I’m all about effortless, natural makeup during the daytime–and in the summer especially. Thankfully, my ride or die Glossier makes it easy to achieve a sun-kissed beach-y look.

Most of my glow-y makeup looks tend to be on the bronze side, but for something more casual, I aim for a sunnier color palette–without sacrificing any of the glow!

At the center of my look (quite literally!) is Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Beam and Haloscope in Topaz. This duo is perfect for enhancing (or faking!) sun-kissed summer skin. And when layered on top of one another, they create a stunning glow-y effect and a one-of-a-kind warm, peachy flush that subtly lifts the cheekbones as it illuminates.

Lately when I’ve been in need of a natural, casual makeup look, I’ve been going for this clean, fresh one. It is super simple to recreate and appears effortless, so I decided to share it with all my followers because I’ve really been loving it.

Products I used:

Step 1: Prime the face using the Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, focusing the most product in the t-zone, then working it outwards.

Step 2: Apply 1-2 layers of BB Cream using the same technique as the primer.

Step 3: Use Stretch Concealer to hide any blemishes or redness, and to brighten the under-eye area.

Step 4: Set the t-zone and under eyes using a light layer of Wowder; apply more as needed.

Step 5: To “melt” makeup into the skin for a more natural look, use Boscia’s setting spray evenly across the entire face. Tap any excess spray lightly into the skin.

Step 6: After setting spray has dried completely, apply a small amount of Cloud Paint to the apples of the cheeks, working the product upwards across the cheekbones as you go. For more intense color payoff, repeat this step as desired.

Step 7: Apply Haloscope in a “C” shape along the orbital bones around the eyes and onto the cheekbones. Once applied, tap to blend into the skin. (See Glossier’s website for a video demo.)

Step 8: Using an upward motion, apply Boy Brow to the brows beginning in the center of each brow, then working towards the inner and outer corners.

Step 9: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 10: To moisturize lips and add a subtle sheen, layer a light coat of Birthday Balm Dotcom under 2-3 coats of Generation G.

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I’ve had my eye on Revice Denim’s Venus collection for such a long time. So, when they debuted this limited edition two-tone pair, I just had to get my hands on them! The cheeky star in lieu of back pockets is too cute, and the dark-light denim contrast makes the pattern stand out even more. (Not to mention, the high-waist, booty-hugging fit is super flattering!)

Despite these jeans being a statement piece, they’re relatively easy to style. I opted for the cropped version, called Neverland, which is easier to style on my petite frame compared to Revice Denim’s popular denim flares (which are ah-mazing). And, they are hands-down the most comfortable and flattering jeans I’ve ever worn!

It has been a hot summer where I live in northern New Jersey, so today I chose to pair these babies with a simple black cropped tank and fuchsia slides. These rubbery slides have a block heel, so they give me a much-needed boost without any discomfort.

To dress down these flashy jeans, I wore my hair in a go-to messy bun and kept my face glow-y and natural.

I love the overall vintage vibe of this outfit. Inspired by the denim of years passed, all of Revice’s pieces recreate the look and feel of 1960s and 70s silhouettes for the modern woman. And, I know I’ll have these babies for ever because they’re top-notch quality, manufactured with lots of love in Los Angeles.

Finding awesome pieces made here, in the U.S., is super important to me! Nowadays, a killer label that defies mainstream, industry-wide trends by choosing not to outsource any of its production–like Revice–is hard to come by. So, when I discover a label I love that’s U.S.-based, I definitely become loyal to it.

As the weather gets cooler, I’m looking forward to styling these jeans with various knits and textured ankle booties, maintaining their casual and effortless edge.

Shop my look:

Cropped tank, Brandy Melville, no longer available (similar here)

Venus Neverland denim, Revice, $88

Slides, Free People, $45

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Those who read Haute Mess on the reg know that a healthy bronze glow is my go-to beauty look no matter the time of year. So, it only makes sense that a huge portion of my makeup collection consists of different glow-y, bronzing products. Whether it’s online or in-store, I have a very difficult time resisting any products that promise to turn me into a Grecian goddess.

Keeping track of which bronze powder/creme/mousse does what can be a little tricky, but over the years, I’ve gotten the hang of it–and I cannot wait to share my fav products and techniques for getting my glow on with everyone so that all my babes can glow, too!

As regular readers know, I strongly believe that beauty stars within, so I’m always trying my best to live a healthy lifestyle. So, when it comes to a bronze glow, that means I avoid tanning beds completely–I’ve never even been in one!

I allow myself plenty of time in the sun, but never without Glossier’s Invisible Shield SPF+ on my face to protect it from damage. And, during the wintertime I don’t mind being a little paler than usual. The orange, cake-y, unnatural look just doesn’t work for anyone.


Bronzing Powder in Laguna by NARS: This cult-favorite powder bronzer is a must-have whether you’re new to beauty or a seasoned veteran. Depending on the brush you use, you can use this guy to sculpt, to bronze, or both!

Personally, I love using it on a multitasking contour brush in the hollows of my cheeks and along my hairline for a little definition without going through the full-on contouring process. A little really goes a long way with this powder, so I definitely recommend using a light hand when applying it.

Ultimate Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills (White Sand, Amber Gold and Hot Sand): I’ve always been a creme highlighter kind of gal. But, I got a good deal on this Glow Kit and picked it up on a whim after I’d been looking for a rose gold highlighter. I ended up really loving five out of the six shades, and three in particular (White Sand, Amber Gold and Hot Sand) quickly became my favorites.

To complete a glow-y makeup look, I “set” my creme highlighter with one of these powder shades then finish with a setting spray so it “melts” into my skin and looks as seamless as possible.

Haloscope in Topaz by Glossier: Giving myself a faux sunglasses tan with Haloscope in Topaz is one of my fav casual and/or daytime looks this time of year! This easy-to-use highlighter gives a golden glow with a dewy sheen in one or two swipes along the orbital bone near the eye area. It is a really quick way to warm up the face during the summertime.

(Side note: I love pairing Topaz on my orbital bones with Halscope in Moonstone down my nose and cupid’s bow for a sweaty-looking sheen. For a full Haloscope tutorial, visit Glossier’s website.)

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Seduce by Tarte: I’ll be the first to admit nude-y brown blushes are 100 percent underrated. Not only is it super versatile and flattering on a wide range of skin tones, it gives any look a sultry, more mature vibe than traditional pinky-pink blushes do.

Seduce is ideal for daytime because it isn’t overly intense, but it can definitely be built up for a more dramatic evening look. It even works great in place of bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks for some light definition; otherwise, it’s the perfect complement to your normal contour.

Rockateaur Box o’ Powder Blush by Benefit: Now *this* is a nighttime blush! (And when it comes to blushes, it was definitely my first love, too.)

This rosy blush with golden shimmers feels ultra-feminine and luxe, but still maintains that rockstar-worthy edge. And because the golden flecks pair so well with the dusty rose base, it instantly lifts and illuminates the entire face when swiped onto the cheekbones. The brush that comes with it makes application easy and flawless every time.

Cloud Paint in Dusk by Glossier: The gel-creme formula of this user-friendly blush is slightly addicting, and although the tube seems tiny, its pigment packs a ton of punch. Patting a tiny dab onto each cheek is all it takes for a natural-looking luminous flush of warm nude-y brown.

I also love using Dusk in the hollows of my cheeks for a quick-and-easy, never cake-y, contour-like effect. Like most of Glossier’s products, Cloud Paint is build-able, so if I want my cheeks to be the focus of my look, I can pile it on for more dramatic color.

Eyeshadow in Gimme Gorgeous by Buxom: I’ve never been one to use bronzer as eyeshadow, even though that’s a pretty big technique throughout the beauty community. Instead, I opt for an eyeshadow with a creamier formula.

Buxom’s matte neutral shade is perfect both in the crease and/or all over the lid when I’m aiming for a monochromatic makeup look. Or, it works as the perfect base shade when I’m going for something more a little less natural.

Super Shock Shadow in Wattles by Colourpop: Wattles is my go-to shadow when I don’t feel like doing a complete eye look; it is the perfect glow-y all-over lid color. This eyeshadow brightens the eyes by adding a soft, glittery effect that’s still appropriate for daytime.

Generation G in Leo by Glossier: For a full bronze face, there is no better lip color than this one–day or night. All of Glossier’s Gen G lippies are build-able: 1-2 swipes for a sheer look, or 3-4 swipes for bolder color payoff.

I love how Leo, a warm cocoa brown, plumps up my natural pout, completing any effortless makeup look. It’s such a nice change of pace from typical nudes that tend to wash me out.

Sugar Plum lipgloss by Kylie Cosmetics (from In Love With The Koko): This nude gloss with golden flecks is so, so beautiful–both on its own and over the matte lip colors in the collection. When in doubt, I toss this beauty in my purse and head out the door.

Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse by St. Tropez: Like I mentioned earlier: in the dead of winter, I’ve never been one to use tanning beds. Instead, I prefer self-tanners like the ones from St. Tropez. This dark formula gives me a healthy glow, which lasts for days, in the comfort of my own home.

To make the most of it, I keep my skin moisturized and exfoliate my entire body 12-24 hours beforehand. So my tan doesn’t look splotchy, I go in with a little mousse at a time and make sure to spread it as for as it will go before going in with more. St. Tropez’s tanning mitt really helps spread the color out evenly. And, drying only takes about 30 minutes!

Self Tan Classic Bronzing Face Lotion by St. Tropez: For a quick bronze without makeup, I love using St. Tropez’s Face Lotion because it doesn’t break me out. Its build-able color is a quick fix for me in both the summertime and winter.

When I hit the beach or pool, I am super careful to protect my face from the sun’s rays with SPF and a hat. So when I need my face to match the rest of my skin, I’ll go in with this guy as the last step in my evening skincare routine. (That way, it has plenty of time to dry down before I apply makeup the next morning.)

St. Tropez Bronzing Face Lotion also saves me during the winter months when I use the brand’s mousse from the neck down for an all-over bronze glow.

BB Cream SPF 15 in Natural by Bali Body: I’ve never, ever been a foundation user. Ever. But when Bali Body debuted their BB cream last year, it looked too good to pass up (especially because I am a huge fan of their tanning oils). I ended up absolutely loving it!

Not only does it give me the light, dewy coverage I’m always after, it also has SPF 15 and is enriched with skin-loving ingredients like green tea, ginseng, hyaluronic acid and marine collagen. It can’t be beat!

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Last week Glossier debuted its first-ever setting and blotting powder. The matte, not flat (and never cake-y) formula reduces shine then vanishes into the skin, setting makeup and leaving skin smooth and pore-less. As a Rep, Glossier sent me my very own Wowder a few days before its official launch, so I’ve had a little extra time to test it out.

I am in the shade light/medium, but Wowder is available in three sheer, adaptable shades (all with a real-skin finish!), including dark/deep and rich. It was developed alongside the dense, yet soft, Wowder brush; both products are available separately, but you will save $7 when you shop the duo 😉

Even under bright flash (think: passport and driver’s license photos), Wowder is undetectable on the skin, so you’ll never have to worry about it affecting your skin tone or settling into any fine lines. While most setting powders leave the skin looking 2-dimensional, Wowder is full of diamond powder and vitamin E, which give it a glow-y, silky finish. It is the perfect complement to Glossier’s Stretch Concealer, one of my absolute favorites.

My normal-to-oily skin looooves Wowder, but that’s really no surprise at all. I’ve kept a bareMinerals powder on hand for years, and lately I’ve been loving Kat Von D’s blotting powder.

Wowder serves as both a blotting *and* a setting powder. Thanks to the precise-yet-fluffy blush, I am able to concentrate Wowder in my t-zone, where I tend to get the most oily. This is known as blotting. However, I also use the pointed tip to set concealer under my eyes, a process called setting. It controls shine and keeps makeup in place while reducing the overall appearance of pores.

As with all Glossier products, Wowder’s packaging is stunning. With its signature “Glossier pink” and white lid, it looks gorgeous on my top shelf. The trampoline mesh inside prevents spillage, which keeps the container clean and makes wasted product a thing of the past.

Wowder’s brush, a metallic pale pink, stands out from the rest of my brush collection–in both the way it looks and the way it works. This brush is SO much softer than any powder brush I’ve ever owned, and the unique shape makes it perfect for targeting small areas (think: under the eyes) AND large areas (like the t-zone). Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s absolutely gorgeous or that it comes with its own mini pink pouch 😉

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No matter what, I just can’t resist a fresh new ‘kini–even when I am shopping for something else. While on the hunt for some plain white t-shirts a couple weeks ago, I wandered over to Triangl and picked up one of their newest styles: this jacquard two-piece.

I’ve been a huge fan of Triangl since they launched in 2013, and this new suit definitely did not disappoint; in fact, it is one of my favorites yet. I am a huuuuge fan of wearing both pastels and white, and this ‘kini combines the two, so it is definitely a must-have in my swimwear collection.

The bandeau top is surprisingly comfortable–and flattering!–and requires little babysitting (meaning that I don’t have to constantly yank it up). And, unlike most high-waist styles, the cheeky-cut bottoms don’t make me look or feel like I’m wearing a diaper. Overall, this suit makes it easy to move around, but it is also ideal for soaking up the sun.

Because it is Triangl, this ‘kini’s quality just cannot be beat! It is stretchy enough to be comfortable, but the floral pattern doesn’t warp at all when pulled over my curves. The pattern itself is so beautiful and gives the suit a unique texture; you can definitely tell it was stitched with so much attention to detail.

In the past almost all of my Triangl suits have come with a coordinating backpack-style beach bag. Instead, this newbie came with a zipper pouch in a matching solid blue–and so far I’m really liking it! It’s great on its own, but it is also super easy to throw in a bigger bag for a longer stay at the beach or by the pool. Despite its sleek shape, this pouch is big enough to hold tanning oil, SPF, a Balm Dotcom and plenty of reading material

Shop my suit:

Selena, Triangl, $99

What’s in my poolside pouch?

Watermelon Tanning Oil with SPF 6, Bali Body, $22.95

Invisible Shield SPF+, Glossier, $34

Balm Dotcom in Mint, Glossier, $12

Reading material

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