Summer Skin | The Base

Saturday, 11 May 2013


The most sought after summer skin starts with a radiant base. 


 You all know what I'm talking about… that 'natural' glow. Accentuated by the sunshine, 'glowing' skin is always a hit when the temperature starts rising! AND the benefits of opting for this look are not limited to the visual attributes. The products used for this look are generally lighter and more comfortable for the skin in the summer heat. Tinted moisturisers are a popular choice, especially if you have good skin. However, they do have their limitations when it comes to redness, blemishes, scarring or any underlying skin issue.

 Here I have chosen five products which I think are essential for any skin base in the warmer weather!
 Lighter (in density rather than colour!) and more radiant foundation is a must, and although I love an endless list of foundation I personally favour both the YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat and the NARS Sheer Glow. These both create a healthy looking finish, are easy to apply and build (which is especially important if you ever feel the need for a more dense coverage). And although these are my go to options in the summer months, budget foundations can produce the same effect for half the price. The Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation is a great option and is available in drugstores both in the UK and internationally. 

All these foundations produce a dewy finish which I adore. However, there are still days where I still feel the need to set my foundation. This is especially true when the weather really starts to rise in temperature. I always reach for a translucent powder in the summer months particularly when I find myself blotting a little more. 

Coloured powders are great, but blotting with a pigmented powder can not only feel cakey and heavy but it can also create what I like to call the ‘island effect’. Essentially, wherever you blot, you create a powder island. And the more you blot the more prominent the islands become! So... my translucent powder of choice is the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder. However, you can easily find a translucent powder in any drugstore. I find they are lighter, and applying with a brush after blotting with blotter papers creates a lighter and invisible finish without disturbing your foundation, or the rest of your makeup. 

 Highlighters are also essential in creating a natural glowing base. The NARS Illuminator’s are a great liquid highlighter. They can be used on top of your foundation to emphasise specific features. A small (and I mean tiny) amount goes a long way in this instance as the liquid blends out to create the most intense shimmer. They can also be mixed into any of these foundations or another foundation to create a subtle glow/shimmer. Powder highlighters are also great, especially Mac’s Mineralise Skinfinish, as it provides a beautiful highlight with minimal powder. Its rich pigmentation means the amount of powder used is minimal meaning that the highlight appears more natural and is still lightweight.


If you want the perfect summer skin. Look no further. These are the products for you!


 So there you go, my five makeup picks for the perfect summer base.
 Glowing, lightweight, minimal, natural, buildable and flawless!
 What are your favourite skin products for summer? Do you use any of the same products? Are there any you would recommend or avoid? Let me know!

94 comments:

  1. I really want to try nars sheer glow! I've hears such great things about it :) x

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    1. It's so flawless, every positive review is right!

      Thank you for stopping by! ☮♥

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    2. I've just nominated you for the Liebster award :) x

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  2. I'm going to give Nars luminator a try great informative post thx.

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    1. It's such a lovely product! If you can get the chance to swatch each colour, definitely do so as they are all slightly different. If you're ordering online there are plenty of photos on google images!

      I have super orgasm myself!

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  3. I really like the Nars illuminator. It is super blendable!

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    1. I know, I'm so glad I invested in it! Plus you need so little it's going to take me ages to run out! ☮♥

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  4. I really love the illuminator!!
    Your posts are very interesting.
    I follow you, I hope you do the same

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    1. Thank you for saying so! I love your blog, the photography is amazing quality. Followed back. ☮♥

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  5. I keep falling in and out of love with Nars sheer glow. When I have nice skin I absolutely love it and when I get spots it just doesn't work for me :(

    emmazingbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I had this problem and then I invested in Elizabeth Arden's Hydration Boost Night Mask and it since using that with my liquid gold my skin is so much better and so my foundation is too!

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  6. I nominated you for the Liebster Award for your great blog!

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  7. Thank you so much dear for your sweet comment and for following!
    Followed back! Hope to see you again on my blog.

    xx
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    1. That's ok! And I do read all your posts so I'm sure to visit again!

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  8. I've been using a lot of bb cream this summer
    xx
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    1. I emptied my BB cream a month or so ago, and I am yet to repurchase it. I liked it but wasn't a fan myself, although I'm definitely going to invest in some CC cream which definitely sounds better for my skin. Thank you for the input though! And adorable blog! ☮♥

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  9. Great post lovely! I definitely need to try NARS Sheer Glow, I keep hearing fab things about it! :))

    XO,
    RosyChicc

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    1. It's definitely worth a try, but I do find days where I love it or hate it. But generally my skin is healthier in the summer so I tend to gravitate towards it! ☮♥

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  10. Great post - love your blog!

    Now following you on GFC and would be great to get a follow back, if you would like to follow each other? :)

    Be great if you could check out my latest post ft the Gorgeous Couture Katia Dress

    Thanks! Charlie xx

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  11. I love shall we follow? let me know XSE
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    1. Definitely! Love your blog, followed. ☮♥

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  12. Oh, super cool post, very interesting:)Your blog is a great place:)
    Would you like to follow each other? Just let me know, if you enjoy my blog of course:)
    http://svetlanabeauty.blogspot.com/
    xoxo Svetlana from Bulgaria :)

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    1. I'd love to, you're posts are great! Can't wait for more.

      Followed on bloglovin' and GFC! ☮♥

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  13. Good review, you definitely convinced me to try some of these products. Followed you back dear :)

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  14. Thank you for your lovely comment <3 Great post :)
    xx

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  15. I need all of these products in my life haha :) Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog...I am your newest follower! xx

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    1. Well hello, and thank you! It took me a while to get all of them as I always question whether I should, or if I need them. But I love all these products! ☮♥

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  16. love this post :)

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  17. love this post :)
    like your blog,would You like to follow each other ? just let me know dear :)
    XO MP

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    1. I'd love to! Followed you, now it's your turn! ☮♥

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  18. Touche Eclat is amazing, I love it! I can;t wait to try the Nars products as well :) I've followed your blog, it's really nice! Could you possibly take a quick peek at mine? x

    justalittlesouth.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's flawless isn't it! Of course I can! ☮♥

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  19. I'd really like to try the Laura Mercier powder, it sounds really lovely xx


    ❤ www.MissMakeupMagpie.co.uk ❤

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    1. It's genuinely perfect to set any foundation. I hate having coloured powder because I feel like once I've got my liquid foundation perfect it ruins it one way or another! Especially as most of my foundation matches me perfectly! So I definitely recommend. Plus mine has lasted me well over a year already... and I use it everyday!

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  20. I'm eager to try both the YSL Touche Eclat and the Nars Sheer Glow. Maybe now summer is coming up I should really invest in one of them.

    Lindsey. x
    www.elegant-chaos.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd say if you like a bit more coverage opt for the Nars Sheer Glow. It does the same thing but it's a more medium coverage. The Touche Eclat although it is a foundation it doesn't do much in the way of coverage. I tend to apply this over concealer though as I suffer from redness, or after a tinted base (when I have a tan). Looking at your blog though I'd say with your skin you could get away with either. But I hope this helps you in choosing!

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  21. wanna have! I follow ya back sweety xjes
    www.supongoestilo.blogspot.nl

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  22. Oh... I want to try the illuminator!!!
    Kisses my dear!

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  23. Mineralize skin finish is one product I can't live without! Love your blog, followed :) x

    Alavish.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, I've followed you back. Love your recent post! ☮♥

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  24. Ohhh… ABSOlutely amazing make up product: LOVE it!!! And you’ve got a gorgeous blog dear: FOLLOW YOU right now!!! ;)
    Check out & follow my blog too --- I’ll be waiting for you!!!

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    1. Thank you! Followed back, I love your blog! So cute! ☮♥

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  25. Fabulous post! I love it:) I'm definitely thinking that your blog is always more cute!
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  26. I don't use those products, but I have to try! :) Do you wanna follow each other on GFC, Bloglovin or Facebook? Let me know :) And I hope you will take a part in my GIVEAWAY with OASAP. You can win one of pieces from summer collection <3 xoxo :*
    Blog Lissey

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  27. I love NARS products!
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    1. I used to love MAC the most, but for face products I think NARS takes the gold! Eye shadow and lips still belong to MAC, but NARS isn't far behind! ☮♥

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  29. Nice blog :)
    Thank you for following me, I've followed back!

    My nail polish blog nails-and-more.blogspot.com

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  30. Such a fab overview!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Happy Sunday Hun xoxo
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  31. Great review! So beautiful:)

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  32. Thanks for commenting on my blog! :)
    Yours is great too! New follower! :)

    Kelly xx

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  33. Hi hun :)
    Thank you so much for your visit, sweet comment and following me :) it means a LOT ,honestly :)
    You have an amazing blog yourself here Sarah!!!!
    Great post :) I am a dewy look person,so love all products mentioned :)
    x x

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  34. definitely gonna try this one out! i keep hearing a lot of great review on the sheer glow

    Delightful Ideas

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    1. It's so beautiful, I hope it works out for you! ☮♥

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  35. thanks for the lovely comment on my blog! I've been curious to try a MAC MSF :) Great post!

    Alannah | www.keddiescloset.blogspot.com

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    1. No thank you! And I was for a long time, but nothing is as good as when you actually see what everyone means! ☮♥

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  36. The nars foundation sounds amazing, I have been wanting to try this for ages now :-)

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    1. It is flawless and applied with a beauty blender it lasts forever! ☮♥

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  37. Thanks for following me :) I've been wanting to try the NARS products for ages now!! Follow you on bloglovin' :) x

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    1. Thank you for the follows! And take the dive, they are so worth ☮♥

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  38. MACS mineralize skinfinish is the best!
    IN MY SUNDAY BEST

    XOXO Sade

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  39. Really informative :) Great post :)

    Rachel @ AMomentInTime.

    xo

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    1. Thank you for the compliment! ☮♥

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  40. I really want to try nars sheer glow it looks gorgeous!
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    1. You should, its worth it! ☮♥

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  41. I really enjoying reading your blog!! I am following you now :)


    Id be really grateful if you have a minute to visit me!

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  42. thanks for commenting on my blog! love yours, followed you on blogger and bloglovin xx

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  43. I LOVE your blog...Great photos!Really enjoying:)FOLLOW YOU NOW! Please check mines If you want we can follow also with facebook?
    Come back soon to visit my blog, I'll be waiting for you!!

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  44. I nominated you for the leibster award! Check it out!xx

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  45. I really enjoyed this post! I really want to try the mineralise skin finish!

    Hannah x

    http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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