I flipping love Summer. It’s always warm, people are smiling, there’s ice cream vans on every corner and – Oh, wait, I live in Britain, so it’s cold, people frown at you and the only ice-cream vans you might see have run out of Mini Milks and are now only selling out-of-date cans of Coke.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t start experimenting with our makeup! Gone are smoky brown eyes and burgundy lips (who am I kidding, I wear that year-round), and here to stay are bright colours, shimmer and glitter. Yay!
So here are some of my favourite Summer beauty products. Yes, there’s two primers in this list – without primer, my makeup literally just slides off my face. A good primer can really transform your makeup.
Soap and Glory Kick Ass Super-Blur Imperfection Eraser
This handy little stick (which, due to my over-zealous ‘brightness & contrast’ photo editing routine is almost invisible on the pictures…) preps your skin and works like a primer to keep everything in place. Perfect to pop in your makeup bag for any emergency touch-ups – and to be honest, it’s like drawing on your face with a giant crayon, and that’s just fun.
I’ve never really been a blusher girl, til I came across Makeup Revolution and their beautiful blushes. I have naturally rosy cheeks anyway, and this redness tends to spread to my jawline, so I stay away from bright pinks. This shimmery blended blush is a pretty lilac colour (which sounds dreadful, but just trust me – you’re going to look like a fairy princess) which makes a statement when it’s the focus of your Summery makeup look.
Okay, so this has revolutionised my Summer makeup. Let this sink into your skin for a good five minutes before putting anything on top of it – it’ll minimise your pores, as well as mattifying any oils on your skin. A*, Soap and Glory!
I tend to be quite a pale person. Like, sometimes startlingly pale. On some people, that looks stunning – the whole “English rose” thing is really true for some girls. Not me, though. I like a bit of bronzer, especially with a tan, and this one from I Heart Makeup is like a beautiful mix of champagne highlighter and bronzer. Just slather it on, really.
I re-purchased this lipstick after a particularly devastating incident where it fell out of my bag in the middle of the road and a car drove over it. Harrowing.
It wouldn’t be Summer without obnoxiously bright lipstick, would it? I’m a big fan of giant sunglasses and the brightest lip colour EVER obscuring your entire face. Perfect.
Have you tried any of my Summer beauty favourites? Do you have any staple products of your own? Let me know!