Sunday, 16 July 2017

My Summer Makeup Essentials

My Summer Makeup Essentials
I don't know about you, but summer seems to play havoc with my face and makeup. I love a summer glow, but sweaty, melting makeup is not the look that I am going for. To help combat this, I have some summer go-to products that help to keep my makeup looking fab all summer long.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
L'Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
For me, cream products are perfect for the summer months. They seem to withstand the heat much better than powder products. I absolutely love this cushion bronzer from L'Oreal. It blends into the skin really well, leaving a really subtle glow on the skin. Whilst I prefer a light bronze, a deeper bronzy look can be achieved by applying more layers of the product.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist
The Body Shop Vitamin C Energising Face Mist
There is nothing better than a face mist in the summer. When it's hot and your face is feeling sticky, a spritz of this leaves your skin feeling so fresh. This product can be used in a number of ways. I love to use it as a pick me up during the day over make up, as a priming spray and also as a fixing spray after applying makeup. This leaves the skill feeling really hydrated and the vitamin C gives life to tired skin.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator
L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator
This product is perfect for achieving that 'I've just been on a two week holiday' glow. My favorite foundation is Nars Sheer Glow, particularly for the dewy glow it gives the skin - see my blog post review here. To enhance this further, I love to mix a drop of this into my foundation. This is also great on its own blended into the cheekbones, nose and brow bone to give a really lovely, natural highlight.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Unifiant
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Unifiant
Whilst I love my Nars Sheer Glow, when it's a very hot day foundation is just not even worth bothering with. It's like you can just feel it melting off your skin. Personally, I prefer to use a lighter product to still give me a bit of coverage. I have been loving this La Roche-Posy product to give me coverage, whilst still allowing my skin to breathe. This cream also has really great benefits for the skin like reducing imperfections and unclogging pores - resulting in a more even skin tone.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops
I have always really struggled to find the perfect shade of foundation - particularly with drug store foundations. This is then made ten times harder in the summer months where the skin is changing color depending on how tanned or not tanned you are. These shade adjusting drops have been a godsend to me. I can pretty much say I use either one of them every day when doing my make up. One drop of the lightening drops makes your foundation half a shade lighter and one drop of the darkening drops makes the foundation half a shade darker. I have also seen these drops being used for cream contouring - this isn't something I have tried, but it looks really good.

My Summer Makeup Essentials
There they are, my five summer makeup essentials. Hope you're all having a lovely summer so far. 
I'd love for you to share your go-to summer makeup products with me in the comments.  
Love, Kate xx

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