Lucy Loves: Easy, Breezy No-Makeup Makeup

Ah, summertime, and the livin’ is easy—so shouldn’t your beauty routine be, too?

Ah, summertime, and the livin’ is easy—so shouldn’t your beauty routine be, too?

Ah, summertime, and the livin’ is easy—so shouldn’t your makeup routine be, too? Ditch the multi-step regimen once the mercury rises, and opt for these barely there, multi-tasking products that stand the test of sweat while letting your skin shine through. (Did I mention they’re all cruelty-free and paraben-free to boot?)

Fake a sun-kissed glow with Aussie label Nude by Nature’s Natural Glow loose bronzer ($30). The mesh-screen packaging ensures that the mineral powder stays put until you need it—making on-the-go touch-ups a breeze—and the deep, highly pigmented shade works on darker-skinned gals.

Vancouver-born makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift’s Pressed blush ($31) combines the ease of powder and the texture of cream in a buildable formula that comes in three pretty hues: Crushed Rose, a soft pink; Moon Cry, a rich plum; and Lost Angel, a dead (and non-toxic) ringer for Nars’s Orgasm.

At once a moisturizer and foundation, Kosas’s Tinted Face Oil foundation ($55) is a godsend on hot, humid days. The breathable, easy-to-apply formula (just use your fingers!) offers just enough coverage to blur imperfections, while jojoba, avocado and raspberry-seed oils nourish the skin.

An all-natural dupe for Becca’s liquid highlighter, Liquid Light ($56) by locally founded Ilia Beauty is crafted from a gel-based formula that melts effortlessly into the skin. Mix a drop or two with your foundation for all-over glimmer, or dot it on the high points of your face for radiance on a subtler scale.

Swipe organic Swedish line Manasi 7’s super- blendable All Over Colour ($74) on your eyelids, cheeks and lips for an unfussy, monochromatic look that’ll ensure you spend more time beachside than in front of the mirror.

Local fashion brand Oak and Fort’s recently launched beauty line includes the O Lip 3544 ($20), a cream-to-powder liquid lippie that dries matte for all-day wear. Go for Haze, an orangey MLBB (my lips but better) shade designed to complement a range of skin tones.

Vancouver-based Evalina’s Dew Beauty Benefit cream ($39) isn’t quite a foundation, but it imparts the perfect dewy tint for low-key days. The moisturizing, fragrance-free blend is packed with peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, too, so you can rest assured it’s doing your complexion good.