4 steps to the perfect summer makeup base

Simple Steps For The Perfect Summer Makeup Base - Olivia Munn

A minimalist’s approach to an effortlessly flawless complexion

marie claire marie claire Beauty Director / December 13 2019

The secret to glowing summer makeup is using less and letting your skin shine through. “Makeup should be done but not overdone,” says NARS Pro Artistry Director Rachel Goodwin. “The key is to make a beauty statement without overpowering the woman.” Keep these tips in mind for an effortless summer makeup base.


Nourish the skin underneath

Good skin prep gives a glowing finish and “allows makeup to glide on”, says Casey Gore, makeup artist and founder of The Future Mrs. To boost radiance, add a drop or two of facial oil to your moisturiser, suggests Gore. Try Laura Mercier Infusion De Rose Nourishing Oil.

Laura Mercier Infusion De Rose Nourishing Oil
TRY THIS: To keep makeup in place, “let your moisturiser soak in for at least 10 minutes before applying foundation,” suggests Goodwin.


Opt for a matte formula

“Using matte foundation or concealer keeps you from needing to use powder and helps makeup stay on,” advises Goodwin. Try NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick.

NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick


Buff with a bronzer brush

If you want airbrushed-looking skin, buffing on foundation is akin to a retoucher’s wand. “I use a bronzing brush as a foundation brush,” says Gore. “Start at the centre of the face and work your way out.” Try Tom Ford Bronzer Brush.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush


Cover up imperfections with concealer

Don’t be afraid to use your hands to work in concealer. “The warmth of your fingertips is the best blending tool,” says Gore. If you need to cover a blemish, use a concealer that is slightly drier in texture to “block out any redness”. Try Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer.

For under the eyes, look for a formulation that is light reflective and sheer. “One with an orange base will help cancel out blue,” advises Gore. “Test it on a vein on your arm to see if it blocks it out.” Try Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer.

Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer & Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Concealer

To make sure your skin is looking its best this summer, read up on these summer skin care dos and don’ts.

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marie claire Beauty Director, Sally Hunwick joined the marie claire team in 2017. Previously Sally has worked on Cosmopolitan as Beauty and Lifestyle Director, Women’s Health as Contributing Beauty Editor, and Harper's BAZAAR and Dolly as Beauty Writer and Beauty Editor respectively. An award-winning journalist with a long-running career both in Australia and in the UK, Sally is passionate about all things beauty and health.