#ReadySetSummer: Melissa Nieuwoudt

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Turns out you can beat the heat this summer. Our limited edition Ready, Set, Summer Kits are curated product trios designed to set makeup for warmer days. A total seasonal steal, they retail for $50 with values of $80-$90 each.
We invited three summer-loving social media stars to try out our Ready, Set, Summer Kits and to share the results with us.

Melissa Nieuwoudt does double duty as a freelance makeup artist and a nanny. Perhaps it’s all the time she spends with children that has inspired her budding beauty Instagram, where she posts playful and fearless looks featuring a rainbow of My Little Pony shades on her eyes, her cheeks—even her hair!

Yet when the moment comes for grown-up glamour, Melissa’s skill with a makeup brush combined with her natural beauty yield show-stopping results. This summer, the South African native, who is currently living in Los Angeles, is craving “glowy, healthy, dewy, fresh skin.” Our Ready, Set, Glow Kit was the perfect match.

With Customer Enhancer Drops to personalized your glow, an Enhance Click Highlighter to illuminate your features, and Dewy Setting Spray to lock in makeup and maintain a dewy look, the Ready, Set, Glow Kit is a golden ticket to luminous skin.

 

Here’s what Melissa had to say about wearing it to survive—and thrive!—in the California sunshine:

 

The Ready, Set, Glow Kit is designed for all skin types. How would you describe yours?

My skin is definitely dry-to-combination, leaning more to the dry side. I do have eczema in some areas and it makes my skin very unpredictable.

 

How do your beauty needs change in the summer?

With the California heat, I have to keep my skin hydrated all day. Achieving a dewy skin finish without looking oily is a struggle, especially if the makeup needs to last a good eight-to-10 hours.

 

What’s your best advice on setting makeup for the summer months?

Translucent powder and the right setting spray are going to be your best friends! Having a powder that you can use multiple times a day without it getting cake-y will help with oily spots. I believe preparing the skin well also helps your makeup stay longer.

 

Rose gold and peachy tones in the Ready, Set, Glow Kit are a big yes for Melissa - giving her a glossy, bronze finish.

Tell us about the look you created using the Ready, Set, Glow Kit.

The Ready, Set, Glow Kit speaks to my soul! Rose gold and peachy tones are a big yes. The Kit gives me a glossy bronze finish; it almost makes it look like I’m slightly more tan than I am.

I applied the Custom Enhancer Drops in Rose Gold before my foundation on all the high points of the face—cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of the nose, and top lip. I redid this step after I did my foundation just to add to the glow.

I used the Enhance Click Highlighter on my eyes to give it a little bit of color as well as on my cheeks. I used the same product on the high points of the face just to intensify the highlight. I used my finger and just tapped it into the skin.

To finish off I used the Dewy Setting Spray. It’s unbelievably soothing. I love how it makes my skin look dewy, but still keeps my T-zone oil free.

For evening, I kicked the look up a notch by using the Custom Enhancer Drops to create a cut crease on the eye.

 

What were your thoughts on each of the products in the Kit?

The Custom Enhancer Drops are my favorite! The texture of the drops is smooth; the color is opaque and it blends out evenly. I love how the product is buildable on the cheekbones, so you could choose how intense you would like the highlight to be.

I love how the Enhance Click Highlighter is a cream product. It feels like it actually melts into my skin. It just adds to the whole glowy skin finish that helps skin appear healthy and sun-kissed. The cream has a slight gold sparkle/glitter to it. I see myself mostly using it on the eyes and cheeks as a blush. I like to blend it into the top of the cheekbone.

I love the Dewy Setting Spray too! The fine mist really really reaches every inch of your face with an even mist for a glowy finish without looking greasy.

 

Summer vacation! Where, when, and with whom?

I’ve been waiting for summer since last summer! I’m going to explore California. I’m grabbing three of my closest girl friends and traveling the West Coast. I also envision a lot of pool parties in Los Angeles and beach days in Santa Monica.

 

Favorite summer beauty trend?

The rise of minimalism! As much as I love to dress up, I love how people have started dressing for less is more. I feel like that has started translating to beauty as well. The fluffy brows are coming back and coral lipgloss with almost “wet” looking skin is on its way!

Want more? Follow Melissa on Instagram (@melissani_mua)!

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