Spring starts this week.
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming…and my carefully crafted winter foundation-concealer-contour combination is slowly starting to melt. Whoops.
I’ve talked before (a lot) about how much I struggle between finding a light-to-medium coverage base for my slightly odd complexion, but finding one that can withstand an hour on my packed morning commute in the summer months is really something else.
That’s why, this year, I thought I’d get a head start. And, not to toot my own horn, but I think I might have just cracked it, in time for the new season.
Not to sound like Regina George, but I have huge pores, and Revolution’s ‘Pore Blur’ Primer is basically the only product I’ve used so far that makes my face feel less like the surface of the moon. It’s moderately mattifying, but due to including Vitamin E, it’s not drying at all – and it doesn’t melt away at the first sign of sunshine.
It’s also been referred to as a dupe for Benefit’s Porefessional – although I will say it feels a little thinner – and at £6 it’s a fraction of the price.
FOUNDATION & CONCEALER
I’ve struggled a lot, over the years, with finding a foundation that’s the right kind of pale – yellow undertones as opposed to pink – and whilst brands like Fenty have made that much easier, I’m a girl on a budget.
Clocking in at £9, Revolution’s Conceal & Define Foundation (shade F3) with the matching concealer coming in at £7, this duo is much more affordable. The foundation claims to be full coverage, but it’s a little sheer in my opinion – so you’ll definitely need the concealer too if you’re prone to breakouts.
I also use the lightest shade of the concealer (Shade C1) for some light contouring – under the eyes, the cupid’s bow, above the cheekbones – and it stays miraculously crease-free all day, even in the warmer weather.
NYX is one of my all-time favourite brands, so it’s probably not a surprise that I’ve managed to work even more of the brand into my routine.
I’m not usually a fan of powder setting products – they make me feel a little ‘cakey’, especially as I use powder to contour – but I’ve been using the NYX Professional Studio Translucent Loose Powder to bake under my eyes and it’s honestly perfect.
I also dust a little sweep over the rest of my face after contouring and pre-highlight, and it keeps oil at bay (am I the only one whose skin suddenly develops an oily sheen as soon as winter’s over?). It’s light, too, so no caking, even when it is warm.
It is a struggle to find good powder contour products when you’re pale, but Revolution’s Pro Contour Powder Kit in ‘Fair’ has definitely upped my contour game. It’s blendable, light, and has a range of tones, which means it’ll carry you through your summer tan pretty nicely, too – win/win.
So, that’s my secret to a lighter, brighter, base for make up for the warmer months – cake-free, sweat-proof, and oil-busting.
Are you switching up your make up routine for Spring/Summer?
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