It’s Chanel so naturally I think it’s a beautiful item to have out on my dressing table but more that that the Chanel Bronze Universel is one of my all time easy to use bronzers. I usually apply it with my Real Techniques Blush Brush and find I can get a light all over glow or build up to a more defined cheek. It’s also a great product to bring down the neck and decolletage. I can’t believe I put off buying this for so long and although sometime it goes a little unloved I would most definitely repurchase.
When I am looking for a powder product I usually go for Benefit Hoola which is a beautiful matte shade which I use for both contouring and as a bronzer. The brush inside isn’t the greatest but it applies beautifully with any other good blush brush.
My newest addition and summer love has been the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bronze Light which is a liquid bronzer with a very light shimmer which almost more of a sheen. It brings a beautiful highlighted bronze finish to the skin and is perfect for anyone with medium skin or even light skin as it blends beautifully to almost nothing but can also be built up easily.
I can’t believe summer is
over almost over, just another few weeks until we can officially say it’s autumn. I had a great August but makeup wasn’t really a priority and it’s reflected in my favourites. Although I spent most the time with bare skin and with dry shampooed hair I put a little more thought and love into my sun care and skin care products and found some true gems which I suspect I will be using for many summers to come. I really over packed beauty items and could probably say 1/3 of my 23kg luggage was beauty related in some way. I obviously didn’t use all of them and instead went for the best bits…
Everyone seems to be talking about the Revlon Colorstay Moisture stains so naturally I was excited to finally get a chance to try them. Revlon is one of my favourite high-street makeup brands as they always manage to make products inspired by high end brands which are good but at a fraction of the price. These are fairly similar to the high end YSL Glossy Stains and more affordable Maybeline Color Elixir.
There are 12 colours which are named and have been inspired by famous cities. For example I have La Exclusive, Barcelona Nights, Rio Rush and London Posh. They all apply as a gloss but fade to a stain which means they aren’t high maintenance.
I find these to be surprisingly comfortable on the lips even throughout the day. However they are a little hard to apply at first and come colours need particular perseverance as I feel the applicator and the thick texture means the colour doesn’t always apply evenly.
Out of the four colours I own I love Rio Rush and Barcelona nights although LA exclusive is also stunning. London Posh however isn’t really to my taste as it has a gold shimmer which I don’t find to be flattering at all. There are also a handful of other colours I have my eye on from the range although they only launch at the end of the month and will retail for £7.99. Really great for the summer and I can’t wait to wear them more!
It’s essential to start by clearing out your makeup bag (I have a whole post on it here). Remove any products you don’t use, may have broken or have gone off, it’s just clutter and you don’t need it. Now onto the good stuff…
The first thing to think about is the base, obviously you’re going to want to add an SPF if you haven’t already (whole post of face SPF’s). In terms of foundation a lot of people like to go a little lighter with coverage try a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC cream. I personally quite like The Body Shop BB Cream, Rodial BB Cream or the Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser. Also don’t forget you will probably get a little darker so go for one that reflects that as these products are quite sheer and can be blended in.
Personally I usually still stick with a medium coverage foundation which I often sheer out with a moisturiser, I also like to buy one that’s significantly darker and then mix it in with my usual foundation colour to make a shade tailored to me which I can make darker as the summer goes on. My go to summer foundation is either Bourjois Healthy Mix in shade 52 and 57 or Chanel Vita Lumiere. If you are finding that your foundation doesn’t last long enough then use a primer such as Benefit Porefessional especially as powder can often look a little too much in the summer.
Since we’re on the subject of looking a little too much, go easy on the brows. I personally tend to swap my eyebrow powders and pencils for a eyebrow gel as I find it’s a little softer, I love the Eyeko Brow Gel which lasts really long too. I’d say the same goes for eyeliner although I personally still wear lots, I think you can get away with just a few coats of mascara but you may want to change over to something a little more waterproof such as Clarins Truely Waterproof.
Now for the fun part- adding colour!
Bright lips are summer essentials; corals, pinks and even reds all look beautiful in the summer. You can go for a matte statement lip, a glossy fun one or a sheer more subtle colour. Personal favourites if you are looking for fun colours are Revlon Just Bitten, Clinique Long Last Soft Lipsticks and YSL Sheer Candy Lipstick.
On the cheek I love to add bronzer to either contour or actually make my face appear a little more tanned but peach/coral blushers wether cream or powder look particularly beautifully and can really give the face a beautiful glow. I have a whole post on bronzers coming up soon but Benefit Hoola or Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder are both great depending on your budget.
To finish it all off I love a good facial spray, not only are they refreshing but really helps reduce the appearance of heavy makeup. My favourite to use both over and under makeup throughout the day are Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, Neal’s Yard White Tea Facial Mist or Caudalie Beauty Elixir.
What are you tips for summer makeup?