Now entering my seventh straight month of summer weather, I figured it was time to show you what I do when upper lip sweat takes over my life. Instead of filming a video tutorial like a normal human being, I wanted to be a hip teen while I still can and decided to document the steps for this look through Instagram’s sister app Boomerang, so here’s a warm, glowy makeup face as expressed through gifs.

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(From left, clockwise): Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen, Mario Badescu M3 Hydrating Moisturizer, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Luxie Beauty Blending Brushes, Tweezerman Eyelash Curler, L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black, Benefit High Beam, Elf Blush Brush, NYX Microbrow Pencil in Black, Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose, Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette

The summer sun always manages to make my forehead 3 shades darker than the rest of my face, yet I continue to try to combat this by applying sunscreen first. I’m still on the hunt for a more blendable, less white mineral sunscreen, but this Neutrogena one is much more usable when mixed with Mario Badescu’s moisturizer, which is a little heavy for regular use but really perfect when mixed with other liquid products in small portions. I don’t typically wear foundation or concealer, certainly not because I don’t need them, mostly because I touch my face too much and don’t particularly like the feeling of those products, especially in humid summers like Singapore and Boston.
Starting brows by brushing what little I have (1)
Concentrating really hard as I draw two lines as the outer boundaries of my brow; no I didn’t suddenly get tanner, the light from my window just changed (2)
Filling in the area between the lines with only upward strokes, using a lighter hand as I approach the center of the face. The brows still end up uneven but we’re going to turn a blind eye to that. (3)
Applying blush along my cheekbone, closer to the sides of my face than the apples. I personally prefer this shape of blush (and it doesn’t require smiling!) but you figure out what works for you. I typically also brush any excess product across my nose horizontally to tie the face together. (5)
Liquid highlighters like Benefit High Beam are great to use during warm weather because they just melt into the skin instead of sitting on top (cream blushes are good for summer too!). I paint five little lines on top of my cheekbones and blend it out with my ring finger, bringing it up a bit to meet the area by the tail of my eyebrow. I also highlight two small parts of my nose— the little bit between my eyes and the tip. I’m not such a big fan of a line of highlighter down the nose, but this all depends on your nose and your preferences.
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This entire eye look is made with three eyeshadows from Juvia’s Place’s Nubian Palette. Juvia’s Place is a really wonderful company that creates products with enough pigmentation to show up on all skin tones, and I can’t recommend this palette highly enough! (6)
I don’t start my eye look with primer because 1) I’m an amateur and 2) I couldn’t find mine, so I just took my smaller Luxie brush and started with the orangey matte shadow (labeled 1 above). Work this into your crease with circular motions, but your brush should always be circling in towards your nose as you blend. This Boomerang effect makes it seem as if I’m doing it in both directions, but blending eyeshadow is much cleaner when only done in the correct direction. (I learned this from the internet, so be my guest and circle in any direction you want) We’re going for a really soft, blown out crease here, so spend some time working the orange shade in there; no harsh lines! All this information would really work better in a voiceover, wouldn’t it? (7)
After buffing out my warm orange crease, I dipped my finger into the shimmery pink shade (labeled 2 above) and packed it all over my lid. For some extra definition (and just because I like the coppery shadow and pretending this step significantly adds to the look) I put a different finger into the glittery copper shade (labeled 3 above) and concentrated it on my upper lash line. If this step takes away from the pink, feel free to add some more. (8)
Some extra blending to make sure the colors go together. I use the bigger Luxie brush to buff everything out and make sure the colors are all really diffused. (9)
Curling my lashes with the trusty Tweezerman. I usually just do this pinchy thing a couple times, but my mother thinks it produces an unnatural look. She’s probably right. (10)
This was actually my first time using L’Oreal’s new Lash Paradise mascara, and the reviews are legit, guys. This stuff is not messing around. I can’t yet say that it tops my holy grail Maybelline Lash Sensational, but it’s definitely up there. I really do believe that drugstore mascaras are as good as or better than luxury mascaras (they’re all made in the same factories anyway! You’re paying for packaging and names! Capitalism strikes again!). (11)
I like lipstick a lot. I have a lot of lipsticks. But there comes a time – generally when one has endured six months of summer weather already – where maintaining a lipstick is just not something I can be down for thinking about. I’ve had this Korres lip butter for years and it’s still my favorite. Most places sell this in a pot now, but I still prefer the stick. It gives the nicest flush of color and feels so so comfortable on the lips. (12)
And that’s it! I finished off with a juicy gloss, a spritz of setting spray, and these silver ASOS hoops that I’ve been wearing to death for the past few months.

There you have it— my take on the sunset eye trend (which really is not a new thing, guys, like people have been doing warm eye looks forEVER). It’s a really easy, fun look especially for the heat that’s creeping back up on us now it’s July. Hope you’ve enjoyed this gif tutorial— but seriously, should I keep doing these this way or conform and make videos instead? All feedback is welcome; I’ll be back with more makeup things soon!