Summer Makeup Essentials

summer makeup essentials

Summer Makeup Essentials – So, I’m sat at my desk and looking out the window, gorgeous blue skies and glorious sunshine but that’s where summer stops for us in the UK. I’m actually wearing a light jumper as it’s cool today but this weather won’t stop me from sharing my summer essentials!!! 🙂

If you’re jetting off to a lovely location you don’t want to be carrying too much makeup or taking too many products – it’s a great time for your skin to breathe, relax and recharge for the winter months ahead.

Summer Makeup Essentials – Primer

Im very fussy with primers and have seen that with me they either work, or they don’t…..there’s no in between!

I tend to go for primers that feel silky on the skin and the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer is one of my favourites!

It’s a creamy primer but feels like a whipped mousse – it blends onto your skin like butter and instantly gives your skin a matte appearance making this a must-have for summer skin!

Summer Makeup Essentials – Foundation

If you can, avoid foundation completely in the summer!

If you can’t avoid it, try adding 1-2 drops of foundation into your moisturiser – this will give your skin a really gorgeous glow and provide little coverage too.

When you go to the beach all you need is a good moisturiser (with SPF) to give your skin the chance to rejuvenate…’ll get such a beautiful glow from not wearing makeup!

My favourite (lightweight) foundation is the Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation as it’s lovely on the skin and looks very, very natural. Full review is coming soon! 🙂

Summer Makeup Essentials – Eyeshadow

Palettes! I love my palettes when it comes to eyeshadows as you get to take away lots of gorgeous colours but only one item….talk about saving space!

One of my go-to palettes is the Makeup Revolution Iconic Dreams Palette but that’s quickly being replaced by the Makeup Revolution Affirmation Palette and you can see my review here.

Summer Makeup Essentials – Mascara

My absolute favourite mascara is the YSL Faux Cils Effet Mascara – Black !!!

I’ve tried so many mascaras and only one seems to come close to this which is the Max Factor Glamour Extensions Mascara but that’s still a close second….

I just love how long, thick and dark my lashes look and thats how they stay from morning till night – I have a full review on this coming soon too! 🙂

Summer Makeup Essentials – Bronzer

In the summer I don’t use blush, I tend to use bronzers more and even though I tan in the summer it still gives my skin a gorgeous glow.

My favourite bronzer this summer has to be the Kiko Block Bronzer which is absolutely gorgeous – it’s a baked marble bronzer which defines cheekbones and gives your skin a beautiful glow. This can also be used on your neck, chest, arms and legs (if you want)….

Summer Makeup Essentials – Lipstick

This is just a little extra as again I don’t wear too much makeup in the summer especially when I’m in a hot country BUT if you’re looking to wear just mascara you can team it up with a lovely bright lip colour like this Makeup Revolution Lip Geek Lipstick in colour Candy Rock.

Summer Makeup Essentials – Powder

Again, an added extra if you don’t want to ditch the powder try using a lightweight powder that WON’T block your pores.

I like this Tarte Pressed Powder which contains Amazonian Clay to give your skin a lovely appearance – full review of this can be seen here!

Summer Makeup Essentials – Brushes

I have such a variety of brushes but ones that I keep coming back to are my Nanshy Brushes – they’re better than MAC brushes in my opinion, a lot softer and they last really well too. Wash them every week and they still look and feel new!

I also like my Studio Makeup Brush which I use for applying powder and/or bronzer all over my face, neck and chest!

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Keeping up with the summer theme you can also see my NEW video where I’m showing you how to create a lovely summer smokey eye (with a twist) – please make sure you subscribe to my channel too to make sure you’re up to date with all the videos.


I’ll also be doing voice overs in the new makeup tutorials just to give you that extra bit of help when creating the looks and I’ll be posting videos onto my youtube channel at least once a week so please make sure you subscribe to keep up to date!

I’ll also be filming look books and Vlogs too which should make things interesting so if there’s something that you want to see just let me know in the comments below, email me, tweet me or comment in the video and I’ll see it! 🙂

Let me know what you all think – I can’t wait to read your comments!




  1. 15th August 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Primer is such an essential to stop makeup slipping around the face 🙂 I love the MUR palette and KIKO bronzer too! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • sprinkles
      16th August 2015 / 1:35 pm

      Exactly!! Ah the Kiko bronzer is just gorgeous! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      6th August 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much – of course I will!!! Haha 😀 xxxx

  2. 3rd August 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Great tips and tutorial ! You make it seems so easy. Love the recommendations on primer and brushes!
    xx, Elle

    • sprinkles
      6th August 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Hahaha, thank you very much – being a beauty blogger has it’s perks 😉 xxx

  3. 31st July 2015 / 5:53 am

    I love how you do with the smokey eye, turned out amazing one. I love smokey eyes so much so we named one of our kitty is smokey lol! Wish you a happy into week so far. Love,

    Xo Tanya

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment Tanya – haha, awww that’s so cute!! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:48 pm

      Thank you so much – I’ll be starting them very soon but you might like my newest makeup tutorial too! 🙂 xxx

  4. 31st July 2015 / 2:20 am

    I always struggle with the smokey eye look so thanks so much for the tutorial, it was really helpful
    Garland Girl

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Awww thank you hun, hope this helps you! You might like my latest video which is my everyday makeup routine with a very soft smokey eye! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you very much xxx

  5. Laura
    30th July 2015 / 10:27 pm

    The Kiko bronzer looks fantastic! I’m dying to try out their makeup and they just opened their U.S. online store so I’m looking forward to trying some out!

    She Likes to Shop

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:45 pm

      it’s absolutely gorgeous – I love it and it’s good to know they’ve also opened in the US!!! I can’t wait to see what you think of their products!! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you xxx

  6. 30th July 2015 / 8:42 pm

    I didn’t know that you do youtube! I’m totally going to check our ur channel. I have a few MAC brushes that I use and love, but being introduced to other lines that are good is always a bonus. Another good bronzer that you should try is by Too Faced that I recently fell in love with.

    Happy Thursday gorgeous!

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:42 pm

      hahaha yes, thank you very much!! I like MAC but have found a brand with better brushes!!! 🙂 It’s always good to try something new I agree! Oooooh I LOVE Too Faced so will definitely check them out! 🙂 xxxx

  7. 30th July 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Such a lovely post! You are gorgeous. I love Kiko products! Just bought a new matte lipstick from them & love it.
    Sarah-Jane xo //

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Awww thank you so much – yes Kiko is a great brand and I have more from them soon! 🙂 xxx

  8. 30th July 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Love your products. ^^

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you xxx

  9. 30th July 2015 / 7:39 pm

    I aalways look forward to posts like this so that I can always see what new stuff is out there. This was a very informative post Layla! The display of the products is so eye catching! I really enjoyed reading every line. I will be trying out some new products and see how they will work for me. Thank you

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:25 pm

      Awww thank you so, so much!!! I can’t wait to see what you think too so let me know! 🙂 xxx

  10. Lenya
    30th July 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Gorgeous essentials, Layla. Looking forward to your Clarins foundation review.

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:24 pm

      Thank you very much !!!! 🙂 xxx

  11. 30th July 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Wow that Clarins primer sounds seriously amazing. I love primers! Must check this one out x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Thank you very much – it’s a beautiful primer and I have a full review coming very soon! 🙂 xxx

    • sprinkles
      3rd August 2015 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you very much xxx

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