Summer Make Up Must Haves: The Essential Kit You Need To Buy This Season

This isn’t one of those articles that suggests you throw away your entire make up bag and start from scratch just because its finally ‘put away your black tights for the foreseeable’ weather. Even if you did have the time and funds to entirely overhaul your beauty collection, who wants to do that? Not me.

As Beauty Editor on woman&home, anything in my make up bag has earned it’s place through months, sometimes years of dedicated service, and no seasonal whim will come between me and that product I trust to behave itself on my face.

That said, it feels pretty good to treat yourself to a new beauty buy every now and then, and summer, with its lazy, hazy days and holidays is a great excuse to update a few bits and pieces accordingly. Read on to discover my favourite new make up buys, and what they can do for you this summer: 

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation, £40 

So often the advice is to lighten up your base for summer. This works on holiday with a tan, but in real life I find I need something even more durable to survive heat and humidity-induced make up melt. Meet your new favourite foundation. It has a beautiful texture that really spreads and melts into skin undetectably; so rare for a base that offers medium to high cover that 100% goes the distance. It’s SPF25, great news in summer and comes in tons of shades for different ethnicities. I started testing it in April and haven’t used anything else since.

Benefit GALifornia, £24.50

I’m a big fan of a perky blush all year round, but this pinky-peachy tiny-touch-of gold-blush looks especially beautiful on a bright day. The colour seems to suit everyone, it smells vaguely of citrus fruits and the box exudes summery good vibes. Smile, pop it on the fattest bit of your cheeks and hey presto! Lively, happy skin.

St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil, £23

Not strictly make up, but so brilliant – cosmetically-speaking – I couldn’t leave it out (even self-tan loathers could be convinced.) Press a couple of drops all over clean skin before bed, leave a few minutes before the rest of your skincare, then wake up with skin that doesn’t so much look tanned as subtly warmed-up and eminently less pore and vein-ridden. It’s not greasy, smells nothing at all like digestive biscuits and can be dropped into your moisturiser for a buildable bronze – just remember to wash your hands after rubbing it in.

Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in Flip-Flop, £4.99 

Nothing says summer like a bright pedicure peeking out of a pair of sandals, and whether you paint at home or visit a salon, this juicy orange is, to my mind, the ideal summer toenail shade. It’s flattering, being close enough to traditional reds and corals not to scare, but fun enough to inspire compliments from those you know. The price is right too, nobody needs spend £20+ on nail polish after all.

Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment In Simply Rose SPF25, £19.50

Again, going against the grain of the usual advice, which seems to dictate that summer = bright lipsticks. A punchy lip is the last thing I want at a summer wedding, picnic or any other event where I’d like to chat, eat, drink and dance without constant mirror checks. Instead, this coconut oil infused stick gives enough colour to look pretty, but not so much you’ll worry about where it’s travelled to when all you want to worry about is where the next Pimms is coming from. Also, it’s got sun protection built in, something not nearly enough lip products offer.