Sarah Rose Clean Beauty Makeup Artist, Spring Summer makeup tutorial

That Cool, Clean Summer Look How-To

The best part of summer is that we get to have waaaaaay more fun with our makeup again; There are infinitely more reasons to go out at night, meet up with friends for lunch, or head to summer music festivals, retreats, and work events, so a cool new eyeshadow or lipstick is kinda a must. We called in clean beauty makeup expert Sarah Rose to create a cool, easy summer look that could transition flawlessly between day and night.


“When I think of summer in the city, I think of fun and exploration but also unavoidable heat and sweltering humidity. For that reason, I’ve included a number of sweat proof rockstars and lighter-wearing products for wherever your summer adventures may take you.” – Sarah Rose

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Sarah Rose Clean Beauty Makeup Artist, Spring Summer makeup tutorial

Skin Prep

In the northeast, we see quite the range of temperatures from season to season. We experienced an extremely short “spring” this year, skipping light jacket weather almost completely. This also means that our skin had little time to transition, which could explain an unexpected breakout–so be kind to yourself and to your skin. 
Not sure where to modify your skincare routine for summer?

Cleanser: I personally enjoy a slightly more clarifying cleanser, such as the Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash. It has smells like grapefruit, has citrus and witch hazel for a bit of a deeper cleanse but is balanced with hyaluronic acid so it never feels stripping. Osea’s Ocean Cleanser is a great option as well!

Toner: My go-to is this Mineral Mist by Osea because it’s packed with soothing aloe and essential vitamins and minerals to replenish and detoxify your skin after more time outdoors.

Moisture: I am always and always will be an oil person, which may scare a lot of you especially in the summertime but I assure you a face oil will balance excess oil production and you can customize the weight of it by mixing with your favorite toner. For example, traditional (conventional) day creams are 75% water. If you’re looking for a texture with similar weight, mix a 3:1 toner to oil ratio in your hands and then press into the skin. Double the oil concentration at night, so you’re getting a boosted level of hydration to assist in your skin’s repair at night. I love Vered’s Therapeutic Balancing Oil because it’s a dryer, lighter oil that’s packed with powerful anti-inflammatory and acne fighting ingredients such as black cumin seed oil and white willow bark extract.

Sun protection is the most essential way to prevent premature aging! Some of my favorites are Josh Rosebrook’s Tinted Nutrient Day Cream, Kari Gran’s Three Sixty Five SPF 28, and Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen. All of these wear flawlessly underneath makeup and never leave a white residue–plus there is one for every budget!

Sarah Rose Clean Beauty Makeup Artist, Spring Summer makeup tutorial


If you’ve had the chance to read our past tutorials, you’ll know I like to leave time for the skincare to absorb by starting with eye makeup first. With that said, I started by packing Rituel De Fille’s Sigil Eye Soot over the eye lids that have already been prepped with Heir Atelier’s Eye Lid Primer. If you’re unfamiliar with Heir Atelier, it’s a fantastic vegan primer line that is highly clean but still has the performance of other primer’s you’ve found on the conventional market. I use primers when I need something to be super long-wear, such as an event, work function, or on my brides! I apply the Eye Soot from lash line to just right above the socket to allow this beautiful golden color to show when my eyes are open.

I like to keep eye makeup super simple, especially in the summer since as it’s more likely to crease or move. For this reason, I find fun ways to jazz it up! My number one go-to is using W3ll People’s Blue and Purple Mascaras to add a fun glow of color. These shades also happen to be extremely smudge and flake proof. If you’ve ever met me, I’ve likely been sporting one of them. It takes people a second to figure out what I’ve done, but the mascara creates the most beautiful captivating glow in natural light. If you’re not quite there with the colored mascara, opt for Kjaer Weis’s Mascara in Black which has incredible staying power.

For an added dimension of fun, I used W3ll People Hypnotist Blue Eye Liner and traced my lower water line. I then smudged Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Blue Wonder into the lower lash line to give an added pop of blue!


Now that my skincare’s had some time to absorb, I applied Vapour’s Soft Focus Foundation using my fingertips like you would a moisturizer. This “foundation” is less of a foundation and more like tinted skincare, packed with healing and antioxidant packed camellia seed oil (derived from Green Tea), lotus, tomato for brightening, and mineral pigment to give it color. This product is light to medium coverage depending on what you use as your moisturizer. You can even go sans-moisturizer and apply this directly to your skin for fuller and more weightless coverage. For added coverage under eye and on blemishes, I blended Juice Beauty’s Concealer over the foundation.

For a sun-kissed but natural cheek color, I love Ilia’s Multi Stick in All Of Me. I like to bring it up on the bridge of the nose a bit to make it look like I’ve spent a healthy amount of time in the sun. I filled in my brows slightly using BeautyCounter’s Brow Pencil in Medium, just enhancing my natural shape. I then applied W3ll People’s Nude Rose Gloss over my lips, keeping them super neutral to balance out a stronger eye.

Special thanks to Sarah Rose!

Photo by Sally Griffiths



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