kai conversations: must-haves for summer by renowned celebrity makeup artist, maria vargas

we are thrilled to present this week's kai conversation with la-based celebrity makeup artist and clean beauty enthusiast, maria vargas-guzman ( @mariavargasmakeup ). with over a decade of experience and a client list that includes eva mendes, jessica alba, catt sadler, lauren london, and erin lim, maria is the go-to makeup artist for achieving that effortless, natural look perfect for the warmer months. in this conversation, maria shares her must-have beauty products for summer, including kai favorites like the body glow, as well as other clean beauty essentials. keep reading to learn more about maria's beauty must-haves and summer makeup trends!



which products do you consider your must-haves during the spring/summer seasons? in other words, what products do you swear by using on your clients in the warmer weather months? please share any/all essentials that are kai offerings as well as non-kai offerings!


as the temperature changes, so does my beauty routine. here are some of my favorite beauty must-haves for this spring/summer season. they're all made with clean, natural ingredients and are perfect for achieving that effortless, natural look that's perfect for the warmer months. 


  1. kai body glow


i have to keep a backstock of kai body glow oil. i love it so much! and love that it’s a spritz bottle which makes it an easy and fast application on shoots. it hydrates and nourishes the skin while also providing a subtle shimmer. the scent will leave you feeling clean and fresh. this body oil is perfect for achieving that instant sun-kissed healthy glow. 

  1. true botanicals radiance oil


true botanicals radiance oil is a facial oil that helps hydrate and brighten the skin, while also providing anti-aging benefits. it's made with all-natural ingredients and is free from harsh chemicals, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin. this oil is perfect for achieving that dewy, i’m on vacation glow!! 


  1. honest beauty matte primer


the honest beauty matte primer is a must-have for anyone looking to keep their makeup in place during the hot and humid months. this primer helps to create a smooth base for makeup application, while also controlling oil and shine. it's lightweight and non-greasy, making it perfect for everyday wear. i like to apply it on the t-zone and use it for touch ups throughout the day.  my clients and i love applying  this over makeup instead of using a powder for shine control. it’s flawless! 


  1. ilia beauty true serum concealer


the ilia beauty true serum concealer is a must-have for that no makeup - makeup look! it’s great for anyone looking to cover dark circles, blemishes, and other imperfections. it's clean and natural ingredients provide skincare benefits while also providing coverage. if you’re not big on foundation like me for every day this will be your best friend! apply it only where needed. 


  1. kosas brow gel


the kosas brow gel is one of the best tinted brow gels i’ve used. it helps define and shape brows, while also providing hold and volume. it's available in a range of shades to suit all hair colors. 

a natural looking brow is always in style, this summer instead of a heavily filled-in brow, opt for a more natural look by using a brow gel to brush your brows up and into place. 


  1. kai travel set 


it’s everything you need for your spring/summer break in the perfect travel sized reusable pouch. i don’t have to think about it. i grab it, pack it and go! shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, bathing bubbles and perfume oil! perfection! it’s the perfect gift too! 


what are you seeing as the most popular makeup trends that you are using for your clients during this spring/summer?


i love working with pastel color eyeshadow for spring/summer. it’s playful and feminine. i prefer a soft lavender, a baby blue, or a pale pink. it’s a great way to add some color to your look without going overboard. mob beauty has cream clay shadows in gorgeous pastel colors. super easy to apply and blend. you can add a sheer shimmer or highlighter for an extra pop. 

another summer trend i love is cream blush. it gives a youthful, natural healthy glow. it’s the best way to achieve that fresh face, just got a facial radiance and it’s easy to apply and build. i love using roen beauty cream blushes


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