How Beach Makeup This Summer

Discover the best make-up buys for those hot summer days

With beach beauty, anything goes – whether you’re a grab a bikini and head off kind of girl, or one with a whole beach makeup plan, it’s all about having fun and feeling comfortable.

How much you wear is down to you, but when it comes to beach makeup there’s nothing like golden, bronzed skin to have you feeling like a goddess. Remember that the best tan is a safe one, to stick to SPF and get your tan from a bottle instead. If sunbathing’s more your thing then taking a dip, you can try shimmery oils which give your skin an iridescence that’s beautiful in the sunlight.

Metallic colours look great round the eyes too – a dab of shimmery white in the corners of your eyes will look undone, but open your eyes up and look oh-so-chic. Or for more of a look, try a molten gold eyeliner lined just under your lower lashline, to give your eyes a glint in the sun.

Bright colours more your thing? Summer was made for neons – those striking, electric colours are perfect as the core of your beach makeup looks. Try pink, blue, green or yellow depending on your skin tone and use them anywhere – a bright neon pink gloss or coloured balm on lips (something sheer is definitely preferable on your lips – the beach is no place for mattes), replace your black cat eye with a blue or green version (to tone it down, trace over it with your black, leaving a strip of the colour showing) or for wallflowers, put them on nails: the perfect place to try anything you’re new to.

The only rule? Keep that skin bare and beautiful – leave the powder at home and stick to BB creams, tinted moisturiser and illuminators to get your skin even-looking and glowing.

Don’t skip steps in your routine, just because it’s hot and balmy outside. You can still create a flawless base with a primer, just opt for the Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tnt Prmr. A light but effective version, pores are minimised and texture is smoothed, without that heavy feeling of layered make-up – plus, the matte finish is the perfect antidote to shiny holiday skin.

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