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Best Summer Makeup Routine for Acne-prone Skin + The Best Way to Conceal Blemishes

summer makeup routine for acne prone skin and how to cover blemishes

The heat index in RVA has been breaking a 100 degrees fahrenheit every, single, day this whole week.  So, my normal winter foundation routine is just not cutting it.  In the winter, I loved using my PUR cosmetics hydra-fluid foundation.  This stuff is amazing for dry skin and never leaves me looking patchy.  But in the summer, this finish is just too dewey.  Summer makeup, for me, supposed to look natural and light, while also being sweat-proof. So, here’s the best summer makeup routine for acne-prone skin.

The Basics: Summer Makeup Routine

The first step to any summer makeup routine or any makeup routine for that matter is moisturize.  Prep your face for makeup.  And since the sun is blazing, remember to put on sunscreen!  Prevention is key for radiant skin.

The second step (another super important one) is primer. You HAVE to have primer.  Seriously, it’s summer.  It’s hot and you’re going to sweat, so your makeup will start moving within the hour.  Trust me, your perfect highlight and contour will soon be a muddled mess.  To prevent that from happening use a primer.  A good primer will keep your skin looking flawless and lock in all your hard work.

The third step requires a little skill.  Don’t worry, it’s just a little.  For the summer, you want a more natural look since cakey makeup would slip and slide too much in the heat.  However, if you have a breakout, a natural foundation generally has less coverage too.  So, keep reading to find out my secrets on concealing a zit.

Best Way to Conceal a Zit

When you have a breakout, it’s super easy to just cake on concealer to cover it up, but that actually makes the breakout even more noticeable.  The best way to conceal a zit is to treat it then cover it.  I apply tea tree oil to all my problem areas, then I go in with a light moisturizer.  Once my face is nice and hydrated, I apply a good primer to blur out my pores.  After my primer, I start dotting concealer over my problem areas.  Once those are covered, I take a CLEAN and dampened beauty blender to blend the concealer in to my skin.

After my concealer is blended in, I take my dampened beauty blender and blot it over my compact foundation.  I’m currently using the Hello Oxygen Compact and it does a fabulous job of evening out my skin and decreasing redness.  PLUS, this stuff sticks!  My foundation was still on even after three hours of pokemon hunting.  If you play Pokemon GO, then you now this foundation is seriously AMAZING!

My Summer Makeup Routine + Products Used

To help treat and prevent more acne, I’m using my favorite Almay concealer with salicylic acid.  I take the concealer and dot the center of my face, sides of my nose,and over any blemishes.  Once my face is covered in little dots, I take a damp beauty blender to blend it in.  After I’m done, I seal in my handy-work with my Hello Oxygen Compact.  This combination feels light on the skin and leaves you with a matte finish that lasts all day.  Plus, the compact has SPF!  WIN!!!

I finish off this foundation routine with Benefit’s WATTS UP highlighter on the bridge of my nose and under the eyes for a natural glow.  And if you have thin or non-existent eyebrows, I definitely recommend using the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.  This stuff lasts all day and a little really does go a long way.  I grab a little product on my brush and line the bottom of my brow.  And using the little spool side, I brush out the product.  This technique gives a nice natural looking, full brow that lasts all day (which is key because when I’m out and about in the summer I don’t want to worry about touch ups). Finish the look off with a little mascara and you’ll have the perfect natural makeup look that won’t break you out!

What’s your favorite summer products?

The BEST Powder Foundation EVER!

I used to swear by Physicians Formula Translucent powder foundation.  But now, I can’t get enough of the Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation.  In June, I mixed my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with my Instanatural Vitamin C Moisturizer to create a light, dewey tinted moisturizer.  I loved how natural and healthy my complexion looked with this combo, but after four to six hours of wear, my face looked like an oil slick.  This combo was just too moisturizing for these hot summer months.  So, I decided to take out my Benefit Powder Foundation and try it out.

After applying my Smashbox Photofinish Primer, I applied the Benefit foundation with my foundation brush from Real Techniques.  At first, I thought my face looked really dry because I was so used to having that healthy skin glow.  But after 20 minutes, the Benefit foundation melted in to my skin.   I couldn’t believe how well the powder blended in to my skin.  This powder is super light and great for those light makeup days.  Personally, I don’t like to pile on foundation in the summer heat.  So, this powder foundation was airy and perfect!

This powder foundation does not cake up because the powder is really fine.  The fine consistency helps the foundation to blend easily in to the skin.  I usually have dry patches around my chin and eye area, but this powder foundation goes over those spots really well and never makes my skin look flakey.  This sheer coverage powder is amazing for evening out my skin and giving it a nice even tone.  The foundation never feels heavy on my skin and lasts all day!  I can go to work from 10AM to 7:30PM and my foundation will still look presentable!  Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation is definitely going to be my go-to foundation for everyday wear!

I’m in the color “Never Settle Petal.”

For color references, I use:

  • Natural 4 in Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
  • Light/Medium in Physician Formula foundations
  • Medium 1 Custard in NARS Radiant creamy concealer
  • Light-Medium Sand in TARTE Amazonian Clay Foundation
  • Soft Beige in Rimmel London Wake My Up Foundation
  • Light Beige in Burjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Hello Flawless foundation

What’s your favorite powder foundation?

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The Perfect Dupe for The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Full Coverage Foundation

I have been in love with the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation for almost two years now.  It is still one of my holy grail make-up products.  Ever since I saw Jenn Im from ClothesEncounters mention this foundation in one of her favorites, I knew I had to pick it up.

Jenn Im’s style, makeup, and hair is ALWAYS on point.  So, I knew I would not regret this purchase.  Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation was the second brand name foundation I had EVER purchased.  About three years ago, I started playing with makeup and began using a ton of drugstore brands such as Covergirl and Physicians Formula.  I went through five compacts of Physician Formula’s organic wear translucent powder and I don’t even know how many Covergirl mascaras.

I wanted to see why people willingly shell out $40, $50, and sometimes even $80 for foundation.  After I tried the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, I understood.  The Amazonian Clay foundation stays on your face- it does not fade or break up throughout the day, leaving you looking patchy and cakey.  Plus, the smooth, mousse like texture makes it easy to apply and blend all over the face and down the neck.

If you love the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, then you will love the Ulta Double Duty Primer and Foundation.  It has a similar texture, application, and staying power as the Tarte foundation.  The Ulta foundation is only $5!  Plus, the Ulta foundation is oil free, paraben free, and fragrance free.  What more could you need?

To apply these two foundations, I love using my real techniques foundation brush.  The brush has a slightly dome shape with soft, thick bristles that won’t leave your face looking streaky.  It blends the mousse like foundation very easily and never makes your face look cakey.

Do you have any makeup dupes?  If so, I would love to know!

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Beauty Product Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay

Tarte foundation

Hello Beauties,
I have a makeup review for you guys today!  I have been using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation for a week now and I am in love with it.  My skin, since mid-term week, has been horrible and this amazingly buildable foundation covers everything!  I have a beautiful clear complexion with this foundation.  I have combination skin, due to the cold, dry winter weather. And this foundation does not look flakey on my skin, which is awesome!  The formula is really creamy and really easy to blend.  I use my eco-tools stippling brush to apply this foundation.
My combination skin does get shiny after a few hours, but a sheet of those oil absorbing sheets from Clean and Clear or NYX does wonders and leaves my face matte without messing up any of my makeup.
And my color is light medium sand.  I also use natural 4 in Bobbi Brown foundation.  I hope this helps you guys find the right color!  But I highly recommend going to Sephora and letting them match you!

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*This review was not sponsored and the product was purchased with my own money.