It's summer right now in Toronto, and it can get very hot and humid here. Now is not the time for heavy makeup... it will just melt off.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, I no longer wear foundation on a daily basis. Making this change has benefitted not only my skin itself, but has put the focus truly on my skin's health, not covering up issues.
I go to the gym most weekday mornings. Afterwards, I shower, wash my face with a mild cleanser, TONE!!!!!! (see previous post), and apply SPF. For sun protection, I really like Etude House Sunprise, it's not only mineral based (which I feel is table stakes rn) but is oil free, blends in quickly, gives serious SPF 50+ protection, doesn't make your skin look creepy white, feels cool and fresh somehow, AND you can get it on Amazon for less than $20!
After sunscreen, I apply a thin layer of Milk Makeup's Blur Stick to prime my skin and keep it looking velvety matte throughout the day. I really want to try the "Luminous" version of this primer and may pick it up during the upcoming Sephora sale. This product feels really strange at first and took me a while to get used to it, but now it's a staple for me.
After priming and mattifying, I spot conceal any zits or hyperpigmentation with RMS Un Cover-up, also making sure to dab a bit under my eyes, around my nostrils, and above my eyebrows to even and brighten my face. I had been using a concealer from Tarte for years but bribed myself with the fancy RMS concealer so that I would stop using foundation. Yes, this product can also be used as a foundation but that would be way too high coverage imo.
Next, I blend a small dot of Lidstar in Fawn by Glossier across my eyelids for a bit of definition and brightening around my eye area. I was so sceptical of this product at first and actually ended up getting it in a trade but wow, it is so underrated. So many eyeshadows and shadow primers claim to be crease resistant but Lidstar seriously will. not. crease. all. day. It also works well as a base for other shadows that you want to stay flawless all day. And somehow it still comes off with one swipe of micellar water?? I don't understand, but I'm not arguing!
My brows have been microbladed by the talented Nicole of Brows By Bianca so they're basically always perfect now *hair flip* but I use a bit of KUSH Fiber Brow Gel in Dutch to keep my natural brow hairs in place. Will probably switch to clear in the future.
Lashes are curled and top and bottom are coated with Glossier Lash Slick. Again, I was so sceptical about this mascara when it first launched because a) oily skin = oily eyelids = mascara smudging which I cannot stand, and b) I had been using the same mascara for years that was physically incapable of smudging. But, damn. Looks great, stays put, comes off when you want it to with no panda eyes!
Finally, a swipe of French Press Gloss by Bite Beauty in Dirty Chai on my lips for colour, lots of moisture, and a hit of coffee scent before I get to work and have my second cup of the day! I'll usually use whatever lip colour I have on for a bit of colour on my cheeks too, and the gloss gives a pretty highlight effect. For days when I'm not feeling the facegloss lewk, I'll reach for The Multistick by Bite Beauty in Papaya. The cream to powder formula is super versatile, and I'm just a huge fan of anything this Toronto-founded, woman-lead beauty startup does 💖
What changes have you made to your makeup routine this summer?