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.
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!
bareMinerals 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!
MaxFactor 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!