When the sun starts shining, the last thing any of us wants is to be stuck indoors, which is where a quick makeup look comes in very useful indeed – and this is as quick as they come.
I’ve given a rundown of the products I used for each step, but it would be easy to tailor it all to suit your own makeup bag and preferences too.
To start, I prepped my model’s skin using This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up (€39.50), which acts as both a moisturiser and primer (you can find our more about it here).
I’d usually apply foundation/base products with my fingers on myself, but here I used the Make Up Forever #150 brush (€38) which is one of my all time favourites. The bristles are slanted, so works well for foundation, contour, blush – you name it.
For summer, a lightweight base with added SPF is always a plus, so I used the L’Occitane CC Cream 20SPF (€33) as it gives skin a lovely glow, but there are plenty of other options out there with higher SPF available.
To even out any areas that needed more coverage I used Bare Minerals BareSkin concealer which has a beautiful liquid texture so it blends seamlessly for a “real skin” finish.
I’ve previously written about the Essence Eyeshadow Base and have been impressed with the results, especially given the price point.
Here it’s just been blended all over the lid to give a soft matt finish which helps to avoid transfer and smudging of mascara/liner etc. later on.
Liquid liner comes naturally to some people, and for others, it’s much more difficult. Here I wanted to create a soft line rather than anything too hard or harsh, so I decided to use a waterproof gel pencil from Inglot (€13) instead of a liquid liner.
These are soft as butter and are easy to get right into the lash line. To finish off, add a little mascara and if you wish, some soft brown in the socket line.
Continuing with the soft summer feel, I chose a tinted gloss instead of a lipstick, first on lips and then tapped lightly on the apples of cheeks for a hint of colour.
This particular one from Japonesque (€21.13 on asos.com) worked beautifully with Aoife’s colouring, but a coral, orange or red would look great if you had a tan. To finish it all off, I used a setting spray, but you could just as easily dust some pressed/loose powder along the T-Zone.
Et voila! A simple, but pretty summer make-up. It seems like a lot more effort when I’m writing it all down but it was quick in reality, I promise.