Summertime Foundation tips

Summertime is here and incredibly we’ve even had some sunny weather so far!! At this time of the year our thoughts turn to sun tans whether they be real or from a bottle, we yearn to have a beautiful sunkissed glow but this in itself causes issues with our everyday foundation.

So a few days ago I got asked what is the best way to change up your foundation routine once you have a suntan to avoid your face being paler than your body, so I said I’d write up a few tips.

Change of Foundation

Well this is the first very obvious one, a lot of people do buy the next shade up in their regular foundation so they can use this during the time that they have a tan, especially if they’re already happy with the everyday foundation that they use. This makes sense if you love the finish and coverage of your regular foundation and it’ll be very handy even while your tan is fading because you’ll be able to mix the two colours together until you get back to your original colour.

Gradual Face Tanners

In my opinion these work best if you just get a light tan on your body because you never really get very deep colour from them. These are generally clear when you apply them and develop overnight and stay on for a few days depending on what products you use on your face while you have it on. Of course you can always re-apply these for a few days in a row to deepen the colour. You can use these on their own with some bronzing powder or you can use them as a base for your regular foundation because having the gradual tanner as a base will naturally deepen the colour of your foundation anyway. There are some great ones on the market and I can certainly recommend the No.7 Gradual Facial Tanner as this also has an SPF 15 too. Best way to apply this is to exfoliate the face first, even using something like the Nip n Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads and apply a very light layer of moisturiser to the face. Apply the Gradual Face tanner either using your fingers or a clean foundation brush and apply as you would your foundation normally but make sure to avoid your eyebrows and your hairline.

Self Tan

In addition to using a separate face tanner many of the self tan products available these days are also suitable to be used on the face. Because I don’t really tan much naturally myself, fake tan is my best friend come Summertime and to be honest since it came out I haven’t used anything other than Cocoa Brown for my tanning needs. I love the 1 hour tan for when I want a tan for a few days and the Instant Tan Matte Bronzing Gel for when I need a tan in a hurry. All of the tans from Cocoa Brown are non-comedogenic which means they won’t block your pores and are as suitable for the face as they are for the body. The Gentle Bronze product in this range is probably the most suitable one for dry skin. When I tan my body I always tan my face as well so I have a base to work with when I’m applying my foundation.  As with the gradual tanner for the face, these tans will work best if your skin is prepped properly. I use Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff as my exfoliater but please note that this is not suitable for the face.

Foundation drops

I couldn’t write this post without mentioning these products from The Body Shop. Launched at the end of last year The Body Shop released Shade Adjusting Drops in two shades, Lightening and Darkening. Now because I haven’t used these products first hand myself all I can tell you is what I’ve read about them and it seems that they do exactly what they say on the tin, the Lightening ones lighten up a foundation that’s too dark for you and the Darkening ones darken up a foundation that isn’t dark enough!! In theory these sound like a brilliant idea but as I say I haven’t used them myself so can’t vouch for them as of yet but they have the potential to be the solution to all our shade adjusting problems!!

Well I hope this has been of some use to any of you who are struggling to get their foundation shade just right this summer, if you have any more suggestions on how to solve this dilemma please feel free to post a comment below. I’d love to hear your ideas.

No.7 products available in Boots and Boots online

Cocoa Brown products available in selected pharmacies and online at Cloud 10

Shade Adjusting Drops available in The Body Shop or online



  1. Lorraine
    June 30, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Love this, practical advice – most helpful!!!

  2. noellekelly
    June 30, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    I’ll have to wait till my honeymoon to try out these tips with the current weather! 🙂

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