colorful beauty products for summer

To be totally honest with you, I’m not that adventurous when it comes to colorful makeup — except nail polish, and even then, I’m pretty neutral or normal. However, in the past few years lots of fun nail polish colors have become popular, straying away from your regular pinks, reds and corals, to light blues and pastel purples — and I’m lovin’ it.

Beyond my nails, I’m pretty vanilla when it comes to eye, lip and cheek color. So, since the summers are full of bright colors — yellow sun, blue water, pink bikinis, I asked my resident beauty bloggers what some of their favorite colorful beauty products are this month.


For me, these products stood out when I thought about summer color as it pertains to beauty products:

The new Tory Burch lip color surprised me with its formula. I don’t know what I was expecting, but the ease of application really impressed me. I was also surprised at how light the packaging is. I think I was expecting a heavy tube, like Tom Ford’s tubes, but the Tory Burch tubes are extremely light. Thanks for not making my purse any heavier Tory!

Being nail polished obsessed I have to stop myself from adding to my already ridiculous collection, but RGB’s Pansy and Tropic are making it hard.

I can vouch for the bareMinerals eyeliner — this stuff does not move! Since I have blue/green eyes, I think the bronze would look really cool for fall.

I mean, this Guerlain eyeshadow palette speaks for itself.

Tom Ford’s scents are just beyond. I’m a total follower, I’m on the bandwagon, I don’t care, I love him and all he does. From his packaging, to his naming of each product … he’s just the epitome of style. Being a body oil freak, I’d be happy to add this Neroli Portofino Body Oil to my body oil arsenal.

Already a huge fan of the cult product the Orgasm Multiple, I was so excited when NARS came out with the Matte Multiple, because sometimes you just don’t want any shimmer.


Let’s see what the beauty bloggers recommend!


beauty blogger elizabeth dehn colorful beauty picks


Nail polish color of the summer — CND Shellac in Lobster Roll. A cross between coral, red, and pink — so it goes with everything.
I searched forever to find the perfect coral lippie and this Ilia Beauty Lip Crayon in Karma Chamelon is it. Wear it with a (faux) tan and all black for maximum impact.
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Lady Ruba (color no longer available) is my favorite orange-red lipstick, and it’s a show-stopper. Looks equally amazing with a raglan tee and ball cap as it does with a party dress.
I’ve been coveting this Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Captivating Blue since I saw it on Liv Tyler for Violet Grey. Navy is such a fresh, eye-opening alternative to black and brown.
I would buy The Balm Frat Boy Blush for the name alone, but the bright peach hue is really where it’s at. Wear it alone to look fresh as a daisy or over bronzer for beachy glow.


beauty blogger elle choi colorful beauty picks

ELLE CHOI // Elle Choi

The hot pink lip is still at the top of my list of beauty faves. I can’t get over Em Cosmetic’s “Don’t Tell Mom” lipstick. It’s smooth and creamy with just the right amount of shine.

I know people are still obsessed with minty nails, but not me. I’ve moved on. Currently I am in love with this OPI You’re Such A Budapest periwinkle blue for nails. It’s fresh, it’s fun, and it’s young.
Another trend that I would LOVE to try (but don’t actually have the balls to) is the light purple hair! Maybe it’s just the way Nicole Richie rocks it but it looks both fierce and pretty at the same time. I don’t know how she does it but I’m obsessed.
MAC’s powder blush in Melba is one of my favorite colors year-round. But especially during these hot summer months.
During the summer, I try to wear minimal makeup so a nice pop of color on my cheeks with a little lip tint does the trick for me. Another pretty cheek color is Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Pink — everything else should be very minimal.


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LINDSAY ROGERS // Belle Belle Beauty

MAC Cosmetics Candy Yum Yum has great pigment and a matte finish that really shows off this shocking pink shade. I love pairing this lip with a classic and neutral outfit for a little pop.

Deborah Lippmann Don’t Stop Believin Nail Polish is a orange-red that celebrates a rebirth of 1980’s classics. The shade is a burst of color without being too shocking.

Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner in Sapphire is waterproof and includes a pull-out sharpener. Plus, this unexpected blue can bring out the gold in hazel eyes and add a sparkle to the whites.

Perricone MD No Blush Blush is the perfect balance of pigment and healthy ingredients to keep skin looking great. Plus, you are ensured your perfect glow with self-adjusting shade.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai partners gold with orchid. Apply a wash of purple on lids and gold at the corner of eyes for a vibrant awake look.


beauty blogger lara ramos colorful beauty picks

LARA RAMOS // The Glossarie

Stila’s lead makeup artist used this emerald shade of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner on the models at Mara Hoffman during Miami Swim Week. She applied it just in the outer corners of the bottom lash line and I can’t get it out of my head.
Fluorescent in the tube and flirty on the lips, Lancome’s Baume in Love in Urban Ballet sheer tinted lip balm is at the very top of my summer wish list. Rumor has it that the shade teases out your lips’ natural pinkness, leaving that perfect popsicle stain behind.
If you have never tried colored mascara, it’s surprisingly wearable. A bright blue mascara will lighten up the whites of your eyes and I like to concentrate it on my bottom lashes for a little extra pop.
Mint polish comes around summer after summer and I can never get enough. Deborah Lippmann’s Flowers in Her Hair is fresh and whimsical — just the perfect hit of mint.
Get a rosy glow all your own with Jouer’s new cheek tint. Use a stippling brush to blend lightly over cheek apples and watch your unique color develop over the next few minutes.


beauty blogger kara manos colorful beauty picks

KARA MANOS // Politics of Pretty

In the summer, I swap my lipsticks for refreshing and colorful tinted lip balms. Right now I’ve been rotating Benefit’s four new Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms in to my daily beauty routine. I don’t know what I’m more obsessed with—the pop of color or the pretty packaging.

I’ve become a huge NARS junkie and their Dual-Intensity Eyshadow falls nothing short of glam. These shadows can be applied wet or dry. To be honest, I can’t think of the last time I applied shadow wet but these singles have me hooked. I love the metallic finish.

I love trying different beauty looks. I don’t think I’ve worn traditional black liner all summer thanks to Stila’s assortment of colorful waterproof eye liners. Right now I’m loving Mint Julep, a mint green shade, but I’ve also got Violet and Graphite in my makeup arsenal.

My choice of blush changes on a frequent basis but this silky formula from Clinique gives me such a nice natural glow, this cheek pop has taken up a permanent residence in my makeup bag.

I could wear coral nail polish all summer long. Yes, I love Essie’s Cute as a Button that much.


megan schwarz colorful beauty picks

MEGAN SCHWARZ // Seed to Serum

When I wear blush, the brighter, the better! Ilia’s Multi-Stick in All of Me is a warm watermelon color that brings my skin to life, imparting a healthy radiance that I just can’t get from more neutral shades.

Oh how I love Kjaer Weis Lip Tints. There are very few lip products that successfully marry vibrant color with lasting hydration AND this is one of them. My current go-to shade is Romance because nothing says summer like a sexy pop of pink!

This five-free nail polish is stunning and if I had my way, my toes would never be without this sassy, turquoise shade from Treat Nail Polish.

Admittedly I have yet to try Royal, but I have dreams about this RMS Lip Shine in Royal. Purple is all the rage and I’m ready to dive head first into this trend!

Never underestimate the power and beauty of sparkling nude eye shadow. Okay, okay, so Alima Pure Eye Shadow in Paris isn’t “bright” per se, but it is sparkly, so that counts, right?! Wear it day or night; your peepers will thank you!


claire ashley colorful beauty picks

CLAIRE ASHLEY // Claire Ashley Beauty

This L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire “Rose Symphony” is the perfect hybrid of a lipstick and a lipgloss that actually stays all day long! This color always gets me compliments and I barely touch up!
MAC Powder Blush in “Melba” is the prettiest blush when you have a tan. It’s warm coral tones bring out the cheekbones and give a healthy looking glow to your skin. It’s literally my favorite blush of all time.
I get bored of black eyeliner in the summer and these Urban Decay 24/7 Liners are the perfect trade off. I like blue “Abyss” the most. It makes my brown eyes pop and they don’t melt off in the sun like most eyeliners! It’s the best blue eyeliner I’ve ever tried.
Essie’s “Lilacism” gives my nails color while still making my hands look really clean and feminine. I love that it’s opaque so you barely need two coats and it gets the job done!


beauty blogger laurie leopold colorful beauty picks

LAURIE LEOPOLD // 312 Beauty

Summer is also the time my usually dry skin gets a little slick. To keep the t-zone situation under control, I use S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask. Hibiscus, a.k.a. “nature’s Botox,” is what transforms this into a bright red mud when you add water.

Contrary to what you may think, the perfect under $10 bright tomato red gloss that stays for hours and stains your lips without drying does in fact exist. Revlon Shanghai Sizzle is a summer gem.

AILA nail polish in Ginger is a bright and cheery pinky coral that complements my mostly neutral summer wardrobe of grey and black maxi dresses. I love these square glass bottles and the fact that the brand is led by two female physicians who are on a mission to clean up toxins found in most nail polishes.

Benefit Cha Cha Tint…this summer and always. It’s the perfect mango hue that looks good on all complexions!

A swipe of turquoise liner along the upper lash line is an edgy look I love wearing. My favorite shade is the NARS Eye Paint in Solomon Islands – I could swim in that pot of liner!


Don’t miss the previous posts in this beauty series. I asked these beauty bloggers: the best beauty products for summerwhat their favorite lip products arewhat eye products they recommend; how they handle all of their hair (even down there) and what their absolute top products are.