30 Jul 2018

The Five Step Summer Makeover

The Five Step Summer Make Over on vickiarcher.com

Holidays, heat and happy times are my associations with the summer months.

Too much make-up in the warmer months not only doesn’t feel right but also can look out of place and too heavy. We have to avoid the over-done look at all costs because sadly, for me anyway, the days of a whole face full of make-up and a zillion products is over. I have to follow the less is more path otherwise I am in serious trouble. My idea of going all out is the addition of a few extra eyelashes and a pencil or two on special occasions.

But, I still need a little help. And it must be easy. Make-up needs to be easy to apply and easy to transport because summer is hopefully about a vacation somewhere.

My summer routine involves simple methods, with five steps I know and trust. The process is all about the application, the effectiveness and the effortlessness. Make-up routines have to work like that or they won’t ever happen. Right? xv



 Five Steps To Summer 

#1. Instead of using foundation, which is not always needed for the summer months, the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer  + the Giorgio Armani Luminescence CC cream gives a light coverage and subtle glow with the added benefit of SPF 35.

Apply all over the face to ensure protection from the sun and to even out skin tone.

#2. For a slight bronze/sun kissed look… gently dab Tom Ford Skin Illuminator on the cheekbones up to the brow bone, along the middle of the nose and on the cupids bow for plumper looking lips.

For a little extra shimmer, add to the collarbones.

#3. For the eyes, the Charlotte Tilbury Rock n’Roll pencil in Veruschka Mink gives just the right colour for soft shading and definition above the eyes. Sweep across the eye line from the eyelashes to the socket, following these suggestions. Don’t forget to line the bottom with this one.

This “eyeliner” trick has revolutionised my way of doing things. Have you tried it yet?


#4. Apply Dior Show Mascara to the upper lashes.

Leaving the lower alone (other than a regular tint) makes the eyes appear more open.


#5. Pick a shade, a red, a pink even an orange and pucker up.

Brighter rouge and a stronger rose are my summer favourites.

Summer Plus 5

giorgio armani cc cream  ||  tom ford skin illuminator 

charlotte tilbury rock and roll in veruschka mink 

dior show mascara  ||   kevin aucoin ‘eternal’

images marion cotillard for elle magazine

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SOLD. I love the idea of easy, simple but something that aids in not only enhancing our natural beauty, but protection! Vicki, you do great investigative work!


Definitely less is more approach with make up in this heat. I’m in St Remy and it is extremely hot! A yoga clas this morning certainly has me perspiring! I’m staying fully make up free until the evening and as you say simple steps. I’m loving a Chanel light pink lipstick too which I don’t usually opt for but as I am wearing little make up it’s refreshingly lovely. Hope you are relaxing somewhere in the shade Vicki as I am!

Michelle à Détroit

As I’ve matured, I find that there is something uplifting and liberating about eschewing most makeup in the summertime. A bit of eyeliner and mascara here, a dab of concealer there, a swipe of color on the lips (or not). You look at things differently and get to know your face all over again.


I have always used the “less is more” rule especially with make up. I have just discovered and begun using a fabulous CC cream, call CC Intelligence by Arbonne (which is a fantastic Swiss company) that you buy in a similar way to Avon. I always touch up my fair and sparse eyebrows, Arbonne CC cream, a swipe of Nars Orgasm blusher, Mascara and the best Instant Lip Lip Comfort Oil by Clarins which I have discovered (in shade “Candy” that self adjusts to your lip colour) giving the most beautiful pink/red glossy stain.



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