for the perfect Maskcara color match. Maskcara's founder, Cara Killpack's before and after.


Get Your Perfect Brows in 3 Easy Steps

Brows. Eyebrows, that is. Everyone has them and everyone wants perfect brows! Shaping and filling in your eyebrows can be intimidating. But it doesn’t need to be! If you were a teen/young adult in the 1990’s you probably overplucked your eyebrows, right? And now that fuller brows are popular, you are wondering how to get that look. If you are like me, you didn’t know anything about brows or tweezing them in the 1990’s so you missed that fashion misstep. Whew! Haha! Seriously, though, a big key to my brows being so full is related to the fact that I didn’t start tweezing them until a few years ago.

How to shape your brows in 3 simple steps! Get your perfect brows quickly and easily.


My Favorite Drugstore Mascara Dupe!

Did you know that your favorite pricey mascara likely has a cheaper, drugstore duplicate? Here’s how I found my favorite drugstore mascara dupe! 

A few years ago, I started experimenting with different mascaras. I’d faithfully used the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara for years and years. I liked it ok, but I was curious if there was another type and brand out there that would give me a bit more definition in my lashes, help them to look longer, and more full.

Here’s my disclaimer–I naturally have long, curly eyelashes. Don’t hate me. lol. My issue has always been that my lashes are long, but they also turn blonde at the tips. This means that I can’t go without mascara without looking very different! I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, I’m sure. 

My favorite drugstore mascara dupe!