3 Easy Ways to Lighten Up Your Makeup

Though we thoroughly respect the skill, technique, and epic time management skills needed to pull off Kardashian-level contouring, sometimes a swipe of well-placed blush is all you need to look (and feel) put together. In the spirit of this month’s Lighten Up theme, we created three easy summer looks, starting with six products, cutting it down to three, and then ultimately using just one.

6 products

Easy: 6 products

For some makeup lovers, paring down to "just" six products is a challenge. Here’s how to pull it off: Start by applying Pixi Beauty Illuminating Tint and Conceal, which combines a soothing tinted moisturizer with a buildable concealer. Next, carefully dab Chella’s easy-to-use Highlighter Pencil on the your corners of eyes and brow bone to brighten, and to the Cupid’s bow to create the illusion of fuller lips. Glide Vasanti Kajal Extreme Eye Pencil in black along your upper lash line for definition, followed by Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara to open up your eyes. Fill in your arches with Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil, then accentuate your cheekbones by dabbing on W3LL PEOPLE’s Universalist Multi-use Color Stick in Bronzed Rose .

3 products

Easier: 3 products

Cut those six products in half by beginning with a sheer layer of the tinted moisturizer. To cancel out redness and quickly contour your features, blend the brightening concealer with your fingertips in the middle of your forehead, around the corners of your nose, and in the center of your chin. Dab the W3LL People Color Stick onto your cheeks and lips to create a natural-looking flush. Complete this breezy look by coating your top and lower lashes with the Smashbox mascara.

1 products

Easiest: 1 product

One may be the loneliest number, but not when it comes to the crazy versatile Color Stick. You can even use it on your eyes! First, blend the neutral rosy shade onto your lids using your fingertips. For a minimalist dewy glow, dot the formula onto your cheekbones. Finally, dab a little on your lips. How easy is that?

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