The ultimate edit of my tried and tested summer makeup staples. These are the summer makeup products that deliver on fresh, radiant skin and a bronzed glow. You can expect lightweight textures, seamless blending, buildable coverage and innovative skincare infused formulations.
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The Lightweight Base
I always start with an easy, sheer base. A tinted moisturiser that acts like a second skin offering light, blendable coverage with a fresh, dewy finish. I’m still obsessed with the La Mer Skin Tint SPF30* which delivers a refreshing, radiant skin glow with subtle coverage to even out and brighten my complexion. I also love the freshness of Erborian’s CC Water Fresh Complexion Gel*. It’s all about an effortless base that hydrates and plumps, awakening the skin with a fresh, healthy finish. Check out my most loved tinted moisturisers for more options or lightweight foundations if you’re looking for more coverage.
Sheer, summer textures also means choosing a lightweight concealer that’s not going to sweat off. I love the By Terry Hydra Concealer* which blends beautifully under the eyes. Super hydrating and offers good coverage whilst not being thick. It truly covers and refreshes the eye area without creasing.
If you’re clocking a long day out, minimise touch-ups with a primer that’s going to keep makeup in place. My edit of tried and tested primers presents a selection that smooths, hydrates and blurs for a silky skin canvas to apply makeup over. My go-to is then a touch of the By Terry Hyaluronic Pressed Powder* across the t-zone or the most oily/shiny hotspots.
The Bronzed Glow
My summer makeup goal is to always be as freshly bronzed as possible. The Iconic Radiance Booster* is dewy summer skin in a tube. A complexion perfector, seamless sheer tinted moisturiser and provider of luminous skin. You can also mix it with your foundation for maximum glow plus higher coverage.
For more of my fool-proof sunkissed favourites check out my Bronze and Glow edit.
If you’re looking for that luminous skin finish without the bronze, Charlotte Tilbury’s Spotlight Beauty Light Wand* is a beautiful liquid luminizer without the sparkle. It creates that stunning glass-skin effect. The Saie Dew Balm in Bronze Nectar* offers the best of both worlds with a Hyaluronic Acid infused, hydrating dewy balm that smooths on to deliver a warmer, luminous complexion.
The Blush Flush
When it comes to blush I’ve definitely found my staples for the season. I’m loving all things Tower 28 right now and their BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balms* are incredible. They add a vibrant pop of colour that blends seamless into the skin providing that most wanted sun-kissed look. Drunk Elephant’s O-Bloos Rosi Drops* is an antioxidant rich liquid blush. It’s like applying watercolours to your cheeks seamlessly blending out to a flushed rosy glow.
Generally, I love sheer, buildable shades in cream or liquid textures that promote a fresh skin finish. Here, you can browse my top blushers for a healthy glow.
I’m having a bronze and copper eye makeup moment. It complements sun-kissed skin so well. For a spark of colour, the NARS Summer Solstice Palette* has stunning bronze, copper and brick tones to create beautiful day and night makeup. Other bronzed eye makeup favourites can be found in this edit including my staple Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Naked Bronze*.
Barely There Lips
Sometimes, I’m just looking for a “my lips but better” instead of a bold summer lip shade. Byredo’s Tinted Lip Balms*, Code8 Beauty Am/Pm Tinted Lipbalm* and the new By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balms* are some of my favourites to deliver conditioned lips with a hit of colour. I also love the Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly*. A next-gen lip gloss that delivers on plumped, nourished lips without any stickiness and a beautifully fresh tint of colour on the lips. And of course, sometimes all I need is my Primark x Alex Steinherr Sleep Spa Lip Mask.