The Summer Makeup Edit - Achieving A Glowing, Flawless Complexion

Sunday, July 21, 2019

When I’m wearing makeup in summer, I always make a conscious effort to choose lightweight yet long-lasting products to create a radiant appearance. I personally don’t want to be worrying about touching up my makeup constantly, and I’d prefer a natural appearance rather than seeming caked in makeup. If you want to know how I achieve this in my everyday makeup routine, then make sure you keep reading!

To achieve a radiant, glowing complexion, I tend to opt for a lightweight BB cream instead of a foundation. Not only does the hotter weather make wearing a heavy, high-coverage almost insufferable, but it's also difficult to maintain a matte finish without having to powder frequently. I prefer to embrace the glow in my complexion, and choosing something sheer and lightweight is also much more comfortable in the summer months.

Since I opt for a sheer coverage face product, I need to compensate for this with a long-lasting, waterproof concealer. Despite having a more natural base product, I still want to conceal some of my redness and under-eye circles. However, I'm definitely sparing with this and don't apply a lot - just enough to minimise these problematic areas but not enough to detract from the glowing BB cream that I applied.

One of my absolute essentials when creating a glowing summer makeup look is bronzer, as it's perfect for injecting a sunkissed tan. I always apply this generously, and rather than using it as a contour, I focus on the areas that the sun would naturally hit, washing it over my forehead, cheekbones and nose. By using a baked bronzer, it really adds a radiance and glow whilst also looking like you've got a natural tan.

To accompany this, a radiant blusher will add a pop of colour to the face and recreate a natural flush. A hint of highlighter is also essential, although I'm careful to be more subtle with this to really make the face glow whilst still looking natural.

For some reason, I always associate summer makeup with more natural, bushy brows, and despite mine being quite thin at the moment I've been playing around with making them appear fluffier. If you want to know how I've been achieving this then I can definitely do a whole blog post on the products I use and my current brow routine, but I've definitely been embracing the fluffy brow look.

From a combination of the heat and also the potential for swimming, waterproof mascara is a necessity for summer. I always find that a waterproof mascara holds a curl much better and doesn't transfer onto my eyelids throughout the day, plus it really does stay in place all day. I didn't want to apply too much mascara as I wanted this summer makeup look to be more natural and daytime appropriate, but I did apply enough to create a full and flirty lash look.

The final step is a glossy lip or tinted lip balm to tie the look together. Unless I'm going out of a night, I don't like wearing heavy lip colours in the summer and prefer to opt for something more natural, plus it's nice to not have to constantly worry about reapplying my lipstick throughout the day.

I'd love to know what your summer makeup tips and essentials are, so make sure you let me know by leaving a comment!


  1. I definitely agree that lightweight makeup is essential in the summer and your look is gorgeous! I would also love to read a full brow routine post! That mascara is one of my personal favourites but I need to check all the other products out, especially that stunning blush palette! Lovely photography x

    Erin // Everything Erin

    1. Thank you so much! I'm very tempted to do one maybe in the next few weeks! The blush palette was only £4 from Makeup Revolution and I use it all the time, such a bargain for a lovely product! x

  2. I definitely agree - bronzer is a staple product in trying to create a look that is glowy and appropriate for the summer months! I am loving a Mac one at the moment, but you can't beat a bit of Hoola Bronzer by Benefit x
    Amber |

  3. Oh my god that garnier BB cream is such a throwback, I used to wear it so much! The catrice concealer is so amazing too, I wear it religiously everyday xx

  4. I used to always wear the Garnier BB Cream! I'm tempted to buy it again after reading this x

    1. It's such a throwback product isn't it! You should definitely try it again! x