Summer woman

When the seasons change, so does our makeup bag. Warmer weather means new trends, along with different ways to get gorgeous. Read on for four essential summer beauty swaps to make this season.

Swap style

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Foundation for tinted moisturizer

See you later foundation. Summer is all about lighter coverage that allows our natural beauty to shine through. Not to mention foundation is heavier and more time consuming to apply than tinted moisturizer, which goes on with a simple swipe and evens tone without masking skin.

Try it: We like Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer ($40) for its sheer, natural-looking coverage and skin-conditioning ingredients like jojoba oil.

Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain Matte lipsticks for sheer stains

While matte lip color is great for fall and winter when you can get away with a more dramatic look, summer means a fresher take on beauty. To achieve a summer-ready lip look, trade matte products for sheer but vibrant stains. They offer bright but light color perfect for hot weather.

Try it: Give your lips some subtle summer color with Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain ($23).

Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder Blush for bronzer

You don’t necessarily need to skip blush altogether this summer, but a gentle dusting of bronzer can add some much-needed sun-kissed color to your skin. Simply find a shade that makes sense with your skin tone (e.g. nothing too dark if you have fair skin) and apply where the sun would naturally hit your face (forehead, nose, apples of your cheeks).

Try it: We’ve been using Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder ($50) for the perfect natural-looking glow.

Butter London – Pink Ribbon,Dark polish for something light and bright

Move over plums, dark grays and rich reds, summer calls for polish in lighter, fresher hues. Think pale pinks, pretty pastels, elegant neutrals and even pops of berry, peach and mint. The warmer it gets, the lighter everything becomes, from fabric to makeup to nail color.

Try it: Give nails the summer treatment with our two new favorite summer shades from Butter London – Pink Ribbon, a classic pink polish, and Scoundrel, a gorgeous lavender-mauve ($14 each).

Watch: How to wear your hair at the pool or beach

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Comments on "4 Summer beauty swaps"

Rebecca July 09, 2012 | 2:10 PM

I love summer beauty best! Everything is so light, fresh, cherry and bright. I also really love that pink Butter London shade. I will have to head to my local beauty store and pick one up!

Katy July 08, 2012 | 4:08 PM

I definitely am looking for something more light weight and breathable especially in the humid swamp I live in. I would use a tinted moisturizer but I am afraid it will essentially sweat off by the days end. Maybe a powder would be better here. I do need to find a good bronzer though, any you would recommend that aren't $50?

Sharon June 29, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Changing out my heavy foundations with a tinted moisturizer or in some cases just a powder can make me feel 10 degrees cooler. Just letting your skin breath on those hot and humid days make such a big difference.

Emma June 28, 2012 | 12:38 PM

It is essential to make certain beauty swaps for the warm and bright weather. And no one wants layers upon layers on their skin out in the sun! I have recently become obsessed with tinted moisturizer, also making sure it is one with SPF, and bronzer helps bring out the summer glow!

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