Thursday, 3 July 2014

The 'No Make Up' Make Up

Whilst I was away on holiday, I found myself wearing less and less make-up. Wearing make-up in summer is a bit of a vicious circle for me, in that I wear make-up to cover up blemishes and scarring, but this usually ends up creating more blemishes, and consequentially more scarring! Thanks to a good skincare routine I have in place at the moment I've managed to slightly cut back on the make-up I'm wearing to create more of a natural look, without causing any more issues with my skin.

After applying a hydrating serum, moisturiser, and I pop on my usual primer, the Clarins Instant Smooth. This reduces any redness in my skin after washing, and smooths over any blemishes and creates a perfect base. After this I pop on my all-time favourite concealer, Collection Lasting Perfection. This is the perfect all-rounder, and just adds a bit of coverage on any blemishes, scarring or under the eyes and blends in really well. I've been really getting into highlight, and one in particular has been my go-to for the past couple of months or so since I bought it. No7 Instance Radiance comes in a handy little stick with a rounded dome, making it perfect for easy application. I then either blend with my fingers or Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

After most of my base is finished, I pop on a bit of the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder. I'm saying 'go-to' a lot this post, but this really is my go-to, perfect powder! It's a loose powder which makes a little more fiddly to work with, but it blends it so flawlessly to my foundation, and really makes all my make-up so long lasting without ever going cakey. If you're an oily skinned gal and cakey-ness is something you occasionally suffer with, you need this in your make-up bag. I've been liking adding a bit of colour to my face the past month or so, and my favourite bronzer is The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte. This is really subtle, but just adds a little bit of colour around my cheekbones and temples, and looks pretty and natural. My current mascara is Soap and Glory's Thick and Fast, and so far I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. It's a very wet formula, meaning I keep ending up with it all over my top lid. That said, it creates volume like nobody-s business, so I'm hoping after a couple more weeks of use it might dry out a little.

Have you cut down on how much make-up you wear around summer?

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