To be honest in the past I haven't really changed my makeup over the seasons, but being a part of the beauty blogging world has opened up my eyes to a lot of new products and has made me a bit more savvy with what I use and when. The English weather has been predictably up and down recently but we have definitely seen some bouts of beautifully warm sunshine, so let's hope we see some more! On these days it's not just my clothes that become lighter, but my makeup too.
I'm usually not without my heavy coverage foundation but I went out of my comfort zone and bought the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory recently. It's a much lighter base but is still surprisingly good at covering up blemishes and imperfections. It also contains SPF15 for some added sun protection. For those large, angry spots that need something a little extra I'll use the Seventeen 18 Hour Stay Time Concealer in Extra Fair (review). It's very similar to the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer but with a slightly lighter formula and is not so orange toned. To conceal and brighten my dark circles whilst keeping the area hydrated, I turn to the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream in Ivory (review). Also containing SPF15, this seriously creamy but light formula gives such a natural finish.
When it comes to summer cheeks I am all over cream blushers rather than powders. I am currently in love with the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink (review). It looks quite bright in the packaging but once applied it just gives the most beautiful, natural flush of colour to the cheeks.
When it comes to the eyes I want to keep it simple but give them some definition. For eyeshadow I'll use my trusty Naked Basics Palette (review), which are nude shades with a matte finish. I use W.O.S. (third shade from the left) all over the lid and Naked 2 (fourth shade from the left) in the crease to give some depth. Finally I'll finish with a sweeping of Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara (review), which is an old favourite. It gives length, curl and enough volume for a daytime look without clumping or flaking.
BrowsThe Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Blond isn't the best brow product out there at all but it's just so easy to use, which is why I'm drawn to it. It tidies up my brows while adding a hint of colour, which is all I really want in the hot, potentially makeup-melting weather.
For the lips, I want to use something hydrating but with a hint of colour, so I turn to my beloved Korres Lip Butter in Quince (review). It looks very bright and pigmented in the pot but it actually applies quite sheer for a lovely sheen of colour.
Do you change your makeup in line with the seasons? What are your lighter makeup picks for summer?
Beauty Bird xx