While almost everyone I know loves the fresh freedom of switching their wardrobes from wintertime wear to their summer line up, but I am, one of the rare birds that can’t wait to do it for my vanity table. Just like my clothing, my skin and face crave lightness in the summer, too.
No more multi-layered makeup routines, no more endless hours in front of the mirror… for me, the summer means freedom from my normal (somewhat intense) beauty routine.
That doesn’t mean I let go of the most crucial steps. From cleansing to hydrating, in the hottest months of the year it is absolutely fundamental to nurture your skin. But, come warmer weather, I do use fewer powders and creams – and I know I’m not the only one.
While chatting with my professional HMU friend, she confirmed for me that my summer makeup routine is actually not uncommon at all. “During the summer months,” she suggested, “the principle rule is to apply foundation frugally, and to decrease application throughout the season, when the skin is used to the sun’s rays, independent of any tan.” The products to use? Yes to fluid and light texture, because they are less likely to change consistency with the heat, and also yes to fresh emulsions that spread easily, blending with your complexion and creating a beautiful second skin effect. Blissfully, I can share with you that all of the newest formulas I have tested create a light layer on your face without making it look heavy or tired.
What I love about some of these new must-have products is their ability to create the effect that I call “no memory”, in that I forget entirely that I am even wearing makeup in the first place. When not in need of a long-lasting face, a bb cream is the perfect solution – light, sheer, and effortless. You always have the option of lightly layering a powder for shine-control, especially when the abundance of summer light highlights the occasions spots and imperfections. We cannot all be the Duchess of Sussex, with completely flawless skin in overcast lighting with flash photography from all directions, but we can feel good – and, most importantly, carefree – with the solutions I have lined up for you.
Ok Pretty Birds, now that summer has started (here in Milan there are 30 degrees at this very moment), let’s round up the best foundation options for your skin. Here are my seven picks:
This has a breathable formula that contains raspberry, apple and melon extract to leave your skin smoother.
Diorskin Forever UndercoverUltra fluid and covering foundation that lasts 24 hours, combined with an optimal control of your color and a natural matte effect. The end effect is fresh (best combined with their powder).
The cushion technology gives you a fast and uniform application. The fresh and light texture guarantees instant hydration and velvety complexion.
One thing must be said about this foundation: it must go on quickly in order to have a uniform application, but its advantage is that it offers the perfect modeling. The plus? It adapts to the climate and is resistant to sweat. Ideal for a medium coverage.
This foundation’s strength is in its hydration, but it also has the capability to enhance your skin’s brightness, thanks to vitamin C. Also, it has 15 SPF protection, to prevent the appearance of dark spots.
This has fluid, very delicate, fresh and light formula that gives you and immediate second skin effect. The coverage is modular while to product is suitable for all skin types.
It creates a second skin effect with an extra-matte finish. Not oily, it is impalpable and has a soft texture.
Note: I picked these foundation products because, for the most part, they offer coverage for an ample range of skin types and colors. As we are seeing brands understand the need to respond to the demand of all consumers all over the world – one step in the right direction towards inclusive beauty, one which we believe is the future.