With one dramatic exception, this week's batch of beauties opted for a lighter touch than usual on the makeup front. Makes sense, for July! From Margot Robbie's rosy flush to Gabrielle Union's gorgeous glow, here are the latest summer skin looks you need to see:
What I love: Margot's rosy pink cheeks and matching lipstick. Pink blush is often tricky—if you put on too much or choose the wrong shade, you're dangerously close to clown territory. But her cheeks have a hint of warmth, and a seamless finish that looks really natural. With such bold blush, dark eyeliner would've been too much. I'm glad she kept her lids light, along with natural brows and lashes. With the loose hairstyle, it's a casual beauty counterpart to the high neckline. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Gabrielle's luminous skin. I think you can see why I chose to overlook the false eyelashes (not my fave!)—her ridiculously radiant complexion more than makes up for them. She doesn't need anything more than nude lipstick, brushed-up brows and a bit of contour on the lids and cheeks. What's incredible is that her glow seems to come from within, not a tube. What I'd change: I don't mind the brow-filling too much, but this would be better with a tamer pair of false lashes. I also think her under-eye concealer is a tad heavy.
What I love: Joey's lived-in makeup look. And flawless skin, of course! Being so fair, she only needs the barest hint of blush; the soft matte pink lips also feel very modern. Her eyes are more "done," with liner smudged into the waterlines, soft lashes and defined brow hairs. I like that her skin has a bit of shine coming through, and that her straight hair has texture. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: The glittery gunmetal eyeliner along Alicia's lower lash lines. The graphic statement is bit of a departure for her, but works because the rest of the makeup is so soft, with just balm on the lips. And her cheeks almost look like they've been air-brushed! The textured pom-pom ponytail adds another area of interest. What I'd change: Less of the light brown eyeshadow, and more natural brows.
What I love: Alina's flushed complexion, strong brows and mascara-free lashes. Sure, she's model-gorgeous, which helps, but there's something so appealing about this compared to "perfect" makeup. Her eyes actually stand out more without heavy lashes, and the raspberry lipstick makes them appear bright and blue. The matching brows and roots really frame her face. What I'd change: Just tidying up that lipstick application. I don't mind the natural texture of her skin at all.
What I love: Roxane's dramatic makeup, which wouldn't be nearly so appealing without her base of perfect porcelain skin (and not too much blush!). The texture isn't cakey, so she's able to carry a rich red lip, dramatic shadow and layers upon layers of mascara. Although her hair is also dramatically styled, its soft texture, plus her natural brows, help keep this fresh—not overly retro. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: Shanina's light, peachy makeup. Like Alina Baikova, her centre-parted hair and brows act as the frame for a healthy complexion. I like that her skin finish is sheer enough to reveal the faint freckles on her nose. Black liner along the upper lash lines defines her eyes, but the lashes are super-soft, as is the lipstick. What I'd change: Nothing.
What I love: I'm pretty sure Magdalena could wear no makeup at all and still look striking—she's got those sharp, model angles that require no adornment to stand out. (Plus amazing skin, of course.) Here, the one statement is a burnished gold liner in a reverse cat eye, which accentuates her feline features. What I'd change: The brows! That exaggerated lines would be more at home on the runway than real life.
What I love: Valery manages to look fresh and effortless—yes, despite wearing pretty major false lashes and overdrawing her lips. I think it's because the textures are very soft: her lashes still look fluffy, and her lip colour looks pressed-on, not lipsticky. I also love her un-styled hair with the big earring, and her brow fans. What I'd change: I could live with the lashes, but I think the lip-lining could be toned down and blended more.
Who is giving you the most "skinspiration" this week?