I have recently been exploring the horizons when it comes to new beauty products on the market. As much as I have some old favourites, I’ve noticed that how I do my everyday makeup in the winter often differs to that in spring and summer. But why? With the warm weather having different effects on my skin such as clearing my acne and giving me a bronze-colour, I reach for products that give less coverage and use lots more highlight. Below are some of my favourite makeup products for spring and summer use.
To me, my summer, skin-focused makeup products include primer, a light-weight concealer, cheek contour and plenty of dazzling highlight. This is different to winter, where I use high-coverage foundation, build to a high-coverage concealer, bronze as well as cheek contour and use a little less highlight.
To prep the face:
Toner or Facial Spray
Quite recently, I’ve come across the Mario Badescu Spritz.Mist.Glow facial spray set and I’m not going back anytime soon. These sprays are so versatile and really work. As there are 3 different scents, I use them for different times in the day. For mornings, I use the cucumber spray to refresh my skin and wake me up. It adds another layer of protection before I apply primer and then my other makeup products. Having finished my makeup I then spritz my face again to lock the makeup in place whilst giving me a glow too.
I received the “Airbrush Away” primer from No.7 in a beauty advent calendar, Christmas 2017. I am always quite skeptical whether the products you receive in calendars are going to be of high quality and of course, suitable for me. With the brands having to tailor them to mass audiences, you can come across some products that just don’t work for you. Thankfully, this was not the case. In fact, the whole No.7 advent calendar was full of great products, though my overall favourite is without a doubt, this primer.
I love using thick primers compared to lighter, lotion-type primers. The formula of the Airbrush Away primer is my ideal consistency. It applies nicely to the skin and you don’t have to use a lot of it to cover your face which is great. It helps my makeup to last, stopping it from easily rubbing away and gives me a flawless finish. I also like the Benefit POREfessional primer too but find as I use primer everyday, regardless of the season, it isn’t as affordable. This is more my go-to primer for special occasions.
I use the Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer. My shade is light. This is slightly lighter than what I’d usually go for but find that it really helps to brighten my under eye area and make me look more awake. I use the same concealer in the winter months however, I tend to apply more and sometimes “bake” the under eye to really lock in the coverage. It works wonders. It costs £8.99 though I often buy 2 when it’s on sale to make it slightly cheaper. However, it lasts me a while so tend not to buy more than 2 at a time to avoid it going out of date. (I still find it kind of weird how makeup can go out of date!)
I’m not a massive fan of powder products so instead of bronzer I like to use cheek contour. I find it gives a much more glowy look to the skin which I love. The one that I use is the Clinique chubby contour stick. This product costs £20.00 from the Clinique site, though you can get it cheaper elsewhere. I think it just comes in the one shade – or it’s the only shade I can find at my local Boots and what I can see online at present. It blends really easily and warms up the face nicely without being too orange looking. If you prefer more of a natural look I think creamy cheek contours are a great addition to your makeup bag as they sort of “melt” into the skin and can be made to look as intense as you’d like. For me, that’s often not too intense unless I’m going out.
Highlight is no doubt one of the most popular makeup products to date. I feel it makes your makeup look finished and flawless. I use a variety of highlighters though my all time favourite for both affordability and the product itself, would have to be the Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Golden Sugar. (Yes, I know it says Blush, but it’s amazing for highlight particular on my skin as I’m quite pale. From this palette I get highlight, blush and bronzer shades for a variety of different looks!) It costs £6.00 which is amazing and with the range of colours you can create various makeup looks with this palette and for the darker shades that perhaps don’t exactly match your skin tone, they’re rather pigmented to use as eyeshadows.
To make me look alive:
Mascara is without a doubt my go to makeup product. I can quite happily venture “out out” without a full face of makeup as long as I have my Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara on. This is by far my favourite mascara and costs £7.99 from Boots. It makes my eyelashes super long whilst being spread out and “wispy” looking. I love the look of fluffy eyelashes and with this product I get just that. It’s perfect!
I love lots of eyeshadows products but my favourites are my Morphe 35N Matte Palette and my Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette. The Morphe palette costs £23.00 from Beauty Bay and comes with 35 shades. It’s probably my favourite over the Revolution palette as the shadows are super pigmented, creamy and apply amazing. I use the Morphe brushes to apply it which is probably another reason why they work so well. Morphe brushes are highly recommended by many beauty bloggers and I can see why.
On the other hand, the Revolution palette costs £8.00 and has 32 shades. This is the palette I take with me when I’m travelling as with having few shades, it is a lot smaller and cheaper if anything happened to it! The shadows are great and blend really easy, though they don’t feel as buttery as the Morphe ones. However, for the price you literally cannot fault them. Packaging and all.
The eyebrow product that I use is the Laura Mercier Pomade Brow Duo. It includes 2 eyeshadow shades, one light brown (which is a little too light for how I like my eyebrows) and the second, a dark, chocolate brown. This brow palette costs £20.00 from John Lewis. I use this straight onto my brows and then brush them into place with the Benefit 24hr Brow Setter. This stuff is the bomb! I could not recommend this product more. It sets your brows in the perfect position for the whole day long – amazing. The Benefit 24hr Brow Setter costs £20.00 from Look Fantastic.
If I found that from brushing through my brows with the Benefit product, some of the brow shadow comes off, I re-apply in those places whilst the brow gel is still wet. That way the shadow sets and locks in place as the gel dries.
Last but not least, another go to product I use is eyeliner. I have quite wide eyes that look like they’re bulging out of my face. Due to this, after applying mascara, it can look like the corners of my eyes are bare – which I don’t particularly like. I prefer for my eyes to look round so I add black eyeliner to the inner and outer corner of my eyes so that it makes a complete circle. The eyeliner that I use is from Soap & Glory and it costs £5.50. It is extremely black and pigmented so that you don’t have to apply lots to get a nice amount on your eye.
Before this, I used to use a No.7 eyeliner which costs £7.50. This was more of a grey shade which meant that I got a lovely colour without being too black and darkening my eyes. Alternatively, when I wanted to go darker for more night time looks, you couldn’t really build it up to a black which is why I think the Soap & Glory eyeliner is better.
Below is a complete list of all the products I use during spring and summer. I’ve tried to make sure they’re all from main beauty stores to make it easier to buy if you’re interested.
- Spritz.Mist.Glow facial spray set
- No.7 Airbrush Away Primer
- Benefit POREfessional primer
- Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer
- Clinique Chubby Contour Stick
- Makeup Revolution Blush Palette
- Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
- Morphe 35N Matte Palette
- Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette
- Laura Mercier Pomade Brow Duo
- Benefit 24hr Brow Setter Gel
- Soap & Glory Eyeliner Pencil
This post was kindly written by Katie Rose, Lifestyle Blogger at ok Kate