It’s finally starting to warm up around here – a few days have even felt downright summery – and that means it’s time to transition into my summertime skincare and makeup routine. In addition to swapping out my extra mild cleanser and heavy winter moisturizers for some more lightweight options (more on these coming soon!), I’ve started to seek out a lighter, breezier makeup routine.
As the weather gets nicer my skin tends to be less dry and more even-toned, which means I don’t need a whole lot of makeup to look and feel pulled together. A nice BB cream with SPF and a long lasting concealer to cover any random spots are really all I need. Enter Urban Decay Naked Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, AKA my new favorite concealer. I have always preferred concealer that comes in a tube (rather than a stick), and since this one actually came in a light enough shade to match my skin tone, I had to have it. It has a creamy texture that goes on lightly, which means I can blend it easily and it doesn’t have the dry, flaky finish that so many concealers do. Also, it really is a perfect match for my complexion; if I do nothing else, I can pat this concealer onto any blemishes or red spots and my complexion looks even and natural. Plus, it provides coverage all day without getting greasy or dry.
It also camouflages dark under eye circles, but a word of caution: use the absolute least amount of product possible here. I’ve found it creases after a bit if I’ve used too much!
If you’re in the market for a good all-purpose concealer, I highly recommend this one.
Summer is officially here, and in my neck of the woods that means heat and a lot of humidity. While my inner beach bunny loves the hot summer weather, my office-working self does not appreciate what it does to my appearance. Don’t even get me started on what this weather does to my hair. But even more troubling is what it does to my face. Not only is it plagued with a decidedly non-dewy shine, but my face seems to grow more and more red as the temperature climbs. I’m forced to present my otherwise put-together self to the world looking like a shiny, oily tomato. Not ideal.
Fortunately I recently received a travel-sized jar of bareMinerals Mineral Veil. I must confess I’ve known about this finishing powder for years but have been resisting the hype – I’ve tried mineral makeup in the past and have not been impressed. But this cute little jar came with an even cuter little Flawless Face brush, and the duo won me over. Also, my go-to finishing powder (Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder) has been making me look a little chalky lately. I decided to give the veil a try.
I’m so glad that I did! The translucent powder completely disappears on my face, so I’m not left looking powdery. That cute little brush perfectly applies the miracle working Mineral Veil. A light dusting erases shine and continues to absorb oil throughout the day, and if my bright red tomato face can’t be completely undone, it can be greatly improved – the Mineral Veil transformed my general look from tomato to rosy glow, while also hiding pores and giving me an almost airbrushed appearance.
In this heat, I’m not asking for more than that. Almost airbrushed? I’ll take it!