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.
Contouring might seem a bit much for a beach holiday, but with the Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Anti-Aging Illuminator, you can still highlight your best features. Apply all over for a light-reflecting glow, or dab onto cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin to give a professional finish to your make-up.
Multitasking buys are a must for packing light. Combine your blusher and bronzer in one with the new Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration: A light and natural-looking powder that gives a gentle sun-kissed glow to your holiday complexion.
Combine your skincare and make-up in one with the multitasking (and Kate Middleton favourite) Lancôme Hydra Zen Beauty Balm Neurocalm. Foundation is far too heavy for summer holidays and replacing your current version with a BB cream or tinted moisturiser is a better option, leaving skin feeling comfortable and natural-looking.
You can still work a smokey eye in the summer sun - just update grey and black with pink and bronze. The Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Afrique will help to achieve your favourite style, from subtle to dramatic with an easy-to-navigate step-by-step guide. Our favourite look? A hint of golden shadow in the corners of each eye will open your peepers up for a wide awake look, day or night.
Even if you aren't planning to swim, a waterproof mascara is vital in hot weather. Our favourite is Rimmel's 100% Waterproof Mascara, which still gives great length and volume, as well as staying put, even when swimming.
A cream blusher is essential for creating a natural looking flush on dewy summer skin. Layer the brand new Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow Blush in Orange Poppy from the Summer Showers collection on top of a light BB cream or tinted moisturiser for a holiday-ready finish. The orange hue will neutralise any redness around the eyes for a more radiant you.
Shake up your look for balmy summer nights with the new Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Miami Pink. A coral hue is the leading lip trend for summer - but is so much more wearable with a hint of pretty pink. The Rich Lip Color is soft and lightweight, so won't feel too heavy on your pout, but still has real staying power - much needed for long evenings at the cocktail bar!
Don't forget your body when you're applying bronzer. Even when you have a tan, your shoulders, arms and décolletage can be much improved with a sweep of shimmering colour. Laura Mercier has thought this through with the Radiance Baked Body Bronzer, which will give a radiant glow to skin throughout your holiday.
Even at the beach, a hint of colour doesn't go amiss. Enhance your pout with Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm to leave a subtle hint of colour that's not too glossy or too matte. This portable pencil is so convenient for holidays and easy to use on the go. We wouldn't be without it in our summer make-up bag.