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Monday, 30 June 2014

summer beauty basics

review swatch photo

get naked

In the summer, it’s time to amp up the skincare and try and skip the foundation. Stick with concealer on the darker spots, shadows and blemishes and add a light dusting of powder. This will keep your skin looking fresh and matte. I'd recommend Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - it's budget friendly and stays put for 16 hours. If you are really worried about going foundation free then invest in a decent tinted moisturiser. Try and pick one that will protect and enhance the skin at the same time.

Bronzed Goddess

Finding a good summer bronzer is a must. I like ones that have peachy undertone to really enhance a natural tan and add warmth to the skin. My favourite bronzer at the moment is the Clarins Summer Bronzer. It’s a huge compact which can be used all over the body. Check out my blog post on the Bronzing basics if you want to know more.

Keep it Glowing

To keep your skin glowing add a touch of liquid highlighter to the face. It’s hard to get the balance between highlighted and oily so this might take a bit of practice. Always start with less and add more as you go along. My pick is Revlon Skinlights - these come in a variety of shades to suit all skin tones and gives the skin a lovely lit from within glow. Pat this wherever the light will naturally hit your face - Tops of the cheekbones, brow bone and down the bridge of the nose.

Locked and Coated

Hayfever sufferers will rejoice at the thought of waterproof mascara! The Bare Minerals Locked and Coated is a mascara topcoat which will turn any mascara instantly waterproof. A must for anyone trying to avoid dreaded racoon eyes.

Brighten Up

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with brighter makeup. But if you're daunted by the idea of bright makeup then go for a neon lip. Brighter shades work so well with tans to really make the skin pop. Orange is so on trend this season so I’d suggest the Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Exotic. A stunning bright orange which will suit all skin tones.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer review swatch
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 
Clarins Summer Bronzer review swatch
Clarins Summer Bronzer
Revlon Skinlights review swatch
Revlon Skinlights 
Bare Minerals Locked and Coated review swatch
Bare Minerals Locked and Coated  £10.50

illamasqua matte lip liquid in exotic* £18.50


  1. I'm also planning on wearing LOTS of bronzer and highlighter this summer! :)

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

  2. You can never go wrong with the collection concealer!

    Distant Dreamer

  3. awesome!

  4. lovely picture!!

  5. I've been working on attempting orange lips. A bit daunting, but we'll get there.

    Magee /

  6. Great tips. I'm really trying to go sans foundation at the moment, it's hard!

  7. great picks and tips! x

  8. I agree with 'get naked' - i love a foundation free face in the summer and amping up the bronzer and bright lips
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

  9. I'm really hoping to get one of those Illamasqua lip products for my birthday.

    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP: The Deaf Side of Beauty

  10. Heard so much good stuff about the collection concealer! Not sure I'll be able to pull off orange lips this summer though

  11. Great tips :)
    L x

  12. Lovely post and great tips x

  13. My ultimate summer buy has to be the Estee Lauder bronze goddess perfume!

    B xx

  14. I agree with you, I don't like wearing too much makeup during Summer! xx

  15. Skipping foundation is definitely a good idea! especially when it's under the humid heat here in Hong Kong!



  16. Great product picks, I've been loving the Clarins tinted moisturiser for hot days it's fab x

    Liza | Glambeautys Beauty & Fashion Blog | YouTube | Glambambini Family & Lifestyle Blog

  17. Bronzer is always the way forward! I also like to make sure I use highlighter to give myself that all time glow!

  18. I wear bronzer all year round. I love to have that summery feeling even during the freezing winters. :)

  19. Such a useful post! Foundation in summer is such a hash. BLEGH x

    Anon Style

  20. Agreed, for summer Bronzer is THE staple. Where I live we have a wet & a dry season, so it's basically always summer, 29c in "winter", 40+c in "summer", so make up slides off your face, but bronzer is a must!


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