FACE | It’s hot and I don’t feel like wearing makeup

Hyacinth_Girl_hot_weather_mu_sIt’s all in the title. It’s hot and I don’t feel like wearing makeup. Granted, it’s not as hot in Wellington as it is in Australia where my babes are enduring 35+ degree heat on the regular, but it’s hot enough here for me. I’ve actually had this title in my head as a post idea for over a year, but last summer I was so uncomfortably hot for so long that I didn’t get around to putting the makeup on my face and writing it at all.

Over the break I haven’t worn makeup really at all, but I’m back at work now and I like to wear some. Here’s what I’ve been putting on my face as I’ve been figuring out the perfect summer makeup. It’s fast, easy, and there’s no powder in sight.

Each summer my desire to wear makeup declines until I am too impatient to apply anything more than the bare minimum. I’ve refined my technique now, and it involves minimal effort without compromising too much on quality.

Because of my hooded eyes, I like to wear eyeshadow. It gives the illusion of a concave crease instead of a convex fold of skin. I know that I should embrace my hooded eyelids blah blah whatever. My solution is to dab on a cream eyeshadow and smoke out the very edges with a scrub of a blending brush. These three are my favourites: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Painterly and Constructivist, and an Elizabeth Arden cream shadow called Anchors Away, which is limited edition but still on counter in New Zealand.


Check out those shadows the cream shadow pots are casting. That is some grade A sunshine!


MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist is my number one jam, purely because it’s the newest and therefore most exciting. It looks intimidatingly dark but blends out really easily. It looks good applied kind of sloppily, which appeals to my summer languor.

Other members of the lazy summer team are my Diorskin Nude BB cream and the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood. These are much cheaper in New Zealand than I had expected them to be. $33! What a bargain! This smells like delicious cake. Better cake than what MAC lipsticks smell like, even.


Apart from eyebrows and lots of mascara, that’s literally all that’s on my face. Easy and achieveable summer makeup in, like, five products. Who would have thought?

Do you hate wearing heaps of makeup in summer too? What essentials do you whittle down your full face to?

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  • Arrabella Bolter

    Garnier bb creme because it’s a true paste and fills in pores so well. Still make big brows the focus with ELF duo, then one of the NYX eye pencils depending on my mood. MAC creme blush and then whatever lipstick goes with my outfit – time to start cracking out the summer pinks! Here’s me with too much make up for summer :s

    • Shinygirl

      Gorgeous! Also, love how you accessorized with the cute little chap in the dinosaur t-shirt.

      • Arrabella Bolter

        Gotta have my matching baby!

    • Lovely (and lovely baby too!)

  • Sophie ♥

    I can’t deal with too much makeup on my face in Summer, it’s too muggy! I switch out foundation for BB cream unless I’m filming a video. x

  • Steph Hicks

    Loved meeting you at the MUO meet up Morgan! And now I really want that MAC Paint Pot! Argh! I will forever be in love with Revlon Colour Stay Foundation, it stays put even when I’m melting 🙂

    • You too Steph! I still haven’t tried Revlon Colourstay. Maybe 2015 will be the year!

      • Steph Hicks

        You won’t regret it! It even stays put during a sweaty workout!