Don’t you just love a little bit of sunshine and heat on your bones. It isn’t often we bask in beautiful weather, so when we do, we want our makeup to look nice and light, fresh and summery, rather than a melting mess.
To help you look summer ready, I have put together a post with my summer makeup essentials to give you flawless and long lasting skin. To help keep the costs as low as possible, I have included some high end and budget alternatives where I can.
While most skincare products contain SPF unfortunately this is not enough to protect our skin from the suns harmful rays. I am often asked about anti ageing products and if I am honest, the best anti ageing products is a good SPF to stop the sun ageing your skin in the first place. While I didn’t have it to hand to take a picture of, the new Clinque mineralise facial SPF is really lovely. What I personally like about it is that it goals into the skin quickly and doesn’t interfere with the application of your makeup. There is nothing worse than applying a facial SPF and feeling like a big greasy mess. Available in an SPF of 30 and 50, it isn’t going to break the bank at a fairly priced €28. You can pick one up at any Clinique counter or online here.
No matter what time of the year, a primer is a must for me. With combination skin that tends to have a mind of it’s own, I need a good primer to keep my makeup in place.
At the moment, I have 3 primers that I am throughly loving. First up is the Givenchy Wake up skin makeup base. This is said to be a primer that will not only keep your makeup in place, but it will give your skin a little bit of a refreshed look and luminosity. Peronsally I don’t find it gives a real glow, but it is honestly like super glue for makeup. When I wear this, my makeup does not budge. Even foundations that are notorious for moving throughout the day, stay put with this one. I should also note at this point, that they come in a range of colours for correcting different issues such as pigmentation and redness, so while I personally love the white based one, if you suffer from redness you might pick up the light green. The plum shade will brighten up a yellow completion and the pale pink shade will help combat any grey tones.. Only downside is that it is on the expensive side of things at €37, but if you’re in the market for a primer that won’t budge, then I believe it would be worth going into Debenhams to see if you can get a sample.
If the budget is a little tighter, than let me introduce you to the two offerings from Flormar. First up is one that you will have heard me rave about before, the Flormar illuminating primer. This gives the skin a lovely subtle glow, while at the same time hydrating the skin and keeping your makeup in place. Whereas the Givenchy primer is more suited to those on the oiler side, I would be inclined to say that the flormar one is more suited to anyone on the drier side,as it leaves the skin lovely and hydrated. I am onto my second bottle of this stuff, as I really do find it great especially for the price of €9.95. You can buy it in a selection of pharmacies or online here.
My final primer is one that can be worn as a primer or on it’s own to give the skin a radiance. The Flormar Double Radiance primer highlighter does exactly what it says on the tin. It really does give the skin a glow, but instead of the subtle radiance that the illuminating primer gives, the Double Radiance is much more of a highlighted look. This can be worn on it’s own or under your foundation. I think it is important to note, that due to the slight tint in the primer, this will marginally change the colour of your makeup. It isn’t something that bothers me, but if you’re very pale, this might not be the product for you. Again this can be bought in pharmacies nationwide and online on Cara pharmacy for €12.95
When it comes to summertime, the foundation that I wear tends to vary from day to day all depending on how hot it is, how my skin is feeling and what sort of a pick me up my skin actually needs. There are three properties that I look for in a summer foundation, longevity, weight and coverage. For me a summer time foundation must last throughout the day, feel light on my skin, but I don’t want to compromise my coverage. I am not asking for a lot really?
First up is the Estee Lauder double wear light. I tend to fall in and out of love with this foundation, but when it comes to summertime wear, this is a real winner for me. While not as heavy or full coverage as double wear itself, the double wear light foundation, is a medium coverage that holds up very well throughout the day. I find when worn with a good primer, double wear light stays put throughout the day with minimal wear down. You can read a full review here.
As a budget alternative the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream is a fairly new addition into my foundation arsenal but it is one that I am really loving at the moment. I am very late to this party, as so many being have been raving about it for years!!! A CC cream is a colour correcting cream and this 123 perfect from Bourjois promises to be anti Fatigue, Anti redness and anti dark spots, while at the same time giving your complexion a luminous a smooth finish. While I don’t suffer with redness or dark spots, I can 100% see that it helps waken up my skin and give a smooth finish. A luminous finish not so much, but that can be forgiven. Not only that, but do not be put off by the term CC cream, as this gives a fairly decent coverage. I would say it is a light to medium coverage but it can be built into a good medium finish. I would be inclined to say that this might not suit those who are of the drier disposition due to the fact, it did tend to cling to my drier areas, but if your normal, combination or on the oily side at €10.49 in Boots it is well worth trying. I will have a full review of this CC cream up soon.
Like with foundation, I expect a lot from my concealer. It needs to cover my never ending dark circles, but I don’t want it to feel heavy or cakey under my eyes. My favourite concealer at the moment has to be the Clarins Instant concealer. I find thatches is fantastic for covering up dark circles and as it is so creamy it doesn’t settle in fine lines. It is also a great shade for brightening up the under eye area. Like with any concealer you will need to set it with a powder to stop it moving, but this is your perfect companion for summer time. You can read a full review here.
When it comes to the heat, a setting spary is an absolute must for me and there really is no other product out there as good as the Urban Decay All nighter setting spray. This oil free and parabeen free spray, is like a hairspray for your makeup. You can use it in two ways. Firstly you can spritz your foundation brush with the spray and mix it into your foundation on application and secondly you can spray it all over your face once your makeup is complete. I tend to do both to try and maximise the true potential of the spray. Honestly, if you need your makeup to last in the heat, this is your only man. It comes in two sizes, a 30ml bottle and 118ml bottle. I personally think you will have enough for the summer in a 30ml bottle and it is a lot cheaper too!! The 118ml bottle is €30, where as the 30ml bottle is around the €13/14 mark. You can buy these at any Urban Decay counter.