the summer months might be on the way out, but in some places that y’all call home, the humidity and heat are sticking around a little while longer. enter in my fail-proof summer makeup skin and foundation
Step 1: i apply Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion to clean skin on my t-zone area, and any other places that my pores are more noticeable
Step 2: i spritz my skin with NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray. most people use this to set their makeup, but i find it works best for me if i spray it before i put on foundation so it locks in the primer potion, and creates a dewy-like, non-greasy canvas for my foundation. applying it this way really helps with the longevity of foundation, too!
Step 3: i apply Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation to my clean, prepped face. this foundation does not leave my skin too shiny, or with an overwhelming “glow”. to be honest, it just melts into my skin and leaves my face with a lit-from-within look. it also camouflages any slight texture or uneven skin tone patches i may have. i do understand that some may be skeptical of all the “dewy” products i have been listing, but i have a pretty oily t-zone and this combo is the most effective routine for the longevity of my foundation. my favorite way to apply this foundation is with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge…it’s more budget friendly than the other brand!!
Step 4: for concealer, i used my holy grail Mac Pro Longwear Concealer mixed with Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter to achieve a glowy, almost strobe-like effect. this is one of my favorite tricks during the summer to illuminate my foundation and/or concealer. i pat this onto my under eye circles, and blend out with my sponge.
Step 5: your girl LOVES a bright under eye, so next i applied Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in the color “brightening.” i try not to put this product on top of the areas that i concealed with the mac pro longwear; instead, i apply it slightly underneath that area in a triangle shape bringing it from the corner of my nose to the outer edge of my eyes. be sure to blend it in nicely by using tapping motions with the real techniques sponge.
Step 6: to contour my face, i apply thin strokes of CoverGirl TruBlend Fixstick Concealer in the shade deep to the areas i want to sculpt out. those spots, for me, are typically underneath my cheek bones, above my forehead, around my jaw line, and sometimes on my nose. i prefer using a cream contour because i can be more precise with it, and i can build the coverage up more. i use a brush to blend out the contour, and then i set it with a powered bronzer. my favorite is the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer because of it’s light-weight formula, it’s rich pigment, and it’s blend-ability.
Step 7: now to set my concealer, i am torn between two products: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit‘s banana powder and E.L.F Studio HD Under Eye Setting Powder. it’s a coin toss as to which one i use in the morning, probably which ever is the most accessible. i’m lazy. but here lately, i’ve kept the elf setting powder close by. at first glance it looks like there are flecks of shimmery glitter finely milled in the powder, but once you apply it to your skin that shimmer melts into your skin and just brightens everything up nicely. using a setting powder helps the under eye area from creasing, and essentially helps the concealer to last longer on your skin.
Step 8: almost done. to set my chin and t-zone area, i apply Neutrogena Shine Control Powder with rice protein complex. the awesome thing about this product is that it’s invisible and lays evenly on the skin. this powder does a nice job of setting the foundation and reducing any shiny areas that might break through. depending on how oily your skin is, you might need to retouch this step throughout the day. i don’t find this necessary for my skin type, but some might!!
Step 9: the finaly step is to spray Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water as a setting spray! the awesome thing about this product is that you can use it in three ways: a primer, a hydrater, and setting spray. i spritz about 3-4 times all over my face, concentrating on problem areas like my chin and my forehead. i’ve used this primer water as a primer only, but find it more enjoyable and effective as the last step of my foundation application!
i hope that you all can relate to parts of this post, and that you find this summer skin lasting makeup routine beneficial!! please leave your favorite sweat proof combo in the comment section below!!