My Summer Makeup Essentials

Here in the UK, July was a rather miserable month for us weather wise. It should of been bright with sunny spells, at least enough for us to get a hint of a tan. However, we were plagued with rain showers and harsh winds – with almost no chance to catch any rays. Thankfully, August is supposed to get a lot hotter here, with a heatwave even predicted for the first couple of weeks, so I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed for that! In general I’m a big lover of the summer, I adore the sun, and the heat it brings, but one thing I’m not a fan of, is the melting face of makeup that is often associated with this time of year. So today, in hope that in some way this could spur the sun on a little bit, I’m going to talk to you about my summer makeup essentials.Summer Makeup Beauty Essentials emilyloula blog

For this post, I’ve just rounded up some essentials that I reach for when the temperature starts to rise in hope of retaining at least some of the makeup I applied at the beginning of the day…

MaxFactor FaceFinity All Day Primer > £10.99

I mentioned this primer from MaxFactor in my Summer Makeup Essentials post from last year, and it’s still a firm favourite of mine today. Since then, I’ve bought countless bottles of this primer, and it’s always taken proud place within my makeup bag – not only for summer! This primer works well all year round at keeping my makeup on throughout the day, but when Summer rolls around, it brings out some added bonuses. When it’s hot, I stay away from silicone based primers as I find these really clog my pores, and actually seem to contribute to the dreaded sliding makeup look. This primer from MaxFactor doesn’t contain any silicones, so I don’t have this problem, however it does contain SPF 20 along with added micro correctors which absorb sweat and oil – absolutely perfect for the summer!

Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting cream > £9.99

As the weather changes, so do my choices of base products in my makeup routine. My heavier, liquid foundations are replaced with a much lighter base, such as a BB/CC cream or a tinted moisturiser. Each year I seem to be on the hunt for something new, and this year I feel I’ve cracked it with Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC cream. I’m usually a full coverage foundation kinda girl, as I suffer from acne and a lot of blemishes as well as having a significant scarring on my cheeks and chin, so I’ve always been sceptical about these types of creams. I had read on various blogs that people couldn’t believe how good this particular CC cream was, so I casually popped it into my Boots basket one day, and didn’t think much more of it. After a couple of weeks of it being sat in my ‘try me soon’ drawer, I finally got round to giving it a go, and I love it so much, I don’t think I’ve gone a ‘public facing’ day without it since. Used alone, it’s my perfect light summer base or underneath my usual foundation it just gives that added level of coverage for me. It’s got a nice level of hydration in it (you will most likely need more if you’ve got dry skin), and contains SPF15, which is always an added bonus in my book! As a high coverage foundation addict, I didn’t think I would ever love a CC cream as much as this, but it’s now a serious staple in my makeup bag and I’ll definitely be re-purchasing when this tube runs out!

Summer Makeup Beauty Essentials emilyloula blogbareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation > £26.00

A couple of years ago I became obsessed with bareMinerals and bought so many different products from them, but recently they’ve ended up being squished towards the back of my makeup storage and haven’t seen much light at all. That was until I re-discovered the original bareMinerals foundation a few months back, and my love for it has blossomed all over again. This is the first powdered foundation that I owned, and now I honestly can’t remember why I stopped using it. On those super hot days, where I really don’t feel like putting any makeup on, but still want to leave the house without looking like I just arose from a grave, this is what I reach for. When I first started using this, I wasn’t expecting much coverage at all from a powdered foundation but boy how I was wrong. Alone, this evens out my skin tone, and gives me a good level of coverage, which can also be easily built upon, without getting that dreaded cakey finish. When I’m looking for a higher coverage than what my regular foundation offers, I also add some of this over the top, and it helps greatly. Again, this is another product in this lineup which contains an SPF, so it’s definitely great for the sun and works perfectly with my MaxFactor Primer & Bourjois CC cream for my ideal summer base!

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner > £18.50

If you’re a regular here on emilyloula, you’ll already be aware that Benefit are one of my all time favourite makeup brands (if not there’s a fact for you) So last year when they released their They’re Real Push Up Liner, I pre-ordered it, ready for it’s release so I could get my hands on it as soon as possible. Now I’ve got mixed opinions on this liner in general, but when Summer rolls around, it becomes a complete staple for me, regardless of the little niggles I have with it. Unfortunately for me, this is my third liner from Benefit, as my other two dried up extremely quickly (one had dried up before I evened opened it…), but it does seem that somehow I’ve managed to get two dud liners, as everyone else I’ve spoken to has never had this problem. When this liner does perform as expected, and doesn’t come out in a lumpy hardened consistency, it’s honestly great. I’ve never managed to get eyeliner as close to my lash line, or applied as neatly as I have with this Push Up Liner, and I’ve also never found anything as long wearing. Once this has been applied and has dried, this isn’t moving for anyone, not for rain, not for sweat or tears, not for excessively rubbing your eyes or sleeping for hours, it’s staying exactly where it was put and that’s why I love it.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer > £11.00

Now, if you’re looking for a new fairly priced bronzer to give you that summer glow, I would definitely recommend this gorgeous offering from Soap & Glory. There’s two parts to this powder, one lovely bronzed shade and the other is a subtle highlight. You can use them separately, but I personally prefer to swish my brush around both sections and apply directly to my face, where the sun would naturally hit. It gives you such a glowing natural finish, one that is perfect for the summer if you haven’t been able to catch your own rays yet!

Summer Makeup Beauty Essentials emilyloula blogMaxFactor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara > £10.99

A waterproof or long wearing mascara is a definite summer makeup essential for me, and recently I’ve been reaching for MaxFactor’s False Lash Effect Mascara. I’m not usually ‘loyal’ to a mascara, as I have so many in my makeup collection, and there’s always a new offering on the highstreet but I’ve been really enjoying this one from MaxFactor. I often find that waterproof mascara’s tend to clump my lashes together and give a really weird effect, but I haven’t had that problem with this. This mascara also doesn’t flake off through the day, which is another trait I’ve come across with some other waterproof mascaras. Honestly though, I wish someone would just create a really decent waterpoof mascara top coat, then I could coat my favourite mascara’s without having to worry about buying a new one. Until that day though, this MaxFactor False Lash Effect is doing just perfect for me…

Bourjois ColorBoost Lip Crayon > £7.99

I try to wear SPF on my face the whole year round, but when the Summer arrives, sun protection becomes even more important and it should be topped up and applied to other areas more frequently too. I’d never even thought about wearing an SPF on my lips, until a few years ago I was at Reading Festival, when my lips and the surrounding areas became so sore, dry and sensitive. I naively thought I had burnt them on my cheesy nachos (oh so delicious…), but at the end of the day it became apparent that my lips had actually been sun burnt. It was actually surprisingly really painful, and I can’t imagine it did my lips any favours at all ‘behind the scenes’ so I really would rather not experience this again.

Since then, I’ve learnt my lesson and now I’m a big fan of lip products with SPF contained within them, and in particular these ColorBoost Lip Crayon’s from Bourjois. Not only do these come in gorgeous shades, are lightweight, apply beautifully and are waterpoof, they also contain SPF 15. These are absolutely perfect for the summer as they have such a light, non sticky texture, plus they contain some extra hydration and the added protection of an SPF. I currently have two shades – Proudly Naked & Fushia Libre (pictured), and I really love them both. I’ll definitely be picking up a few more to take me through summer!

So guys, that’s all for my summer makeup essentials – I hope you got some inspiration here! What’s in your makeup bag this summer and what are you definite essentials for this time of year? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and thanks for reading!

emily x

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  • I love seeing what make up everyone else is using. That bronzer looks great.

    Jenn |

    • Me too – I find it so interesting haha! It’s a lovely bronzer Jenn! xx

  • Robyn Taylor

    I love using the Max Factor primer! Their products are so underrated! I use their foundation as well and it’s so perfect.
    Also need to try that Bourjois pencil – the colour is so fab!

    Robyn xo

    • The primer is fab isn’t it! They definitely are underrated, I love their creme blushes too! I haven’t actually tried a foundation from them in years, I’ll have to keep my eye out! xx

  • Great picks here and some that I’ve never tried before, but definitely want to now! // xo

    • Thanks Courtney! If you do try out any of these bits, I hope you love them like I do! xx

  • I need to pick up that Bourjous CC cream! xx


    • You really do! It’s amazing! xx

  • Pam Scalfi

    loveeee the CC cream! It is actually one of my monthly favs 😀

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

    • It’s so good isn’t it! I was so surprised how much I loved it! xx

  • Klaudia.

    Great items! Soap & Glory bronzer looks amazing, I’d love to try it. xo

    Klaudia //

    • Thanks Klaudia! It’s a really lovely bronzer definitely! xx

  • I love that Benefit liner because it stays put all day long! I’ve read about the liner drying up quickly but I had mine for more than a year and it’s still good. I guess I got lucky with mine?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Sounds like you did get lucky with yours and I’ve definitely been unlucky with mine haha! When mine works though, it definitely is fab and does stay put all day!! xx

  • Chloe

    I have heard some really good things about Bourjois, and I keep meaning to try their products but just keep finding too many other things to try. I really do need to look into purchasing some of their base products. I trialed the Benefit Liner and I also loved it but I don’t use eyeliner that much so I didn’t purchase the full product. I also need to try the Soap and Glory products as I have not ventured into their range yet which makes me kind of sad. But I guess with a job, I can finally start trying new brands! I really enjoyed this post, perfect timing too! I really hope we do get the heatwave because it isn’t looking so great at this moment in time ahh 🙁

    Chloe |

    • Bourjois are definitely one of my favourite highstreet brands, I have so much stuff from them that I adore, and this CC cream is definitely one of them! If you’re not a big wearer of eyeliner the Benefit one is too pricey to invest in I think! Hope your job allows you to try lots of new goodies! And definitely, cross your fingers for the heatwave too haha! xx

  • I love that mascara too! Xx

    • It’s great isn’t it!! Thanks for reading x

  • Rachael Broomfield

    That waterproof top coat needs to be invented! Waterproof mascaras can be so expensive! SPF is also a must have for me. Chapped lips – no thanks!

    Rachael at

    • It definitely does! I would buy so many tubes of a waterproof topcoat if it was any good! Yes definitely, SPF is so important!! Thanks for reading lovely x

  • I really want to give the Max Factor face finity primer a go, I’ve heard such good things about this!! I find the Benefit They’re Real liner quite hard to use but hopefully I’ll master it eventually! Great picks, for me the summer is all about lip balm and blotting sheets – I can’t go anywhere without them!

    Toni x

    • The MaxFactor primer is definitely my favourite highstreet primer that I’ve ever tried, it’s fab! I found the liner quite hard to use at the beginning, but practice is perfect here, and once you’ve gotten the knack of it, it’s amazing! xx

  • Fab post hun, I’m so hoping that August really warms up. I really love the Bourjois CC Cream I have to agree it’s definitely the perfect light summer base 🙂 I’m not too sure about the Benefit They’re Real eyeliner as I find it a bit of a bugger to get used to but I have to agree the formula is fab 🙂

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    • Thanks Charlee! I hope it warms up here so badly! I definitely found the liner a bit hard to get used to at first, but now I’ve got a hugeee love for it (well when mine works!) Glad to hear you love the CC cream too, it’s so fab isn’t it! x

  • Yousra

    Great post! I want to try the Soap & Glory bronzer!

    Yousra |

    • Thanks Yousra! The S&G bronzer is lovely! xx

  • Danielle Beautyblog

    Max Factor False Lash Effect is my favourite mascara, always has to be waterproof! Lovely bunch of essentials, I have a lot of these and love them too!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Thanks Danielle! I don’t think I’ve actually tried the original False Lash Effect mascara but I do love the waterproof one! Thanks for reading xx

  • I really hope August will bring us Summer back 🙂 The Max Factor mascara doesn’t do anything to my lashes and I don’t like the big brush, it’s a shame because I really wanted to love it. The Solar Powder from S&G looks beautiful! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • So do I, cross your fingers with me for the sun haha! That’s a shame that the mascara didn’t work well for you! It’s weird what works for one person doesn’t at all for someone else! The Solar Powder is gorgeous, definitely take a look at it next time you’re in Boots! xx

  • Ooh, you’re tempting me to try the facefinity primer! Mines okay but I have been on the lookout for a better one…also, slightly off topic but your eyebrows are perfect!

    Amber |

    • You definitely should give the MaxFactor primer a try if you’re on the look out for a new one, it’s definitely my favourite highstreet primer ever! Aww thank you, that has actually made my day hahah, sad I know! xx

  • I can never find a primer that makes my face less oily! I don’t know why– I’ve tried so many (even Benefits!)
    I’ll keep this in mind for the days when I need my makeup to stay!

    thanks 🙂

    • I find this MaxFactor primer has really helped with my oiliness, I absolutely love it! Thanks for reading Elyse xx

  • Lovely products!

    Made in Mauve ? Bloglovin

    • They really are! Thanks for reading xx

  • I’ve been dying to try the Solar Powder Bronzer! It looks like a great duo of shades – not too light or too dark!

    She Likes to Shop

    • It’s so lovely, the shades make such a great duo! xx

  • A primer is so essential during the warmer summer months.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

    • Yess it definitely is! I love this MaxFactor one so much! x

  • I received the Soap & Glory Solar Bronzer in a swap and it is fantastic. I used it swirled together as well. Really want to try to use it more before the Summer is over (though – I suppose to most, Summer is year round in these parts).

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • What a great item to receive in a swap! I much prefer it when I swirl the shades together, it gives such a lovely glow! Hope you manage to get some more use out of yours! xx

  • I have the Bareminerals and loved it but now I get super itchy when I wear it D:

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • Ohh no that’s not good at all! I hope that doesn’t happen to mine as I love it!! x

  • I’d love to try the Push up liner (: And I love Benefit too
    Nati xx

    • Benefit are such a great brand, definitely! I have a lot of love for the push up liner, as much as it is a pain, it’s so good!! xx

  • I swear by BB creams because, living in an equatorial country, foundations is just ridiculous, lmao. I’ve been wanting to switch over to CC creams, though, just because they’re much lighter than BBs, and the Bourjois one sounds great! I’ve actually been reading about this one quite alot and they sound so good! The lip crayons are wonderful, too!

    May | THE MAYDEN

    • Oh yes I bet foundations are a nightmare with the heat for you! This is the first CC cream I’ve tried actually, but I’m so impressed with it!! The lip crayons are definitely lovely too! Thanks for reading xx

  • I really want to try that Max Factor primer, I love that it has an SPF 20 in it!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • It’s really good – definitely my favourite highstreet primer! I love the SPF too, such a great addition! x

  • Great essentials list! Wherever I go, my Laneige BB cushion is what I carry 😉

  • I love, love, love that Bourjois CC cream! We had a pretty miserable July here in Ireland too and a frrrrreezing start to August! Brrrrr. Love summer 🙂
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Ahhhh you’ve made me miss my bare minerals make up now!! they were the first brand i went for and i remember it giving such incredibly soft and light coverage. may just have to treat myself to some again! xxx

    Hannah x hannatalks

    • I couldn’t believe I stopped using mine when I started to use it again! It’s really good and definitely underrated I think! Definitely treat yourself 😉 😉 xx

  • Samileen

    I have absolutely been hooked onto my Laura Mercier Tinted moisturiser, even more because it has SPF and I suck at protecting myself from the sun.

    P.S. Love your blog and following you on bloglovin now.

    Sam || Grow Your Blog Audience With These 3 SEO Tips

    • I’ve heard such great things about the Laura Mercier Tinted moisturiser – it sounds fab! I just picked myself up a new one from Caudalie, which I’ve been loving because that has SPF in too! Thanks very much Sam, checking yours out now! xx

  • Hey Emily, to me the push up liner will either be liked or hate by people in general. Some loved it & others hated it. I liked it at first but as time goes by, I find that it’s hard to work with! So, it’s a love-hate relationship I have with a liner. Your essentials were all great 🙂 xx

    Hana | Bold-Expression

    • Hi Hana! I definitely agree, I have a love hate relationship with my liner from Benefit too, it can be such a pain but I feel like it’s worth it in the end! Thank you xx