Natural Summer Look – No Makeup, Makeup


Hair & Makeup, Photography, Words and Styling: Claire Murray

For those times at weekend when we don’t want to be bothered but still want to look good, here is a makeup look that that takes less than ten minutes.

One of the many things which I get asked is how to make makeup light, bright and pretty for shopping at the weekend or having lunch with our friends in the summer months.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out. It’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

  • Firstly you want a light Natural Makeupfoundation. Use your favorite foundation mixed with a small amount of moisturiser, or if you haven’t tried it, you might like a BB Cream or Mac’s Studio Face & Body Foundation. It’s a fluid foundation that provides low-to-medium buildable coverage and a flawless, natural satin-shine finish. It is water-resistant and long-wearing and easy to apply either with your fingers, sponge or a blending brush.
  •  Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Éclat for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a bit over any dark circles (if you have them) and then in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out well. Cover any blemishes with a creamy blendable concealer like Mac’s Pro Longwear.
  •  For a natural healthy glow, use a light blusher such as Mac Mineralize Blush in Petal Power. It is a sheer and lightweight powder which builds lightly without leaving a heavy coverage and is ideal to blend for a natural summer glow. Start applying the blush a tiny bit under the roundest part of your cheeks and blend up and out towards the top of your ear. You want a light, luminous shimmer rather than full on sculpting.
  •  To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. I love MAC’s Rice Paper, Vanilla or Mylar. Brush the shadow on with your brush upside down so that the majority of the colour is around your lash line. Use your brush to blend around the edges and up into the crease. Whatever is left on your brush, dab into the inner corner of your eye to make you look more bright and awake.
  •  Apply 2 coats of Extended Play Lash Mascara by MAC. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle.
  •  To add a bit more definition to your eyes, apply a neutral colored pencil like Jane Iredale’s Eye Pencil in Black/Brown, into your lash line. No wings or heavy lines. Just define the top of your eye and bring the pencil slightly under your eye ½ way along.
  •  Don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My 2 favourites which suit almost everyone are MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink or Jane Iredale Puregloss in Pink Candy.  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

It’s as easy as that for your quick weekend look so that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend.

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Bronzer Blunders

Bronzer Blunders: Tips to get your ‘Bronzed Goddess’ look this summerTanned 2

Whether you have a pale complexion like me, or were blessed with natural golden brown skin, there is a Bronzed Goddess in all of us. The classic makeup trend will forever be in style, and it’s one that every lady should learn to DIY.

If ever there was a dividing line between girls-in-the-know and girls-in-the-no-no, it would be drawn with bronzer. When it’s used correctly, bronzer gives us ladies an immediate allure of sun-kissed sensuality. When it’s used incorrectly, well…the word oompa-loompa comes to mind!

Here’s how to turn bronzer blunders into bronzer wonders in no time flat.

Follow the sun: Make sure to apply sun-kissed color where the sun would kiss you. Stick to the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, and avoid the jawline. Better still, follow the sun outside and bring a mirror with you. If you look “dirty” or “orange”, go back inside and tone things down.

Remember you have a neck: Your face should never be a different color than the rest of you. Don’t trust a compact mirror to tell you whether or not you’re ready to step out into the wide, wide world. Trust a full size mirror, or an honest friend.

Know when to shine: I love using shimmer. Who doesn’t? Remember you don’t want to shine during the daytime as this can look greasy instead!  So unless you’re so fabulous you spend your days flitting from one red carpet to the next, stick to a matte/dewy look for the daytime, and shimmer for nighttime.

My tips:

  • Pressed powders are ideal for a matte, daytime-appropriate look. (Try Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder in Golden Light for a classic daytime bronzed glow).
  • When the magic hour hits, reach for Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow (Pictured below) to give a delicately gilded look to cheeks, eyes and lips. But don’t stop there – mix it with a moisturizer for the décolleté.


Do the Duo: A bronzer and blush combo is the easiest way to get a natural looking flush with just the right amount of shimmer. I like to use a mix of MAC’s Harmony and Peachy Keen Blushers with a large powder brush for the perfect dose of color to give your face a warm, multidimensional look.

Have fun in the sun and remember to wear sunblock in summer instead of moisturiser under your makeup.

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Claire xx