Jess Karas Summer Make-up


Summer has finally landed here in Berlin, and after a few months of bi polar weather, the same question keeps popping up; How do I get the perfect summer complexion?

And now is a great opportunity for you to go through your makeup collection, swap over your foundations, mix up your colour pallets and give it a summer revamp. Here are 10 top tips for you to keep in mind;


10. Cleanse your cosmetic bag

I always start this process by physically cleaning out my cosmetic bags and washing them, either with laundry liquid or facewash, which also does the trick. You would be surprised at what you might find in there! If you’re anything like me, it will be all those missing bobby pins you thought you’d never see again, the pencil sharpener you haven’t been able to find and perhaps a makeup smeared business card or two from networking events you went to the month before.

9. Wash your brushes

This is something all women should do on a regular basis (at least once a week) but I know this is something that always gets neglected. Honestly, applying base products with fresh brushes will not only make all the difference in your result but will also help with the overall complexion of your skin. If you’re like me and have oily skin and are prone to hormonal breakouts having clean brushes will stop the spreading of these unwanted friends.

8. SPF 50 Moisturiser

It’s true that 50 is the new 30! I never leave the house without wearing protection, especially when I’m having a makeup free day. I prefer using a chemical free SPF to give me the protection I need, the trick is to find one that won’t leave you looking like one of the vampires from twilight and one that won’t cause breakouts. Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are the most common ingredients for mineral protection. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts, stick to a moisturiser that contains zinc oxide as titanium oxide can, in some cases, irritate the skin.

7. Let those freckles show (if you have them!)

If you’re like me and your freckles (and skin damage) show more in summer, you’ll need to reassess your foundation colours. It’s important to either mix or swap your foundation colours to ensure an even skin tone without looking too dark. I always suggest that it is better to be a tad lighter than darker because you can always add bronzer or light contouring products to add depth. Pro Tip: A great way to test the colour is to test it on your collar bone, rather than on your jawline. However the summer time is the only time I would suggest matching it this way.

6. Go Mineral

There are so many great mineral brands out there that offer all types of coverages in both a powder and a liquid. If you want to go the liquid route, look for foundations that have a high water content to keep your skin looking fresh and glossy without looking oily. If you have oily skin, powders are recommended and when mixed with the natural oils in the face, will leave you looking flawless. Heat and humidity can cause your oil glands to go haywire in the summer, so it’s better to avoid heavy, oil based foundations. Mineral foundations and base products are a way of the future and are especially great for summer because they tend to be light weight and the natural ingredients won’t clog your skin.

4 . BB Cream vs CC Cream – How to make the right choice

BB short for “beauty balm’’ or “blemish balm” is perfect to use when your skin is relatively blemish free and your complexion is looking even. BB creams are a pumped up version of a tinted moisturiser that will refresh, brighten, hydrate, smooth, and give you a light coverage to even out tone.
CC short for “colour corrector” or “complexion corrector” include all the benefits of a BB cream and more. A CC cream will effectively hide and adjust and redness and hyperpigmentation, offers you a fuller coverage and generally contains anti-aging ingredients.

3. Blott when it’s Hot

Blotting papers are a great little trick to absorb any unwanted shine over the t-section without building coverage like a powder would. On top of the blotting papers, your skin will thankyou for using a facial spritz or mist. It’s like a drink of water applied directly onto the face and will help your makeup last the distance.

2. Go lighter on the glittery highlighters
Everyone loves a nice, dewy glow, (me included) but there’s a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. Try to avoid products that have too much sparkle in them or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking during the day. In the morning, it can look beautiful but by the afternoon, you can be one big shine ball.

1. Less really is more!

Makeup loves to move around when you’re hot so the key is to wear a little less of it. I always try to take a more mindful approach when applying my makeup, to start with a little bit at a time and then build. We all know that morning auto pilot feeling, but if you can be aware of how much you’re squeezing out of the tube, or building in your brush, your skin and the front camera on your iPhone will thank you for it.
Above all else, remember that with or without makeup you are one beautiful being. Don’t forget to remind yourself of this when you meet yourself in the mirror.

Jess xxx