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At this point in the year, I try to look as though I have a natural summery glow. Yet this ‘natural’ glow usually requires a bit of grafting and a good 20 minutes, or more, in front of the mirror.
Luckily my job often requires me to work outside. This is perfect on a sunny day but not so much on the damp, windy or wet days. Nevertheless, my job results in me getting a bit of a natural, albeit uneven, tan on my nose and cheeks. Yet the natural effects of the sun do not help me achieve that Instagram worthy sun kissed glow.
Recently, I have changed my moisturiser to Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Touch of Sunshine. I bought it because Superdrug were selling it for £9.99 rather than £14.99 but now I am in LOVE with it! The gradual tan included in the moisturiser is incredible but subtle. It does not give you the streaky orange skin, like some other gradual tans. Rather it gives your skin an even, warm glow.
So far, I have only used it on my forehead, temple area, cheeks and nose. I think that if I applied it around my eyes it would look unnatural. I have also avoided my smile lines as product always seems to gather there. The last thing I need is for my smile lines to be darker than the rest of my face!
The Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Touch of Sunshine also contains an SPF of 12 which is excellent. Even if you do not work outside, the SPF protects your skin from ‘daily incidental UV exposure’. It is also supposed to reduce the effects of ageing, although I cannot comment on this considering I have only been using it for two weeks.
I will admit that despite how much I love the Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Touch of Sunshine., it is quite thick and sticky. I am not sure if that is the right way to describe it but basically, if I try to wear just the moisturiser (without any other product) my face remains tacky. Fly aways get stuck to my face and I feel very uncomfortable. Therefore, you should always apply other products over it.
Despite trying almost every Drugstore primer under the Sun (or at least in Boots and Superdrug), I have yet to find one as effective as the Benefit POREfessional. It leaves my face with a smooth base and minimises my pores considerably. The product is probably minimising my pores by filling them with gunk but it feels lightweight and I have not had any outbreaks due to it.
Whilst POREfessional is by far my favourite Primer… it is SO expensive. I received my first tube as a birthday gift and I have recently bought the Value Set for £26. Hopefully this will last me until Christmas as £26 is a lot of money to spent on such a small amount of product. As a result, I only apply it around my nose and on my chin.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer is used to prime the rest of my face. I would not say that it is necessarily a product I swear by, as it does leave me feeling a little sticky. However, at £6.99 it is a reasonably priced product that creates a smooth base in which my makeup can be easily applied…and it stays in place all day (Usually from 7am until 9pm- I know I wear my makeup for WAY too long). It gets the job done. However, if you have any suggestions about an effective and reasonably priced primer, please comment below.
With regards to foundation, in the winter I apply an even layer or Rimmels Wake Me Up foundation or Match Perfection. However, to achieve a natural summer glow, I tend to stay clear from the foundations unless I have any angry spots or rashes. If you feel uncomfortable without some kind of base then you could always try a BB cream- it gives some coverage but it is not as heavy as foundation.
Skipping foundation, I jump straight into concealing my eyes. For anyone with deep set eyes, like me, you must agree that there is not some magic cream out there that suddenly removes your dark under eyes. The most effective way to minimise the darkness is to use a colour corrector, rather than some over priced magical, yet ineffective, serum. MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal Correcting Cream (in the colour yellow) only costs £2 and its creamy texture allows it to blend easily. It also does not collect in the creases, with is a big factor for me!
Just like primers, I have been through and experimented with almost every drugstore concealer and I have finally settled on Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It is quite thick and I would consider it high coverage but it is perfect for dark under eyes and redness. A little goes a really long way so I usually sketch small triangles under my eyes and blend with a Beauty Blender. Also, when it is applied on top of the POREfessional, you cannot tell that it is a thick concealer as it does not clump together in all of your pores.
The only gripe I have with this concealer is that if I leave it on my skin for too long, without applying a powder, it can go clumpy, set into the creases and then refuse to blend out of these creases. Even when a Beauty Blender is used! Beauty Bloggers seem to call this oxidisation! Therefore, as soon as I finish blending the concealer out, I set it with Natural Collection Pressed Powder (only £1.99).
When I was younger, I used to cover my whole face with Natural Collection Pressed Powder but now I have realised that this just makes me look dry, dull and it takes away any natural glow. When applied to the whole face, it destroys the desired glow that we are aiming for!
Contouring has been an obsession of mine ever since Kim Kardashian set the trend. Whilst she may now be into baking or some other weird and wonderful beauty techniques, I am still very much devoted to contouring. My go to contour kit is the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit.
Now I know that £29.50 is an extortionate amount of money to pay for 3 powders BUT:
1. It was bought for me as a Christmas Present in 2015 (You may have gathered from this blog post that all of my high end makeup has been bought for me)
2. I have used it almost every day since 25th December 2015… and it is still half full!
Look at it as a long term investment into your cheek bones!
I also double up the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit as an eyeshadow pallet. The highlighter is a fantastic transitional shade which can be applied all over the lid, whilst the bronzer blends out beautifully into the crease. The dark contour shade can be subtly blended into the outer corner of the crease. Whilst this takes some time, it creates a fairly natural look!
To add depth and definition to the eye, any brown eyeshadow can be blended onto the waterline and any highlighter can be applied to the inner corner (to open up the eye).
For anyone who knows me, I am a sucker for liquid eyeliner. It is something I have to wear every day otherwise I feel naked. It is also a product that I no longer try and save money on. L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Eyeliner Ultra Precision is a heavenly black liquid eyeliner that applies seamlessly over the lid AND it does not smudge throughout the day. The felt nib is thin and flexible- perfect for precision; especially if you want to create a cat eye. Admittedly L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Eyeliner Ultra Precision is not the cheapest of eyeliners (£6.99), yet L’Oreal have truly nailed it and I live by this product every time I leave the house.
To be honest, I do not have a summer favourite or a go to mascara. I tend to just buy what is on offer. Although, at the moment Rimmel London Wonderful Wake Me Up Mascara creates great volume and length in my lashes. It will really open up your eyes and it is not too clumpy.
I am a brow girl. Eyebrows should be important to everyone because they shape your face. For my Birthday I was bought the Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel (which costs £20). The tiny brush makes sculpting and shaping the brows easy. The product then keeps then in place ALL day and makes them look fuller. I then use the No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Kit to fill in the brow further and create a more defined shape. It costs £12.95 but, like the Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit , it lasts a long time.
No summer look is truly complete without bronzer. Whilst you could just use the
Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit to bronze your face, I prefer the Rimmel Natural Bronzing Powder which only costs £5.99. It seems to go really well with the moisturisers gradual tan. Plus, it smells incredible! I tend to apply this on my forehead, temples, cheeks, nose and I blend it down to my neck. It really completes the summer look and it will make you look as though you have a beautiful summer tan.
I think Blush brings a makeup look alive and I am currently obsessed with the Benefit Rockateur blush (which I got as a press pad as apart of the Beauty School Knockout Set– £29.50). It is a similar shade to the bronzer (but more pinky) so they blend together beautifully! So much so I bought the blush on its own but it costs £24.50. If any of you know of a drugstore dupe of Rockateur I would really appreciate if you could message me or comment below!
Highlighting has been a trend for AGES now but I have only really caught on since the weather has been warmer. It really adds a healthy glow to your face! Whilst I was originally using an expensive highlighter from an old Smashbox pallet, I have just bough an MUA Highlighting Powder (in the shade Peach Diamond) for just £3. By the time you have layered it up, it is as bright and gleaming as my old smashbox highlighter! A worthy investment!
As it is summer and you want a healthy glow all over, apply the highlight to your cheek bones, your cupids bow, the tip of your noses and beneath your bows.
I have only recently started using a setting and it is mainly because I get hot at work and my face begins to melt off. Therefore, I have been using Rimmel London Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray which costs £6.99. It is perfect to keep in your handbag so as you can reapply throughout the day. It keeps all of my makeup in place and dries quickly (but occasionally the moisture causes my mascara to smudge). It also cools me down and wakes me up a bit! I only use it as a setting spray but you can also use it as a primer- it would probably be quicker to apply than the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer.
I hope that this has been useful and will give you some inspiration for your own summer look. If you have any comments or makeup suggestions, please comment. xxx
Love Soph xxx
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