Affordable summer makeup

Recently, I’ve been wearing this bronzey, 90s nude lip summer makeup look (what a mouthful!) most of the time and loving it. It can work for day time and a night out as you can see from the pics of me below.

It’s really easy to do and the best news is that it’s really affordable (all bought in Boots, my favourite shop!) so please keep on reading if you would like to know what products I’ve been using. I’ve tried to review some of the products as I go along so you can see whether they might work for you, depending on skin tone etc.


Since I returned from Ibiza I’ve been rocking a bit of a tan and as it has been relatively summery here in the UK I’ve been enjoying a bronzed look. I’ve been mixing my old faithful Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Light Beige 53 (which is too light for me) with my L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation in Honey 30. The L’Oreal foundation is quite dark and gives me a bit more warmth and the Bourjois gives the radiance. If I fancy a slightly more golden base I’ve also been using the L’Oreal True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden Glow as a primer underneath my foundation as it has a golden dewy finish without looking too glittery.

L'Oreal Infallible 24 hr matte foundation, L'Oreal True Match highlight, Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation


I’m hugely indecisive so like to vary the products I use and so I mix and match a bit. For contour I’ve been working with either the Maybelline Master Sculpting Contouring Palette (02 medium/dark) or the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette.

The Maybelline is a handy little palette with two thirds contour and a third highlight. It comes with a brush and a little mirror so handy to have in your handbag. The medium/dark shade is still quite subtle and buildable. I don’t use the brush it comes with very often,  I tend to use a Real Techniques contour brush (found in this amazing set)and it gives a subtle contour without looking too scary or stripey.

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring palette

The NYX palette I’d say isn’t for beginners, I personally think it takes a bit of work and practise. It’s not a bad palette but it needs to be used sparingly because the shades are pigmented. I don’t think this would work for really pale complexions because the contour shades are quite dark but for slightly more tanned skin tones with a light hand it’s a fun product to play around with and it does offer four different contour shades and four highlighter shades.

NYX highlight and contour pro palette

I use the two contour shades in the middle because they’re slightly cooler and lighter. The fourth shade is really pigmented and I did have a bit of a streaky disaster with it! I do like this palette but think it’s one for slightly more tanned skins or contour experts because the contour shades are quite dark.

I’ve also been using Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, and this is quite a cool toned bronzer so it can work for contour as well as bronzing. I love a bit of bronzer (who doesn’t!) because it mimics the sun-kissed look and is perfect for summer.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

For blush I’ve been using it sparingly (no clown cheeks for this look) and have been flipping between L’Oreal Paris Infallible Blush Trio in Nude Beige, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Santa Rose (really pretty and subtle) and a new find from Glossybox, Ruby Powder Blush in coral.


A brown hue is flattering on all eye colours and I especially like it with my greeny blue eyes. I’m currently using the Rimmel Dual Ended shadow and liner in Queens of the Bronzed Age and the Rimmel Scandaleyes Keep Calm and Wear Gold palette (which seems to be sold out online but I hope is still in-store) I’ll often use the stick eye-shadow for an overall bronze colour on the lid and then put a golden shimmery eye-shadow from the palette over the top.

Rimmel Keep Calm and Wear Gold palette and Queens of the Bronzed age

For eyeliner I’ve been loving the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in black or the Rimmel Scandaleyes micro felt tip eyeliner (which doesn’t have great reviews online but I really like it). For the day time I’ll just define the lash line and have been keeping my eyes really simple. But for the evening I’ll probably line underneath and in my waterline. I have small eyes and generally the waterline is a bit of a ‘no no’ because it can make your eyes look smaller. However I’ve always loved a smudgey black eyeliner and I don’t care about the rules (they’re there to be broken!) so I say go with however much or little you feel comfortable with!

Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliners

Almost a Rimmel full house, but to finish it off I am using my new favourite L’Oreal False Lash Superstar x Fiber, which I’ve spoken about before and is currently my favourite mascara (full review is here).

I’ve also been trying the Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara but I think I prefer the L’Oreal. I like the wand because it’s really defining and separating (used sparingly), it does give volume and you can shake it to make sure it doesn’t dry out mid way through the bottle. However, I personally find it quite wet as it goes on and therefore it transfers over my eyelids. This is probably due to the deep setting of my eyes meaning there isn’t much space between my eyelashes and eyelid so I don’t think this would happen to everyone but I definitely need to have a cotton bud to clean up after myself!


And finally, my favourite part which is currently lips. I’ve mentioned my love of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate 15 year collection. ie the Kate Moss rose gold lipsticks. Kate bought out six shades to mark her 15th year collaboration with Rimmel, three red and three nude with beautiful rose gold packaging. I love Kate Moss, I love her lipsticks with Rimmel and so for me this collection is a winner. Phil bought me one of the reds for Christmas and I like it a lot (52 idol red) and I bought myself No 56 Boho Nude because I love anything boho but I couldn’t resist buying the remaining two nudes so that I have all three.

I know I didn’t need all of them but ever since I bought them I’ve been wearing them pretty much every day. I love a nude lip because it’s wearable to work, it’s great with a smokey eye for an evening look and it’s far easier to wear than a red lip (which is often down my chin or up towards my nose irrespective of consistency or brand)

Rimmel Kate nude lipsticks

I’m not sure if you can tell the nuances in the picture but the three nudes are quite different when applied. No 54 is called Rock N Roll nude and is a pink toned nude. No 55 is called My Nude and is the most ‘neutral’ nude, so it doesn’t shift to the brown or the pink and is probably the most natural nude. I’d say go for this one if you’re not sure because it sits in the middle.  The last one is No 56 which is Boho Nude and is a browny nude. I love them all and I’m not sure which one I’m wearing in these photos because quite often I’ll layer one on top of the other.

Rimmel nude lipstick and lipliner

To line my lips I’ve been using the Cappuccino lip liner from Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses Lip Liner range. Rimmel do great lip liners. They’re really creamy, they go on easily and the colour pay off is great so really recommend trying them if you need a new lip liner (I’d say they’re a dupe for Mac lip liners which have historically been my favourite lip liners).

And that’s it! Brown lips, bronzed eyes and face and ready to get that choker on and go back in my time-machine to the 90s! By the way, this is not sponsored by Rimmel, I just think they’ve got some great products out at the moment 🙂

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