Easy Summertime Makeup

A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?

A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?

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: 

Hair

If dirty, backcomb a little at the roots then twist and secure with hairpins, not a chopstick.

Face

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.

rms Living Luminizer is the simplest way to add summer glow

rms Living Luminizer is the simplest way to add summer glow

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.

Ilia tinted lip conditioner in Bang-Bang red completes an easy summer look

Ilia tinted lip conditioner in Bang-Bang red completes an easy summer look

Final touches

Remove spectacles from head.

What are your favourite summer cosmetics?

3 thoughts on “Easy Summertime Makeup

    • Eyelash dyeing is THE top tip for minimising your daily makeup palaver. However as far as I am aware there is no such thing as non-toxic dye (apart from henna and I can’t imagine henna-ing my eyelashes!). So I am cautious. On the one hand you only need a tiny bit to tint your lashes. On the other hand – it goes on your eyes! On the third hand I do dye my hair so I would be a complete hypocrite if I attempted to ban you from dyeing your eyelashes. My feeling is that it might be wise to be sparing and tint eyelashes two or three times a year. It just depends on how purist you want to be.

      • Just do it – as long as you don’t go mad and do it too often what harm can it do ? Just before holidays is a great idea and go to a salon – they know what they’re doing .

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