Is it just us, or does summer give you a serious case of wanderlust? We know we’re dreaming about roaming exotic beaches and getting lost in far away places. But like you, we know that taking the entire summer off to travel may not always be feasible. But have no fear! Team Wander has come up with a list of places we’re dreaming of and places you can visit, whether you’re able to take an international getaway or just a weekend staycation. And of course, perhaps the most important part, we’re pairing these locations with the beauty look to wear while you’re there!

KICK UP YOUR BOOTS IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

This is the place I call home sweet home. From free concerts during the Country Music Association Festival, to swimming at Radnor Lake, there is no shortage of summer fun in Music City. But visitors beware… Nashville’s heat is no joke. With average mid-summer temperatures of 90 degrees with 89% humidity, it may seem like wearing makeup is pointless. But don’t let the heat dull your glow! Prep your face with SPF, revive your under eyes with concealer, swipe on a few strokes of mascara and you’re good to go. Make sure to throw Play All Day in your bag to fix your it's-way-too-hot shine.

DON’T MISS: A SANDWICH AT HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN OR MARTIN’S BAR-B-QUE JOINT, A CUP OF COFFEE AT FROTHY MONKEY, AND (THE CUTEST!) SHOPPING ON 12SOUTH.

VISIT A LOCAL MUSEUM

The best way to beat the heat is by getting out of it! Head to a local museum to expand your knowledge, broaden your horizons, and most importantly, cool off! Surrounded by art and air conditioning, this is a good chance to play with your makeup. Try using shimmer eye shadow, and adding a bit of color and contour to your cheeks using Trip for Two!

Palm Trees
“SEA” THE CUTEST SITES IN SEASIDE, FLORIDA

Grab your favorite sundress, some sunscreen, and a pair of sunnies and head to the cutest beach town. The beaches are gorgeous and relaxing, and the streets are lined with boutiques and family-owned restaurants, both filled with sunkissed smiling faces. There’s plenty of sun and plenty of shopping, making it the perfect place to refresh. We suggest keeping your makeup simple to show off your summer glow. Try a tinted lip moisturizer and lightly filling in your brows for a natural look on and off the beach. As always, make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen!

DON’T MISS: BUYING A RECORD AT CENTRAL SQUARE RECORDS, HAPPY HOUR AT 45 CENTRAL WINE BAR, AND THE MOST AMAZING GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH YOU’VE EVER HAD AT THE MELTDOWN ON 30A.

HIKE YOUR HEART OUT

Whether you escape to the closest mountains or you take a leisurely stroll in a nearby park, a great place to go this summer is to the great outdoors. Spending time walking outside is sure to brighten your mood. Not only are you releasing endorphins through exercise, but you’re also getting your fair share of vitamin D from your time in the sun (with SPF on, of course)! The best makeup for this occasion is minimal and functional: start with SPF, then a light layer of facial oil for an easy glow, and top it off with some water resistanmascara and a bit of translucent powder, and you’re good to go!


Brooklyn Bridge

HUSTLE INTO NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

We’ll admit: We’re a bit partial to this one since Wander HQ calls NYC home. But, New York in the summer is nothing short of magical. Think: boat rides and walks in Central Park, gelato in Little Italy, and roaming the halls of the New York Public Library. New York summers can be pretty muggy, so make sure to think “less is more” when deciding on makeup for the day. Try starting with a primer, then using light layer of powder foundation, and finish off with a bit of blush and a swipe of mascara. And don’t forget to set your look!

DON’T MISS: BRUNCH AT AGAVE, PIZZA AT GRIMALDI’S, A WALK THROUGH CENTRAL PARK, AND A DAY AT THE MET.

SEE A MOVIE OUTSIDE

We have the perfect summer date night idea! Grab your picnic basket and your lawn chairs, and head to your local park, where many towns and cities have free movies showing during summertime. But if you’re not so lucky, you can easily grab a projector and hang a sheet in your backyard to create your own outdoor movie. OR, lay out a blanket and watch your favorite movie on your laptop. No matter where you end up watching your favorite film, try layering a liquid highlighter and foundation to give yourself an easy glow. Top this look off with a bit of mascara and a kissable lip tint (it is date night!) and you have the perfect summer night look.

Santorini

FALL IN LOVE WITH SANTORINI, GREECE

While this may not be as doable as a weekend road trip, we can’t stop dreaming about it! This cluster of islands in the Aegean Sea is not only the most colorful collection of buildings we have ever seen, but it is also a popular wedding destination, and we can’t help but fall in love with it. We can’t stop daydreaming of roaming the old cobblestone streets and taking in the breathtaking Aegean Sea. We imagine that makeup here should be as colorful as architecture, right? Try playing with the bright colors of our summer Wanderess Seascape eyeshadow palette, paired with a glowy highlight and a bright lip.

DON’T MISS: FIRÁ, THE PICTURESQUE CAPITAL OF THE ISLAND, THE BEACH OF AMMOUDI AND SURROUNDING CAFES AND RESTAURANTS, AND A GLASS OF LOCAL ASSYRTIKO WINE.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

What says summer like a baseball game? We can already smell the fresh cut grass and buttery popcorn. Whether it’s a major league, minor league, or recreational team, watching a baseball game with you friends sounds like a perfect day. Since you’re spending upwards of three hours in the sun, make sure to start your skincare routine with a hefty layer of sunscreen. Then try a tinted moisturizer (we mix our Nude Illusion Foundation with Dive In Moisturizer for custom coverage), some water resistant mascara, and top with translucent powder for a casual and cool look.  

KEEP YOUR COOL IN TORONTO, CANADA

Stay cool this summer at in the bustling city of Toronto. With an average temperature of just 75 degrees during the summer, this is a perfect place to explore while keeping your cool. We’re in love with the friendliness of the people in Toronto, and all of the fun activities to keep us busy. Since it’s not too hot, you can wear a full face of makeup if you want. Try a combination of a full coverage foundation and concealerlayered on with a bit of contour and color, topped off with flawless brows and full glam lashes. Top it off with a bit of Glow Ahead tapped onto cheeks for a natural glow (with skincare benefits)!

Don’t Miss: a stroll through High Park, bubble tea at Chatime, and a class at Yoga Tree Studios.

TREAT YOURSELF WITH A STAYCATION

This is our favorite place we’re dreaming of, because not only is everyone in need of a day to relax and reset from time to time, but this one is absolutely in reach! Whether you treat yourself to a night in a robe in slippers at a nice hotel, or you decide to spend a day in your pajamas watching movies, you deserve a break. And the best makeup look we can think of for this is occasion is no makeup at all! Try relaxing with a face mask (or two!and layering on a rich moisturizer to give your skin a break as well.