Days like this make me wish I was built for the summer so I could sit outside and enjoy the heat but in reality, I’m lying in my bed with next to nothing on wishing I’d purchased the bloody god damn fan by now. On the days I do venture out, brave I know, I like to make sure I don’t look like I’m melting and most importantly, not have mascara all down my face! Light coverage, waterproof mascara and definitely no lipstick works best for me and here are the products I’ve used for a basic look in this summer heat.
Stage 1: The Base
First things first, a primer. On my recent travels to France, I picked up Dr Pierre Ricaud Base Visage Primer, a lightweight creamy base that gives your skin the hydration and protection it needs. To mix with this and to give my skin a bit more of a glow, the good kind not the sweaty kind, I use either the Kiko Smart Drops Glowing Booster (£7.90), something to bring my skin to life. Infused with blueberry seed oil this booster helps repair damaged skin as well as being antioxidant-rich, great if you want to maintain healthy skin. I mix this with my serum, moisturiser or foundation and I prefer using this throughout the day. Or I use the Sephora Revitalizing Booster (around £16), again designed to awaken your complexion. Formulated with magnesium concentrate, amazing for improving your skin’s overall appearance and giving you a little help with reducing acne. Again, I mix this with my serum, moisturiser or foundation but is something I’d add to my routine morning and night. On the cooler days, I use both to get both benefits.
The most important layer you can wear on your face and the whole body is an SPF. Sunny days, cold days and even cloudy days, get that SPF on because you don’t want to be getting sun damage. Usually, I would apply an SPF and then a primer but when it comes to a sun protection that is tinted, what the hell do you apply first? Mentioned in my previous post about SPFs I went on to tell you about one of my current favourites that not only gives you the protection you need but also a little coverage too. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tined Fluid SPF 50+ (£12.75), is a lightweight SPF that can be worn alone or built upon with concealer to give your complexion a little more coverage without looking too greasy, or patchy.
Stage 2: The Eyes
Skipping the brows, mainly because I don’t want my make-up to rub off if I sweat too much and because regularly tinting them is great because that doesn’t wash off. For the eyes I’ve been using the new L’OREAL Paris Infallible Unlimited Pro Volume Bendable Mascara (£8.99), which did say on the stand it was waterproof but as it hasn’t ended up halfway down my face, it’s good enough for me. A bonus to most people is that this mascara wand bends so that it’s easier to reach every last lash without your nose getting in the way. Personally, I use both of my hands to apply mascara but I do have to say, a little really does go a long way. The only downside is that if you don’t get rid of the excess then you’re going to end up with clumpy lashes, lesson learnt!
Stage 3: The Lips
The last thing you want to go through a heatwave is to apply lipstick. For me, it’s so heavy and it only ever ends up around my face so what I do go for is a lip tint. Avon Ultra Colour Lip Tint Pen (£8) which may have changed but still the same staying power as the last. Using a tint allows you to get a flush of colour without it washing away the second you step into the pool.
Stage 4: The Hair
Although my hair is very fine, I’m still at the age where I have a shit ton of it so using an oil keeps it in place and adding that salon visit shine. The L’ORÉAL Elvive Extraordinary Oil Miracle Hair Perfector (currently £6.64, 100ml), is hands down the best oil I’ve ever tried. The one thing I have a love-hate relationship within the heat is my hair, I love how the humidity gives my hair a bit of volume yet I hate how the humidity gives my hair that I haven’t brushed my hair in a lifetime, even if it is true. Applying to just the ends it gives my hair a shiny finish and a silky smooth touch. Ideal for when the weather and the water is playing havoc with your hair.