05-23-2013 7:06 AM

This weekend really kicks off the official start to summer with Memorial Day Weekend. In summer there’s too much gorgeous sun and time spent outdoors to spend hours on my makeup, so to keep my beauty junkie status I have a few summer makeup must-haves that I am never without.

Before I begin I have to mention the one thing I’m truly never without, whether it’s summer or winter, even though it’s technically not makeup.  I’m talking about the Mary Kay® Brush Collection.  Bottom line, I am in love with the bag.  I keep all my makeup essentials in the removable makeup bag, brushes in every brush holder and more brushes and makeup in the zipped pouch.  And I cram stuff in that bag.  I’m not sure how the elastic band continues to hold on and keep everything together…knock on wood!

Now, on to the makeup must-haves I mentioned earlier.  The first product on my list is the Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15…whew, that’s a long name!  I know this doesn’t sound like a must for summer, but even if you are not wearing full coverage foundation because you are outdoors or constantly on-the-go, this product makes your skin look smoother and fills in pores while providing SPF coverage.  So, if you miss your morning SPF moisturizing product you can throw this on in a pinch and if you have an evening barbecue or event to go to, you have this ready to put on under your foundation. 

My second must-have is mascara.  No matter what your personal favorite, mascara can really change your look with little effort.  It defines your eyes and makes you look more awake and alert, even if you have early soccer games or late picnics.  This summer I’m wearing the new Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in black for natural definition with added length.  And, since I don’t wear much eye makeup during the summer and therefore don’t have much to remove, I’ll have time before bed to add the extra step of applying the Lash & Brow Building Serum to my lashes and brows. This way I won’t need as much mascara this summer and by the time smoky eye season comes around in the fall I will have fabulous lashes to enhance the look. 

Last, but not least, I always have lipstick and/or lip gloss with me.  I have two personal favorites – NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss in Café Au Lait and True Dimensions Lipstick in Sizzling Red. The Café Au Lait lip gloss is the perfect shade when I want to add that touch of polish to my mascara, plus it’s not sparkly so it’s perfect for any occasion.  I also love the way it feels, like its helping to moisturize my lips while making them pretty.  I don’t wear the True Dimensions lipsticks as often during the day, but it is my go-to product to jazz up my look at night.  If I’m feeling sassy I love to wear the Sizzling Red!

So, now you know my tips and tricks for looking cool in the hot summer months.  What are your must-have products this season?

Today’s blog post is from Amber Achilles-Cavazos. Amber is an assistant manager in Mary Kay’s U.S. product publicity team. Click here to see a video on the new Mary Kay® Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.




Pictured below: Amber's summer must haves. Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara, Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum, Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Glos in Café Au Lait and Mary Kay True Dimension Lipstick in Sizzling Red.

Brush Set Collection by Mary KayFoundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF-15 by Mary KayLash Love Lengthening Mascara by Mary KayLash and Brow Building Serum by Mary KayNourishine Plus Lip Gloss Cafe Au Lait by Mary KayTrue Dimensions Lipstick Sizzling Red by Mary Kay