Saturday, 4 May 2013

Summer Makeup Bag Essentials

Since it's now May and Summer's (hopefully) on it's way, I wanted to do a post on some of my Summer makeup bag essentials. I like to switch up my normal routine quite a bit when the Summer comes and go for a more natural, dewy look. I don't like my makeup to be as heavy and tend to go for brighter colours on my cheeks and lips. Here are some of the products I'll be using this year...

So when the warmer weather comes around I'll be swapping my full coverage foundation for a lighter CC cream. I usually swap between Laura Mercier Silk Creme and Armani Luminous Silk on a daily basis but I think I'll be keeping these for night time during the Summer. This month I've been loving L'Oreal Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream which neutralises the redness I get on my cheeks and nose. I started off using it as a base but now I use it on it's own because I find it makes my skin look even and natural. I did a full post on this here if you'd like to see it in action. When this runs out I'll definitely be repurchasing it because for under a tenner it's a bargain compared to other CC creams on the market.

I've always been a powder blush kinda girl and avoided cream blushers because I wasn't sure about them. However, recently I've purchased my first couple and have been converted! I'm in love with my Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush (and can't wait to buy more) and have also been using the Revlon Photo Ready Blush in the shade Pinched. This gives my cheeks a really dewy, natural look as it's quite subtle and perfect for every day wear. I find it harder to work with than my Kevyn Aucoin one but that's to be expected.

Two products I can't live without are bronzer and highlighter to achieve that Summer glow. I switch between my NARS Laguna and my Chanel Tan De Soleil but I think I'll be using my Chanel one more this year as it'll go well with the cream blushers. Still straying from the powders, I love Benefit Sun Beam to give me a gorgeous golden glow. I either mix a little bit of this into my foundation for a luminous base or use it as a highlight on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose and my brow bone. I prefer gold toned highlighter's in summer because they look amazing with a tan.

I'll also be ditching the lipstick (sometimes) during the day and switching back to my lip butters for a more subtle, natural look. One of my favourite Lip Butters at the minute is Revlon's Juicy Papaya. There are so many shades in this range that I want to get my hands on!

So that's some of the products I like to switch to during the Summer months and I'm praying we get a hot one this year (not holding my breath, I live in Scotland). What products do you switch to in the Summer?


  1. I can imagine a very summery glowy look with all this makeup

  2. Great post lovely! Chanel Tan de Soleil is one of my all time favorite bronzing products, also loving the Revlon Lip butter in Juicy Papaya, i havent had a chance to check out the new shades yet but this one looks so pretty and a perfect shade for the summer months :)

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  3. I love Sun Beam for summer time, it's so flattering! Chanel Tan de Soleil is something I'd love to own one day!
    Megan xxx

  4. Oooh how lovely is Pinched?? I've never tried these blushes before, but they look so pigmented xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  5. Pinched looks so pretty! I really like the look of sun beam too xx

  6. Sun Beam looks like such a pretty summer highlight. Love the lip butter too, think I'll definitely have to pick that shade up soon! xx

  7. I really want to try the Chanel bronzer, looks amazing! X

  8. Oh my life I need to get my hands on that Chanel bronzer asap!
    I love the colour of that Revlon lip butter, it's gorgeous!

    Natasha Carly x

  9. benefit sun beam is def on my wishlist for summer xx