Create The Perfect Summer ‘No Makeup’ Look
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Summer is fast approaching, which means the much anticipated holiday and festival season is just around the corner – but are you ready? It’s so easy to fall into a makeup rut and find yourself reaching for the same old products time and time again, but what better way to celebrate the dawn of a new season than with an update to your makeup bag and a simple beauty look that will leave you feeling fabulous? You don’t have to invest in a tonne of products you’ll use once and then forget about, or go so far beyond your comfort zone you hide behind an oversized pair of sunglasses for most of the day… Nope, a few small tweaks will make all the difference and ensure you feel summer ready in no time at all. If you want to embrace that summer glow without having to jet off to somewhere exotic, here’s how you can update your makeup bag for summer and create an effortless ‘no makeup’ look in four easy steps.
STEP 1: THE PERFECT BASE
During the warmer months I prefer to stay away from heavy foundations, instead opting for a lighter finish that hydrates skin while leaving it looking radiant. I’ve been loving No7’s HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation (£15.00) since it launched earlier this year, and it’s the perfect base to take you into summer: it includes a blend of anti-oxidants (including vitamins A, C and E) together with grapeseed oil to moisturise skin without weighing it down. It also includes SPF15, which is a great bonus over your usual skincare to protect delicate skin in the sun. Apply with a sponge for an effortlessly natural finish that lasts all day long, finishing with just a dusting of powder to keep it locked down across your t-zone.
STEP 2: GLOW UP
I can’t step out the door during summer without lashings of bronzer and highlighter; they may seem scary if you’ve not tried them before, but once you’ve seen the healthy glow they deliver you’ll never look back. Picking up a lighter shade of bronzer like the Bourjois Delice de Poudre (£7.99) will ease you in, while giving you the flexibility to build up the colour result; I’ve been using this for over a decade and it’s still a firm fave.
Buff it in with a fluffy brush into across your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and in upward motions from the apples of your cheeks to just beside your eyes. Start light and add more colour until you’re happy with the healthy glow – you’ll look like you’ve just spent the day on a Caribbean beach, without the added expense.
To finish, dab a little liquid highlighter using your finger along the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and under the arch of the brow; this will help to catch the light and bring radiance to skin, creating a really healthy finish without any shininess. If you fancy, blend it in gently by tapping a clean blending sponge across the area. I’m obsessed with highlighter and the Sleek Highlighting Elixir Illuminating Drops (£6.99) are just the ticket.
STEP 3: ALL ABOUT EYES
If glitter makeup isn’t your thing, then why not add a touch of shimmer using golden tones of eyeshadow and a few metallics instead? I definitely feel like I’ve left my glitter days behind me, but I love buffing in a little warm metallic tone into my lids for an effortless holiday chic result. The Too Faced Natural Eyes eyeshadow palette (£34.00) is so dreamy it hurts; Silk Teddy offers the perfect understated base, while Push Up and Honey Pot add a little extra shimmer to take you from beach to bar. If you fancy something with a bit more punch, either layer on Erotica around the lash line or dampen your eyeshadow brush to apply the powder wet – this helps to achieve a far more intense result you’ll love.
Finish up by filling in your brows (with something like No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil £8.00) and lashings of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (£22.00) to really open your eyes and create a powerful flutter as soon as you take off those sunnies. This award winning mascara hooks, lifts and curls lashes to create a beautifully elongated lashline with up to 12 hour hold; I’m on about my sixth tube for good reason!
STEP 4: THE FINISHING TOUCH
It wouldn’t be summer without a slick of something juicy, moisturising and fun; the Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom (£18.50) is just what you need to get you in the mood for summer, with very little effort. It’s super comfortable on the lips, plus it provides just a hint of pink to create a youthful and kissable pout. You don’t even need a mirror to re-apply, making it a perfect addition to either your hand luggage, beach bag or clutch…
All you then need is a spritz of your fave perfume and a blast of dry shampoo at the roots – and you’re good to go!
The whole look comes in just over £100 and will see you through the summer months and beyond; a little investment in your makeup bag can make all the difference, while saving you the price of an airplane ticket!
What small changes will you be making to update your makeup bag for summer?
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This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots, but all thoughts are my own.