A few weeks back, I wrote a post describing some tips and tricks regarding long lasting summer makeup. Theory is great and all, however I decided to put some of those words to the test. My beautiful and absolutely adorable friend, Alison, was kind enough to be my guinea pig for this segment on summer beauty. If you want to see how I did Alison’s summer makeup, please keep reading!
To start, let’s talk about Alison’s wonderful blank canvas. She is blessed with gorgeous freckles whenever she gets some sun, so I was careful to let those peak through. Her skin is quite clear and didn’t need much coverage – just enough to even out her tone ever so slightly. Alison also informed me that her T-zone gets a bit shiny throughout the day, so oil control was necessary to keep that makeup on all day.
Alison wanted her makeup to stay light, natural, yet polished. So I did my best to do exactly that!
I started off with a smoothing primer just to give the makeup an even base. I proceeded to apply a medium coverage foundation to even out her skin tone while allowing some of her natural skin/freckles to peak through. The one I used had a little more coverage than I would have liked, but it was the only one I had that suited her skin tone. It also had a bit of argan oil in it which gave the skin a luminous finish, however Alison’s skin wasn’t overly oily once the foundation was on. I’ve mentioned before that if you have oily skin then you should try to stick to mattifying products, however if you’re going for a more natural look, using products with a more natural finish works better. Mattifying products can look very cakey if they are applied excessively. As a compromise, I used a bit of powder on Alison’s t-zone to keep the shine at bay.
For Alison’s under eye concealer, I also kept it very light by using a highlighting concealer. The product I used has a very light consistency and coverage. It is meant to brighten up areas without looking or feeling too heavy, which I thought was perfect for her skin. Alison doesn’t really have dark circles, but brightening up the area ever so slightly made all the difference.
I stuck with a matte bronzer just to put some warmth back into Alison’s face and to prevent it from looking too glowy and shiny. After all, we want this makeup to hold up for a lengthy period so it needs to stand the test of time. I applied a very natural-looking blush with a hint of shimmer on the apples of Alison’s cheeks. I also applied a hint of highlighter on the high points of her face, just to bring in a bit of luminosity.
Using a very minimal amount of product, Alison’s base looks natural, fresh, and polished!
Foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, and highlight applied
I continued with some very light definition on Alison’s eyes and brows. I finished off with a darker yet natural looking lip colour which is quite low maintenance, meaning it’s perfect for on-the-go touch ups.
I finally finished off the look with a heavy-duty setting spray. Alison went to play baseball after I did her makeup and she informed me that her makeup lasted throughout the game! I’d say that’s a job well done.
That wraps up my little example of light and fresh summer makeup that lasts! I want to thank the lovely Alison for being my model. She looks absolutely beautiful with and without any makeup on and it was truly an effortless feat to get her all dolled up.
- Dr. Brandt Pores No More
- Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation – Awakened or Juicy? Can’t remember
- YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch – #2 Luminous Ivory (could have gone with 2.5)
- Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette – Lucid and Lyric
- Tarte Airbrush Powder Foundation
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- MAC blush – Warm Soul
- Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop
- Skindinavia Setting Spray – Oil Control
- Benefit Gimme Brow – Medium/Dark (could have gone with the lighter shade)
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
- Charmed, I’m Sure
- Peach Pit
- MAC False Lash Extreme Mascara
- MAC lipstick – Whirl