dewy summer-glam

Right, so my makeup is not the best the whole year round as it is, so summer for me is a dreaded period. Matte products make my skin look too dry, the sweat emphasises the texture and makes my makeup run and the heat just makes me melt. By the end of the day, I look like a wax figure out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the scene where they set on fire, I don't remember being in the film but I am sure you can see me in one or two parts. However, I think I have nearly cracked the code. I am not quite there yet, I think I have to sort out my base and my setting portion of the makeup, however, I have some products that make me look like a semi-glamorous goddess regardless of the heat. Positively, I am not a full coverage type of gal at any point and I barely wear glam makeup which is why I am hardly bothered, but I do have a glam combination for those events where I have to look more done up. I've been watching some tutorials and reading some blogs all about makeup, so I hope you gain a little bit of knowledge from this, or you just have a decent time reading.

The Base

I begin by giving my face a cheeky wash with some water, just to remove any sweat that has already built up and then I go ahead with my *La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ all over my face. I don't know what this product actually markets itself as (is it a moisturiser? a primer? who knows) however it is meant to unclog your pores and help with imperfections which I think it does so I'm going to carry on using it. Sometimes I put SPF on, which you should do every day, but I am allergic to some and I never take note of which one so all of our sunscreens just go back into a pot and I can't remember which ones I cannot wear. I have to test them out when I am not wearing makeup or I just come out with a nasty ass rash.  Finally, I pop on some *E45 Intense Recovery Body Lotion, which obviously markets itself as for your body, however, I did not read that when I ordered it and I don't have another moisturiser so I just use it anyway. It does a fabulous job at hydrating my face and doesn't say you cannot use it there so I don't see the harm in it.

The Face

I don't really fuck with foundation regardless of the weather. Honestly, I just cannot apply it. Either it makes my skin look too dry, it clings to all the texture or it is completely the wrong shade. Instead, I thought I would give some sort of BB/CC/whatever the hell they are called cream a go in the hope that would look semi-decent which it does. I use the Seventeen Matte CC Cream in Light, which is too dark for me and I don't like the fact it is matte so I mix it with my E45 cream and apply it with a *Real Techniques Buffing Brush and then go back in with a *Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Other than the fact it makes me look a little tanned, it covers my face surprisingly well and gives a natural but medium-ish (I don't really know the difference between light, medium and full to be fair) coverage. 

I then add a bit of concealer under my eyes, on my nose, middle of the forehead and my chin (like a proper beauty guru) because not only does it make me look more alive and makes my face look thinner, it also stops me from looking like an orange. *Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair is my concealer of choice, a product you have probably all heard of, however, I am running a little low so I am going to have to rock the tanned look soon. I just pat that in with my fingers because using a brush is too much effort, and sometimes I add some concealer out of my *W7 Camouflage Kit to my blemishes if I can be bothered. The sections I added concealer too get set using the highlighter shade from the *W7 The Cheeky Trio kit simply because it is completely matte so it is more like a brightening powder than a highlighter and it stops me from creasing quite well.

For bronzer, I start out with my Seventeen Skin Wow Tan Liquid Glow which I completely adore for glam looks. It is a liquid bronzer which is kind of very scary, however, it is very shimmery so it gives you this perfect soft glow look which I adore. I find it can be a little patchy, so I pair it with my Tanned Roar Bronzer on my forehead, cheekbones and jaw to make the shimmer softer and evener. For my nose contour (I got drunk one night, watched a ton of James Charles videos for the first time and have now decided that nose contour is THE thing), I use a *Collection Contour Kit in the lightest shade with a pencil brush to just bring the sides in a little because I have quite a big snout. I then set the rest of my face (I don't recommend doing it beforehand if you are going to wear a liquid or cream product because it is very difficult to work with) using the MUA Pressed Powder (and a Younique Contour Brush) which has a little colour to it so you don't want to add it on top of where you have brightened, however, I do find it adds a little more coverage and blurs everything together. If you are gunning for the dewy look like me you definitely have to go light on the powder or you will end up being matte as hell.

I then add a spritz or two of my setting spray which is currently the NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray to hold that all down and to keep my face hydrated. For blush, I use a tiny bit of the pink shade from the *Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar palette (it is too highlight-y by itself) with a bit of the blush from the W7 Cheeky Trio using a *Real Techniques Blush Brush. I don't like to go too overboard on the blush, however, I have been adding a bit more lately as I feel as though it makes your glam look so much more natural. Now, for the highlighter, I start off with a bit of the highlight from the Collection Contour Kit because it is kind of everything instance I wish for. It's not like beauty guru intense but for a regular gal its a banging highlight which goes on the top of my cheekbones, down my nose a little, a little bit on the forehead and chin and a pinch on the cupids bow with a random fluffy brush I find. However, when I really want that strong ass glam look I add a little of the NYX Eyeshadow in Frostbite, which does have blue/purple undertones which are not for everyone however it does look stunning on the top of the cheekbones. My only issue is that it gives a lot of fallout (think I got a bad batch because all of my friend's ones are fine) so I end up looking like the girl above half the time but hey-ho. 

The Eyes

For my eyebrows, I currently use the Seventeen Sculpting Brow Pencil in Natural Brown which I adore! I bought this on a whim because I never really use pencils and it has become literally my favourite ever buy. My one issue is that now that it is hot the pencil has begun to melt a little, meaning it is more creamy and the product slides about when you are applying it but other than that it is a perfect colour and my brows draw on perfectly. Sometimes I carve them out with a little bit of concealer but it depends on how on schedule I am running. Now I don't wear eyeshadow. Oh no, how can one do a glam look without some shadows? Well, I have very bad hooded eyelids like cannot wear fake lashes sort of bad, so eyeshadow literally does nothing for me. Admittedly sometimes I pop a brown in my crease and then a little bit of a darker brown in my outer corner to deepen my eye up (just using different shades of bronzer) however that isn't really often so you are just going to have to get creative with your shadows.

I do indeed pop a bit of mascara on which I am sadly running out of. I used to use the *Maybelline Lash Sensational but it dried up and got a little clumpy so I moved onto the *W7 Flirty Eyes which I really like! It does a fabulous job of separating my lashes and really adds length and volume. There is fully no need to wear fake eyelashes with this mascara because it does such a fabulous job. The NYX eyeshadow in Frostbite goes in my inner corner next, and I think this is why not being able to wear eyeshadow doesn't really bother me. This looks incredible. I am tooting my own trumpet here because I have only seen it on myself, however, I think it looks stunning and really opens up the eyes.

The Lips

I do wear *Carmex throughout doing my makeup which is probably something I should have mentioned earlier, but in terms of actual lip colour, my choice changes based on what I am wearing and where I am going. Sometimes I like to wear the *Clinique Lipstick in Cherry Pop, which is a lovely red or a mix between the Boe Matte Lip Cream in Blush Pink and the pink Studio Lipgloss which gives a brilliant bright pink duo. Yet if I was going to give you the products I wear the most it would 100% be the *L'Oreal Color Riche in Berry Blush (at least I think so, the name has rubbed off so I sort of had to guess) with the *NYX Matte Lip Cream in Cannes over the top. I adore this colour combination, I think it looks good with any outfit and suits any event perfect. It is also very long-lasting, so you don't have to keep popping out to reapply your lipstick and it just makes your lips look all around fabulous. 

The Finish

I finish by moving rooms so that I can check that my makeup actually looks semi-decent in other lightings because sometimes it is just where you are sitting that makes your makeup look fabulous. I also double check to make sure no more blending it required/no more products need to be added and I accordingly. I then pop on some more of my NYX Setting Spray, which ends up being quite a lot because I do not want my face to melt and ta-dah, my summer glam makeup is complete!

I think I look kind of bomb. It may sound stuck up but like, I wouldn't do my makeup this way if I did not like the way I looked. What products are your go-to staples to do a summer-glam? Are you all about the matte life or do you like to be a dewy goddess like me? Let me know down below, or just tell me something random I am here for anything. 

Also, I got to let you know that all the products that have little stars in front of them are affiliate links so I make a little amount of money through each purchase if you use that link, with no extra cost to you. I am very broke so it would be of massive help to me if you could use any of those links/ask me for one for an Amazon product if you have anything to buy. Thank you!



  1. There are so many products that haven't tried yet but I do love the Nyx setting spray! Lovely blog post Elise! 😊

    Shirley |

  2. So many qmqzing products! I loved this post xx

  3. Omg I love the Efficlair Duo! It's my favourite product, also love all the pics in this, they made me smile! Great post! Xx

  4. For not wearing too much makeup, thats a lot of products and style tips! Love 'em!

  5. The NYX setting spray is my fave! So good xx


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