When it comes to summertime makeup, we’ll be honest: Our biggest concern is just making sure it doesn’t slide off in the heat! Seeking advice, we turned to Nina Leykind, co-founder of beauty brand Eyeko, which is known for its fabulously formulated eye makeup products. (Spokesperson Alexa Chung rocks that cat eye so well!). Check out Nina’s recommended products and routines below.
How can we accentuate our eyes in the summer without going overboard with products?
Mascara is a must in the summer, and it’s all about finding the right one. A great mascara (like Eyeko Eye Do Mascara or Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara) makes lashes long, lush and defined so that you don’t need anything else! For summer, we’ve introduced three new shades of our award-winning and waterproof liner, Eyeko Me & My Shadow. The new shades include “Quartz” (the perfect rose gold for a beachy look), “Topaz” (a summery taupe) and “Bronze” (needs no explanation). They are perfect for giving your peepers a lift with a hint of color and shine.
Don’t forget to complement your summertime look by enhancing your brows! I like Eyeko Brow Gel—it adds just a hint of texture and definition. Best of all, it won’t melt away in the heat, because all Eyeko products are waterproof!
Finally, to achieve radiant eyes, I love using the Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch—either after a long day or first thing in the morning. It will instantly illuminate eyes by combating dark shadows and puffiness!
How can we keep our eye makeup fresh and in place all day long?
Waterproof and water-resistant eye makeup is always a must. All of our products are made with long-wear formulas, and will last all day and through the night! For summer, I especially love the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara. The award-winning waterproof formula ensures that eye makeup stays in place for 12+ hours.
What specific eye makeup products do you swear by for the summertime?
Mascara, always—even at the beach! For summer wear in the city, Eyeko Rock Out & Lash Out is my current favorite for an incredibly plumped-up lash look that I can build on to take me from day to night. It has a carbon black finish, which means that it never looks dusty grey, and that you’ll always have standout lashes—even in the brightest sunlight. If you are someone who is super active and loves the beach, I recommend the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara. The unique, hand-finished pure bristle brush grabs and catches every lash to prevent smudging, flaking or running.
Since summer is all about looking fresh and natural, I also swear by Eyeko Brow Gel. The botanically-enriched formula effortlessly defines brows with just a hint of color for a natural—yet polished (and long-lasting!)—finish.
What summer eye makeup do you find to be universally flattering, and why?
Playing up your eyes is always in style and in season! I recommend a smidgen of bronze color around the eyes—such as Eyeko Me & My Shadow in “Bronze”—with mascara. Or a mocha-colored cat eye using Eyeko Eye Do Mascara and Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, which is reminiscent of Sophia Loren, whom I adore!
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella
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