So let’s start with an easy one: my current summer makeup favourites.
I’m using the same moisturising sunscreen as I have been for years, Olay’s Complete Defence. It’s factor 30 (the highest you can get here, although I think this might have recently been changed) and protects against UVA and UVB. The sun is so relentlessly strong here, especially in summer, that I wouldn’t – I couldn’t – go outside for more than a minute without sunscreen. Sucks but it’s true.
I do have a new foundation: I am now using Covergirl’s Tru Blend in shade number 1. It is better for me, colour wise, than my last one, and I really like how it feels on. It was recommended by Jessica of Chronically Vintage and Nessbow, and it turned out a friend uses it, too, so I got to see it first hand. It’s still warm but I love that there is a cheap foundation so I can spend more money on things that can’t be scrimped on, like perfume and too many coffees.
My concealers are the same as before – literally, the same ones, they last for ages: Bobbi Brown corrector in Porcelain Bisque and Laura Mercier’s in shade 1. I only use the corrector on really bad days and love them both. I haven’t been too racoony lately (until this past week, thanks to an allergic reaction, but more on that another time) so the Laura Mercier one is enough. It’s so creamy, and so good, I just know it will be discontinued!
For my eyebrows, I use Rimmel’s pencil in Black Brown. I love really dark eyebrows with bleached hair, as I like the contrast. I’m now going to get really fascinating and tell you that I’ve also started shaping my brows in a more early 1960’s shape, and I am loving it. I love eyebrows – no, really, I do – and how much they can change your face. I still want to try coloured brows, too, and a much lighter blonde-brown look. I feel a makeup shopping sesh coming on!
I find that in the summer heat, my mascara melts onto my face when I blink, and so I switched to a waterproof one. I’m not going to say which one it is as I grabbed an emergency one, by a well-known budget brand, from the super market, and I don’t like it at all. It isn’t waterproof, or sweat or tear proof, and still smudges under my eyes within an hour, but it IS eye makeup remover, deep cleansing cream and shower proof, and I can never get it all off and wake up with panda eyes. Oh hooray. If you know of any good ones, please share!
As with mascara, I find that my eyeliner can melt in the heat, too. I still use and love the Australis liquid liner but mostly avoid it when it is very hot. I’ve been enjoying a strong brow and strong lip combo lately, sans liner, but I’ll be back to it when it cools down.
For my cheeks, I have two blushers: Illamasqua ones in Lover and Nymph. I love these; perfectly matte and good strong colours and easy to build up so they can be subtle, too. Wearing lots of the orange one, Lover, at the moment.
Lip liners: MAC’s Cherry and Brick, a pinky red and an orange red respectively, and Illamasqua’s Titivate, a bright pink. I love bright lips, especailly with strong brows, and Lime Crime’s Velvetine in Suedeberry is incredible. I also use their Retrofuturist and Glamour 101 lipsticks a lot these days, and MAC’s Girl About Town is my favourite bright blue-based pink.
And... that’s all of it! If you’ve got any summer favourites, let me know. I do know a lot of you are in the middle of winter and so at the opposite end of things, makeup wise, and I love seeing the looks for cold weather. This winter, I’ll be wearing matte, velvety pale powder and strong eyes. I’m getting tired of summer, so hurry up, Autumn! x