I don’t know about you but come summer, I like to change how I apply my makeup. Not just how I apply it but also the products that I use – I should have two makeup bags; one for winter and one for summer. (Imagine that, two makeup bags – a girl can dream!)
It’s not just my makeup obsession that causes me to change my makeup application and products for summer, it’s also down to the heat. Unless I want my face to melt off – a horrible image I know, I need to mix things up a little.
In case summer makeup isn’t your strong point, I thought that I would share a few tips. Achieving flawless summer makeup isn’t hard, it’s just a case of adapting your application and using a few different products.
So what should you be doing differently?
Unless you want to burn your face, start your makeup routine with sunscreen. A small amount of sunscreen applied to your face instead of moisturiser is a must if you want to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. I know, I know, you want to tan – you can tan with sunscreen on! Unless you want to end up with wrinkles at 30, wear sunscreen every single day.
Always use primer. I use Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser all year around but summer is when it really comes into its own. Without a good primer, the heat will make your makeup melt quicker than ice cream – that’s a promise. I choose Maybelline’s primer because it mattifies, which helps to keep my makeup looking good for longer.
Don’t use foundation, swap to BB cream or tinted moisturiser. In the summer, full coverage foundation can look far too heavy. Plus, you often can’t tan through it. That’s why, it’s best to swap to BB cream or tinted moisturiser, especially for during the day. I’m a big fan of No7 Tinted Moisturiser, as well as Rimmel Wake Me Up BB Cream. Come summer, I love a more natural look which is why I swap to tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
To give your base of choice a dewy look, add a little liquid highlighter to it. I use a small amount of Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter to give my base foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser an illuminating glow.
In the warmer summer months, it’s even more important to use powder to set your makeup. After applying my tinted moisturiser I dust a small amount of Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder over my skin. This sets my makeup in place and helps to prevent the heat from causing it to run.
For my blush, I go a shade light in the summer months. This is because most of the time my cheeks are already naturally pink from the heat, so I don’t need as much pigmentation from my blush. I tend to use The Balm Frat Boy Blush as it gives my cheeks a nice colour but isn’t too dark, plus it blends seamlessly.
As for my bronzer, I tend to lighten the amount I use. I’m all for contouring, but come summer I like to tone it down a little. I prefer a more natural look so I tend to use a lighter coloured bronzing powder or a cream contour stick like Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu. I’ve also tried out the bronzing stick from the P.S range and that also worked well.
To ensure that my look is as ‘natural’ as possible, instead of using mascara I tend to opt for an eyelash primer instead. My favourite of which is Benefit They’re Real Tinted Mascara Primer in brown – I love the natural-looking boost it gives my lashes. (A word to the wise, for beach and pool days, a waterproof mascara is a must!)
Lastly, I set my makeup in place with a makeup setting spray. I find that by spritzing my face with a setting spray that my makeup stays in place and looking good for twice as long.