Summer is right around the corner, meaning the time for dewy skin and minimal-looking make-up is upon us! These summer beauty essentials will give you a timeless, radiant glow that’s easy to manage on-the-go.
We don’t subscribe to an all-or-nothing belief where beauty is restricted. For us, every day is different! Some days call for false lashes, others call for little more than some concealer, mascara, blush and a little something on the lips. This summer beauty essentials guide isn’t so much a step-by-step routine but will show you quick, easy, effortless-looking glam that won’t melt off so you don’t need to carry a full make-up bag around…
- Perricone MD | Instant Blur Compact
- Perricone MD | No Makeup Concealer SPF20
- Stila | Camouflage Beauty Eye Shadow Palette
- Stila | Putty Blush/Bronzer Duo
- Lord & Berry | Go on the Glow Highlighter Palette
- Stila | Stay All Day Mascara
- Stila | Plumping Lip Glaze
- Lola Makeup | Ultra Shine Lipstick
- OPI | Infinite Shine Summer Lovin’ Having A Blast
- Freshly Baked London | Glow Water Self Tan Mousse
- Tangle Teezer | Compact Styler Detangling Hairbrush Pride Power
Let’s start with the face…
The age-old question: Base or eyes first? For us, it’s face. We love the Perricone MD Instant Blur Compact – a 2-in-1 primer and complexion perfector because it minimises pores, evens out skin tone and blurs the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The wonderful thing about this is that it works instantly but also as the hours go on, too!
If you’re having a good skin day, you might be happy with that. If you’d like more coverage, follow it up with a Perricone MD No Makeup Concealer. Currently on offer, this lightweight creamy concealer is hydrating enough to visibly reduce dark circles, puffiness and sagging for the full day. Plus, it has SPF20 (remember, SPF should be used every day). Life-saver!
Now for the eyes and cheeks…
We raved about Stila’s new summer collection when it first arrived in April. The Colorful Awakening collection boasts vegan formulas that last all day and night with long-lasting, fuss-free products, like these two.
The Camouflage Beauty Eye Shadow Palette has the perfect mix of shimmer and matte earth tone shades, making it the perfect go-to whether you’re in the mood for a flirtatious green, subtle brightness with terracotta or something flashy for being back ‘out out’. Once you’ve chosen your eye for the day, use the genius Putty Blush/Bronzer Duo (available in four shade combos) to add some colour to your cheeks!
P.S. You get a free Stila Mini Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Beso with the Camouflage Beauty palette.
Everybody needs highlighter in the summer. Lord & Berry’s Go on the Glow Highlighter Palette is multi-purpose so you can customise your glow to suit your mood. Use the four shades – white gold, icy pink, bronze and gold – on your face, eyes and body (make the collar bones pop!), and layer up for the most effective highlight.
When it comes to mascara that lasts, not many do it better than the Stila Stay All Day Mascara. Another new arrival from Stila this summer, the weightless and water-resistant formula leaves your lashes long and (more importantly) soft, so there’s no crustiness after a spontaneous work-then-bar crawl day/night.
Don’t forget the lips…
Final step: the lips. Stila’s Plumping Lip Glaze in shade Pieta is a glossy dream for a casual look (plus it actually hydrates and plumps so they won’t dry out!) but if you’re going for a sultrier look with a darker eye then the Lola Makeup Ultra Shine Lipstick in the classic Chiffon Red shade is the one.
The finishing touches…
Complete your look with summertime nails like our favourite bright orange Summer Lovin’ Having A Blast from OPI. For that extra glow, top up your British tan with Freshly Baked London’s Glow Water Self Tan Mousse – a cruelty-free, no transfer self-tanner infused with Vitamin E and Vitamin A to nourish your skin.
Finally, keep yourself feeling fresh while back Out Out with Tangle Teezer’s handy Compact Styler Detangling Hairbrush! We’re obsessed with their brand new Pride Power range, which isn’t only perfect for Pride Month but for showing your pride all year round.