Summer time makeup has always been my favourite style. Soft blushes, natural lipsticks and lashings of bronzer that makes everyone looking healthy and glowing, what’s not to love? I've teamed up with the Metquarter in Liverpool to bring you my ultimate summer makeup essentials and to show you how to get my summer time beach look.
When the weather is warm and humid, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of makeup sliding down your face and feeling the need to top up every five minutes. That’s why less is more when it comes to summer. Forget heavy coverage, opt for lighter colours that you are less likely to see if they do fade and make sure to wear to waterproof mascara just incase there’s a beach nearby.
To start your summertime makeup look I would recommend the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation. The MAC Pro Longwear foundation promises up to 15 hours of coverage even in hot and humid weather conditions and provides you with an SPF protection meaning that you don't have to worry about spending time in the sun. This foundation is a lightweight and creamy consistency and applies really easily to give sheer buildable coverage. Although many makeup artists would argue it’s better to use a foundation brush, I actually prefer to use my hands as I feel it helps me get more even coverage and blends easier on my face.
Once your base is applied it is time to start using one of my favourite contouring palettes, the Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo in Heliopolis & Lumous - a light champagne gold and a soft brown. Apply the darker colour to parameters of your face and the cheekbones and use the lighter colour to highlight the nose, eye sockets and chin area.
When you are finished add a nice soft blush to your cheeks using MAC Casual Colour in 'Keep it Loose'. Casual colour cream pigment is a versatile product that can be used for the cheeks and lips. The product contains vitamin e to keep the skin and lips nourishment and comes in a blendable, lightweight formula. Yet again I’ve used my fingertips to gently blend the cream into the cheekbone area.
Once you are finished with the base, you can then start with the eyes. When it’s summery many of us like to head to the beach or hang out by a pool. For this reason, stick to using waterproof mascara during the summer. It will help you avoid any mishaps and you will always be prepared for a spontaneous day out. Firstly apply the MAC False Lashes Mascara in black then cover with the MAC False lashes waterproof mascara. Finally, keep it natural and add a small bit of colour to your eyes using the MAC cream colour base in nude brown.
Finally to finish your summer, beach ready look opt for a nude lipstick like this Illamasqua Glamore lipstick in starkers.Firstly line the lip with the Illamasqua colouring pencil - I went for a slightly brighter lip pencil so that it gives a slight pink tone when blended but you can use one more suited to the colour and finish by applying the lipstick. I love the Glamore lipsticks as they are highly pigmented, nourishing and last quite awhile.
If you would like to watch a visual tutorial of this makeup look, the video can be found here.
What do you think of this look?
*This post is in collaboration with The Metquarter Liverpool