Wednesday, 27 May 2015

My everyday summer makeup menu


Oh summer, don't think I didn't notice you creeping in there with your long nights and slightly sweaty weather. We may not be in full season yet, but this time of year definitely calls for a switch-up in beauty products, especially when it comes to everyday wear. Here's my current makeup routine:

First I'll go in with the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer - this is a real stand out under-eye concealer as it brightens and hides dark circles while also not sitting in any creases or fine lines, of which I have a couple now! It's also good to dab on any scars or small spots if my skin is having an otherwise relatively good day.

As you'll know if you've ready any of my other skincare or beauty posts, I have super-duper oily skin. This means that for me hot weather is an actual nightmare. Makeup slides off all over the place and don't even get me started about wearing sun tan lotion. This is where the Garnier Oil Free BB Skin Perfector comes in. It gives a light-medium coverage, has an SPF of 20 and is moisturising enough for me to actually skip proper moisturiser and go straight for this. It stays longer than most foundations would on me and sits light enough on my face to wear on warmer, sweatier days.

I never used to be one for bronzer, until I purchased Benefit's Dallas blush/bronzing powder on a whim. I would recommend this as an investment for any girl looking to achieve a natural looking glow, as this powder is beautifully matte without a shimmer in sight. I dust it over my cheeks, nose, forehead and chin to fake a sun-kissed look. I'll then go in with a touch of Benefit's High Beam highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones and under my brow bones just to brighten things up a little.

I like to keep eyes very simple during the day. My trusty Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil helps me fill in any gappy patches and neaten up my brows (thank you, black-brown, for actually being a perfect shade match), while lashings of Benefit's Roller Lash mascara help bring some impact to the table. This stuff is so good! I'm currently using up a couple of samples before I get myself a full-size version but it's the best mascara I've used yet.

I usually finish with a subtle lip, and my current favourite is the Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Not an Illusion. It's kind of a 'your lips, but better' shade that still packs enough of a punch to be noticeable, and has a brown undertone that really compliments summer skin.


What are your everyday makeup staples for summer?
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