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Stephanie Drenka

The Bare Minimum: Summer Makeup Essentials

The Bare Minimum: Summer Makeup Essentials

I woke up like this… (almost). Summertime for my job means spending a significant portion of my days outdoors for various events. I have to balance the inclination to look presentable, but also bear the Texas heat and keep up with the kids we serve.
These must-have summer makeup essentials help keep my morning routine short and sweet, but with enough staying power to last through the entire day! I start with this Coola BB Cream (which I fortuitously discovered in this month’s Birchbox). With all the time I spend in the sun, I needed something lightweight and with SPF. I love the consistency of this cream and the subtle glow it adds to my skin.
My favorite makeup discovery of the season is LipSense. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, or at least been added to several Facebook groups from several friends distributing it. I avoided trying it, honestly because I’m a design snob and hate the packaging. But as I found myself wasting time at work re-applying lipstick, or opting out of wearing any at all because of the issues I’d have with feathering or bleeding, it seemed like the right time to take the plunge.
After a week, I was so convinced of its magical properties that I bit the bullet and signed up as a distributor! (Mostly because I’m lazy and wanted the ability to order more products whenever I wanted…) My go-to color is called Apple Cider. It’s a beautiful neutral color with a hint of pink– the ultimate “My Lips But Better” (MLBB) shade. One application before work lasts me until bedtime. I ordered a few extra tubes, if you’re interested in purchasing! Click here for more info or to place an order. For eyes, I skip the shadow (I still have yet to master the creaseless, single eyelid look) and use a little Anastasia DipBrow pomade for my eyebrows.

My Holy Grail liquid eyeliner is from Blinc. I’ve used this product since college and it never fails me. “Blinc Liquid Eyeliner is the first and only liquid eyeliner that forms a water-resistant layer of color that binds to the lash line to provide a dramatic look and unparalleled hold.” I love a good cat-eye, but I also have terrible allergies that leave me inadvertently rubbing my eyes throughout the day. Traditional eyeliners also seem to melt away or smudge, but Blinc stays in place until I wash my face at night. Seriously, magic.

The final touch is a dash of Philosophy “Fresh Cream” perfume, which makes me smell like a cupcake. I have a full-size bottle and this convenient rollerball for travel/carrying with me.

I love playing with makeup as much as the next girl, but keeping my beauty routine to the basics leaves me more valuable time in the morning (like to write this post)! What are some of your Holy Grail cosmetic products?


  • Valery

    June 14, 2017

    I haven’t seen you in many nude lips but you are KILLING it! The epitome of a no-makeup makeup look right there! <3

    • Stephanie Drenka

      June 14, 2017

      Thank you, Valery!! <3 I've had a hard time finding a good nude lip that didn't blend in too much with my skintone. I'm loving this one... especially for work when I don't really need to make a statement, but want to look put together.

  • Ashley Zeal

    June 16, 2017

    I love that nude shade! Such good staple choices!!

  • Brooke Pakulski

    June 16, 2017

    So many people love Apple Cider! I need to give it a go. I’ve tried the really dark Lipsense shades but never the light ones!

  • Jessica

    June 16, 2017

    I have heard AMAZING things about Lipsense but I haven’t tried it yet. I hope I get to soon!
    xo Jessica

  • Jenna Colgrove

    June 16, 2017

    these essentials are amazing!! i love that bag too!

  • Cassie Rea

    June 16, 2017

    I love the simplicity of summer makeup! You can get away with so much less. Great picks, girl!
    XOXO, Cassie Rea

  • Azanique Rawl

    June 16, 2017

    I love simple looks for summer. I usually don’t have the patience for a face look, so these tips are awesome

    – xo, Azanique |

  • Jenna at Boston Chic Party

    June 16, 2017

    You look totally fresh faced and ready for a summer day! What great picks!
    xoxo, Jenna

  • Anna Baun

    June 16, 2017

    I am all about a minimal look for Summer! With the heat, it just gets so messy 🙂 Love your essentials! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  • Nikki Arnold

    June 16, 2017

    This is a great basic makeup look! I normally skip the eyeshadow as well when I’m keeping it simple.

  • Anna english

    June 16, 2017

    I love low key make-up during the summer. Coola has some great SPFs!

  • StePh

    June 17, 2017

    You’ve shared some great products! I found a new foundation with SPF that I really love. It’s from Merle Norman!

    Steph || @trendyinindy

  • Lindsay

    June 17, 2017

    I can’t live without It Cosmetics CC cream and superhero mascara!

  • Sarah K Tripp

    June 18, 2017

    You are so gorgeous babe! Love this post

  • Amanda

    June 18, 2017

    Love anything by Anastasia!

  • Stephanie

    June 18, 2017

    You’re such a stunner, and so lucky that you don’t need any base makeup (foundation/concealer/etc)! I have been hearing amazing things about LipSense, so I may have to try it out at some point!

  • Alex

    June 18, 2017

    Been hearing a lot about LipSense! I feel like it’s all over the place lately. I love that Anastasia brow gel, use it all the time.

  • Molly | Miss Molly Moon

    June 18, 2017

    I’ve been so determined NOT to try Lipsense. But mostly because I have terribly sensitive, dry lips so I have to be so careful. I love a good “no makeup” look, and yours is so good! I think I’m going to have to pick up that BB Cream and try it out for myself.

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  • Kimberly Smith

    June 18, 2017

    Perfect fresh-faced look – I just recently discovered LipSense and I am obsessed with it too!

  • Mindy

    June 18, 2017

    That little bag is so cute!! And I still need to try lipsense!

    <3, Mindy N.

  • ADA

    June 18, 2017


  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    June 18, 2017

    I adore that bag!!

  • Jasmine

    June 18, 2017

    I have to try the LipSense. My friend is going to start selling them.

  • NaomI Trevino

    June 18, 2017

    Such a great post. I trust you fellow Texas gal. You know it gets so hot during the summer and everything can melt fast lol.

  • Adriana

    June 18, 2017

    I love your picks!! Minimal makeup in the heat is so important for me too- your neutrals are awesome!

  • alisha

    June 19, 2017

    All such amazing products. I need to try!!!


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