19 Aug 2019

The Five Step Summer Makeover


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 gives 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
armani prima control  ||  tom ford skin illuminator

charlotte tilbury rock and roll in veruschka mink

dior show mascara  ||   kevin aucoin ‘endless’

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Michelle à Détroit

Vicki, could you further explain the “eyeliner trick”? What does “sweeping across the eye line from eyelashes to socket” mean? I can’t visualize it. Following what suggestions? Thanks.


My summer routine is mascara, tinted bb cream, and then I use a nude lip liner over my whole mouth followed by a light plum, rose or nude lipstick. It probably takes all of five minutes. And that is if I’m going out somewhere. Most days, it’s just sunscreen.


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