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Eight Minute Summer Makeup

Do you get tired of the same makeup every day? Particularly in the summer - you want a look that isn't heavy and goopy, rather, you want something fresh and clean. My dear friend Erin Blair Gobin, a top Dallas hair and makeup artist, put together an eight minute makeup look that is perfect for summer!

Start with clean, moisturized (with spf!) skin. Add some concealer in what Erin calls the "magic triangle" - a triangle made underneath your eye from the corners of your eye to your nose.

Next apply your foundation. Erin likes powder foundation and I do, too! Bare Escentuals is a personal favorite.

Apply a bronzer or a highlighter on your cheekbones. I use a NARS creme illuminator, dabbing a tiny bit on my fingertips to apply.

Then add a little color with some blush on the apples of your cheeks. Avoid bringing the blush towards your forehead on the sides of your eyes - for some reason this seems to have been a commonly taught technique that is so strange looking in real life! Since when do you naturally blush on your temples? Again, Bare Escentuals makes a stellar blush - I like "Glee" but the "Warmth" color is also wonderful for the summer.

Now it's time for your eyes. First, brush a powder or liquid primer shadow over your whole eyelid (lash line to brow). You want the primer to match your skin color, or a little bit lighter. Next, sweep a darker color (I use a chocolate brown) into the crease of your eye. This is really easy to apply when you keep your eye open and use a light hand. Says Erin, "The effect should end up looking like a real shadow from the sun". Trish McEvoy makes her favorite shadows; she describes them as looking and feeling "luxurious".

Do you color in your eyebrows? I never did, until Erin had me try it out in our makeup lesson. I thought it would look weird, but it looked great! The idea is not to draw on eyebrows, rather, fill your eyebrows in with short, thin strokes. Then, apply eyeliner as a dotted line on your top lid. This is much easier than trying to draw a perfectly straight line - just dot it on and smudge! Lastly, add a coat of mascara on the upper lids only.

Finally, add a swipe of a bright pink lipstick, with a dot of gloss in the center of your lips. Erin recommends Just Bitten by Revlon or Tarte lip stain and a M.A.C. gloss. Behold, the perfect eight minute summer makeup!

Check out Erin's instructions here! She shows some close up shots of the "magic triangle" and eyeliner application, and also gives a few easy variations on the look.


  1. Love your nails. And your make up looks flawless.

    So happy to have come across your blog.
    Follow each other? <3

    Lots of love

  2. Great look and great tips too! It's amazing how much difference filled in brows can make to your face, isn't it? Also love your nails!

  3. Anonymous8/04/2011

    Wonderful look :) Maybe going to try it!

  4. Amazing make up!
    Great blog, so inspiring!
    Following! Follow back? <3

  5. @Nat Thanks! I was SHOCKED at how the brow thing made such a difference! All this time, I never knew...

  6. You look soooo pretty! The magic triangle is my favorite trick nnow to put together a fall look to collaborate on next!

  7. Gorgeous!! Exactly what I've been searching for- a light & fun summer look! My fave is Clinique. :)

  8. beautiful! It seems super fast and easy. I'm going to try this tomorrow. I have the hardest time trying to figure out where to apply blush. I just recently started wearing it. BTW I love your nails!

  9. Oh man! I love this makeup tutorial. I really really needed summer makeup tips! I love the lips especially!


    Best wishes from one blogger to another,


  10. It is *all* about the magic triangle!!!! Erin's the best!

  11. You know I do rotate the same three shadow palettes everyday. I want to step it up a little bit

    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  12. Gorgeous!! I love (and am always in need of) make up tutorials. I'll have to try some bare essentials. I don't own any of it!

  13. This is a great tutorial! And I'm a huge advocate of filling in your eyebrows- it makes a huge, huge difference.

  14. Great tutorial and great tips! I love the NARS illuminator - I have it in Copacabana and use it daily. You look gorgeous!