If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve spent the past 10 days sunning it up in beautiful Calis Beach, Turkey. (If you’re not following me, why on earth not?!) From swimming and sunbathing to exploring and boat-tripping, I’ve had a whale of a time (no pun intended) and most importantly I took time out to just relax and enjoy my holiday with my loved ones. This post has taken a little longer to complete than I would have liked and had initially planned, but hey ho, wanting to rid myself of any sort of work for 10 days, for me, includes blogging. But anyway I am now back, feeling refreshed and ready to write some new content for you!
In peak summer season Turkey, as you’ve probably guessed, is ridiculously hot. The type of hot where you find yourself starting to sweat just from sitting out in the midday sun for two minutes. Although it does cool right down in the evenings, it’s still rather warm and sticky – definitely not the type of weather you want to be plastering on makeup in. This year my favourite summer evening makeup look is so minimal it’s basically a non-makeup up make up look. And I LOVE it. In the heat of most holiday destinations less is more in the makeup department for both looks and comfort levels. The feeling of thick makeup melting off your face before you can even get the first drink of the night in? Na, I think I’ll pass on that one. Besides, who wants to be spending an hour every night perfecting their makeup when there’s sunsets to be watched, cocktails to be drunk, and mezzes or tapas to be eaten? This look takes me no longer than 10 minutes every evening, and I’m not even exaggerating!
After moisturising I go straight in with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in the colour Groenland. This tinted moisturiser is the perfect replacement for foundation when you are wanting a more natural, yet even coverage. This is by far the best tinted moisturiser I have tried so far – others seem to not make much of a difference to the appearance of my skin at all (so what’s the point in buying/using it?), while others can cause me to break out. The first time I tried Nars pure radiant however, I was so so happy with the result! Just enough coverage to help camouflage uneven skin tone and any pesky little spots, but still thin and light enough that it’s super natural looking. So much so that you can still see my sun-caused nose freckles underneath. I just blend this in with my finger tips, so very easy for an even application. Just to help my under eye circles get a little bit more coverage I then pick up the YSL Touché Éclat concealer in Luminous Radiance. This has always been my go to summer concealer, as not only does it conceal, but the light reflecting particles in the product also act as an under eye brightener – winning! Perfect for a natural glowy makeup look, I’m always reaching for this instead of other top choices of mine, such as the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, in the summer months as the others are all wayyy to thick and cakey for my liking when my skin still wants to breathe.
Next I pack a small amount of Benefit Hoola Bronzer onto my brush to give my cheek bones a bit of definition, buffing and blending out as I go to make sure no harsh lines are left. I follow on with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in radiant magenta, which I love for not only the blush itself, but also for the packaging as it’s gorgeous! Similar to the bronzer, only a small sweep of this blush is needed as it’s highly pigmented, and a subtle rosy cheek is all I’m going for with this look. I always need to remind myself while applying these products that LESS IS MORE, as the tiniest bit of bronzer or blush overload with such a natural base can leave you looking more clownish rather than ‘glowy goddess’… not really the look I’m going for. As my base already gives off a good glow, I don’t always feel the need to highlight, but in this case I have used Benefit Watts Up on my cheekbones and going down my nose. This cream highlight is so easy to apply as it also has a soft sponge on the other end to blend with. Its champagne tone leaves a natural shine that catches the light which I love, rather than using a shimmery powder highlight which would be too full on with this look. I have a rather oily T Zone and the heat in Turkey really doesn’t help, so as a final step for my face I set my forehead and chin with the Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Powder in No. 20 – making sure those problem areas don’t slowly change from glowy to oily. A cheap drugstore dupe for this powder is the Rimmel London Stay Matte powder, which I used for years. The Chanel one is my favourite for being out on holiday though as the compact includes a large mirror and a cute half moon brush which makes it soo easy to top up while you’re out. I really do love good packaging!
Picking up Benefit Hoola Bronzer again, I sweep this into my crease and this is literally all I’ve been doing for eye shadow recently. As Hoola is such a matte bronzer it works perfectly on the eyes just to give a bit of depth without looking too dark and ‘in your face’. On my top lashes I use Maybelline Lash Sensational which has been my favourite for something like 4 years, and I know a lot of other people love it too. It’s the only mascara I ever use for my top lashes! I’m quite lucky in that I have naturally long eyelashes anyway, but the curved brush and the formula of the product itself really lifts my lashes up and makes them look ridiculously long. It also doesn’t apply too thinly, it has just the right amount of thickness to make your lashes look super dark but without looking too clumpy. If you’re not already using this, I definitely recommend it as it’s affordable and can be purchased from any drugstore. On my bottom lashes I use No7 Intense Volume mascara. Its thinner brush and thinner consistency means it’s perfect for the lower lashes. It easily separates them, makes them bolder but doesn’t clump at all – making your lower lashes look fuller.
To finish off this holiday look, I’m reaching for my favourite brand for lipsticks. Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 91 Seduisante is perfect for the natural look I’m going for as it’s a very pale pink with a satin finish. Super hydrating and long lasting, it just gives that little finishing touch of colour to help pull everything together. I’m always picking satin/cream finish lipsticks or glosses over a matte finish in the summer as I find most of them so drying. Whereas colour + moisture = win-win!
What makeup items are your favourite for a natural summer makeup look? Let me know below!