Summer in Australia means three to four months (depending on where you are in the country) of long, hot sunny days, frequently with high humidity. When the weather is hot, but I still want to look polished and pulled-together, this is my go-to routine. I aim for the bare minimum regardless of the time of year, but in Summer I'm more mindful of keeping my makeup as sheer as possible, whilst still covering blemishes, dark circles and post-acne hyperpigmentation.

This is a technique you can tweak to any makeup look. By keeping your base as light as you can get away with, your skin looks more flawless, requires less touch-ups and will last so much longer in hot weather.

I begin by taking the Buffing Base Boss brush from MOTD Cosmetics (you can use code libertygreen to save 15% off), and sweeping it over the skin, using whatever product is left on it from the previous day. This brush is essentially a very firm, densely packed but ultra soft flat-topped brush. Anything too soft/loose won't buff the product as well or give you as full coverage.

I find it works best with the foundation I've used here, and is one of my favourite brushes.

 Next I apply ONE DOT of the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation to the back of my hand. A little of this goes a VERY long way, and here we're trying to get as thin as possible coverage. It should be enough to do the centre of the face (cheeks, nose, chin and t-zone) in a thin layer. Barely tap the MOTD Buffing Base Boss brush into the product, concentrating on the centre of the face. Buff out in circular motions, blending out the edges.

 Once you've applied the foundation all over, take a fine-tipped pencil brush (I use this one) and another dot of the Gressa foundation to spot-conceal. Don't blend out the edges at this stage — let the product sit and dry whilst you move onto eyes.

 I correct under my eyes (and the inner corner) using a concealer or foundation 1-2 shades DARKER than my shade, as I have dark circles. You can also use a peach or salmon-toned corrector, or mix a peachy-toned blush or lipstick into your concealer to DIY a corrector. I like to use my finger to apply concealer, then buff it out using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, but you can also use a concealer brush

Once I've corrected, I then apply concealer in a shade that matches my skin/foundation to the eye area, again buffing it out with a small fluffy brush. I like Hynt Beauty's DUET Concealer, or will even use the Gressa foundation.

Next, I do my eye makeup — which today just consisted of a nude, matte shadow all over the lid and inner corner to brighten my eyes, and curling my lashes (no mascara), but you can do whatever look you want — although I do recommend a waterproof or at least transfer-proof mascara in hot, humid weather, and the same for eyeliner! 

Fill, shape and define your brows as per usual. I'm currently using Plume’s Brow Pomade in Ashy Daybreak, but if you are looking for recommendations check out my post on brows here.

Now that your foundation and concealer have had time to set, I’ll take the same small fluffy brush as before and softly blend out the edges of the spot-concealing. The Gressa Foundation has a cream-to-poowder finish (if applied correctly), and allowing it time to set actually prevents you from having to do much blending, and helps it better cover any spots. This method also works well with most cream concealers, including Hynt DUET & the RMS Un Coverup.

Take a fluffy powder brush and apply powder to the areas you’ve spot-concealed, under the eyes and the t-zone. I also like to do the outer areas of my face and jawline in hot weather to keep the shine to a fresh-faced glow, rather than an oil slick ;) 

The RMS Tinted Unpowder is weightless, and can be used very sparingly for a soft focus finish, or applied with a heavier hand if you have oily skin, and it won’t get cakey or powdery. If I’m going to be in the sun, I like the Ere Perez Translucent Corn Powder with SPF15 — it’s also handy to keep in your purse for touch ups throughout the day. If your skin is oily, or gets shiny by the end of the day in hot weather or airconditioning, the Lily Lolo Flawless Matte Powder provides much stronger and longer lasting mattifying properties.

For the cheeks, I usually prefer cream blushes, however, in hot weather, when you want to keep shine to a minimum, a powder can give you a better longevity and finish. Powder isn’t a must-do, cream will still work fine (I pretty much use creams year-round), but if you have it, switch to powder. Alima Pure's Satin Matte blushes are my no.1 powder blushes.

Today I swept the Ere Perez bronzer sparingly over the bridge of my nose and high points of the cheeks for sun-kissed touch of colour, then finished with the RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure on the apples of the cheeks.

And for the lips, I love Vapour’s Lip Glosses for a hydrated, plump pout — both the Lip Elixirs and Velvet Glosses work beautifully. I love Vapour’s Velvet gloss in the shade Lavish — a flattering plum-tone that is more pigmented than the Elixirs, but still hydrating and provides long-lasting colour. Pressed into the lips with just your fingertips give a natural flush of colour, that even when built up for more depth, still feels natural and effortless.

If I am looking to lift my skin further, I'll finish with the RMS Living Luminiser applied to the high points of the face and centre of the eyelids (just above the lash line).

Do you switch up your beauty routine depending on the season? I'd love to know what you do for Summer, or if any you try any of these tips.  

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