Summer Beauty: Keeping It Natural

May 30, 2013

As the weather warms up and the sun shines brighter, there’s nothing I love more than seeing women around me scaling back their getting-ready routines and looking as natural as possible. I love seeing real faces, real eyelashes and real, minimally styled hair—don’t you?

Personally, my routine these days is pared-down to it’s bare minimum: letting my hair air dry (except for my bangs, which I blow dry), swiping on a bit of bronzer, and giving my eyelashes a little curl with an eyelash curler. For nice occasions, like a date night or a wedding, I put my hair up in a braided bun or curl it with a curling wand, and sometimes add a swipe or two of natural mascara.

Here are just a few looks that are inspiring me lately and reminding me that it’s beautiful be ourselves, plus my personal favorite summer beauty items at the bottom of the post…

Gwyneth Paltrow has the most amazing natural look going on lately. Featured endlessly in her new cookbook, It’s All Good, she looks healthy, fresh-faced and radiant. I love the natural-looking texture of her hair and her light eyelashes so much!

These post-braid waves are so dreamy and summery—like going for a swim, running around all day with a braid, sleeping on it and waking up looking like a mermaid. I adore this look and will certainly be sporting it this summer after long days at the beach.

Jen Aniston will forever be my personal style icon. I love everything about her look—sun-kissed hair and skin, classic clothing, simple and natural-looking makeup.

The top knot is an absolute summer hair go-to for me. It can be casual in a jean-shorts-and-tee sort of way, or be a simple and elegant way to wear hair to a special summer event. I love its versatility, and also how easy it is to do! Plus, how great is this girl’s makeup? Perfect for wearing to work or for a night out without being overdone.

The side-braid is a great alternative to a top knot when wearing hair down is not an option (nor a desire). It’s easy to do and has such a laid-back bohemian feel to it. Perfect for wearing under a floppy hat to the beach, or pairing with summertime maxi dresses. Also, once again, I love this girl’s natural-looking face!

And now, my personal summer beauty favorites…

1 // Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Eye Lash Curler, 2 // Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara, 3 // Infiniti Pro by Conair You Curl XL Clipless Curler 4 // Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer

How does your getting-ready routine change in the summer?

Images via Google search, Dream Yourself Along Another Day, Google search, A CUP OF JO, Pinterest

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