Brightening Up for Summer with Make Up For Ever

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a good month now, but with my busy schedule and the infrequent appearance of the sun, it just hasn’t come together!  However, after having a string of gorgeous hot, sunny days here in Hali (and by hot I mean like August weather…SO weird), I’ve managed to simultaneously slow wayyy down for a change – spending the last three days outside from dawn till dusk -  and take a few shots for the blog in all the lovely sunshine.  SCORE.

Make Up For Ever Spring 2013

I find that once the sun comes out, I get so tempted to play even more with makeup, trying out bold colors for eyes, lips and cheeks.  However, when you’re spending entire days outside, I don’t feel comfortable wearing such noticeable makeup, as it somehow feels like I’m resisting the natural, easy-going vibe that comes with warm weather.  Due to this little mini-war I have in my head, I tend to compromise by opting instead for shimmering, golden tones that allow me to feel ‘summery’ while staying relatively low-key.  Two products that work well toward that end are Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Gold 9L ($23CAD), a metallic yellow, and Lab Shine Star Collection lipgloss in S0 ($22CAD), a pearly nude.

MUFE Aqua Eyes in 9L

In the heat of summer, one of the first things to drop off my makeup routine is eyeshadow.  Though I generally don’t tend to experience excessive creasing, I find that opting for liner only is a quick, easy, and long-lasting way to ensure I look good without looking like I tried too hard.  Gold 9L is a bright metallic true yellow – it doesn’t contain any orange leanings, so it would be a great shade for cooler skintones or for a warmer skintone looking for contrast.  Its the perfect kind of shade to wear on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them up – if I’m in a rush, or looking for a seriously minimalist look, I’ll opt to wear it this way with very little else.

MUFE Aqua Eyes in 9L (1)

However, if I want to go full-on with this shade, with my neutral skintone it can look a bit stark.  To remedy this, I first apply black liner to my top lashes to define, before tracing the gold above the liner and into my inner corners – then finally add a touch of a sheer, satiny yellow shadow to blend out the gold liner.  Oh, and lots of mascara :)

MUFE Aqua Eyes in 9L (3) MUFE Aqua Eyes in 9L (2) MUFE Aqua Eyes in 9L (4)

As you can see, it’s great for adding a little lightness and brightness to the eye without being too dance-y (aka that inner highlight thing we do when we’re going out on the town) so it’s ideal for day.

Make Up For Ever’s Lab Shine Star Collection lipgloss in S0 is another excellent product that gives a little something extra without being too much under the bright rays of summer sun.  I’ve had another shade in this gloss before and I really like it – its a bit thick so it has good longevity, but it’s not sticky at all and is very smooth and comfortable to wear.

MUFE Lab Shine Star Collection S0 swatches

S0 is a shimmering pale sheer beige that mutes the lipcolor only slightly, which makes it very wearable with a variety of looks.  The non-glittery finish makes it great for day, but it has enough glimmer that it can hold its own against flashier night looks – and it’s translucency makes it ideal for layering.

MUFE Lab Shine Star Collection Gloss in S0  (2) MUFE Lab Shine Star Collection Gloss in S0

Though my natural inclination is to go big and bold in my makeup choices for the most part, I do like to have more subtle, toned down items in my arsenal to turn to if I’m spending the day outside or looking to go low-key – or to compliment a more in-your-face eye or lip look!  While at first glance, these two products might seem too tame for some, I have found myself reaching for them more often than I expected to polish off my summer beauty routine and keep things as fuss-free as possible – all the better to spend every moment I can out in that (rare) sunshine!

Make Up For Ever Spring 2013 (2)

Do you lighten up in the warmer months?

*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by My Lucite Dreams on June 2, 2013 - 8:16 pm

    I love that gold on you! Cleopatra-esque. So gorgeous! I lighten up in the summer as well. Also with a self-tan happening its much easier to get away with it.

    • #2 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:48 pm

      OMG isn’t it? I don’t self tan but I was outdoors all weekend (with sunscreen!) and haven’t bothered with much more than an under eye illuminator for the past two days. Another reason to lie summer!! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on June 3, 2013 - 12:48 am

    That gold liner is really pretty on you Toya! It’s looks so lovely with your eyes!
    I don’t wear a lot of shadow in the summer either, unless it’s something really crease proof like Armani ETK-those things are like amazing.

    • #4 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:49 pm

      Yes, yes they are :D I was at the Armani counter for 45 mins easily last weekend in Ottawa, I left empty-handed (!) but I was so tempted!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on June 3, 2013 - 6:47 am

    Oooh love that touch of buttery gold on your eyes–so simple but really fun and peppy! Definitely captures the spirit of summer perfectly :)

    • #6 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:50 pm

      Thanks Becca! I really liked how it opened up the eye – I don’t tend to go lighter a lot of times for whatever reason – it’s either color, darker, or nothing at all – so I was pleased how it came together :)

      Sent from my iPhone

      • #7 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on June 5, 2013 - 7:23 pm

        Oh I am the same way–I always like to do a mid-tone shade all over the lid with maybe a darker shade at the lashline or outer corner; I don’t do lighter shades unless it’s just a touch at the inner corner. But I recently got the Paul & Joe Eye Gloss & Lip Gloss duo in Maui and it has a bright lemony-gold liquid shadow similar to your liner shade. I’ve been having fun just applying that just on the mobile lid. It’s very fresh and easy–I like it :D

      • #8 by Latoya on June 7, 2013 - 6:55 am

        Yes, I bet you do, it looked awesome in your post, Becca! You can beat a simple, fuss-free look sometimes :)

        Sent from my iPhone

  4. #9 by M (crumbsncashmere) on June 3, 2013 - 10:48 am

    I was inspired to try this look today although it is rainy here and I am just sitting in my orthodontist’s waiting room. But I feel summery on the inside! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • #10 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:51 pm

      Hahaha YAY! That’s fun Maura, sometimes I think that we need to battle shitty weather with sunshine-y makeup :) I bet it looked fabulous on you!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #11 by Sarah on June 3, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    I really like that gold liner. So pretty!

    • #12 by Latoya on June 3, 2013 - 3:52 pm

      Yea, it’s great huh? And I think anyone could wear it Sarah!

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #13 by ewinberry7 on June 3, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    I haven’t really tried MUFE products, but I have an Urban Decay pencil similar to the gold one you have and I love it for “brightening the eyes”. Love your blog!

    • #14 by Latoya on June 6, 2013 - 7:56 pm

      Thank you! And yes, gold pencils are so great for brightening the eye area quickly and easily – love ‘em! :)

  7. #15 by Makeup Morsels on June 3, 2013 - 11:19 pm

    Ohh beautiful! I like to pair black+gold liner too, it never fails to look awesome. This shade is really beautiful on you, love that it’s not too warm, like you said. You’ve inspired me to pull out my gold pencils and give a similar look a try. Perhaps tomorrow :)

    • #16 by Latoya on June 7, 2013 - 6:49 am

      Yay! I hope you did MM, I know you’d rock it – you’re the BEST at these kinds of looks!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #17 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 4, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Loooove the eyes. And your lashes are so ridiculously perfect!

    • #18 by Latoya on June 7, 2013 - 6:51 am

      Haha it so funny what we notice on others – I didn’t give them a second look. But I’ll always notice if someone has like, no dark circles or something :P. Anyway – thanks Liz!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #19 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on June 4, 2013 - 6:05 am

    Very pretty! I agree with you that summer inspires one to indulge in bright colours, but the heat and brightness makes minimalism more practical. I tend to go French – minimal skin, mascara and a bright lip.I may switch it up and go for a bold liner and a nude lip instead though.

    • #20 by Latoya on June 7, 2013 - 6:53 am

      I often go with the look you just described too, Maggie – I oscillate between the two looks. My poor shadows get hardly any love, mostly just for evening looks (and yet I keep buying more… ~Sigh~

      Sent from my iPhone

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