This is How one Beauty Blogger Does Summer Soirees in Style
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We may be halfway through the summer season, but there are still plenty of soirees to sashay into. Whether it be a chic beach picnic, chill house party or sexy date night, being prepared requires a bit of primping. If you’re feeling uninspired or short on time, fashion and beauty bloggers are an excellent way to get back in the groove.

Jewel of Style Optimist is a pro when it comes to looking and feeling effortless. Her blog is essentially the blueprint for achieving attainable looks without breaking bank. We’ve grown to love her refreshing approach to the blogosphere and wanted to know firsthand how she’s conquering the rest of summer.

Keep reading and take notes as Jewel dishes her top three tips for crushing summer soiree fashion and beauty. 

Invest In Multi-Use Products: One of the best parts of summer is using the heat as an excuse to go back to basics. Embrace products that can be used in more ways than one and keep your look neutral.

One of Jewel’s summer must haves is the NYX Go-To Palette in Bon Voyage. What makes it the perfect all-in-one product is its ability to cover blush, highlight, contour and shadow with just a few swipes.

“I’ve also been loving the Simple Facial Wipes,” she adds.  “Perfect for cleansing my face, especially on nights and evenings where I’m lackluster about washing off my makeup.”

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Remember to glow up: Less is always more, especially in the summer heat. Jewel recommends adopting a natural makeup look for all summer soirees. 

“For me, that’s concealer and powder by M.A.C., highlight (I love banana powder) under my eyes and high point of my cheeks, a little blush and a double the mascara. I haven’t gotten into falsies, and I find that doubling my mascara adds a more drama to my neutral look. I finish my look with my favorite nude lipstick, Taupe by M.A.C. (right).”

Make comfort a priority: Have you ever looked at a closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear?” You’re not alone. On those days when choosing an outfit feels like work, opt for a classic combo that never fails: classic v-neck and boyfriend jeans.

Jewel’s a fan of the affordable V-necks from J. Crew Factory and loves accessorizing to make the entire ensemble pop.

“For V-necks, I Have you ever looked at a closet full of clothes and thought, “I have nothing to wear?”prefer tees that are 100% cotton. Cotton is more breathable and great for staying fresh and cool especially during these hot summer months,” she adds.

“I’m an accessories gal, so I love stacking bracelets. I like to mix dainty gold bracelets with beaded colored ones. My favorite bag this summer has been my Chole Marcie crossbody in nut. I love the subtle color which pairs well with so much and the size is perfect for on-the-go essentials.”

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