Beauty, Makeup

Summer Base Favourites

I like that Summer brings along with it the promise of warm, long nights, a bit of a tan and endless excuses to get ice cream (not that I’ve never needed an excuse), but I’m not all that keen on sweating off a face full of makeup, or just sweating. Sweating is the worst.

I’ve learnt my lesson the hard way that especially in Summer, when it comes to makeup, and clothes, less is best. I get an immediately sweaty face at the first sign of heat or stress and as much as I’d like to avoid both of these factors, an Australian summer, and just life in general, doesn’t really allow for that.

These are some of my tried and tested favourites that have worked for me to create a weightless but medium coverage look, that is high on glow but low on shine.  Just for the record I’ve got combination skin that leans more on the oily side.

I’m going to be honest, I can get pretty lazy when it comes to skincare. I tend to get all excited and spend heaps of money on skincare, stick to my routine religiously for a whole three days and then I’d be lucky to wash my face before bed for the rest of the week. I know, I’m terrible but life goes on and sometimes I’m just too comfortable in bed to get out and wash my face. I’m digging myself a hole here. Anyway, the point of that is that I always try to keep my skincare routine simple, particularly in the mornings where I’d prefer to snooze my alarm a few more times.

Obviously a good simple skincare routine is the best preparation particularly when it comes to keeping oily skin at bay and minimising the need for too much of a strong base , but I’ll go through that another time. In terms of what I literally put on my face on the morning of a hot day I always start with a moisturiser that mattifies. It has taken me while to find a moisturiser that hydrates but also keeps my face shine free but still able to use products that amp up the glow, but I have found exactly that in La Roche-Posay Effacer Mat moisturiser. This moisturiser  boasts sebo-controlling, anti-shine and anti-enlarged pores qualities. There’s a lot of science stuff that makes this product good, but in reality it is a super effective Summer moisturiser to wear directly under makeup that leaves no residue. I have found there to be a noticeable difference in how my foundation wears, even some foundations that I had written off due to their tendency to slide off my sweaty face.


I tan pretty easily in summer (yeah sorry, I’m rubbing that in), so buying one expensive foundation for Summer is just not super practical so I take to blending two base products together to tailor a colour that will blend well with my tan. The best combination that I’ve found is mixing Stila Stay All Day 10 in 1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm (longest name ever) and Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. They both contain 30 SPF and the Stila balm boasts 80 minutes of water resistance which is prefect for a fuss free Summer base that blends easy with fingers and stays put.


Following that I quickly spot conceal and my current favourite that is pretty easy on the wallet is the Maybelline Master Conceal. There’s nothing ground breaking about the technique or product, but once again the less the better. You don’t want to completely cover ~imperfections~, you just want to make them a little less prominent or soften any redness or darkness. This is a good product to bring along with you that can multitask and touch up any makeup you lost to some sweat.

The key to a fresh looking face with dimension is a touch of blush. Whilst Nars Multiples have cult status, I can’t go past Maybelline’s Master Glaze in the shade Just Pinched Pink. Whilst the other shades in this product are a bit of a miss, I honestly can’t go past this shade and formula. The general consensus that I’ve heard from some friends and the fellow makeup obsessed is that they feel as though stick blushes tend to take some of your base away with them which I initially agreed, so I changed up the application started dabbing my foundation brush into it ever so lightly and buffing it into my cheeks. This leaves a subtle and long-lasting hint of dewy colour. If you’re not particularly on the oily side, you could probably just dust a bit of bronzer to add shape and call it a day, but there are a few extra steps for us oiler girls.

I have found that with this base, I don’t really need a heavy duty setting powder, but I always dust a light layer of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. This is another product that I never leave the house without putting on. I’ve gone through about five of these and they are well and truly worth every cent. This powder sets your foundation but also adds a subtle pearlescent glow. This is often the only product that I put in my handbag for a touchup. This is such a good multi tasker as it is also an amazing all over lid eyeshadow base colour, or brow bone highlight. I haven’t really experimented with other shades of this because Dim Light perfectly replicates my skin undertones so you may have to experiment or get some advice on what will work best for you.

Please see below my extremely loved current pan…


If I feel like my face is looking a little too flat at this stage I add the tiniest bit of the Models Prefer Mineral Powder in Radiant Bronze to contour under my cheek bones. Whilst I want to keep my base oil free, I by no means want my makeup to look look matte, I still want that diffused natural glow look that makes it look like get the recommended amount of sleep and water. To fake this, both the Ambient Lighting Powder the Models Prefer Mineral Powder double up as both setting powders and radiance boosters.


If this makeup has to last me more than eight hours my last bit of insurance is my new favourite Loreal’s Infallible Fixing Mist. Honestly I thought this was a product that was all hype so I bought it on sale and I’m seriously impressed. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy and dries super quickly and even gotten me though super humid nights in Queensland. If only my hair was as humidity resistant…

Just bit of a tip with this product, it seriously needs a good shake before you spray it. Like a proper shake, not some half arsed tip forward and backward. I learnt that the hard way as I didn’t really shake it being the reckless person that I am and it left a lot of white, chalky spots on what I thought was a face of makeup that was worth at least four selfies.

This is what works for me but I’d love to know if there are any products that I should try to perfect my Summer base.

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