This article is part of a monthly beauty feature that includes a seasonal makeup look, products, and tips. Every product included below comes from affordable companies, some drugstore brands, and are just suggestions. If a shade doesn’t work for you, there are lots of alternatives that may be a better match.
August beckons in late summer and is often the hottest month of the year. As such, this month’s palette is warm and golden (specifically, rose golden).
Rose gold is a flattering metallic that will help you up your glow game. Complement that glow by mixing matte with your shimmer. Apply a matte burgundy to your outer eye, a gold to the center lid, blended into your inner corner, and finish with a rose gold highlight under your brow. Trace your lower lashes with the matte burgundy and use a rose gold eyeliner on your waterline. Finish it off with your preferred eyeliner and mascara. Products: MAC Embark, Colourpop Get Lucky, Colourpop Amaze, Colourpop Get Paid Liner
First and foremost: use sunscreen, or a product with at least SPF 20. Proper skincare is crucial to any look, and sun damage isn’t safe or healthy. Then, put aside your contouring powder and embrace a glittery gold bronzer to make the most of the August sun. Using a fluffy brush, dust bronzer on your temples, across your cheekbones, and over the bridge of your nose. Dab a touch of bronzer on your chin and along your jaw (essentially, everywhere the sun hits). If you’re like me and can’t bear to let go of your highlighter, sweep a rosy highlighter right above the bronzer under your eyes, on your chin, and along your forehead (where exactly on your forehead depends on your face shape and preferences). To finish, add a touch of blush just under your cheekbones and bronzer. Set with powder. Products: Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil (Deluxe Edition), L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator (in Rose or Golden), Nyx Baked Blush
Lightly apply a metallic bronze lipstick to complement your eyes and face, or a shimmery rose gold gloss. If you’re all glow’d out from the rest of this look, then a nude or even just chapstick will suffice. Products: Just in time for August, Colourpop has recently expanded their metallic lip line to several new shades (enough to compelement any skintone!), Nyx Glam Aqua Luxe (in Aurora), Covergirl Colorlicious Lip Lava (Lava Luster), Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
Remember: these suggestions are just that- suggestions! Feel free to play with shades and shimmer. If your skin is cooled-toned, there are lots of cool toned options for rose gold eye shadows, lipsticks, and bronzers that will give you that summer glow. If you aren’t into glitter, there are also plenty of matte options. The most important part, as with any makeup look, is to have fun and wear what makes you feel good!