Hey there beautiful! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Next up in my 'Summer Lovin' series are my top five summer makeup tips. Like I said in my introduction post the thing with me and summer is that I love the sunny and warm weather but really struggle when it comes to applying makeup and trying to look somehow decent. This is why I'm always on the hunt to find the perfect summer products, but recently I discovered it's not just about the products themselves. It's also very important to know which steps to do and which steps to leave out of your makeup routine and that's why I'd like to share my five of my favourite summer makeup tips.
#1: Take Time To Prime
I believe the key to a long lasting foundation and intense colour is the most commonly skipped step: a primer. Seriously, this stuff works wonders! I used to think primers wouldn't really change the appearance of my makeup but I was so wrong. All you need is a pea-sized dot of an oil free formula, apply it to your skin before foundation and concealer and you're left with a long lasting base. And you don't have to splurge to get a good primer. I think L'Oreal has some great ones in stock and I also love the 'Babyskin' by Maybelline.
#2: Go (Sort Of) Naked
Whether you're going to the beach or just wondering around the city. In summer I find most days to be too hot to wear foundation, so what I suggest is - skip the base entirely and just stick to concealer. I know some of you are not comfortable with not wearing foundation but covering shadows, spots and blemishes with just concealer means you won't have to worry about your makeup melting off your face. Make sure to use a denser formula like the Lasting Perfection concealer by Collection, it will stay put longer than a liquid.
#3: Use Cream Products
Mixing powder with sweat isn't pretty, which is why I would advice you to use cream products. A sheer wash of a cream eyeshadow (the Colour Tattoos by Maybelline are amazing) stays put and wont cake - plus they have a beautiful sheen to them and you could also use them as a liner for a pop of colour. Same goes for blushes, creamy formulas look much more natural and give you that pretty 'glow from within'. I really like the ones by Topshop.
#4: Always Use A Setting Spray
For me setting sprays used to be in the same product category as primers. I didn't really believe in them until fairly recently, they really make a difference. Most of the time I just use it to finish off my routine but when I really want my makeup to last and not look cakey I use it in between every step. I also make sure I always have one in my bag to freshen up my makeup throughout the day.
#5: Go For Sweatproof Mascara
Waterproof mascara is a must-have in summer. It can withstand the office, the beach, the pool and the bar without smudging. They also hold the curl better and are more intense. I really like Maxfactor Masterpiece MAX Mascara. It's super volumizing, super black and super cheap!
These are all of my favourite summer makeup tips. I hope they helped some of you. If you have another tip for summer makeup please share it with us in the comments below! xo, Marie