Being a freelancer I spend most of my work days in the local coffee shop, or the park, with my laptop. Although these seem at first glance to be super-casual venues there is much social nuance that lurks beneath the devil-may-care veneer of café life. Many friends, work colleagues and even potential clients live in the area. As I sit at my table, my hair screwed into a straggly bun with a chopstick stuck through it, two pairs of spectacles pushed up on my head and a spot on my chin, they are liable to pop their head in the window shouting a cheery ‘good morning’ in such a manner as to cause the forkful of scrambled egg that was poised before my open mouth to slide gently down my t-shirt.
It would not do to admit defeat and be seen tapping away on my keyboard in a suit, high heels and full slap. In any case, as the thermometer hovers near 30˚ the thought of caking my face in heavy makeup, or indeed any makeup at all, seems irksome. Summer is the time to keep things simple.
Hence I am constantly re-evaluating the bare minimum that I can get away with in make-up terms whilst still appearing effortlessly groomed. This is my current routine:
If dirty, backcomb a little at the roots then twist and secure with hairpins, not a chopstick.
After moisturising with Herbfarmacy Replenish face cream I apply Greenpeople SPF15 to my face, neck and any exposed areas of my body (it contains the tiniest bit of fake tan -great for adding healthy summer glow). Then I work a bit of Vapour Illusionist concealer under my eyes and into the crevasses on either side of my nostrils, blending the edges with a brush. I fill in patchy eyebrows using a fine angled brush dabbed with rms Seduce cream eyeshadow and then smudge my eyelids with rms Living Luminizer. If there is any highlighter left on my finger I tap it along my cheekbones.
Now I look more alive than dead but I find that the best way to distract attention from messy hair, eye-bags and spots is to create vibrant lips. Ilia tinted lip conditioners are the right tool for the job – I love the Bang-Bang red. Less pigmented and solid than lipstick yet more substantial than lipgloss, they perfect that I look great without really trying finish.
Remove spectacles from head.
What are your favourite summer cosmetics?