Summer is filled with many pleasures – but melting makeup, smeared mascara and a shiny face are not among them. Here I share all my best tips to keeping Summer makeup looking fresh and beautiful all day long.
1. Protect your skin
Keep your skin hydrated and protect it from the sun. There are many options, from the traditional face sunscreens to moisturisers and foundations with built in SPF.
SPF is not only limited to face products, there are also lip products that contain SPF.
2. Primer is your best friend
Face primers are incredibly light, provides a smooth base and helps to hold makeup in place. It goes on after moisturiser but before face makeup.
The same goes with eyes. Apply eye primer to minimise creasing and create a base for eyeshadow to cling to so it lasts longer. Avoid using cream shadows on lids, opt for powder eyeshadow.
3. G0 (almost) Naked
Not comfortable going entirely naked? Skip foundation and use concealer to cover up shadows, spots or blemishes. This means you won’t have to worry about blotting away your makeup throughout the day.
If you still feel exposed, go for a tinted moisturiser. It will even out your skin tone, add radiance and still feel light.
If you still prefer foundation, choose a light coverage foundation and set with translucent powder instead of foundation powder.
Everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter and your teeth white.
When applying bronzer, concentrate on high points of your face where the sun naturally hits you – your cheek bones, middle of forehead, bridge of nose, cupids bow and chin. Be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.
5. Stop Shine, Add Glow
Brush a light layer of shimmer copper eyeshadow across your lids for a Summery take on smokey eyes. Or use a shimmery golden pink for a softer look. Place some lighter shadow in the corner of your eyes to help them pop.
For that Summer glow, blend a touch of highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose. Here I am using NARS The Multiple in Orgasm. It is a an all-in-one, cream-to-powder, multipurpose makeup stick. YOu can use it to highlight, sculpt, and warm the eyes, cheeks, lips, and body. One of my favourite all-in-one products.
6. Waterproof Mascara
The easiest way to avoid panda eyes at the end of the day is waterproof mascara.
If you find that long wearing formulas irritate your eyes, sweep a clear coat of mascara over your regular mascara on your top lashes to seal the colour and only use clear mascara on your bottom lashes.
7. Go Bright
Just as you are likely to wear more vibrant clothing or carry a bright bag this Summer, this is the perfect time to use those bright colours in your makeup bag. Livelier colours brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to the skin.
If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks or a pop of colour on your lips are both good places to start.
The finished look:
Smash Box Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
Shiseido Ultimate Sum Protection Face Sunscreen
Dior Nude Rose Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume IV
Lancome Artliner in Black
Lancome Hypnose WP Mascara
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy