20 Products Makeup Artist Love to Mix for Summer
We like any product that does what it promises. We love any product that does what it promises and then some. In case you haven’t heard, makeup mixology is totally a thing (well, it is now that we’ve coined the term), and it basically consists of mixing two products together to amplify their abilities—in other words, product cocktailing. New textures are created. Otherworldly colours emerge. Magic happens all around.
To find out the products we should be mixing this summer, we spoke to six top celebrity makeup artists and asked for their favourite warm-weather product cocktails. From a genius way to smudge out your liner to the insider secret to a natural-looking glow, keep scrolling to see them all!
Makeup artist: Andre Sarmiento
Clients: Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Kate Bosworth
Summer Product Cocktail #1:
“I love layering Eyeko waterproof over all mascaras, but I love it especially over my favorite lengthening formula. In the warm months, I’m able to get the length that I want without worrying about the tips smearing onto the tops of my clients’ lids.”
Product Cocktail #2:
“I love to take a brightly-colored Anastasia liquid lipstick and tap it into the lips to create a long-wearing summer stain. Then I add a corresponding Power Pigment shade from Tarte to add some shine and soften the look. Your lips pop, but aren't as severe as a full-blown statement lip.”
Makeup artist: Toby Fleischman
Clients: Ruby Rose, Chrissy Teigen, Anna Kendrick
“Just because you stay out of the sun to protect your skin doesn't mean you have to look like it. I love mixing a little foundation into some shimmer lotion to create a gorgeous, warm glow on legs, arms and décolletage. My go-to formula is combining a drop of Make Up For Ever’s Face & Body Foundation ($40) (#34, #12, #26 are my favorites colors for a natural looking tan) into Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion ($9). The smell is heavenly and it has just the right amount of shimmer to catch the light, but not too much to make you look like a disco ball.”
Makeup artist: Kristee Liu
Clients: Aubrey Plaza, Vinessa Shaw, Andrea Navedo
“I usually opt for a more natural look when it comes to foundation during summer months, but since the color options are quite limited for tinted moisturizers (light, medium, dark, etc.) I like to mix my regular foundation with a dollop of moisturizer to create my own sheer version.”
“Want cheeks to look naturally flushed (not powdery) but only have powder blush on hand? Shave off a tiny bit of your powder blush (I like Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($28) by Tarte) using a cotton swap, mix it with your eye cream in your palm, then dab on your cheeks using your fingertips. Since eye cream tends to dry down quicker than face moisturizer, it will help with the staying power.”
Makeup artist: Beau Nelson
Clients: Nicole Richie, Kristen Stewart, Emmy Rossum
"I love a good lip/cheek stain and a lip balm combo for summer. In the hotter months, a stain is perfect because it stays on through humidity and sweat, and you can even wear it in the pool without it fading. I love the Liqui-Gel Stain ($29) from Beauté Cosmetics, especially in Flouron, a scary-looking neon orange in the tube, but a pretty popsicle pink on lips. I top it with Fresh Sugar Lip Balm ($23), which smells incredible and keeps lips looking hydrated. At night, sometimes I’ll apply that over the cheek stain on the highlights of the cheekbones, giving them a sultry, glossy shine."
Makeup artist: Adam Breuchaud
Clients: Ashley Greene, Anne Hathaway, Hilary Duff
“For a awesome summery, sun-kissed look without laying out, I like to mix Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel ($48) and Charlotte Tillbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. Start by sculpting with the Chanel cream bronzer on your temples, hairline, and jawline, and then use the Charlotte Tilbury powder bronzer to add depth or an even deeper tone to your tan. Finish off with the highlighter to pop your new glow!”
Makeup artist: Ingeborg
Work appears in: Vogue Latin, Vogue Russia, Elle Mexico
“I apply Lancôme’s Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner Pencil ($26) in dark brown or black along the top and bottom eyelashes, soften with my fingertip, then add a teeny, tiny bit of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($21) to the top eyelid above the smoked out liner—voila! A perfectly imperfect cool girl smoky eye, with a touch of gloss. Just make sure to finish with waterproof mascara to prevent your mascara from becoming a part of the smudged situation.”
Product Cocktail #2:
“Homeoplasmine ($22) is my to go-to, as it's super soothing and moisturizing without any excess shine mixed in. I add it on top of any fresh red or berry lipstick, applied with my fingertip. The result? A fresh, sheer, balmy—but not shiny—natural lip tint. If I want a glossy version, I’ll swap in Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($21) instead.”
Product Cocktail #3:
“For the most natural-looking, sun-kissed face: mix a drop of liquid bronzer, like Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronzing Tint ($45), to your tinted moisturizer or BB cream for the most even, slightly sun-kissed glow. It’s much easier to blend in than powder bronzer, especially on still-pale winter skin.
If you want the color to be even more translucent, add the bronzing tint to your favorite moisturizer with SPF—I love Alchemie’s Skin Daily Defense SPF 23 ($66) because it’s completely natural, organic, eco-friendly, and full of antioxidants. The result? A healthy, dewy, natural-looking glow.
Would you try any of these makeup cocktails? What products do you mix together in your beauty routine? Tel lus below!