This will be my first beauty post. I don’t post about beauty on my Instagram feed that much, so I’m excited to talk about it more on this blog. As we’re experiencing this heat wave at the moment, I thought it would be appropriate to do a post on my summer make up tips. Obviously in this heat a lot of people may prefer to go completely without make up (which is completely fine), but for those that do want to wear make up I believe I do have a few tips that you might find useful. I think the main obvious problem in summer with wearing make up is avoiding getting oily (especially if you already have oily skin), and looking shiny.
The first step to combat this starts with prepping your skin. I think this is the step must people are likely to forget about/ skip (but I believe it can be very important). I know not everyone moisturises before doing make up, but personally I do as I think it gives a good base for make up. It’s possible to get an oil free moisturiser (sounds weird right?) which means you’re not adding oil to your skin. I know Kiehls do some, and I’ve also used one by Neutrogena. Next I tend to apply primer. I know there’s always been debate whether primer works but personally I use it. Primer is said to protect your skin from make up and give your make up a good base. Both of these points sound good to me, so I’d rather use one. A good matte primer I’ve used is Make Up Forever’s Step 1 matte primer. I wouldn’t say my skin is particularly oily, but I like to apply this primer in my t-zone (as a lot of people tend to get oily in this area). In summer or if you’re on holiday in a hot climate you can apply these primers in more areas of the face. I know Becca do a primer that is even more matte than the Make Up Forever one (I haven’t tried it as I’ve heard it’s extremely matte so probably too much for me).
Next comes foundations. I’m sure everyone is aware that there are different coverages of foundations. Wearing lighter foundations, bb creams and tinted moisturisers are definitely great for the summer. Bobbi brown do a great bb cream that I’ve tried and I really want to try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. If you’d like something more substantial and want to wear foundation try Mac’s infamous face & body, and I’ve heard good things about Bobbi Brown’s skin foundation. I’ve also been wearing Illamasqua skin base visage (a brand that lots of people forget about) a lot recently and been loving it. These are all great light weight foundations for summer. If you feel like these don’t give you enough coverage, then when picking foundations during summer look out for foundations that are “matte” (ask the sales advisor if you’re not sure). MAC’s studio fix is matte yet full coverage, and Estee Lauder double wear also has a matte finish and a huge variety of shades. You can also definitely get matte finish concealers.
After your foundation don’t forget to set your foundation with powder. I’ve used MAC’s mineralise powder for years, and it’s a holy grail of mine. You can definitely get good drugstore powders though. The Loreal true match one is great. Laura Mercier do a fab translucent one, that is liked by many. I’ve heard some people say they don’t like powders. It’s up to you of course, but I would not advise anyone to not set there make up with powder in the summer. You don’t have to use a lot of powder, you can just set it lightly. The infamous “baking’ technique comes in handy in summer (I’m gonna assume people know what that is…but comment down below if you need an explanation).
As a general rule I’d say try to stick to powders as much as you can during summer, or if not set any liquids you use with powders. Obviously it’s nice to use some liquids (you don’t want to go completely the other way, and make your skin look dried out!)
My last tip for summer make up is setting sprays. I definitely wouldn’t dismiss these, and think it’s a good idea to invest in one. The Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray is probably one of the most popular. I love this one, however I’d say there are better ones suited to summer. Urban Decay have their “De-slick” spray which is fab for keeping your make up matte in summer. A cheaper drug store spray is the NYX “stay matte” spray. I’ve recently purchased the Ben Nye “Final Seal” spray (a less well known one) after watching a review promising the spray would definitely keep your make up matte. I’ve not been using it long so I’ll have to report back what I think of it (though I can say it smells heavily of the dentist – which is a bit weird!)
That’s the end of my summer make up tips post. It’s another lengthy text post….I hope no one minds! I hope you found it helpful. Comment below any summer make up hacks you have for me, or any questions you have 🙂