Earlier this year I dished everything you need to know about one of my favorite lip colors of all time: Orange! It is the best option for summertime; it’s bright, sunny and looks gorgeous with a tan!

Although I have been having so much fun creating bold looks as I’ve gotten better at makeup, lately nothing beats natural skin, minimal eyes and an easy lip. I can’t get enough of those beautiful warm shades, which is why I instantly knew I had to recreate one of Hung Vanngo’s latest makeup looks when I saw it.

The celeb makeup artist (read: living legend) gave model (read: goddess) Lily Aldridge a jaw-dropping orange, sun-kissed face. Effortless and undone, it is the ultimate summer makeup.

My base consisted of Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Skin Tint in Sand, plus Glossier’s Stretch Concealer in Medium. These two make the perfect minimal coverage, glowy base with a real-skin finish.

I used Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Dawn (a bright tangerine) on my cheekbones and across the bridge of my nose to fake a sunburn, then added ColourPop’s Super Shock Highlighter in Fire (a golden peach) on the orbital bones around the eyes, as well as my brow bones and cupid’s bow for a warm glow. For added color I dusted Becca’s Sunlit Bronzer (a favorite formula) in Capri Coast in the hollows of my cheeks and along my temples and hairline–easy!

Finishing touches included a coat of Glossier’s Boy Brow in Brown, as well as a very (very) light coat of Lash Slick. I love that Lily rocked a no-mascara look, but my lashes needed a slight boost after I got a little concealer on them while patching up the under-eye area. Before going in with the lip color, I misted my face using MAC’s Fix+. (I never want to use another setting spray after trying this one.)

The focal point of this look is definitely the lips! I am wearing Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta, a warm burnt orange with brownish undertones. This formula is amazing–long-lasting, pigmented comfortable and lightweight.

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Lip tints are one of my favorite products for spring and summer! They require zero babysitting and look really fresh. Plus, they are versatile–you can pair them with any eye/cheek combo, and they work great both under lip gloss or on their own. Personally, I prefer the popsicle-stained appearance over the look of traditional lipstick in the spring and summertime.

Innovative beauty brands like Glossier and Milk Makeup have mastered the just-bitten look in the form of a lipstick or lip pencil, which makes application even easier!

Whether I am heading to work, out and about or spending the weekend relaxing, I tend to reach for a diffused wash of color for my lips this time of year. I have a few favorites in my makeup stash in a variety of bright, summer-ready colors.

Tonymoly Liptone Get It Tint & Get It Tint Water Bar

I picked these up in L.A.’s Little Tokyo neighborhood; I always score the best K-beauty there! In addition to sheet masks, K-beauty has the best lip tints. Tonymoly’s in particular are my favorite. They are long-lasting (like, accidentally-fall-asleep-in-it-and-wake-up-with-it-still-in-tact long-lasting), non-drying/non-irritating and buildable. Plus, the color selection is great!

Orange lip tints are hard to come by, but I can always find a good selection of them at K-beauty retailers like Tonymoly. My favs at the original Get It Tint in Oops Orange and the Get It Tint Water Bar in Orange In Red. Water Bar is unlike any other lip product I have ever tried! It feels cool, moisturizing (almost wet!) and refreshing instantly upon application–and those feelings last despite the fact that the color does not budge! I am always so excited to break these Tonymoly lippies out as soon as temperatures rise.

Glossier Generation G

Gen G is such a fun, user-friendly lip product! (And no, I am NOT just saying that because I’m a Glossier Rep.) I love Crush (hot raspberry pink) and Jam (berry red-ish purple) for the popsicle-stained look. (Side note: Leo is also a great color, but it is more of a nude/brown.)

For a blotted, diffused, semi-sheer look, I apply two to three layers; I use swift swipes like I would any other lipstick–no mirror necessary! And for a bolder look, four layers does the job perfectly. I love this formula because as it starts to fade, it never gives you that messy ring-around-the-mouth. Instead, Gen G fades evenly, just as an actual popsicle stain would!

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In addition to quite a few of the new launches in the beauty world this month, I got my hands on several other products that I’ve been wanting to try–and I am so happy I did! I fell in love with so many great skincare and makeup items this past month, all of which I definitely see myself using throughout the summer.

New York City is currently in the midst of the first major heat wave of the season, making light, easy beauty a necessity. Many of my picks for the month of June quickly became staples in my “no makeup” makeup routine.

Haute Mess readers got a sneak peek of this month’s favs in a recent makeup look I shared, and now I am ready to dish all the details!

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint (Sand): If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love my Bali Body BB Cream, but recently, this lightweight, hydrating formula has stopped sticking to my skin. Instead of sinking in, it has started pilling up no matter what I do–so frustrating! I tried a couple different primers (as well as no primer at all), and nothing seems to make a difference. So, I decided to try something new!

Much like Bali Body’s BB Cream, Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Skin Tint is loaded with good-for-you, nourishing ingredients and gives the skin fresh, glowing, semi-sheer coverage. It blends evenly, and looks incredibly natural, which is why I prefer skin tints and bb creams over traditional foundations. Plus, Milk’s formula has twice the SPF as Bali Body’s.

BECCA Be A Light Face Palette (Light To Medium): BECCA’s powder bronzer and highlighter formulas are perhaps the best on the market, so I just *had* to try this new face palette with four shades: brighten, blur, blush and bronze.

I use the brightening shade to set concealer under my eyes, the blur powder to set the rest of my face and reduce the appearance of pores, the blush to give my cheeks some color and the bronze to add definition and warmth.

Because BECCA products unbeatable-ly high quality, all four powders in the Be A Light Face Palette have a silky smooth luminous finish that never look patchy or flaky!

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn & Storm: After a few months of hoping for new Cloud Paint shades, Glossier delivered! I was thrilled when these arrived at my doorstep. Initially, I thought Storm, the deep rose shade, was going to be my new go-to. And while it is gorgeous, I can’t seem to get enough of Dawn, a refreshing tangerine.

I am obsessed with bright orange hues for the summer (did you catch my orange lipstick post?), and Dawn helps satisfy my craving day in and day out. For a sunny, fresh-from-the-Italian-Riviera wash of color, I tap Dawn on the tops of my cheeks and across the bridge of my nose.

Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush blush: Ever since I tried Rockateur in 2013, I have been loving Benefit’s boxed blushes. The newest addition to the range is Gold Rush, a warm, glowy, gilded peach. It works as a pretty everyday blush for a little pop of color, as well as a far-from-overbearing finishing touch that pairs well with bold eyeshadow or lip colors.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil in Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito: I am a huge fan of Fenty Beauty (and Rihanna herself), and when she dropped her summer collection, the Killawatt Foil highlighter duo in Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito instantly called my name!

Sand Castle is a hyper-metallic, high-intensity version of the pale bronze highlighters to which I am normally drawn, while Mint’d Mojito is an insanely reflective icy blue; both have that wet look that I love! I use my ring finger to apply these shades directly to my face for a casual daytime look, and a setting brush when I want to go full glam. Either way, Killawatt Foils feel creamy and melt into the skin without much effort–just blend around the edges for a seamless application.

ColourPop Fortune eyeshadow palette: It is safe to say that I am hopelessly addicted to ColourPop’s Pressed Powder Shadows; I simply don’t see a reason to try anything else at this point. They are pigmented, creamy and blend beautifully. Oh, and did I mention single pans are only $4 each? Unreal.

Although I love mixing and matching to create my own custom palettes, sometimes ColourPop really wows me with the palettes they launch. And that was definitely the case with Fortune.

I am without a doubt more drawn to warm eyeshadows than I am to cool shadow shades, so I feel like Fortune was made for me! Every time I create an eye look with this palette, even if it is something really simple, it blows me away.

The matte berry hues look bright, clean and crisp, while the golden metallic shades take the palette from day to night. Plus, I love how the rustic reds, oranges and pinks make my blue eyes pop!

Fortune has everything I need. It is full of must-have crease colors, deeper shades for accenting the eyes and both matte and metallic options for the lids. Additionally, there are ultra-natural shades (perfect for setting down eyeshadow primer!) and inner corner/brow bone highlights.

ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Third Eye: So, I am slightly disappointed I waited a bit to try ColourPop’s new-ish Lux Lipsticks, because Third Eye is my new everyday lip color! This matte pink-beige gives me that nude “Em Rata” lip that I am always after, and the formula is easy to sheer-out so I can create a fuss-free blotted/melted lip.

FUR Oil: The review I wrote on FUR Oil wasn’t enough to express my love for this super soothing product! If you use a razor to remove body hair, this is an essential product to have on your shelf.

For years I was fed-up with shaving; I hated the irritation, the bumps, the fact that I could never get close enough. I thought there was nothing I could do about it, but FUR really made the whole process so much more enjoyable. This oil calms irritation, reduces itching and redness, minimizes bumps and ingrown hairs–all while softening the skin and the hair itself, allowing for a closer shave with continued use.

(p.s. Use my code maduhlyn15 for a discount on all your FUR goodies!)

Alexis Ren’s 10-minute ab workout: Like many others, I have a major girl crush on Alexis Ren. If you do too, you’ve likely wished she would release her workout routine (or at least part of it). I followed her on YouTube a few weeks ago and was happy to discover she has a 10-minute abdominal workout!

I really feel the burn with this one–even if I only do half of it! It requires no equipment, so it is totally doable at home or while traveling. Alexis Ren’s tricks for a toned stomach activate more muscles than traditional crunches or sit-ups alone, which has been a really effective change of pace for me. Can’t wait until she shares more of her secrets. 🙂

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There is a lot of new makeup on the market that I have been absolutely loving, and I am totally inspired by the recent warm weather to create a gorgeous glowy makeup look with the products I picked up.

Since its launch nearly a year ago, I fell in love with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s makeup line, so obviously I was super excited when she dropped a summer line. The Killawatt Foil in Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito caught my attention right away. This is an extremely intense highlighter duo in pale gold/icy blue-green–both shades are unlike anything I’ve ever owned.

Despite the ultra-metallic, wet-looking sheen (my favorite!) these highlighters give off, the soft, almost pastel colors make them wearable. I use a light hand when I wear these shades during the day, and pile on more layers at nighttime. No matter how little or how much I use, these highlighters go on smoothly, never look patchy or streaky and last all day (or all night).

For this look I paired Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito with Buxom’s new(ish) Full-On Lip Polish in Selena, which has a show-stopping metallic finish. Selena is clear, universal gloss with holographic blue and pink reflects. I fell in love with instantly, and it goes perfectly with these Killawatt shades. The formula is really nice, but that is to be expected with Buxom products (especially their lip products).

Other key players that are part of this makeup look are Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Skin Tint (more on this in an upcoming post), BECCA’s new Be A Light Face Palette (a must-have combo of brightening and blurring powders, as well as a beautiful blush and killer bronzer) and Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush. I am a really big fan of Benefit’s boxed blushes, and Gold Rush is their newest addition. It’s a subtle, neutral dusty pink with a golden glow. So, so pretty!

This face was relatively easily to create. I stuck with my go-to face routine (a light base with a skin tint, concealer and little setting powder, plus cream contour and powder bronzer), then added Gold Rush Blush to my cheeks.

After that I dusted Sand Castle all over my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and eyelids. (I put Buxom’s eyeshadow in Gimme Gorgeous, a matte tan shade, in the crease to give my eyes some definition before covering the lids with Sand Castle.) I amped up the glow with Mint’d Mojito on the inner corners of my eyes, as well as the brow bones. As always, I polished off the look with two coats of Boy Brow, two coats of Mascara and some Fix+.

I used the Full-On Lipstick as a lip liner, then blotted for a diffused, blurred look, and put two layers of Selena on top.

Products I used:

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I mentioned last week that I cannot get enough of this ultra-bronze makeup look now that the weather is heating up! A natural, flushed bronze is my everyday look year-round, so I decided to amp it up for summer. The more sultry, the better, right?

While I wore a killer orange lipstick in my previous post, I decided to go for a more subdued glossy pink lip today, in order to keep the focus on the eyes and cheeks. Speaking of the eyes, I blended several matte shades–including a plummy brown, which ties perfectly into the berry-toned cheek–into my crease and outer corner before applying a metallic shade to my lid.

Products I used:

Step 1: Start by priming the skin with Dr. Brandt’s Pore Refiner Primer. Concentrate this product in the center of the face where pores are larger, blending outwards.

Step 2: Apply Skin Tint to the face with the same outwards technique used to apply the primer.

Step 3: Using the ring finger, apply Brightening Corrector evenly under the eyes. Continue using the ring finger to blend.

Step 4: Apply Stretch Concealer on top of Brightening Corrector with the ring finger, as well, using tapping motions. Before blending, apply Stretch to any blemishes, redness or other problem areas so that it has time to get tacky, allowing for fuller coverage. Blend under the eyes using the ringer finger, then blend on top of blemishes, etc.

Step 5: Set the under eye area with Wowder, then blend the excess product across the entire face.

Step 6: With the ring finger again, apply a small amount of Primer Potion to the eyelid.

Step 6: After Primer Potion has dried, comb and curl the lashes. Then, apply a matte bone eyeshadow shade all over the lid and into the crease using a fluffy crease brush.

Step 7: Using the same fluffy crease brush, buff Side Tracked into the crease. Instead of applying the pigment precisely, go for a blown-out and diffused look. Build up the color by repeating this step two or three times.

Step 8: Taking Lil’ Boat on the same brush as Steps 6 and 7, apply it to the lower portion of the crease, focusing on the outer half of the eye. Lil’ Boat should not be as blown-out as Side Tracked.

Step 9: On a smaller crease brush, apply Cloud Nine to the outer corner of the eye. Once again, build up the color by repeating this step two or three times. Blend with the brush used in Steps 6, 7 and 8 for a seamless look.

Step 10: Apply Board Shorts all over the eyelids using the ring finger. It may take two or three layers to get the necessary color payoff. To soften the edges without sacrificing much pigment, blend with the same fluffy crease brush.

Step 11: Define the lower lash line by sweeping Lil’ Boat all the way across it with a small fluffy brush.

Step 12: Create more definition by applying Cloud Nine to the outer half of the lower lash line with a pencil brush. Use the small fluffy brush from Step 11 to blend.

Step 13: Bring definition to the face with Mocha. Apply it directly to the hollows of the cheek, the temples and along the hairline. Smudge lightly with the fingers, then use a stippling blush to blend it into the skin with an upward motion.

Step 14: Warm up the skin with Capri Coast on a fluffy face brush. Concentrate the product in the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and along the hairline.

Step 15: Give the skin a flushed, sultry look with Haze on the apples of the cheeks. This product is best applied with the fingers, but continue to buff it in with the stippling brush if necessary.

Step 16: For ample glow apply Bonnie-Dew Manizer directly onto the cheekbones and along the orbital eye bone, then tap with the fingers to blend. Repeat this process with Topaz for an even dewier glow!

Step 17: Apply Moon to the cupid’s bow, the inner corner of the eye and along the brow bone. Blend with the pinky and/or ring finger.

Step 18: Beginning in the center of each brow, apply two coats of Boy Brow. Work the product towards the tail, then go back to the beginning of the brow (without dipping into the tube for more product) for the most natural look.

Step 18: Add two coats of Lash Slick to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 20: Melt all the makeup into the skin and make it last longer by misting Fix+ evenly over the entire face once Lash Slick has dried.

Step 21: Line the lips with your go-to nude pencil. (I used from Cultured from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil line.)

Step 22: Finish the look with two coats of Gloss Bomb on the lips.

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