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How to Transition Your Makeup from Winter to Summer, According to Kendall Jenner’s Makeup Artist

Aidan Keogh, whose clientele also includes A-listers like models Jasmine Sanders and Nina Agdal, breaks down how to choose your summer beauty product essentials.


With summer just around the corner, it’s time to stock up on SPF, bronzer and all the summer essentials. And that means, clearing out all the winter makeup from your beauty bag. This may sound like a daunting task, but thanks to Kendall Jenner’s makeup artist, Aidan Keogh, it’s easier than you think.

Here, Keogh, whose clientele also includes A-listers like models Jasmine Sanders and Nina Agdal, breaks down how to choose your summer beauty product essentials.

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Use a BB cream instead of foundation:

“Hot, humid weather leaves the skin feeling heavy. Opt for a BB or CC cream which adds coverage and protection without leaving the skin feeling overloaded.”

Use a setting spray instead of over powering the skin with powder.

“Kate Somerville’s UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray is magic, no need for powder as this has setting properties and dries down matte. It also smells like lavender which is soothing and has SPF 50.”

Use liquid bronzer and illuminator instead of bronzer powder and highlighter.

“Drop in your moisturizer for natural glow or mix with your BB cream or sheer foundation for more luminous skin. Liquid bronzers or cream bronzers are more sheer and in appearance they are far more natural like that of a natural sun kissed face.”

Use a cream blush instead of a powdered blush:

“I love a little lip and cheek hue. I love Stila Convertible Color for this or Glossier Cloud Paint cream blush. High impact color, sheer payoff, creamy and hydrating.”

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Once you’ve chosen your favorite products, Keogh says, the proper tools are just as important. “I think the best thing to do is invest in travel-sized brush kits. Sephora and most of the big beauty brands have them all year round. They are already compact, you can take them on the go and they tend to have all the 5 essentials brushes: A lip, liner, shadow, blush and concealer brushes.” However, if you prefer full-length brushes, Keogh suggests “keeping it in the protective plastic cover they come in” will help keep your brushes clean.

As you begin your summer travels, Keogh encourages us to only pack the essentials. “Don’t overcrowd your bag. Limit yourself to what you need versus what you want. Needs are something that you need to reapply: concealer, lip and cheek and powder for blotting.”

And if you follow Keogh’s golden rule of packing, your makeup bag will be summer ready. “Only carry your touch up essentials day to day, with a couple of products to take your look from day to play.” It’s as simple as that.

Aidan Keogh’s 12 Summer Makeup Bag Must-Haves

“Refresher, booster, hydrator and smells amazing. A mid-day spritz instantly revitalizes makeup and immediately refreshes skin.”

Caudalíe Beauty Elixir, $38, caudalie.com

“I’m bringing back the return of a satin nude ’90s lip (think Linda/Christy/Kate), so having a creamy moisturizing satin luscious nude lipstick in peach or soft pink is an essential.”

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, $32, net-a-porter.com

“Excellent formula, instantly de puffs the eyes, brightens and hydrates. The seaweed base soothes and the serum is infused with 24 carat gold. It’s pure luxury for a traveler on the go. A bit of a splurge but they come in 10 pack.”

Chantecaille Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask, $195, chantecaille.com

“A creamy liquid bronzer works great to add an instant boost to complexion. A drop in your moisturizer/tint or adding some to the temples and cheeks give a fresh sun kissed effect.”

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer, nordstrom.com

“Maybelline has a GREAT nude palette that has textures and shadows for a natural beauty eye or for something a little more smoky if you dare.”

Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette, $12, maybelline.com

“Glow on the go. Tap on the cheek bones and touch on the bridge of the nose and a dab on the inner eye.”

rms beauty Living Luminizer, $38, sephora.com

“Smooth and soft on the lips!”

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, $6, sephora.com

“I use under and over makeup. A touch on the chin and side of nostrils and forehead is an instant mattifier for unwanted shine.”

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36, sephora.com

“Great for the beach, and a lip and cheek combo is always a great go-to for the day . A good lip stain and flush for that perfect youthful flush.”

stila Convertible Color, $25, sephora.com

“Doesn’t move or travel, great for humidity, and refines and defines waxy texture.”

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $21, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

“They are super absorbing and compact. Pot one on the hot spots for shine — center of the face, chin and forehead.”

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers, $12, sephora.com

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof, $32, yslbeautyus.com

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