Summer Beauty Saviours, Week 4: Make-up


During the summer and on hot days and holidays, full make-up may become difficult to wear. If you do still like to wear a full make-up, then either change your primer to have more oil absorbing qualities.

Try Benefit Stay Flawless Primer or change your foundation to something like tarte BB Foundation or Amazonian Clay because these have oil-absorbing properties. bareMinerals Original can also be swapped for either the Matte or the READY Compact version.

BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme - 205253For those of you that don’t want to have such a heavy look, for a medium finish, your best friend is going to be Benefit Bigger than BB which is a liquid to powder formula, or the new BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Cream which is an oil-free formula with second skin technology – and although it feels lightweight, it does offer a good medium coverage that you can layer, with a great texture that does not need to be powdered down, or Perricone No Foundation Foundation which gives a more dewy finish.

In general a BB Cream from other brands tends to give a more moist finish and CC creams, because of their more corrective properties tend to give a demi-matt finish. Ole Henriksen’s Perfect Truth CC Cream is one to look out for as it has a good level of coverage and Vitamin C to safeguard against discolouration and ageing, with a broad spectrum SPF30. This gives a lovely modern finish to the skin.

Laura Geller Matte Maker Invisible Oil Blotting Powder - 218118Everyone will need to carry a compact – this could be the Laura Geller Matte Maker if you do suffer from a lot of perspiration as well as oil, or the Mally Evercolour Poreless Face Defender which is a clear powder and when you dab the sponge on it dulls down the look of shine. Or carry your regular favourite brand compact such as bareMinerals Mineral Veil in the READY compact especially for T-zone areas.

Base make-up is always made easier with a coat of self-tan, check out James Read Sleep Mask and specialist tan formulas for the face. Also, Elemis have recently launched a day cream with self-tan. These face formulas don’t have the smell and are designed to give a healthy glow and not hold in the pores. As such, they are a superior formula.

RevitaLashYou may wish to add some illuminating, brightening moisturisers or day creams which blur the gap between make-up and skincare or act like a beauty balm such as the Elemis Illuminating Flash Balm as your day cream or on top of your serum.

Or you may prefer, if you have good skin, to have the very fresh finish of BB and CC creams which can still be followed with a light dusting of powder or bareMinerals Mineral Veil to give a fresh and more glowing finish.

The most important look on a summer make-up is face structure, not necessarily colour. The reason for this is that in the winter months we can do reconstructive eye surgery with a make-up brush and three or four shadows, but in the summer this looks too heavy. So, to give the same effect but with a more effortless finish, fab conditioned, thick lashes and brows with RevitaLash and RevitaBrow are essential.

Skinny liners that are barely visible at the bottom of the lash include Laura Geller’s Calligraphy or Eyeko Skinny Liner. Another easy trick is to line the under rim of the upper lash with Gel Liner from Bobbi Brown or New CID’s gel liner set. Do these tricks with your regular mascara and your lashes will look thicker and more lifted without looking heavy. Use blush or bronzer on the socket crease to create a warming contour and brow work is essential with a soft, creamy highlighter such as BECCA’s version to give a more golden and natural finish.

Model with make-up brushFaces can look more natural, healthy and summery if you choose one accent colour and stick to it. So, if you are going for fresh pink or anti-ageing peach or sexy plum or red, use the same colour on lip, cheek and eye socket.

This could be as simple as using a lipstick in these three places or an all over face colour such as Bobbi Brown and if you want to take this look any further, then just use clear lipgloss on top of the lips and a creamy highlighter on top of the cheeks and on the brow bone.

Of course, it goes without saying that bronzer can be your best friend if you don’t sunbathe your face but if you are tanning, either fake or real, bear in mind there is a tipping point where bronzer can become your enemy because a face that is too dark loses its natural contours and can start to look flat and dull which is very ageing and looks terrible on camera or photographs (for example at weddings).

So once you are happy with your skin base tone, only use bronzer to contour on the outsides of the face or for a minimalistic look, stop using it altogether and just focus on creamy highlighters to lift the high points.

Ali X


  1. MARGARET August 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Great to see you are bringing back Milton Brown .Can’t wait as I love this brand thanks qvc.

  2. Sue October 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    I like the look of Laura Gellers balance and brighten . I use bare minerals at the moment medim beige . And wondered what colour in Laura’s range would I need . Sue

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