In textbooks, summer sounds nice. Actually, correction, in Kinfolk Magazine's Saltwater Issue, summer sounded fantastique. Unfortunately, though, I live in a land-locked state, the only sea salt I'm seeing is residual on sea shells from long vacations past, and, for goodness sakes, the only salt I'm tasting is that from my sweat (I know that's rather graphic). The latter part has turned out to be one of the biggest haunts when it comes to my base, but my induced oily complexion is another pain.
To mend such matters means that I can't just slap on the same base I did back in January; trust me, I tried, but it didn't turn out so well. Said base? Well, it begins with the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer. Its silicon constituent creeps me slightly, but it's not too heavy and is light on the skin for oil-control and lasting power without the fear of it clogging my skin. After a smear of the first layer, I throw on the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: another product you're definitely tired of hearing about. Luckily, though, I haven't been needing too much of this because my skin adores summer (both the humidity and the vitamin D) and my skincare routine has pulled out quite the stunts. Now is the time that I introduce the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Wow, I should have named this post "Lillian's most loved products, volume 11942." Nevertheless, I use this magical blending wand to mend in concealer, as well as tap on my summer skin savior: the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation. A new catch, this mineral powder supplies a hint more coverage to my complexion to keep it looking perfect all day, as well as tones down the dew but keeps the radiance, while swishing away any surface oil throughout the day, because I don't need any more shine when my sweat glands are this active.
Although the introduction to this post sounds rather negative, my summer is turning out to be rather fantastic--especially since my face is looking swell with this trio; these are the things that make me happy...and ballet, too.