Summer Beauty Picks
As much as I love makeup, truthfully, I haven't been wearing a whole lot of it this summer. I've probably had more makeup-free days this season than I usually would and I'm embracing feeling confident in going au naturel. There's a sense of freedom in not caring what you look like all the time and I think it's important to let the skin breathe too. Of course, I went all out with the glitter, bold lips and winged eyeliner during the holiday season, but when I have been wearing makeup these days, I've been taking the more minimal approach. There have been some real scorchers these past few weeks (with a few miserable and rainy days in there too because Melbourne) and feeling like your face is melting off in 40+ degree heat is not pleasant! I showed you all my summer skincare favourites in my last post, so in today's post, here's what I've been loving across makeup, nails and fragrance now that my favourite season is in full swing.
In the summertime, it's all about the long-lasting lightweight base. I don't always use a primer in the colder months, but to keep my base in place in the hot weather, I've been reaching for the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer. With a thick mousse-like consistency, it evens out the texture of the skin and is somewhat mattifying - a great one for those with oily skin. I'm onto my second tub of this stuff and I love that it's been repackaged with a pretty gold lid.
The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme are the most lightweight bases I own and if I'm after a little more coverage without being too full on, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is my foundation of choice. I can't fault any of these bases. They aren't going to cover every imperfection, but they do even out skin tone and make the complexion look positively radiant. I'm almost out of my Vitalumière Aqua and need to restock ASAP!
To set it all in place, I've been testing out my recently purchased Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. I think it works better than the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, though I do have a gripe with the nozzle as the product sprays out more like a harsh squirt than a fine mist. The trick, however, is to hold the bottle quite far back from your face while applying.
Over the past year, I think I've somewhat neglected the rest of my blushes for my nude-mauve shades, but since last spring, I've slowly been rekindling my love for those peachy shades I forgot how much I loved on my skin tone. MAC's Powder Blush in Margin is one of my all-time favourites (which is saying something as I own a lot!), described as a "muted peach with golden shimmer" and instantly adding a warm glow to the complexion. MAC's Powder Blush in Peaches is a true peach colour and is a great one to go for if you don't want anything shimmery. Benefit's Rockateur Blush wins the award for world's most hideous makeup packaging, but as they say, it's what's on the inside that counts! It's the most stunning rose gold shade, adding a sun-kissed flush to the cheeks.
As much as I tried to convince myself I didn't need the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer, it eventually found its way onto my wishlist and my mum bought it as a belated Christmas gift to me. I have the shade Luminous Bronze Light, the lighter of the two, and I'm so glad to have this now. The powder is so pigmented, I find I only need to tap my brush into the compact ever so slightly. I never used to be a bronzer girl at all, but now I can't do my makeup without it!
I don't really change up my eyeshadow depending on the season, but lately, I've found myself gravitating more towards lighter eyeshadow colours, as opposed to dark smokey eyes. I'm really digging the fresh-faced minimal eye look. MAC's eyeshadows in Naked Lunch and All That Glitters are two cult classics that suit all skin tones, and when I really want my eyes to pop, I'll use the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow in Honey Bunny underneath or on its own, depending on how I'm going for time. Described as a "ballet pink shimmer", I'd say it's a hybrid of Naked Lunch and All That Glitters in cream form. It's so beautiful and sparkly, though if you apply it too liberally, the product can bunch up. For this reason, I do prefer the By Terry Ombre Blackstars, but the Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadows are still stunning when applied nicely. Finally, for a bit of dimension, I've been using MAC's eyeshadow in Kid in the crease, which is described as a "beige cashmere". It's my perfect crease colour shade when I'm after some subtle definition.
I've been loving low maintenance lip colours this summer, though I did bring back out MAC's Lipstick in Lady Danger. My go-to reds are usually MAC's Lipstick in Ruby Woo or the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, but Lady Danger is more bright and fun - perfect for this time of year. The combination of Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink make for the perfect summertime nude lip. I find the pairing of these two a lot more playful than the muted nude shades I tend to go for. When I can't be bothered with lipstick, I've been reaching for my Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in Rosewood. With a sheer wash of colour, it polishes off any makeup look with minimal effort.
When it comes to nails, I really just wear what ever I'm in the mood for, be it seasonally appropriate or not. However, I think the bright blue sky has definitely got me feeling those pastels. Currently on my nails, I'm sporting Essie's Where's My Chauffeur, a true turquoise colour and new to my collection is Essie's Go Ginza, which is described as "a soft cherry blossom pink", though there's definitely some lavender in there too. Another Essie nail polish I've been loving is Bikini So Teeny. A blogger favourite some few years ago, it's a beautiful cornflower blue shade with just a hint of sparkle.
There's something so nostalgic about Jo Malone's Peony & Blush Suede Cologne. As I mentioned in my Best Beauty Products of 2015 post, the fragrance is reminiscent of the Twin Pole icy poles my mum would buy us every summer and when I asked my sister if she thought the same, her response was, "That's what it is! I thought it smelt familiar!". I absolutely adore this scent and there's no brand quite like Jo Malone to exude utter sophistication and femininity. I didn't expect to fall in love with Elizabeth and James' Nirvana White as much as I have. I mean, I bought it because I liked it, but I keep growing more and more fond of this one. It smells like a fresh bouquet of flowers and I finally understand the hype now.
Fellow Southern Hemisphere friends, what have been your beauty picks this summer?