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Natalie on Best Makeup For Summer

I am really excited to have Natalie from Ivory Avenue on Writing Whimsy as a part of being a Canadian Beauty Blogger. Natalie is a gorgeous red-haired blogger who loves tea and has a fantastic blog with lots of bath product reviews and really pretty and artistic photos, so make sure you check out her blog after you read this post!

Hi everyone! My name is Natalie, and I blog over at Ivory Avenue. Ivory Avenue is a wild collection of beauty, fashion and lifestyle – though this is a rough definition. I really blog about whatever tickles my fancy. I love discussing current trends, reviewing products and finding new designers and shops.

I’ll be taking over Zoe’s blog for the day as part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers monthly guest posting, and today I’ll be talking about my favourite products to deal with the heat.

With summer already upon us (not that it feels like it with all the rain we’ve been having) it’s time to revamp our makeup routines. I’ve put together a few products that I rely on for the warmer months.


  • Prime time

I’ve had my doubts about primers, but I do think they help makeup last longer. In the heat, they also help makeup from just melting off. Until last year, I didn’t even know what primer was! My favourite primer is currently the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer ($10.99). It can feel a little heavy going on (as most primers do) but after spreading it out, it feels weightless.

  • BB Cream (with SPF!)

The reason you don’t see any BB creams in the image is because I don’t actually own any BB creams with SPF. Shocking, I know. I couldn’t believe it. With more and more awareness of the damage the sun does to our skin, I’m confident I’ll find one soon. In all fairness, I haven’t really been looking.

I would really recommend putting the liquid foundation away for the summer since wearing heavy makeup can get quite uncomfortable in the heat. BB creams and tinted moisturizers are great alternatives to help cover/conceal/even. I quite like the Stila Stay All Day Beauty Balm ($38.00) to help “blur” my imperfections and generally even my complexion. I wish it had SPF, but I understand some love that it doesn’t have SPF because it can be a pain for those with sensitive skin.

  • Blusher

For blush, cream and gel are the best options to beat the heat. My long time favourite is the L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blush in Pink Lift($15.99). It’s so pretty, and so perfect to get a natural wash of colour. I also really like the MUA Blusher in Scrummy (~$1.85). If I’m not using my fingers to apply, I would really recommend the e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush ($3.00) to get the most natural application.

  • Pencil it in with eyeliner

In the summertime, I’m not really one who likes to deal with a lot of eye makeup. It just feels so heavy! Instead of eyeshadow, I opted for pencil eyeliners. The waxy formula of pencil liners stops it from melting, even on damp skin. I like adding a bit of colour (since I’m not wearing much else makeup) and my two favourites for that are the Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in 109 Lotus ($5.95) and Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Purple ($6.49).

If you insist on wearing eyeshadow, I’d recommend powder. I would’ve expected cream shadows to be a winner, but they can actually melt and crease in the heat.

  • Waterproof mascara

I was a little uncertain whether or not I should put this in, but I decided I would. I wouldn’t recommend wearing waterproof mascara on the daily since it can be quite intense for your poor eyelashes. However, on the days you know you’ll be spending hours in the scorching heat and/or in close proximity to water, I would recommend using this. I tend to use this if there’s a pool party, if I’m going to the beach, or if I’m playing golf. I don’t want to be worrying about bleeding mascara in any of those situations, so waterproof it is! One of the only waterproof mascaras I have is the Sephora Le Waterproof Mascara ($15.00).

  • Tinted lips balms are the bomb

These are, by far, my favourite thing for summer. Being able to get a touch of colour with total comfort is key for me. My two current favourites are the Mary Kay At Play Triple Layer Tinted Balm in Orange You Lovely ($12.00) as well as The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm in Plum ($6.00). Both are really good at giving a subtle wash of colour.

  • Setting spray

A setting spray is great for a few reasons, but my favourite is because it’s so refreshing. After applying makeup (or anytime during the day) spray this on – it is so invigorating and lovely. The one and only setting spray I own is the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist and Set ($3.00). It has a very subtle scent, and is one of my favourite things to use on hot days.

That’s all I’ve got for today, folks. What are your favourite products to get through the heat?

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