This summer I’ve updated my makeup bag with some new purchases that have become essentials. I tend to the natural end of make-up, I’m not so interested in crazy colours, but more into looking like I’ve had a delicious 9 hours sleep, which is a rare occurance.
I don’t really wear foundation, but Aveda’s Inner Light tinted moisturiser is light enough to wear everyday and it has SPF. It’s non-greasy as well, so I can wear it and not get a sweaty mirror/forehead. Bonus. Benefit’s Porefessional is a bit of a miracle product, it’s a silicon based mattifier/pore refiner which gives an unreal soft focus glow to your skin. You just smooth it on areas like your nose, forehead and anywhere you want to smooth the texture of your skin. Lisa Potter-Dixon, head make-up artist at Benefit showed me how you can mix Porefessional with your moisturiser or foundation to give it an all-over liquid skin finish. Topshop’s Skin Glow is giving me amazing cheekbones, it’s really sheer and subtle but adds a gorgeous glow which is perfect for summer. I’ve also been mixing it with my moisturiser when I’m hungover, to give my grey skin a boost.
Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisturiser: £23. Benefit Porefessional: £23.50. Topshop Skin Glow: £10.
I usually wear Mac Select Moisturecover concealer, because the orange tones neutralise all the blues and purples of my dark circles. In the height of summer though I switch to their Studio Finish Concealer, its thick consistency blends really well on sweaty faces and over sunscreen and the high SPF is made for sunny days (like we’re seeing any of them!) Just a few dabs is all you need for fresh-faced coverage. It’s a beauty trad favourite and I can see why, Nars Laguna bronzer gives a great sheer bronzed finish and layers up a treat. It came highly recommended from a similarly sallow-skinned colleague, thanks Rebecca! The merest hint of shimmer gives it a 3D effect, and it combines brilliantly with the Skin Glow.
Mac Studio Finish Concealer: £13.50. Nars Bronzing Powder: £24.