Summer Face Base


I hope everyone had a relaxing and fireworks-filled Independence Day celebration! I know I did—along with two cookouts, some apartment cleaning/reorganizing, and a good book I finished (see my July edit to find out what I've been reading).

I wanted to walk you through my summer foundation routine because if you're like me, summer + humidity + makeup = creased, slippery, not-there-at-the-end-of-the-day face. Enter the star of the show, Clinique's Acne Solutions BB Cream. It's a non-greasy liquid BB cream that holds up all day long, doesn't crease, mattifies, has high coverage, and blends seamlessly. Are you convinced yet? The one con: the shade "Light" is the lightest shade it comes in and is just a shade too dark. That just means I have to blend, blend, blend, but for this BB cream, I'm willing to put in the extra minute to spend time blending.

The coverage from the Clinique BB cream is great, but if I'm looking for added coverage, I mix in a few drops of Cover FX's Custom Cover Drops in with the BB cream. It just adds extra pigment that's great if you're in need of some blemish-erasing power. (I use the shade N10, if you're curious.) To finish it off and set everything in place, I use a powder foundation—currently, Too Faced's Cocoa Powder Foundation in the shade "Fair." The result is natural and mattified with loads of coverage . . . and it's sunshine and humidity proof!