Sun-kissed, luminous, dramatic: Makeup looks for summer


Sun-kissed looks, luminous skin, dramatic brows, metallic and blue eye shadows and combo matte and glossy lips: These are some of the hot beauty trends of summer 2016.

We rounded up some model friends, asked makeup artists to help them achieve their summer wish looks and shot before-and-after pics. Whatever your complexion, here are their quick tips to take your summer look to the next level.

Dramatic filled-in brows, sun-kissed skin using bronzer

WANTS: A recent graduate of UH Manoa, Kiki is a makeup minimalist who usually heads out with just eyeliner and mascara. She wants a tad more definition this summer: more volume to her eyebrows and a natural, beachy look.


To fill in Kiki’s brows, Rebekah of MAC Cosmetics used Big Brow Pencil Spiked on sparse areas, and finished up with a Longwear Waterproof Browset precision brush to softly set her eyebrow hair, keeping it in place.

Studio Waterweight foundation and Pearl Blossom cheek highlight gave Kiki a sun-kissed bronze look across her nose and cheeks.



Shimmery sun-kissed skin, matte pink and pink gloss lips

MODEL: Nakeii
WANTS: An accountant who loves the outdoors and wants to hike every cool trail on Oahu, Nakeii wants brighter summer shades that can work for both the office and all-day outings.


Rebekah started Nakeii’s look with Natural Radiance Primer Yellow, a great foundation base for darker skin. This Could Be Fun blush and Sunny Surprise beauty powder gave Nakeii a soft pink satin sheen on her cheekbone area that blends well with her skin.


To achieve an all-day pink lip, Rebekah began with Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum, let it set a bit, then applied  Playful Petal pink lip gloss.



Highlight for luminescent skin, coral lip gloss

MODEL: Melody
WANTS: Melody wants some sparkle and life in her makeup regimen while keeping it professional. For her, it’s all about healthy-looking skin.


Jessi from the Face Shop applied Shimmer Makeup Coordinator to Melody’s T-zone for a luminous look. This also added contour and dimension to her nose and cheeks.


To complement Melody’s new luminous skin, Jessi applied a light coat of coral gel gloss to her lips.



Metallic bronze eye shadow, blue eye shadow on lower lid

Caitlin before
MODEL: Caitlin
WANTS: A game design and theater major at New York University, Caitlin loves going to concerts and plays in the Big Apple and wants a bit more drama in her look.


Dhyana of Face Art Beauty applied a Cerullean Blue eye shadow under Caitlin’s lower lashes and a thin coat of dark purple onto her waterline/inner lower lid. Both layers of lower liner should extend from corner to corner.


Here’s a closeup look at the bronze eye shadow from Urban Decay. Dhyana suggests using a brush for eye shadow and liner application to achieve a smooth or blended look.