The UK is in the midst of heatwave, with the hottest July day ever recorded reaching 36.7 degrees Celsius (98.08 Fahrenheit)!
This is what I call holiday weather and I don’t really wear make-up on holiday except for the evenings and for weddings. The thing is, I’m not on holiday, I’m not about to jump in a pool or the sea and I still have to go about my daily business. I need a little complexion boost and this is how I do it.
My make-up will melt anyway so I apply it to look melted in to start with. If that’s my look when I leave my house, there will be no need to worry throughout the day that my face has slipped.
My under-eye dark circles get worse in the summer, probably because I don’t drink enough water. To fix this, the best thing to do is to increase my water intake but for an instant confidence boost, I cover my dark circles using Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in medium/deep and an EcoTools concealer brush then conceal with Benefit Boi-ing in shade 4 using another EcoTools concealer brush.
I use waterproof eyeliner such as my Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye pencil in Bleu Néon along the top and bottom lash line. I picked a bright colour for summer but any colour will do as I have a few to choose from! I don’t want it to look too precise so to make it look melted in I smudge the whole line using a soft precision make-up brush such as my Models Own blending brush or MAC brush 219. I don’t put eyeliner on my waterline as my eyes are irritated from hayfever (allergy to pollen which is amplified ten-fold in weather like this).
Waterproof mascara is a must. This is the only thing I do not want to look melted in so it must stay in place. I put two coats on my top lashes and one on the bottom.
Cream blush such as my Model Co Crème Rouge in Just Peachy in my favourite at the moment. It is a great natural blush shade for me and is such a good product. It can go on the lips too! I pat this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it out along my cheek bones with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
If I’m wearing a bright eyeliner, I’ll also put the Model Co Pot Rouge on my lips using a lip brush just so that I don’t look like a multi-coloured clown. It give my lips a natural rosy finish. If I’m wearing a black or brown eyeliner, I’ll wear any lip colour as lip products don’t tend to slip on me (unless it is red lipstick without lip liner).
Finally, I use blotting papers to remove excess oil on my forehead and nose. Some shine may be left but in this weather, it is difficult to avoid. If I really need to mattify because I feel like a total grease-ball, I’ll lightly pat some powder foundation, such as my Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in shade 17, on my T-Zone (nose and forehead). Other than that, I do not use foundation.
This is how my make-up and I survive the summer!