To be completely honest, I've been having lots of no-makeup days over the past few weeks because I'm embracing my freckles and have some colour in my cheeks (skin is well protected though) but on the days that I have worn makeup, I've been choosing products that are quick and easy to use. Who wants to sit indoors for ages applying makeup when the weather is so good?! Plus, I don't want anything heavy on my skin or products that require a lot of maintenance. This post is very Clarins-heavy but it isn't sponsored at all - I just happen to be using and loving a lot of their products recently. Here's what I've been reaching for!
Clarins SOS Bronzing Primer: I absolutely love this primer because it blurs the look of my pores, plumps the skin and this particular bronze shade adds a hint of colour (review here). I've been mostly wearing this without any foundation but if I feel like I need some coverage, I've been using IT Cosmetics CC Cream: this is a very lightweight base that adds coverage but doesn't look you're wearing a lot of product, plus the SPF 50 is a bonus (it doesn't replace my separate facial SPF though, which I apply just after my skincare routine).
Clarins Instant Concealer: I love this concealer because I can use it both under my eyes and on blemishes or to tone down redness. This is a very under-rated product because it doesn't feel heavy on the skin but offers medium-full coverage without looking cakey or creasing under the eyes. Also, a little goes a very long way with it.
Stila Convertible Colour: I just love how easy this cream blush is to use - it adds a healthy flush of colour to my cheeks and blends so easily with either my fingers or a sponge. I need to buy some more shades.
Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing & Blush Compact: The only powder product I am using at the moment! I love this bronzer because the three shades combine to create the perfect bronze shade and it looks natural on the skin (review here).
Catrice Makeup Freezing Spray: This is a brilliant little spray - it's so effective at freezing makeup so it doesn't melt off my face in the warm temperatures we've been having and it's also a good size so I can pop it in my handbag for on the go top ups!
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows: Because everything else is looking pretty minimal and natural, I've been going to a quick and easy brow. There is no brush that is finer than the one on this Charlotte Tilbury brow mascara and it adds some colour and volume without looking stark or too structured. Review here.
Natasha Denona Crystal Top Coat: These Natasha Denona cream shadows are so easy to use and I can either do a wash of colour or layer them if I want to add a bit more shimmer. The two shades that I am reaching for most often are Bronze and Peach as they look good with my slightly tanned skin. They are forgiving on the lids and a great alternative to glitter if your lids are more creased than hey used to be.
Clarins 'Instant Light' Natural Lip Perfector: Minimal makeup calls for a natural looking lip and this is a great option - it adds some shimmer and doesn't feel sticky or heavy on the lips. I need to purchase a full size as this is my third mini tube!
Dior Lip Glow Lip Balm: An alternative is this lip balm, which enhances the lips natural colour and adds some moisture. There are matte, dewy and glitter versions available but this is the original version. It's the easiest lip option you will find for when you don't want to leave your lips completely bare but you don't want a lip colour, plus it hydrates.
Talk to me! Tell me what kind of makeup you've been going for during the heatwave - I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!