The 21 Best Summery Makeup Looks to Wear All Year Long

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Summer is the season to unleash all the color when it comes to makeup—there's just something about the warm weather and sunny breeze that really has us wanting to experiment with a bright eyeshadow or new blush. From flushed cheeks to fluorescent lids (and then some), there's no shortage of inspiration when it comes to summertime beauty looks, and we have the proof. Keep scrolling for a roundup of summery makeup looks you can absolutely wear all year long—you'll definitely have more than one favorite.

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Nude Attitude

Salem Mitchell wears a nude summery makeup look


Summer is the perfect season to let your freckles shine, and this sun-kissed nude makeup look is pinned at the top of our natural makeup inspiration board. Desperate for freckles but don't have any? You can recreate the most natural-looking faux freckles with this Freck Noir Original Freckle Pen ($28) and it can be your little secret.

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Clean and Radiant

Model with a clean, radiant summer makeup look


Let your dewy skin do all the talking this summer. Soft eyes, radiant cheeks, and lightly stained lips are always a great idea when wanting to wear natural makeup and enhance your features at the same time. For a natural eyeshadow palette, try the Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow Quadrant in shade "Wanderer" ($36).

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Neon Pop

Model with neon eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, and lip gloss


Allow yourself room to play with color, and lots of it. This pop of neon purple-pink shadow on the lids not only brightens things up, but it's also truly fun to look at.

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The New '90s

Model wears a '90s-inspired summer makeup look with lined lips


Add a touch of '90s inspiration to your summery makeup look with matte lips and a touch of definitive lip liner. The orange hue paired with clean, glowing skin is a makeup look we'll most definitely have on repeat during the warm summer months. If you're searching for an orange lip color, try the lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in "b. daring" ($46).

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Pastel Dreams

Model wears summer makeup look with pastel eyeshadow


What's better than one shade of pastel shadow? At least four shades of pastel eyeshadow. This whole look is a summer vibe we can't get enough of, not to mention the creativity showcased is quite impressive.

For more dramatic color payoff, try spritzing your eyeshadow brush with setting spray until it's damp (not drenched!) before you dip it into your pigment of choice.

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Get Glowing

Model wears a glowing summer makeup look with highlighter, lip gloss, and eyeshadow


Gorgeous, glowing skin with slight hints of peach on the eyes and lips creates an ideal pairing for summery makeup. We can't stop staring at how radiant this look is—it looks beautiful at any time of day or night and makes us want to experiment with monochromatic makeup looks more often.

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Glisten Here

Model wears a glistening orange-toned summer makeup look


Bright orange lids with a shimmering touch of glitter give a whole new meaning to golden hour. The way these colors and textures shine in the light showcases how it's always a great idea to mix and match bold hues and sparkle for something chic and radiant.

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Cheery and Bright

Woman with bright neon pink eyeshadow and radiant skin


We're not mad about this touch of electric pink shadow, at all. A bright shadow color on the lids is sometimes all you need to make the right makeup statement. Accompanied by natural skin, pink does all the talking and is a coveted color choice.

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Happy and Bright

While neon orange might be a color you haven't worn in the past, by all means, give it a whirl this summer season (and beyond) by applying it however you like to your lids. You can opt for a clean, thin line for just a tiny pop of color, or do something more creative if bold is what you're after.

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Effortless Glam

If feeling and looking glam is what you're after, this look surely checks off all the boxes for sophisticated, glowing makeup. Highlighted bronze skin along with dramatic eyes and pinky-nude lips makes a powerful combo for sultry, summery makeup.

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Teal Appeal

Model in a glowing summer makeup look with teal graphic eyeliner


Spice up your life and liner with a bold color like teal for the summer in a funky, graphic design. Bold brows and nude lips complement the liner, and you can play it up or as down as you like depending on your comfort level.

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Dewy Bronze

Model in a dewy bronze makeup look


It wouldn't be summer without bronzed, glowing skin. The contour and highlight here is everything we want our makeup to be all year round. Add a subtle liquid eyeliner for definition if you're in the mood for something extra.

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Just Peachy

Model in a peachy, glowing summer makeup look


Monochromatic makeup using peach tones is ideal for summer and other seasons, as it gives a healthy, flushed look to the skin and gets along well with any skin tone—peach can be adjusted to work with all different kinds of skin. The result? Skin that glows all day, no matter what comes your way. If you have a more fair complexion and want to add a tiny bit of color without going in the sun, try the James Read Tan Sleep Mask Tan Face ($33) to accelerate that golden glow.

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Glossy Lids, Bold Lips

Welcome the summer season in with tangerine lipstick and glossy eyelids—this look is incredibly easy to replicate, should you choose to do so. You can opt for whatever bold lipstick color you prefer (although this color is pretty great) and add a glossy textured product to the lids for maximum shine effect.

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All Things Rosy

Madelaine Petsch wears a rose-toned summer makeup look


A touch of rose can go a long way when planning out summery makeup looks. This subtle look adds a freshness to skin that can be worn any time of the year, not to mention the shade of lipstick is perfection all around. Imayla Beauty's The One Hydrating Cream Lipstick in "Riyadh Rose" ($32) is suitable for a beautiful pout.

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Softly Sculpted

Joan Smalls wears a sculpted summer makeup look with soft contouring


Softly sculpted, bronzed skin is everything we need for summer makeup—can we just have a moment to acknowledge the gorgeous cheekbones? Natural lips and brushed-up eyebrows complement the star of the show: that gorgeous highlight. To help sculpt the skin, try the Nudestix Nudies Bronze Sticks ($34) for added contour.

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Mad for Mauve

Model in a subtle mauve-toned summer makeup look


Mauve on the lids, cheeks, and lips here continues to prove why monochromatic makeup is always an excellent idea, no matter the season. Dewy skin with touches of gorgeous mauve tones creates a summer makeup story worth repeating over and over again. Flower Beauty's Bitten Lip Stain in "Tempt" ($10) is a gorgeous shade of mauve for lips.

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Soft Subtle Smoke

Model in a subtle smoky summer makeup look


Elevate your everyday summer makeup look with a soft, smoky eye and radiant skin. The amazing thing about this makeup is it's suitable for everyday wear yet gives that extra dose of chic when wanting to dress things up a bit.

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Blush Over Everything

Model wearing a statement blush-centric summer makeup look


Do not be afraid of blush, we repeat, do not be afraid of wearing colorful blush. Here we see how bright hues on the eyes and cheeks are an incredible way to showcase color. The touch of purple combined with hot pink really gets us excited for all the color combinations we could try.

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It's All in the Liner

Model wears a subtle glowing makeup look with eyeliner


What do you get when you pair absolutely radiant skin with a chic cat-eye? A look that's suitable to wear all year round that will turn heads everywhere you go. Nude and natural lips along with a pop of color on the cheeks bring it all together, and we plan to have this makeup on repeat. Add a touch of gloss to the lips with Essence Cosmetics' Juicy Bomb Lipgloss ($2) for a touch of extra shine.

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Purple Reign

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Give us all the purple hues for summer, and give them to us now. These electric lids showcase the very best part about wearing color—it always looks incredible. Swipe your favorite shade on your eyes and finish with a few coats of volumizing mascara, such as Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara ($29).

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