It’s a sunny(ish) day and you want to go out in your new sundress and look positively radiant. For some people this is easy- shower, natural hair, no makeup – DONE! For others (i.e moi (Kirsty)) this is not so simple plus some of us (i.e me again) just love makeup! In these summer months, I like to play around with makeup and colours but here is a quick run-through of my basic summer go-to daytime look. Say hello to lots of natural, creamy consistencies and bye-bye to cakey powders. I didn’t plan this but it just so happens that most of the products I’ve chosen are from the drugstore so it’s also a cheap look. Plus I apply the majority with my fingers so it’s quick and easy to apply and you get more time in the sunshine- Bonus!
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream/Wake Me Up foundation by Rimmel – This choice always depends on how my skin is. The BB cream is a lot less coverage but I think Maybelline have come up trumps with this one. It’s really just like a tinted moisturiser. It evens out my skin-tone without it looking like I’m wearing much and it has SPF 30! For days when more coverage is ESSENTIAL, I go with Wake Me Up as it is still light and gives a lovely glow to the skin. I apply both with my fingers for an even and natural finish.
Soap and Glory Kick-Ass Concealer – No matter how clear my skin is, I always need a good concealer due to my looovely skintone (a lovely rainbow of reds and blues and all sorts). This little pot is truly incredible! It’s creamy at the same time as being heavy duty enough for me. It is a ‘three-piece camouflage set’ which contains 1. a pinky/peachy undereye concealer/corrector to cover the blue bags (Yay!) 2. a yellowy toned, thicker concealer to cover up spots and redness (Boom!) and 3. A transparent powder to fix it all in place (sorted). The powder not only sets but isn’t too matte. I can’t recommend this product highly enough!
Stila Convertible Colour Blush – I love this blush as previously mentioned in my March Favourites. I just like a cream blush for daytime in the summer as it’s a lot more natural and this one is perfect in both shade and consistency.
Elf Eyebrow Kit – Another staple in my makeup bag that was mentioned in my March Favourites. The waxy colour topped with the powder leads to natural brows which stay put all day.
Topshop Glow Stick in Play Up – I’ve had this highlighter for a couple of months and I’ve fallen in love. As Topshop say “blend the product onto the skin for an effortless glow”. It’s a dream!
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze/Mac Paint Pot in Painterly – I mix these up depending on what look I’m wanting; Shimmer = Maybelline Matte = Mac. These are quick to use and easy to blend minus a brush. They also last all day long!
Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder – I use this mainly for the bronzer for this look but the blush is a gorgeous peachy, coral pink which I enjoy wearing too. This is the only real powder based product I use (apart from the Soap and Glory powder) but you could replace this for a cream/gel bronzer like Chanel or Bourjois. This is my favourite bronzer right now – it is cheap and has a little shimmer but not too much. It’s comparable to Nars Laguna I’d say. It’s really well pigmented but be warned, give the brush a good whack before applying it – a little goes a long way!
Additional products –
Any mascara you like. Mine is Maybelline The Falsies.
Some form of liner – I go for Maybelline Gel Liner or Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal as they last all day long.
Something to set it if you fancy – I use Elf Mist and Set Setting spray. Cheap and cheerful, helps to keep things in place at the same time as adding a bit of dewiness.
Quick, cheap, natural, summery makeup – DONE!
What are your favourite products for a quick & easy summer daytime look?