Summer is a good time to re-evaluate a lot of things in your beauty routine - as a general rule, SPF goes up whilst coverage tends to go down, and a lot of us tend to favour cream over powder. Although I have cut down on heavy coverage, I am still more comfortable wearing a foundation than a BB cream or tinted product. If you, like me, are a foundation kinda gal at heart, you can still cheat glowing, natural-looking summer skin with the right products.
Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector: A brilliant multi-tasker that works equally well as a primer, mixed with foundation, or on top of your base as a highlighter. It's a really light, liquid formula that sits very comfortably on the skin, and won't make you look like a disco ball. There is a rosy hue to this that stops it from being too much - it suits most skintones and looks really well year-round.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm: I know that Sinéad was disappointed with this, but I honestly can't get enough of it. Again, this is a brilliant multi-tasker as it can be used as a primer or a quick brightening face mask - either way, it imparts a really natural, wide-awake glow to the skin which is hard to beat. This is not a primer that prolongs my make-up - but foundation sits well and looks better on top of it. A great product to have on hand for if you are tired or under the weather.
St Tropez Skin Illuminator:* Suitable for use all over the body, but I mainly use this either by mixing a small amount into foundation, or else as a liquid highlighter on the high points of the face. It's much better value than the likes of Benefit's High Beam as you get so much in the tube, and the golden sheen it gives is very natural with no chunky glitter or sparkle.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation: It is pretty rare that I go out and repurchase a foundation, which is a testimony in itself to how good this stuff is. I rediscovered it way back at Christmas when I was very ill - this was the only thing that make me look alive, to the point that my doctor told me I looked healthy! If you want a healthy, glowy look without sacrificing too much coverage, this stuff is the way to go. One of the best pharmacy foundations I have ever tried as it applies and lasts well - my only issue is the poor shade selection, as I can barely get away with the lightest one.
YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat*: I suppose this is the superior, perfected version of the Rimmel Wake Me Up. Although I have oily skin and would struggle to make this last a full working day, I have still reaped the benefits of this foundation and have somehow managed to use it all up. The shade selection is excellent and it makes my skin look amazing. If I feel it's not enough coverage, I can mix it with a bit of something heavier like Double Wear, and still reap the benefits of its light-giving properties. I think I will be buying this again, even if how I use it is a little different!