July Favourites 2015 – My Summer Makeup Essentials

As a result of the beautiful weather we have been having recently in the UK, this month’s favourites are mainly rediscoveries and products I like to wear in the heat. These are the products that I gravitate towards this time of year and I have been using them almost exclusively for the past two months (hence why you may recognise a couple of these products from last month’s favourites).

Primers

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L-R: Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

Now, I’m not a die-hard primer person. In fact, most of the time I don’t even think to use them. But when the sun is shining all I want is for my skin to have that J-Lo glow, and these products really do the trick. My all time favourite is the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It’s really light yet very moisturising and provides a great base for makeup, as does the Elemis balm only it is pricier (this was a sample size I got in Marie Claire earlier this month). If you’re wanting a more affordable alternative, I recommend the Superdrug Brightening Radiance Balm. It has very tiny glitter particles in it that are not too noticeable (you won’t look like a disco ball, I promise) especially once you apply a foundation on top. It even smells very similar to the Clarins balm. Better still, the entire Superdrug Naturally Radiant range is great for brightening the complexion and is almost always on offer.

Bases

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L-R: Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow, The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream in 03, Bourjois Bronzing Primer.

I’m sure all of these products have appeared on the blog before, and yes I still love them all. The WAB and the All-In-One are both very light products with next to no coverage, but I love them for the warmth they add to the skin. A little concealer in the places that need it and you look like you’re naturally glowing. The Bourjois, although it is a primer, I use alone as I do the other two products – just a hint of concealer on top. This one does the same as the others in terms of colour, but it has a more matt finish so if you’re particularly oily, or if it’s so hot you know you’re going to be sweating your eyebrows off, this one is the better option.

Concealers

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L-R: EX1 Delete Concealer in D300, Stila Perfecting Concealer in Shade F.

These are the two concealers that I’ve found myself switching between recently. This time of year I wear a shade D300 in the EX1 concealer but most of the year I’m a D200. Although it is not as high coverage as the Stila concealer, I choose this one when I want a super light base; it’s much more lightweight. When I need the coverage I go for the Stila over any other concealer as it still looks natural whilst effectively concealing spots and discolouration.

Powder

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Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in 02 and Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face brush.

Powder is another thing I don’t use on the regular, but on hot days it is kind of a necessity. The one and only powder I use is the Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder (always and forever). It gets rid of unwanted shine without making you actually look powdery. Perfect for when you’re trying to achieve the glow without looking like an oil slick. I like to use it with a Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face brush so I get a light finish. If you have darker skin and struggle to find powders (or foundations or concealers for that matter) in a suitably dark shade, have a look at Sleek Makeup. They’re one of the few brands you can find in UK drugstores that cater to much darker skin tones.

Cheek Colour

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MUA Whipped Velvet Bronzer in Majestic Gild, Lush Latte Lip Tint, Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu.

I think often your overall glowiness (as I’m sure you can tell is the theme of this blog post) depends upon what products you put on your cheeks. The high points of your face are what catches the light, so I go for very bronzed cheek colour this time of year. The MUA Whipped Velvet bronzer is a beautifully light cream product that adds a really golden glow to the cheeks; and it’s so affordable – only £3. The Lush Latte lip tint also has a gorgeous, almost metallic, rosy-bronze finish that looks incredibly natural, plus it lasts very well on the skin considering it’s a cream product. The Makeup Revolution blush stick is my preferred matte option for bronzed cheek colour; I find I get a lot of compliments on my skin when I wear it.

Highlight

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L-R: Benefit Sun Beam, Makeup Revolution Radiant Light Highlighter in Glow, Lush Happiness Cream Eyeshadow.

I only really use highlighter regularly this time of the year; to amp up the radiance. My top three, pictured above, consists of Benefit’s Sun Beam (a blogger favourite), Makeup Revolution’s Radiant Light (an affordable Hourglass dupe) and a Lush Cream Eyeshadow. Sun Beam and Radiant Light are slightly more subtle options than the Lush shadow, just differing in the fact that they are liquid and powder products respectively. The Lush shadow is for some serious golden glow that really stays put.

Brows

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My brows really don’t like doing what they’re told, particularly in hot weather. With that in mind, my brows are probably the only part of my makeup that I tend to use heavier makeup for, just because they need to last. I find that with the NYX Eyebrow Gel or the Eylure Brow Ink I can perfect my brows without them looking unnatural, and have them stay put even on oily or sweaty skin. Recently I have been using the Eylure more regularly just because it’s so quick and convenient to use. If I have more time I use the NYX gel on a small angled liner brush.

Eyes

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For me, one of the great things about summer makeup is that wearing next to nothing on the eyes looks great. My simple go to eye makeup is usually just two products: Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in My Two Cents, and a good mascara; my current favourite being Urban Decay Perversion. If I have ever decided to venture away from a simple eye look like that, I’ve been reaching for this great Accessorize Bejewelled palette which is full of some excellent summer colours. I’ve been enjoying jazzing up my standard Kate Super Sharp winged liner look with a hint of gold, or orange, or pink.

Lips

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L-R: Bourjois Aqua Laque in Feeling Reddy, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco.

It’s a similar story with lips as it is with eyes; I prefer less when it’s hot. Usually I go for a comfortable nude lipstick, or just a nude liner and lip balm, but sometimes you just feel like you need an amazing red lip to go with your amazing bronzed skin. A combination I have recently come across is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco topped with the Bourjois Aqua Lacque in Feeling Reddy. The result is a stunning orange-red with the staying power of the matte lip cream and the comfort of the Aqua Laque.

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