At the risk of sounding extremely British by always complaining about the weather, I’ve honestly never really been a fan of Summer. I much prefer shoving on a ridiculously oversized woolly jumper and wearing five pairs of socks to dealing with sunburn, chub rub and battering my feet in “cute” sandals. With that being said, through trial and error I’ve managed to find some ways that work for me in terms of wearing Summer make-up. Many of us know the feeling of your make-up melting off throughout the day to the point you may as well never have bothered, so I thought I’d share some of the little tips that work for me.
First of all, foundation becomes an absolute no-no for me the minute that sun starts beating down. You can guarantee that within minutes, it will end up streaky all over my face with half of it ending up on my shirt. With that, I introduce to you my absolute saving grace – BB cream. This is basically a moisturiser type consistency with a tint of coverage that I think is so perfect for a Summer look. My favourite BB cream at the moment is Garnier’s BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin. I’m such an advocate of embracing your natural freckles; this BB cream hides any redness and fatigue whilst still allowing your freckles to peep through and gives you a really nice natural glow. Plus, it takes way less time to apply that foundation as you just rub it onto your face with your fingers like a regular moisturiser. This saves a decent amount of getting ready time in the morning which is always a plus – does anyone else feel constantly shattered from the heat!? Maybe that’s just my lazy tendencies.
Another thing I cannot recommend more is waterproof mascara. I’ve been using my trusty Maybelline Lash Sensational for years now but unfortunately the heat means that it ends up smudged under my eyes. I have quite hooded eyelids as well which seems to make the problem a lot worse. Luckily, Maybelline do a waterproof version of the same mascara so I just switched my regular one up for this one and it completely eliminated the problem – not a black smudge in sight! If this is a problem you find yourself having then definitely pick up a waterproof Lash Sensational, it’s by far my holy grail mascara.
A very important thing that can completely change your make-up game is a good primer. For some reason, I find these very hard to come by – my skin gets extremely oily in the Summer and I thought it had proved impossible to find a primer to combat this. Luckily, I have now found my true love – Nip+Fab’s Viper Venom. The smell is so fresh, it makes my skin completely matte and smooth and it eliminates my larger than life pores. I honestly cannot recommend this primer enough to anyone that suffers with oily skin. I also need the scent bottled up into a perfume or something because I’m actually obsessed.
I would always recommend using a setting spray all throughout the year, not just in Summer but I’ve taught myself a little trick for when it’s hotter. I’ve started to apply my setting spray in layers rather than just one coat of spray at the end which makes my make-up last so much longer. I like to apply my base make-up (foundation, concealer and cream contour) and then spray a coat of setting spray, apply powder products and do another spritz and then again at the very end when my full face is done. This has made a huge difference to the lasting power of my make-up. Just for reference, I’ve been using MUA’s Pro Base Fixing Mist religiously for a while now. It’s only £5 a bottle and it’s up there with the higher end setting sprays in my opinion – definitely pick one up if you’re in Superdrug.
As disgusting as it may sound, I tend to get quite a lot of humidity targeted in my eye area – I think this is due to my eyes being hooded. This means that if I’m wearing regular eyeshadow, no matter how good quality my eyeshadow is or how much setting spray I use, it can still end up patchy and disappear throughout the day. The way I’ve combatted this problem is by switching to liquid eyeshadows. I’ve been using Collection’s Glam Crystals Liquid Eyeshadows; they apply as a liquid and then dry down to a blendable powder but they stay completely put no matter what the weather conditions. They’re only £3.99 each which I think is an absolute bargain as they’re definitely on par with the likes of Stila liquid shadows. My personal favourite shade at the moment is ‘Aura’, a gorgeous pearly pink that I used on my lid for the make-up look pictured.