Ahhh! Warm weather has finally arrived and it feels so good. With the change of seasons, I always switch up my makeup regimen because, well… because it’s fun.
Oh, and I’ll tackle skincare for another post… as that could also take a while.
First and foremost, I’ve become a highlighting nut, you guys! I ran out and bought Laura Mercier Primer in Radiance ($40) after seeing it on gorgeous Jessica of Getting Cheeky. I start with this peachy primer all over my face to wake up my complexion, which has been looking oh-so-tired on its own lately. This primer does not feel heavy or silicone-y at all, which is why I don’t mind adding this extra step in my routine. I find that this gives the skin a soft focus effect that it covers any little breakouts I might be having.
To conceal under my eyes, I am still using the best combo in the world I wrote about here. I now do MAC Pro Longwear NC35 Concealer first, then MAC Bright Forecast Prep + Prime Highlighter on top. I make sure to highlight the outer V as well. It does wonders for brightening the eyes; this tip was from Jessica (another Jessica!) of BEAUTEZINE.
To keep the coverage light and luminous, I set my skin with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark ($34). I use a cream blush, shu uemura Creamy Dome Blusher in Fairy Pink *, and blend that in with my fingers. Then I faux tan with my beloved Guerlain Terracotta Light in 03 Brunettes * (review).
I’m back to using a lighter powder eyeshadow like MAC Eyeshadow in Coquette ($18) on my eyebrows. I like the soft definition that it gives my brows these days. On the lid and the inner corners of my eyes, I do a sheer pearly champagne from the CARGO Color Palette in Vienna ($28). No primer as it’s so sheer and pretty even when it creases. I then line the upper waterline with a black pencil, YSL Dessin Du Regard Waterproof in No 1 Black Ink * ($30), smudged for a is-she-or-is-she-not-wearing-eyeliner? effect. I only line the upper waterline because as the day goes on, it transfers naturally to the lower waterline and creates the illusion of thicker lashes. Lots of mascara of course, and these days I like Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Mascara in Blackest Black * ($8.99). It provides clean definition to the lashes, no crunchiness, and I love how really black it is.
Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Melon
Lipstick depends on my mood. Most days I wear coral like NARS Lipstick in Niagara (review) or today, Joe Fresh Matte Lipstick in Melon ($6). Hello, neon.
Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Joe Fresh Melon Lipstick, shu uemura Fairy Pink Creamy Dome Blusher
Champagne eyeshadow from CARGO Vienna quad, YSL Black Ink Dessin Du Regard, Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Mascara
What are your summer makeup staples? Have you mastered the science (art?) of the five-minute face? Let me know in the comments.
In other news… I miss you!!! I’ve been struggling to find blogging time lately, but I think I finally got my blogging mojo and time back. I have so many products to talk about, so stay tuned!