Simple Glowy Summer Make Up


The time of the year where every woman glows…without too much highlighter!

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It’s summer so you don’t want a heavy amount of any product on your face because we all know what it’s like to take your sunnies off and to find half your face on them, ha! For the base, I use Smashbox’s Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer*, you literally need the tiniest squeeze on your fingertips. Smooth the product onto your face and let it set in for a few seconds before applying your foundation. Use a light coverage foundation, I use Maybelline’s Dream Satin Liquid Foundation but it seems they have discontinued this particular range which is disappointing. I think I have another bottle stashed away somewhere but after I’ve used that I will have to start the search for a new foundation, it’s a shame as this was the only product that actually matched my skin tone. To set your base, I use Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer Water*, it works a treat to set your foundation, eyes, and refreshes your skin too.

As for brows, I don’t even know.



Keep it simple with your eyes as if you’re going to a beer garden out in the lovely sun,ย  you’ll be wearing your sunnies all day so you don’t want under-eye sweat full of glitter, ew. I recently invested in a MAC Dazzleshadow Liquid in Beam Time*ย all over the lid as a sparkly base and it’s great on its own or paired with MAC’s Honey Lust from the Warm Neutrals palette which was been discontinued. Recently as part of my skincare routine, I’ve been using Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Boosting Serum* to help my lashes become a bit thicker and fuller as they are literally none existent without mascara. I’ve been using it for about four weeks now and it’s made such a difference, it doesn’t irritate my eyes and it feels just like a primer. I will be investing in some more once I reach the end! For primer, I use the partner product to the boosting serum, Lash Sensational Lash Primer to help separate my lashes and even though it looks a tad weird on the lashes at first, it really does help when it comes to smoothly taking off your mascara. For mascara, I also treated myself again to Maybelline’s Falsies Lash Lift Mascara*, it looks so good on both sets of lashes and actually gives you a lash lift without spending tons of money! What a bargain!



For blush and highlight, I used to swear by Benefit’s High Beam but I’ve been converted to Soap & Glory’s Love at First Sight Blush & Highlight Powder* which is definitely worth the money, I promise. It adds another hint of pink but a lot of shine too. For lips, Carmex’s Cherry Lip Balm* works really well to make your lips look glossy but moisturizes them. It even has SPF 15 in it too, what a dream. If you fancy a shade of colour, I recommend Soap & Glory’s Spectaculips Lip Plumping Gloss in Plums Up*, it plumps your lips a tad but not too much and adds a nice shade of blush to your pout. I do suggest adding a layer of lip balm before applying the gloss as it does tingle a bit.







  1. 15/06/2020 / 11:30 am

    Great post! I love your makeup and you are so pretty!

    • Niamh Darby
      15/06/2020 / 11:35 am

      Thank you! X

  2. 16/06/2020 / 1:07 pm

    Summer is alllll about those simple make up looks that give you a radiant glow! Love this ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Niamh Darby
      16/06/2020 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks! Yes definitely! X

  3. williake
    16/06/2020 / 2:05 pm

    Love these ideas! I’ve really been slacking on my makeup since I’ve been working from home but these tips are great for the little outings I have. Thanks for sharing!

    • Niamh Darby
      16/06/2020 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been furloughed since March so I’m sometimes putting make up on for a bit of normality! X

  4. 16/06/2020 / 7:06 pm

    Such a good post!! The dream satin foundation has now turned into the dream Radiant foundation … it is my go to and I love it x

    • Niamh Darby
      16/06/2020 / 7:16 pm

      Ah thank you! I was starting to panic! I bulk bought loads of the satin one from ASOS! Xx

  5. 17/06/2020 / 1:18 pm

    Love, love an effortless and not so much makeup look as it gets pretty hot over here. Will have to take a look into the serum because the one Iโ€™m currently using will go out soon. ๐Ÿ˜… thanks for the recommendations! x

    • Niamh Darby
      17/06/2020 / 1:23 pm

      It works like a dream! Itโ€™s brill – I recommend using it at the end of a skincare routine so that it works throughout the week as well! X

  6. 18/06/2020 / 6:00 pm

    I love High Beam by benefit and usually on my makeup days I just opt for a blurring primer, I hate heavy foundations on hot days!
    -Kyra xx

  7. 20/06/2020 / 6:23 pm

    This is such a gorgeous look, right up my street and so perfect for summer!
    Grace xx

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