The Summer Series: The Dreamy Summer Base

Summer bases: Like winter, but different. I love lightweight bases all year round so my summer base routine very rarely changes. But the weather this year has been consistently humid and I’ve been getting my sweat on daily. To kick start this years “Summer Series” I thought I’d talk you through the dreamy base combo I’ve discovered and have been sticking to so far this year…

I start by smoothing the Benefit Dream Screen SPF* over my face and then apply my Nars Tinted Moisturiser (my go-to base for the majority of 2014 so far) and blend it in using my Tarte foundation brush*. The brush is so huge that it blends in seconds and gives the most flawless finish.

I’ve been fairly red around the centre of my face due to dietary fails, so I’ve been dotting a generous amount of my Nars Creamy Concealer in the shade Custard all over and blending with which ever brush is closest. I then set everything and give a little more coverage where I need it by using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation* – I hate the brush it comes with so I use my Sephora Mineral Powder brush to buff everything in. This step helps massively when things start to get a little hot and sticky. Finally, my new favourite, Benefit’s Hoola bronzer* is swept in the double C motion, as well as down my nose to contour and add a natural bronzed look to my face.

Et voila, this routine is quite literally the bomb (dot com…) and even when I’m not feeling eye makeup, this speedy little routine has me looking a little less puffy and red and a little more… well, just not a tomato.

*PR Samples


  1. Madeleine Burke
    20 Jun 2014 / 7:50 am

    Gorgeous! Love hoola and definitely want to try some tarte products now!
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  2. Conny
    20 Jun 2014 / 7:56 am

    The Hoola bronzer is definitely one of my summer staples too! I really want to pick up the Nars concealer and tinted moisturiser when I'm in London next week! 🙂 xx

  3. Cassandra Myee
    20 Jun 2014 / 8:11 am

    Love the Tarte Foundation, but need to try Hoola!

    CassandraMyee | Beauty | Fashion | Life

  4. Brittany Seel
    20 Jun 2014 / 8:21 am

    Hoola is definitely one of my favourites 🙂 have you tried the Tarte BB cream? I love that!
    Bea x
    As Seen By Bea

  5. Josie
    20 Jun 2014 / 8:31 am

    Perfect lightweight base! Do you think the SPF is necessary as well as the Nars, as that's SPF30 isn't it?

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  6. Life of Verity
    20 Jun 2014 / 8:32 am

    That Tarte foundation brush looks amazing!! I can imagine it blending foundation just as well as you say xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  7. Beccy
    20 Jun 2014 / 8:37 am

    I agree – I love a lighter base for the summer. The Benefit Dream Screen is just amazing!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  8. Leah Roxanne
    20 Jun 2014 / 9:15 am

    Love a light base in the summer months – especially when it's been as hot and humid as this! Will definitely be picking up some Tarte products when I head over to the States later this year!
    Leah at heteroheroine

  9. Ajvn
    20 Jun 2014 / 10:57 am

    great things 🙂 I've seen so many people using the NARS concealer !! I need to get it for my Birthday 🙂

  10. Sara Chergui
    20 Jun 2014 / 11:05 am

    I really wanna try some of these products !

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  11. Lily D
    20 Jun 2014 / 11:52 am

    Really want to try some of those brushes, they look great. I love Hoola bronzer as well x

  12. Daniella C
    20 Jun 2014 / 12:26 pm


  13. Megan Close
    20 Jun 2014 / 12:51 pm

    Just can't go wrong with the Nars tinted moisturiser. It's amazing.

  14. Kristiana
    20 Jun 2014 / 1:29 pm

    The Tarte foundation brush looks really nice! I may have to make a naughty trip to Sephora to pick it up.

  15. Lillian ParisianToBe
    20 Jun 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I recently purchased the Tarte foundation powder and still have mixed feelings on it, but I'll have to try it over tinted moisturizer. I normally use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to blend it in, and knowing that you didn't like the brush it comes with (the Air-Buki?) is really helpful, as I had my eye on it.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  16. sophiesmakeupblog
    20 Jun 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Lovely! The brush looks amazing! x


  17. Amyyy
    20 Jun 2014 / 2:15 pm

    I need to try the Nars tinted moisturiser and the concealer, roll on pay day xx

  18. Maddy
    20 Jun 2014 / 3:58 pm

    I love the sound of the bronzer, it looks like the perfect colour! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  19. Lola and Lina
    20 Jun 2014 / 4:55 pm

    I love them! Sounds definitely like something I would do as a summer routine x

    L&L from sisterblend

  20. Mariam Sesay
    20 Jun 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I love the products you mentioned! I really need to add some SPF into my makeup routine.

  21. Becky
    20 Jun 2014 / 6:36 pm

    I love reading peoples routines – I really struggle to get ready in summer because I just get too warm and then I get flustered and just feel sticky all the time. Maybe I will try some new products 🙂 x

  22. Laura
    20 Jun 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Some amazing products for a perfect base! I love nars sheer glow foundation so maybe I need to try the concealer xx


  23. Casey Hanna
    20 Jun 2014 / 9:30 pm

    Loved this. I really want to try the Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation..! xx

  24. Sophie
    20 Jun 2014 / 11:06 pm

    I wish I could easily get Tarte products in the UK – so many things I need to try!

  25. ErinElizabeth
    21 Jun 2014 / 2:23 am

    That Tarte foundation makes me melt, so so so favorite it!

  26. Arianne
    21 Jun 2014 / 5:14 am

    Haven't tried any of the products, but I have the NARS eyeliner. best one I tried so far, doesn't give me raccoon eyes too often… hoping to try NARS sheer glow one day for foundation… for powder, hoping to get a MAC powder this weekend..


  27. Jessica
    21 Jun 2014 / 10:08 am

    I loove the Holla bronzer but the Honey bronzer from the bodyshop is also great !

  28. Lisa Robb
    21 Jun 2014 / 12:34 pm

    Great post
    L x

  29. Lauren S
    21 Jun 2014 / 8:58 pm

    really want to try the NARS tinted moisturiser and the tarte range, your base is a definite thumbs up from me
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  30. Laura Clarke
    21 Jun 2014 / 10:17 pm

    Lovely post – I'm still trying to perfect my summer base x

    All Things Elsie

  31. Lauren McMinn
    22 Jun 2014 / 12:03 am

    Lovely post and amazing photos! xx

  32. Sofia Merrill
    22 Jun 2014 / 12:28 am

    About ready to just go & blow some money on that Nars tinted moisturizer. Beautiful photo <3

    Sofia | Pale Lily

  33. nueyork
    22 Jun 2014 / 7:49 am

    Every single one of these products looks amazing! I really want to try the Tarte powder foundation but they don't stock it in my country!

  34. Mary Jo
    22 Jun 2014 / 8:07 am

    Love the nars tinted moisturizer and the concealer, they are part of my all year around faves!

    Blueberry segmentS
    Blueberry segmentS on Youtube

  35. Megan Lillie
    22 Jun 2014 / 5:59 pm

    I really want to try the NARS Tinted Moisturiser but I don't live near a counter! I've been loving the Nivea one and it's under £4!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  36. Eleanor Howell
    22 Jun 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I've always been a lover of style blogs but had never been converted to beauty blogs until I found myself scrolling through Hello October. You have found just the right balance between beauty, fashion and lifestyle – the beauty blog hole in my life has been well and truly filled! Thank you ♡

  37. Dannii Ofe
    25 Jun 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Loving the two nars products at the moment too, this base sounds like exactly what i need so i'll definitely be checking the other two products out!

  38. MarianneSophia
    28 Jun 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Might have to try these products! You want your makeup to feel lightweight when It's hot but still have to coverage. X

  39. fiona furtado
    01 Jul 2014 / 2:17 am

    I hate too much makeup during summers. I would really prefer going in for a tinted moisturiser or may be a super light foundation and setting it all with some powder.

    I have been really wanting to try the NARS and Tarte brands so much but because of the availability I settled down for other brands. x

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