This is the last full week of the summer school holiday/work juggle.
I have a lot to tick off on the work front so I’m pulling out all stops in the motivation department.
Step 1: get up to alarm and exercise. Tick.
Step 2: shower and get changed out of activewear into a “work” outfit even though I’m working at home. Tick.
Step 3: Apply my simple summer everyday makeup routine. Tick.
Summer and makeup are not ideal partners but I’m vain so (except when heading to the beach) I will persevere with the battle to cover my face with something and fake a little glow.
I’ve talked A LOT here about primers and their essential role they play in keeping makeup on your face for longer than five minutes.
Whether you’re applying a BB or CC cream, tinted moisturiser or full-face foundation, a primer is key to any of steps you may incorporate into a summer makeup routine.
I don’t do all of the steps EVERY day. Sometimes, I pare it back to primer, BB Cream, mascara and lip gloss.
Other times – if heading out to dinner or an event – I add more steps or mix it up by swapping out the gloss with a statement lip colour. I might use an eye colour palette to get a bit more detailed with the eyes. If I’m due for a salon brow tint, I’d definitely add colour and definition there – nothing frames a face more.
It’s a routine that will translate for the office as well.
The idea with an everyday routine is that it’s not a dramatic difference from not wearing any makeup – it’s YOU but just slightly enhanced and glowy.
Where my routine below helps me – and I hope it helps you – is that these products form the base for all my summer makeup looks.
I store the products together near my bathroom sink and have the below routine down to about three-five minutes.
That short amount of time is enough to give my face – and my mindset – a little lift so I get on with whatever the day’s throwing at me.
My favourite lipgloss (in Sparkplug) is never far away from me but that’s all I touch up during the day.
Ready? Let’s get stuck in.
STEP 1: Apply primer. My primer here is also a blur cream, so it lays the first coat for my foundation but gives a lovely soft focus to my fine lines and pores. Garnier Perfect Blur 5 Sec Smoothing Base Perfector
STEP 2: Apply foundation. If I’m just at home for the day, then BB or CC Cream it is. I’ve got a whole drawer full but this one (Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream) has sentimental value for me as it was the one used on me for our shoot with Carla Coulson in Paris. As for foundations, this one (Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR foundation) is all-year-round winner but very much comes into its own in summer for staying power.
STEP 3: Apply concealer where needed. Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer Light is never far from my kit.
STEP 4: Apply cream blush. Ditto NARS Illuminator in Orgasm which I use as a creamy blush on the apple of my cheeks.
STEP 5: Powder illuminator. And because too much illuminator is never enough, next up is a light, powdery buff of my new obsession, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light. This not only sets the liquid makeup products but feels like I’ve added an Instagram filter to my skin.
STEP 6: Eye colour/liner. I use my finger and first add the Hourglass powder to my eyelids – from lash to brow line. Then I take this “cheat” eye product – L’Oreal Paris Superliner Smokissime in brown smoke – to thickly line the brow and take the colour up to the eyelid crease. Using my pinky finger, I soften this line and, voila … eye colour.
STEP 7: Mascara. My eyes seem to disappear without at least a lick of mascara. This one’s a winner – Mud Mascara (available at Woolworths).
STEP 8: Lipgloss or lipstick. You’d find a Bareminerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in Sparkplug in my handbag and in my bathroom. It’s my go-to. The shade is perfect for me and I love the hydrating formula that makes your lips look a little fuller.
Where to now?
Use my routine as a template to create your own simple everyday makeup routine.
Substitute in your preferences for each product type. Eliminate a product or step that you just don’t need or want in there.
Once you have your key products in place (try and keep them to under 10), find a way to store them together where you’ll find it easy to make their application part of your morning routine.
So tell me, do you have a simple summer everyday makeup routine? Do you have a key product you can’t leave out of any of your makeup routines?