Southern Norway can be an absolute dream in the summertime- if you’re lucky. Norway is notorious for unpredictable weather, but rain or shine, the Norwegian Way is to look past the bad weather and relish the summer while it lasts. In honor of some of the completely backward sun showers and unusual thunderstorms, here is a makeup look that can be worn on those gray, off, summer days.
Since the skies are so unpredictable, it’s still very important to include SPF in my base. I started off with my Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Perfect + Protect. For primer, I applied a dollop of my Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer since it will help my makeup stay on extra long and gives my skin a subtle, glowing base. I color-corrected my under eye bags with my Bourjois CC Eye Cream and then went in with my OG favorite- Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. Not only does it have SPF in it, but it contains salycilic acid which helps combat acne while you wear it (and considering all the little spots I covered with my Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, I need it). This BB cream gives such a lovely, natural finish without looking too oily or cakey, and my Pupa Milano Cover Cream Concealer, with it’s yellow tone, brightened my eye area, making my eyes appear more awake. Now, my skin is already looking really healthy, but I can’t resist busting out my beloved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. First and foremost, I set my under eye concealer with Incandescent Light, and then the rest of my face with Radiant Light. To give my cheeks a little more warmth without overloading on something bronzer, I dust on some of Dim Light. I’ve been really into my natural contour lately, and the NYX High Definition Blush in Mauve has been just the ticket. On a sculpting brush, I dust it into the hollows of my cheeks, temples, sides of my nose, and around my jaw line.
When my dad came to visit from the States a few weeks ago, I had placed an order for a few things off of Sephora. One being Tarte‘s Skin Squad Deluxe Set. This box of 6 products included a mini limited-edition 12-hr. Amazonian Clay blush in the shade Oasis. I love my other Amazonian Clay blush, and I thought Oasis was a very unique color to be included in a summer set; plus I didn’t have anything like it already in my collection. It has thus become a staple to me on these gloomy days. This color always makes my skin look fantastic, despite it appearing quite stark on my skin. I would describe it as a peachy-mauve blush with a slight plum undertone. Take my word for it- it’s beautiful.
After dusting some of Oasis onto my cheeks, I went in for my brows. I’ve gone back to an old favorite, my Daiso Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. it’s waxy formula really helps to sculpt my brows and holds onto the powder I lay down on top. After setting my brows with gel, it was time for the eyes.
I brought out my Tarte Tartelette palette, which I hadn’t used in a little bit. I wanted a very simple eye look, and started off by blending Force of Nature, a natural peachy-brown shade all over my lid, and then defined my crease using Wanderer, a very warm light-brown. For a bit more of dreary-weather touch, I defined my outer corners and crease a bit more with the shade Natural Beauty, a cool-toned purple-y mauve (awfully similar to the NYX blush). To define my lashes, I applied the Benefit They’re Real! mascara– another recent favorite of mine. I like to reserve black, winged-liner for the days I want to embrace my inner grunge goddess, and today was just one of those days. I opted for the Tattoo Liner by Kat Von D in the shade Trooper.
I only needed a subtle wing before highlighting the high points of my face with Benefit‘s Dandelion Shy Beam matte liquid highlight. This product is a wonder and is perfect for days when you don’t want a highlight that could signal aliens in space. After applying some of Shy Beam to my cupid’s bow, it was time for the finishing touch of the look, which happened to be one of the new additions to my MAC lipstick collection: the ever-so-popular Velvet Teddy.
I feel the overall look has been fairly popular to sport lately, but what made this look stand out to me was the use of Oasis. I highly recommend purchasing the Skin Squad Deluxe Recovery Set from Sephora while it’s still available! It’s out of stock online, but it may still be available at your local store.