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The Prettiest Summer Makeup Trends of 2020

Celebrity makeup artists weigh in.

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Summer is coming, and no, it is not cancelled. While you're in isolation, start plotting your summer beauty looks when you're bored of binging Netflix. Warmer months ahead will bring plenty of inspiration for vibrant, color-struck makeup moments to commemorate one of the happiest times of the year. Summer travels and outdoor boozy brunches require low-effort, high-impact makeup that won't melt off your face. Feeling fresh air on your skin will be a privilege after being cooped up indoors. Celebrate the new season of being outside again with a non-boring beauty look you'll want to show off to strangers.

Fortunately, you have all the time in the world to start practicing now so that playing it safe won't be an option this summer. Marie Claire called on the trendsetters themselves, celebrity and editorial makeup artists, to share the biggest makeup trends you'll see in upcoming months. From '80's inspiration straight from the runway to uncomplicated graphic liner, scroll on for screenshot-worthy beauty shots to save for summer.

Sun-Kissed Skin

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Glowing skin isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Here's to seizing a vacation glow all-summer long even when you're sitting at your desk. Chanel makeup artist Cyndle K. confirms that bronzed, I-just-left-the-beach glow is easily achievable with the right products. "One of my favorite products to create a gorgeous, sun-kissed skin look without the sun damage is the Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint ($65)," says Cyndle. "It’s a lightweight tint that evens out your skin without covering freckles or looking heavy. Then, using a foundation brush apply Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream ($50) where the sun would naturally hit your cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. It also looks beautiful on the eyes for a monochromatic look."

'80s Eyeshadow

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Summer is the opportune time for you to channel your inner Grace Jones and go crazy with color. Pro makeup artist to the stars Keita Moore predicts neon eyeshadow shades, like bright blue and neon green, will reign supreme this summer. "The '80s have made a comeback," Moore says, who suggests starting with Danessa Myricks Waterproof Cream Vivid Palette ($36). Dior makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani agrees that it's going to be a colorful summer indeed. "The latest fashion shows were full of neons, corals, vibrant orange-reds, saffrons, and greens, all of which felt very '80s-inspired to me," Bedrani adds, further confirming the '8o's will resurge this summer. "And these trends will transpire into makeup. Have fun and experiment with colorful eyeshadows. I’m particularly fond of the new Dior Glow Vibes 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($63)."

Bold Blush

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Get inspired to take your toned-down blush up several notches this summer. "A pop of pink, peach, or magenta on the cheeks is going to benefit anyone who loves to pump it up a bit," Moore advises. "I'd pair a strong blush with a natural eyeshadow and subtle tint of color on the lips. Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush ($7) is perfect for summer skin. I've also recently tried the new Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush ($20) and they've quickly become my favorite."

Playful Graphic Eyeliner

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"After being quarantined in the house for months, we'll see a lot of people being bolder and having more fun with their makeup than ever before," Cyndle predicts. "Makeup is a mood-booster and color is therapy for many of us. For a graphic liner, I love playing with multiple shades of metallic liquid liners. One of my favorite color combinations are Chanel Le Liner de Chanel ($35) in Gris Argent and in Rouge Noir. Graphic liner can be done with eyeshadow, too. Bedrani's trick: "I suggest using a wet eyeliner brush or a small tapered angled brush, saturate it with the shadow, and use it like a liner," she explains. "Another fun way incorporate color is with a reverse smokey eye, which calls for using the color only along the bottom lash line of your eyes."

In Living Color Lips

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Fact: a fool-proof way to turn up any makeup look is with a vibrant lipstick. And this summer will be no exception, according to celebrity makeup artist Joey Maalouf. "For the most vibrant effect with the least effort, a bright color on the lip, like Nars Lipstick in Inappropriate Red ($26) shade inappropriate with loads of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black ($9) is a staple look for summer. Bedrani wants you to try a bright coral or a daring orange lip, if you haven't yet. "I especially love Dior Addict Stellar Halo Shine in Superstar 669 ($38)," she recommends. "It’s a beautiful coral color, and the smooth texture makes it easy to either use it as a tint, or pair a couple coats with a lip liner to make a bolder statement."

Easy-Breezy Beauty

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"I predict a shift in beauty," Maalouf shares. "I feel like what we’re going through right now in isolation is awakening something within us all to value our time and ourselves better. Everyone will be exploring their naturalness and ways to look and feel sexy with less effort. For a little boost, cream blush is an instant way to serve an 'I feel renewed' vibe. Stila Convertible Color Cream Blush ($25) is one of my favorites—you’ll be looking flushed and fabulous like you just took a relaxing bath and you’re ready to take on the day."


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