Summer is that awkward season that seems to be designed to make the life of a beauty enthusiast that little harder - I love makeup, but some days simply opening my makeup drawer makes me break into a sweat and the idea of slapping foundation on it's utterly unbearable. For those days, whenever going bare-faced is not an option, I have a bundle of trusty numbers that allow me to look put together but not too made up, and most importantly will stay put despite the sweat and about a zillion sprays of refreshing mist.
MAC Face and Body Foundation (£22) is a classic choice for hot days and a base I can always rely on. Because my skin tends to do pretty well during the warmer months, coverage is not my priority. Instead I want my base to look even and polished but still fresh in a I'm wearing foundation but you can't really tell kind of way, and MAC's F&B is perfect for the job. I love the water-based liquid formula - it doesn't feel heavy and it's easy to bounce around with a beauty blender, and since it's virtually undetectable on the skin, the result is simply beautiful complexion.
For a touch of extra coverage, I've been reaching for the good old trusty MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (£18), which is a great all-over multitasking concealer. A little goes a very long way and takes care of all sorts of imperfections and under-eye shadows with ease. With a super long-lasting and crease-proof formula, look no further if you're after the ultimate heat proof coverup.
Blush is the essential step in my routine that keeps me looking healthy and glowy year-round and simply cannot be skipped. At the minute I'm completely obsessed with Nars Orgasm (£28) and simply can't get enough of this stuff. The pinky peach hue is uber flattering and the formula is one of the most long-wearing I've come across, as well as very pigmented and overall absolutely dreamy to work with. Also, the gold flecks give a beautiful warm glow to the cheeks and eliminate the need for an additional highlighter.
Last on my list is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£22), perhaps the ultimate summer staple. This spray helps to lock everything in place and feels lovely and cooling on the skin. Plus, it keeps any unwanted shine at bay for hours and doesn't make my makeup feel heavy or look cakey. Win win!
Have you tried any of these products?