Lightweight Summer Base Essentials

I love nothing more than a full face of make-up. Quite often, the more the better and I’m okay with that. Lately however, my skin has been getting quite dry and with the change of humidity from moving to London to Devon and the (ever-so-slightly) better weather has meant I’ve wanted my makeup to be a lot lighter. I finally feel as though I’ve got a combination of products that are working wonderfully for me in being light weight as well as making my skin look natural with a gorgeous glow. So continue reading to find out more about why these work so well with each other and why I recommend that you need them this summer.

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Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream / This is the newest to my collection above and probably the one I love the most due to how amazed I am with it. To be fair, this is the first alphabet cream I’ve tried, I guess I’ve been put off by BB creams because they’re light coverage and sometimes I want a little more due to the redness on my face. A CC cream however, promising to colour correct said areas? I was interested. Bourjois is probably one of my favourite drugstore brands, I’m a huge fan of Healthy Mix Foundation but it’s becoming too heavy lately. I got this in the shade 32 which is a light beige because the Ivory had pink undertones whereas this was yellow – a better match for me. The coverage of this is phenomenal, but it feels like a cream to the skin and neutralises redness so well. I’m converted. I love it. This works like a dream with a Beauty Blender to sheer out the colour but that provides control of if you want to build it up in specific areas. I would recommend this to everyone and at £9.99 I know I’ve found a new favourite base product.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer / Phew, a mouth full there. This has been hyped like no other since the start of 2016 and in good reason. I have mine in the darkest shade more so for when I’m tanned but I find the darker colour works with my darker circles better too. It’s full coverage but feels really light and doesn’t cake on my skin at all which is quite rare for a concealer. I’m still not convinced about the sponge applicator as it’s not the softest thing ever and pretty unhygienic BUT it does such a good job at keeping dark circles away and providing extra coverage where I need it most.

Mac Face and Body Foundation / This was my favourite foundation last spring/summer and until the CC cream came along it was definitely my favourite again. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation but feels so lightweight on the skin as a result it genuinely looks like your skin but better as apposed to foundation. It doesn’t sit on top of the skin or cling to dry areas and the dewy finish gives you an amazing glow. I believe this gets overlooked far too often in favour for Mac’s full coverage foundations but I couldn’t recommend it enough. (I’m shade C1 for reference).

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer / I’ve got  a full review of this here should you want to know specific information but in short this primer is a miracle worker. With dry skin, silicone primers are not always my friend; I need something hydrating to start my base with. This is like a hydration cream that prevent dry patches and foundation from sticking to unwanted areas. It is a little pricey but one I’ve repurchased several times as it helps my foundation look so much better as a result.

Makeup Academy Pro-Base Pressed Powder / I bought this recently from Superdrug at £2.50 and I’m so impressed I had to include it in this post. I often struggle to find powders that work as they can make my makeup look cakey and pretty flat. Not this. It helps to set my base makeup but almost melts into the skin to prevent that ‘powder on top of the skin’ look. I’m able to pick up a small amount with a large powder brush and lightly brush on my face and it just works really well.

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+ / I couldn’t write a post about summer products without this, it would be criminal. A spritz of this over my foundation, leave to set for a few minutes and lightly press into my skin with a beauty blender makes my foundation last so much longer and prevents your makeup from looking cakey. This isn’t a setting spray as such, but the benefits it provides does help makeup last longer. I’ve just ordered another one of these in a panic ‘what if I loose this or it runs out and I don’t have another?’ mind set. I love it.

I could not live without these products right now and I’m looking forward to once I move into my new house (which is all confirmed – eekk!) to filming an updated everyday makeup routine video to show you all of these products in action. My face feels so light weight and my skin is already looking better as a result.

What products have you been loving for this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Amy x

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