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Let’s Talk About Makeup: How to Not Look Sick Summer Tips

Hey hey hey!

I don’t know how it is where you are but shewwwwww it is HOT here in Virginia! It already feels like summer even though summer technically has not yet “arrived”. You would think it was mid-July if you didn’t look at calendar.

Virginia summers are hot and humid and while I absolutely adore hot weather, it truly does affect your makeup. 

As some of you know, I was a makeup artist from 2007-20015 so makeup is a real passion of mine.

It is also something I have struggled to keep in my life since becoming sick and disabled. I have found that many others feel the same and that I am not alone in wanting to sometimes wear some makeup when I leave the house. Being chronically sick can also really affect how you look which can make you feel even more insecure, unattractive, and frustrated. Those who are new to makeup may be unsure how to cover dark circles or how to give pale skin a healthy glow.

The issue of course is how to figure out how to apply makeup without completely exhausting yourself or creating a flare up before you have even left your house.

A few months ago I did a post on “How to NOT Look Sick with “Spoon Friendly” Makeup Tips” and the response was great! I was thrilled to help people a) learn easy makeup tricks and b) empower people to look different even when they don’t feel different.

Since summer is fast approaching I thought talking about summer time makeup would be helpful especially since hot weather can affect your skin as well how your makeup looks and feels.

So here’s a few easy spoon friendly tips from me to you on how to look glowing, sun kissed, and “healthy” this summer. Theres also a tutorial at the end of the post of a very simple summer look so be sure to check that out too!

1) Don’t Sweat It

Primers are important to use when doing your makeup but are ESPECIALLY helpful during the summer. These products are the very first items you apply before starting to apply your makeup. Both face primers and eye primers will help keep your makeup on your face instead of sweating off or smearing.

(* will be next to my favorites)

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer*

NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion*

NYX Cometics Eyeshadow Base

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer

Setting spray is another GREAT tool to keep your makeup in place during the hot summer months. I got married on a VERY VERY VERY HOT 105 degree day, I used setting spray on all of my bridesmaids and my mother and let me tell you…their makeup stayed put!

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray *

NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Blotting papers are another helpful tool to keep in your purse during these sweltering hot months. They are perfect for that mid-day shine or any sweating that may occur while you are out and about.

NYX Cosmetics blotting papers 

Pleasing Care Natural Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Tissues

Maiko Japanese Blotting Tissues*

2) Lighten up

BB & CC creams are a the way to go if you don’t want to wear a full coverage foundation in the summer. I know I really prefer a lighter coverage both so my freckles show and also because I dont like really heavy makeup when it’s hot out.  BB creams (otherwise called Beauty Balms) are essentially a tinted moisturizer on steroids. They give you a light coverage to balance out your skin but also contain sunscreen and various beneficial ingredients (like Salicylic Acid for oily acne prone skin types). Some can also can be used as a makeup primer. CC creams (otherwise known as Color Correcting) are very similar to BB creams but focus more on evening out skin color. They generally have a little more coverage to them.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector (whew thats a mouthful!)*

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30*

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

“Your skin but better” foundation has become a new trend and its a perfect one for summer!

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation

MAC Csometics Next to Nothing Face Color*

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

Pro tip: You can also mix some of your foundation with your daytime moisturizer to get a lighter coverage look for your skin. Add a few drops of a liquid highlighter like Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter or COVER FX Custom Enhancer Drops for a really glowy look!

Lip stains are the perfect lip product for the summer as they give you a pop of color without there being much product on your lips. Think of your lips look after eating a cherry popsicle! For those who want a REALLY simple makeup look and routine, consider a 2-in-1 lip/cheek tint!

Tarte Lippie Lingerie Matte Tint

Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain*

ELF Cosmetics  Gotta Glow Lip Tint

Nars The Mutiple *

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain

Becca Beach Lip and Blush Tint

3) Glow on

Bronzer is a MUST for the summer since the epitome of a summer makeup look is that you look sun-kissed. It can accentuate your skin, give you some color (especially if you are inside a lot), and best of all can be used with just some mascara and lip gloss for an easy quick summer look.

NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer*

Becca Sunlit Bronzer

E.L.F. Cosmetics Bronzer Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer*

Pro Tip: If you don’t want a bronzed look but do want a “glow”, try a matte blush and just add some highlighter along your cheekbones! Check out my post about highlighters to learn more!

 -Spoonie Summertime Look-

This summer look is one that looks good on virtually anyone. Those who are new to makeup will find it easy to do and those who are more advanced can easily add their own twist. I kept the look simple and natural but it could easily be tweaked to become a “nighttime look” if you wanted something a bit more dramatic.

The best part is that it takes very little time which means using less spoons so you can enjoy yourself out and about!


For eyes I wanted to create a simple look that was easy for people to duplicate and use colors that look good on literally everyone no matter what lovely shade of skin you may own!

  1. Prime your eyelids
  2. Fill in your brows-I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil.

3. Using Morphe Brushes 35 Warm Palette:

-Take blending brush with color 1 and gently apply on the crease of your eye. Blend upwards so the color fades a little below your brows.

-Take a small flat shadow blush and place color 2 in JUST the inner corner of your eye.

-Using the same blending brush take a little bit of color 3 and apply over color 1 mainly concentrating just in your crease.

-Take a larger flat shadow brush, wet it, and then apply color 4 JUST to your lids. Be sure to be firm in your applicated. Then take the blending brush to lighly make sure your lid color blends into your crease colors.

-OPTIONAL: Using another flat brush, apply a little bit of color 5 under your brows. You can also take color 2 and apply JUST under the arch of your brow.

4. Use NYX Cosmetics Slide On Pencil in Jewel along your lower lash line keeping it very light where your inner lashes end

5. OPTIONAL: Take a damp q-tip with color 4 and blend over the liner on your lower lash line.


1) I used Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30* as my foundation.

2) Using the NYX Strobe of Genius color:

-I first used color 1 as my blush using a tapered blush brush.

-I then took a small pointed highlighter brush and applied color 2 to just my cheekbones.

4) Using Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, I lightly dusted my t-zone so it was more matte.


I love a matte lip and wanted to do something simple so the focus would mainly be on my eyes and glowing skin. My lip color may be too “brown” for some people, so definitely give a true nude lip or a pale pink lip a try with this look instead.

I mixed Colourpop Lippie Stix in Pillow Talk with Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

Hope this post allowed all my fellow spoonies to get some summer makeup tips that will allow you to feel your most beautiful even when you dont feel your best.

Chronic pain and illness are truly the pits but you’re a shining star, so shine on shine on shine on.

One thought on “Let’s Talk About Makeup: How to Not Look Sick Summer Tips

  1. Thanks, lady! I have a wedding to go to tomorrow and I’ve been dreading the getting ready part…. Because it will drain my energy that I want for the event! Gonna try these out!

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