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Let me start off by saying that I believe everybody should appreciate themselves as they are. When I was younger, I would pile on makeup as a way to hide my insecurities and years on, I realise that makeup should be used as a tool to enhance what you already have instead of blurring and erasing what makes you, you. That being said, it can be hard to nail a failsafe makeup routine, and with the hot weather, it's harder to get makeup staying fresh all day. So here are some tips to get the most out of your makeup products. Today I'll be focusing specifically on tips for face makeup (foundation, concealer, contour etc.).
1. Preparation is key!
No matter what your skin type, it's always wise to create a good base to start off with. Use your toner, moisturizer, and primer to create a smooth canvas to work with. As I have combination/dry skin, it's important to make sure that my face is properly moisturized and hydrated before I think of putting anything on my face. Here are a list of the products I use and their order of use:
- Kielh's Facial Oil-Free Toner- £17.00
- Garnier Moisture Bomb- £4.50
- CYO Matte Attack Primer- £5.00
2. Colour Correction
This step is optional, but I suffer from rosacea, meaning that I am often left with red blotches on my skin around my cheeks and chin. I use a lightweight colour corrector in a green shade to neutralize the colours, meaning that my blotches won't show through my makeup.
- Sleek Makeup Colour Corrector Palette- £7.99 (Bonus: This palette includes 6 other colour correcting shades)
After using this, I go over the green concealer shade with my regular concealer to begin the evening out process!
- Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer- £5.99
3. Foundation and Concealing
Now here is the part where it gets a bit tricky because everybody will have different requirements when it comes to foundations. However, a foundation that has been tried and true amongst many of my peers which belong to different ages, skin types, and skin tones; they have all loved this one! Also, I think the tools you use can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your makeup, and so my personal favourite when it comes to foundation, is using a beauty sponge. To use one, saturate it with water and squeeze out the excess, then lightly pat in your foundation. Start off with a thin layer and then you can work on areas which need extra coverage, e.g. under-eyes, spots.
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation- £33.50
- Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Make Up sponge- £5.99
4. Setting Your Makeup
You may choose to include contouring and highlighting before this stage but in the summer especially, I like to keep as little makeup on my face as possible to beat the heat and humidity here in London. Setting your makeup just helps to lock everything in place so that no matter what you get up to, you don't have to worry about your makeup looking worn by your fourth hour in the sun! I opt for translucent setting powder lightly brushed on with a fluffy powder brush, followed by two to three sprays of a setting spray.
- Vichy DermaBlend Translucent Setting Powder- £13.50-18.00
- Eco Tools Full Powder Brush- £8.99
- NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray- £7.00
And there you have it! Granted, I can't promise you that your makeup will look exactly the same on your last train home at 22:30 as it did at 08:30 when you put it on, but following these steps definitely helps to make your makeup last, not only in the hot summer months but all year round!