Summer is here, and with it comes a whole new set of beauty challenges. You can’t just go outside and have your makeup melt off in the heat!
Here are some tips to help you keep your look intact this summer:
1) Use setting powder or foundation to make sure your makeup doesn’t slide off.
2) If you’re wearing eyeliner or mascara, try waterproof versions so they won’t run when it gets hot.
3) Choose lip colors that are matte or semi-matte (rather than shiny), as these are less likely to transfer onto your glassware when eating/drinking outdoors.
Makeup for soft summer
While Soft Summer is generally a muted, grey, cool palette, Soft Summer’s neighboring palette is Soft Autumn, so some reds can be worn. Soft red, earthy red, and garnet red all make great shades of red lipstick for a Soft Summer. They are muted and not too deep, bright, or dark.
This epic guide to the Soft Summer color palette shares hand-curated makeup and nail polish to enhance your natural beauty and make you look your best.
Overall, the Soft Summer palette is cool and muted, with HIGHLY desaturated, very grey-toned colors, reminiscent of an overcast day at the beach.
If you aren’t familiar with the Color Season analysis, it’s a curated selection of colors that pair well with your natural features (i.e., skin tone, hair color, eye color). It’s first categorized by the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) and then by three subcategories within each season (for 12 total categories).
Once you know your season and your subcategory, you can begin to learn what colors work best for you, from makeup to clothes, and more. Trust me, it’s life-changing.
Makeup for the Soft Summer Color Palette
What does it mean to be a Soft Summer?
The skin, eyes, and hair of a Soft Summer are grey-toned and muted, and they blend into each other with a low to medium contrast. Eyes are grey, grey blue, grey-green, grey hazel, or muted brown (especially on darker ethnicities). Hair color ranges from a medium ash blonde to light to a medium ash brown. Skin tone ranges from a muted fair to tan and can be neutral, cool neutral, or olive. Likewise, the color palette is generally cool-toned and very muted.
Is Soft Summer the same as Light Summer?
No. Soft Summer is all cool grey toned, whereas Light Summer will have some warmth to the eyes, skin and/or hair. Soft Summer’s eyes will usually also have the look of crackled glass, whereas Light Summer’s eyes can be deeper.
Soft Summer colors, which are generally cool, muted, grey-toned, and highly desaturated (faded).
So, you will see a lot of pinks, greens, blues, purples, and, of course, greys, here.
And since the Soft Summer color palette is almost into Autumn, some muted deeper shades can also be worn (unlike True Summer), but never those burnt oranges, which are too warm.
Soft Summer Makeup Ideas
Can Soft Summer wear red lipstick?
- Yes. While Soft Summer is generally a muted, grey, cool palette, Soft Summer’s neighboring palette is Soft Autumn, so some reds can be worn. Soft red, earthy red, and garnet red all make great shades of red lipstick for a Soft Summer. They are muted and not too deep, bright, or dark.
- Again, colors should be desaturated, muted, and grey toned. They should neither be too light nor too dark. And they should always have a more matte finish, as high gloss, metallics, glitter, etc., is too overpowering.
- An eyeshadow palette should have muted pinks, blues, greys and/or browns.
- Since Soft Summer borders Autumn, bronzer CAN be worn, but it should be in a medium pink shade without warm tones.
- The best shades of blush are dusty pink, mauve, neutral and/or or berry.
- Likewise, lipstick can include nearly all muted, cool-toned pinks, along with muted, grey-toned purples and reds, including desaturated shades of red wine.
- Eyeliner and mascara works best in cool, deep greys and browns.
- A smoky grey eye makes for an incredible dramatic look on a Soft Summer. Sarah Jessica Parker does this look so well on the red carpet.