The last one in this month’s routine series is my makeup routine; it’s been a long time since I posted my makeup routine, and since I’m on a roll this month with my routines, I’ll add another one – the Summer edition one.
As it’s very hot here (up to 34 degrees already!), I quickly switched to Summer makeup, along with my morning and evening skincare routines: just a little bit color here and there, just a bit of something to even out my skin tone. Depending on the occasion, I switch between which colors and color combination I use, but everything is minimalist and subtle. This is how I approach makeup: to emphasize what’s already great and to temporarily cover what’s temporarily an annoyance, at best. The more natural look, the more my skin breathes, the more fresh I look – the better. Natural, feminine and tasteful.
My Makeup Routine: Foundation
Following my morning skincare routine, I apply foundation. Currently I am still using the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation (full review here). It’s a light foundation, which offers a buildable coverage, but even more so now, I use only a drop for the whole face – just a tiny bit to even out my skin tone; the goal is not to achieve a full coverage, at all. During colder days, I used this foundation mixed with a drop of an oil, however it is too hot for that now, so I just apply foundation, or, in rare cases, use just a tiny amount of Ere Perez Moringa All-Beauty Creme. I’ve tried using the Madara Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30 before applying the foundation, but it did not work as the Madara cream is too thick and despite it, too containing water, it just didn’t work; the foundation would not melt with the cream and the finish look was that of patches of foundation, kind of like dry watercolor. Occasionally, I swipe some Benecos Translucent Pressed Powder over the foundation, but not necessarily all over the face.
Another foundation I’ve been testing and using lately is the Lavera 2-1 Compact Foundation; this one, on the other hand, works nicely with the Madara Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30. For application of the Lavera foundation, I use sponge that comes with it: I gently swipe the foundation on my face, a bit here and there, just as I would dab here and there a liquid foundation, and then use the Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush to thoroughly blend the foundation. Again, just a tiny amount of the foundation. If applied with the sponge, I’ve found there’s too much foundation on my face and eventually, it becomes very visible and since it also tends to oxidize, it’s not a good look. Some type of primer is a must with this foundation – whether it’s a light serum, Madara SPF cream or Ere Perez Moringa All-Beauty Creme.
I thought I’m going to get more play time with the Lavera foundation, but the hot weather arrived too quickly, so I will be soon switching to Inika Loose Mineral Foundation (full review here).
My Makeup Routine: Eye Makeup
My eye makeup usually consists of one, at most two eye shadows in earthly colors, with a bit of a gold one here and there. But in Summer, I prefer even less products on my eyes and I usually go for a bit of a brighter look, which mainly consists of golden tones, and usually just one color. Currently, I am mostly using the lightest and the gold colors from Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow Palette (full review here). Just a tiny bit on my eyelids, to get that bright look. Before applying eye shadow, I like to prime my eyelids with a bit of Benecos Translucent Powder to achieve a matte canvas and for the eye shadows to last longer.
Lately, I’ve been using the Benecos Glamour Look Mascara (full review here), which gives a rich finish look, both in volume and in length, but it may be a bit too much for my desired Summer look, especially during the day, so I am slowly switching to Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara (full review here), especially since it’s waterproof and since it gives a more subtle look, but I’m also testing another mascara, which makes for a very natural and minimalist look, great for Summer; but more on this soon.
My Makeup Routine: Blush & Highlighter
While I prefer a powder blush and highlighter during Summer, especially in combination with non-loose mineral foundation, there are also positive aspects of using a cream blush and highlighter, but in very minimal amount – just so it’s noticeable and just so it melts with the foundation, even if it’s a loose mineral one. I am alternating between the Alverde blush (still), whose very pretty pink color compliments my pale(er) skin, and the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile from the Signature Set: Mod Collection. As a blush, I also use lipsticks, a trick, and a way to use just one product for multiple purposes, I’ve been doing for decades.
I also use just a bit of a highlighter on my cheekbones; currently, I am using two highlighters (not at once, of course), the Dr Hauschka Illuminating Fluid and the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. I’ve had the RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder Beauty on my wishlist, especially for the Summer, but it’s constantly sold out, so I’ll have to wait.
My Makeup Routine: Lipsticks
I usually wear tinted lip balms during Summer and especially during the day, or turn lipsticks into ones by first applying a good lip balm and then a lipstick; this way, my lips are even more moisturized and the color is not too strong. I’ve been using the Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipsticks for a while now (a long over due review soon!) and I really enjoy them. For Summer, I especially like the one in color Surprise; it’s a very bright, very pigmented lipstick, so mixing it with a lip balm works best for me.
My Makeup Routine: Almost Barefaced
Even though I use a small amount of products mentioned in this makeup routine, sometimes, I skip many of them, mainly foundation. I apply a light serum, followed by Dr Hauschka Light Reflecting Concealer under the eyes, a tiny dot here and there of the RMS “Un” CoverUp Concealer (full review here) if there’s a spot or something,which I then set with the Benecos Translucent powder, usually using my pinky finger. Then a bit of RMS Beauty Living Luminizer Highlighter and a bit of a blush, either the Alverde one or I just use a lipstick as a blush. On the lips I wear a tinted lip balm – currently I am enjoying the Joik Tinted Lip Balm, which I received in my Love Lula Beauty Box not too long ago.
In short, here is how my morning skincare routines look like:
- foundation: Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation; Lavera 2-1 Compact Foundation
- eye makeup: Ere Perez Chamomile Eyeshadow Palette; Benecos Glamour Mascara; Ere Perez Waterproof Mascara
- blush & highlighter: Dr Hauschka Illuminating Fluid; RMS Beauty Living Luminizer; RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile; Alverde Blush; Dr Hauschka Light Reflecting Concealer
- lipsticks: Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick in Surprise; Joik Tinted Lip Balm
- SPF protection/priming: Madara Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF30; Ere Perez Moringa All-Beauty Creme
- setting: Alverde Rose Toner as a setting spray; Benecos Translucent Powder
All my routines, morning, evening and makeup ones are light during the Summer, and the makeup routine one is especially subtle, as natural looking as possible with as minimal amount of products used as possible and not all at once.
For some of the products I’ve already posted a full review and some will be reviewed soon, so make sure you check back.
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How does your Summer makeup routine look like? Which are the products you skip when it gets hot? Which colors do you like using during Summer? Let me know!
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