Update your summer beauty regime with luxury products that stay put on holiday
Fear not – summer makeup isn’t about throwing out all your jewel tone eyeshadows and forcing yourself to wear neons. It’s not about changing your entire look and style – it’s just about making a few updates to your routine to suit the new season (and most importantly, heat).
The most obvious summer makeup update? Waterproof mascara. Its obvious for a reason: whether you’re hitting the beach, lounging pool-side or fight the sweat, when summer creeps up on us we need a mascara that’s going to work overtime to stay put (running, flaky mascara isn’t a good look).
It’s worth applying that same idea to the rest of your makeup too: get a couple of summery eyeshadow shades in a long-wearing formulas: something neutral to compliment bright lips or something bright to make a statement. Think about foundation too: swap yours for a lightweight, sheer formula so your skin looks dewy, fresh and full of summer vitality.
To add some oomph to your dewy summer skin, add a bronzer to your routine too: it’ll add some depth to your face to create some beautiful angles as well as give you that sunkissed glow that’s a central focus of any summer makeup look. Pale porcelain skin that’s not quite right for bronzer? You can get lighter bronze shades that don’t make you look like you’re wearing war paint, but if it’s really not your thing try highlight instead. Those shimmery, pearlescent creams and powder will do the same thing as bronzer, but by adding more lightness and brightness instead of shadow. Apply it to your browbone, cheekbones, nose and cupids bow to accentuate the angles of your face.
For really beautiful skin though, you need to make sure it’s healthy and nourished, and if you’re summer involves travelling and air-con, dehydration is always a danger. To avoid it, concentrate on keeping your skin moisturised: a nourishing facial mist allows you to top up those moisture levels throughout the day, and is perfect for the plane. Small changes – big impact.
Skin feeling a little parched, sun-dried and lacklustre from travelling? A hydrating spritzer is a summer must-have and Clinique’s Moisture Surge Face Spray is perfect to apply mid-flight and after the beach, once skin has cooled, giving skin a boost of moisture. Plus, it can also be applied over make-up as a mid-afternoon office pick-me-up.
Summer is the perfect time to add a bright lip to your overall look. We love this gorgeous coral shade, pressed into the lip as a stain. Clarins Rouge Prodige lipstick is incredibly long-lasting, making it perfect for a lengthy day on the beach.
Want to cut down on your toiletries when you travel? This holiday make sure you indulge in the lovely Aveda Beautifying Composition multi-purpose oil with rosemary and bergamot. This perfect holiday companion can be used top-to-toe for skin quenching nourishment and can even be used on your scalp.
Humidity, coupled with sun and sea can often exacerbate greasy roots. Extend your style by an extra day with a spritz of this iconic dry shampoo by Batiste- a complete fail-safe for holiday hair . Always remember to disperse the product with hands though, to avoid a white root residue - not a good look!
Utterly gorgeous on the eye, Bobbi Brown's Metallic Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadows are the only colours you need to pack for a holiday. With subtle specks of shimmer that off-set any tan beautifully, use all over the lid or as a liner.
For those who just need that extra help to get to sleep on holiday or if you're suffering from horrendous jet lag, spray Champneys Perfect Sleep Relaxing Pillow Mist and let the mandarin, chamomile and lavender relax your body and mind.
When you're baring your feet all summer, they need to be looking top notch. This foot treatment from The Sanctuary is the perfect fix for super hard skin. Apply the glycolic acid gel to a footpad and stick onto your foot, leave for ten minutes, then buff off dead skin with the foot file provided. It really works!
For a sexy summer shimmer, perfect for an early evening cocktail, highlight sun-kissed skin with a sweep of these subtle Guerlain pearls over your decollete, cheekbones and bridge of the nose.
Panda eyes on the beach is big no-no. So if you aren't tinting your lashes, invest in a heavy duty waterproof mascara like Max Factor Aqua Lash for real staying power.
If you're prone to spots and/or blackheads, avoid oil-based make-up and instead invest in a mineral powder make-up that will give a mattifying effect in the heat - without slipping. We love Elizabeth Arden Mineral Bronzing Powder; apply with a big brush, blow any excess off and contour on cheekbones for a sculpted look.