It’s August, it’s sunny and we’re clinging on to every drop of summer feels we can during Covid-19.
As the weather heats up, you might want to consider changing your makeup products - cutting out some of the heavier coverage products and swapping for a beautiful fresh dewy look. Dewy, glossy makeup is the secret to “glowing” your way through those hot, sticky days and it can look super sexy.
SPF is your BFF so this is always your first step before applying your makeup. There are so many amazing products now to apply under your base and even spray over the top of your makeup application to top up your protection from the harmful rays! SPF protects your skin against premature ageing as well as helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer - so it is a beauty product that needs to become part of your daily skin care routine.
Teaming up a sheer coverage - allowing those youthful freckles to peep through with a glossy lip is my absolute go-to look for this time of year and you can even add a pop of colour for a more statement look.
Bright coloured eyeshadows and eyeliners have really surged in popularity recently. As with all trends, they come and go and blue eyeshadow has long been considered a faux-pax which belonged to the 1980s. However, you can modernise a bright eye with a simple wash of colour, a bright eyeliner in the waterline or go full on colour if you are brimming with sass! So don’t fear the colour - just choose how you choose to wear it for your own comfort level and rock it!
Here are some of my favourite summer makeup products to glam your way to stunning skin and the versatile eye makeup products you absolutely need to try!
DIEGO DALLA PALMA DAILY PRIMER BASE SPF50+
This primer is a great base for underneath your makeup application - offering broad spectrum protection against UVA, UBA and infrared rays. The lightweight fluid is both illuminating (ideal for boosting radiance to the skin) and translucent in texture once applied. It contains ylang ylang and frangipani butter which add a delicious helping of hydration to the skin.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER
If you are looking to elevate your glow, look no further… This versatile complexion booster can be used as a radiant primer or can be used as a liquid highlighter for the ultimate high gloss glow. It provides a dreamy soft focus effect to the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores.
NUDESTIX TINTED COVER
I love the creamy formulations in the Nudestix products and this lightweight foundation does not disappoint either. It is hydrating, buildable and even protects skin from environmental damage which can contribute to premature skin ageing. The ingredients are packed with anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and help to tone and lift. If you think this little gem couldn’t get any better, you are wrong. It is waterproof which makes it ideal for combatting the summer sweat (or should I say “summer glow”). Free from fragrance, gluten and parabens, cruelty-free and and vegan friendly. What's not to love?
BEACHED RAYS FOR DAYS BRONZER
I absolutely love a liquid bronzer and this natural bronzing serum provides a beautiful sun kissed natural look, which you can build up to the level of intensity you want to achieve. It is super quick and easy to use which is always a bonus and the Aussie plums used in the formulation help to protect from environmental damage and reduce the signs of ageing. Who doesn’t want to look younger? I adore this little bottle of Aussie summer.
STILA EYE-SPY GLITTER AND GLOW LIQUID EYE SHADOW SET
Even if you struggle with applying your own eye makeup, this is a mega quick way to add some subtle sparkle to your eyes and the only tool you need is your pinky. A little dab on your eye lid instantly provides a pretty halo eye makeup look and they are very long wearing which is a perk on a hot day. You can wear these alone or over the top of an eyeshadow.
KAT VON D EYE CRAYONS
If you are looking to experiment with colour, these eye crayons are amazing! Very creamy in consistency and vibrantly pigmented, they glide effortlessly on the skin for ease. These eye crayons can be built up to increase colour intensity and can also be worn in the waterline for added drama. There are 3 colours in this pack - “Electric Blue”, “Bubblegum” and “Wild Orange”. For colour lovers, these are dreamy and are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
MEMI MAKEUP HIGH SHINE LIP GLOSS IN AFTER HOURS
A nude brown gloss is the must-have staple for your makeup kit in the summer and I am loving this gorgeous colour by Mimi Makeup. A nude brown is generally flattering for all skin tones and looks stunning with a subtle tan and freckles. This high shine gloss has a long-lasting, non-sticky formula. It is cruelty free and vegan friendly.
£10.00 (currently on sale for £5.00 so grab it quick!)
SPF is your skin saviour product and its not just for us beauty junkies…
It would be easy to think that living in the changeable UK climes, wearing sunscreen seems like a ridiculous suggestion. Let’s face it, we get 2 consecutive days of mildly warm weather and we gratefully accept this as our summer time, hoorah! The bbq is on, the drinks are chilled and our strappy vests and shorts are pulled from the deepest depths of our wardrobes. We sit in the garden enjoying the warmth on our skin, trying to get a sun-kissed glow. Surely we don’t need sun screen though? It’s not like we are on holiday abroad?
*Insert your own frustrated face slap emoji*
The sun is the sun, regardless of where you are and simply put, any kind of change in your skin (tan, redness or worse - a burn) is skin damage. That’s right, that gorgeous brown summery skin you are sporting is actually damaged skin. Whether you sunbathe every day on holiday, or sit in your garden for 10 minutes on a hot day, you can burn. Infact, you can burn through clouds! Crazy, isn’t it? Apparently 80% of UV rays can still cause skin damage through clouds! Lets just be blunt, burnt skin is a step closer to an unwanted cancer. So this is why you must wear SPF - and not just on the sunny days. You need to wear it every single day; for protection and yes, even for vanity if you are wanting to keep those wrinkles at bay.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is vital for EVERYONE. Whether you have gorgeous olive skin than tans easily or pretty porcelain skin that cries as soon as you open the curtains on a sunny day, you need to protect it. SPF helps to protect against skin damage, skin cancers and premature wrinkles. The factor number is a guide to how much protection the products offer against the sun. The higher the factor, the longer you are protected without needing to reapply.
You might have seen on some beauty products that it states they offer “broad spectrum” sunscreen. UVA and UVB are 2 different types of UV lights that are harmful to your skin. A broad spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both types.
There are lots of fabulous beauty products on the market that add an SPF in to the ingredients for extra protection against harmful rays and I have selected my top 10 beauty products that contain an SPF protection.
Douvall’s Daily Argan Moisturiser with SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection
Douvall’s nourishing Argan Oil moisturiser is beautiful and light weight on the skin and drenches the skin with hydration, Vitamin E, fatty acids and anti-oxidants which help protect the skin from premature ageing. It is non-greasy and quickly absorbed in to the skin, this is the perfect primer for underneath your makeup and can be worn all over the body and face. It is beautiful on the skin for your no-makeup days. Suitable for all skin types and super gentle for use on babies.
120ml - £46.00 - Available from Douvalls
Burts Bees All Weather SPF 15 Moisturising Lip Balm
Burt's Bees All Weather lip balm provides broad spectrum protection with SPF 15 due to the zinc oxide ingredients. This handy compact lip balm feels very nourishing and non-greasy and should be applied liberally 15 minutes before exposure to the sun. It is long lasting and protects against the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. A huge benefit is that it's waterproof for around 40 minutes, which is ideal for swimming or outdoor exercise.
4.25g - £4.99 - Available from BurtsBees
Filorga UV - Bronze Mist SPF 50+
Filorga’s Bronze mist is an exciting advanced technology product providing high level protection against all of the sun's spectrum of harmful rays (UVA, UVB and IR). Activated by heat from the sun, the photo technology detoxifies the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress which stem from UVA, UVB and IR (infrared rays). This water resistant mist cools and nourishes the skin and contains highly effective anti ageing ingredients such as Vitamin H, Hyaluronic Acid and the Micro-Encapsulated Glacier Water that tones the skin.
60ml - £30.00 - Available from Debenhams Marks & Spencer Feel Unique and Look Fantastic
Soleil Toujours Extreme UV Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45
Soleil Toujoirs Extreme UV Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 is a deliciously luxurious cream created with broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and is ideal for using on the face. It is jam packed with anti ageing properties and antioxidants to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin. This cream will apply with a white layer initially which is a benefit as you can see where it has been applied (or missed!) and then blends in beautifully. It can be applied underneath your makeup. It is 100% coral reef safe and should be applied liberally 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.
40ml - £45.00 - Available from Space NK Net A Porter Cult Beauty Harrods Selfridges and BeautyBay
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is a dreamy light coverage foundation which contains SPF 35 protecting against UVA and UBV rays. It can also be worn as a primer underneath your favourite foundation if you prefer to have more coverage. It is hydrating and provides a radiance to the skin as well as helping to minimising shine. Available in 5 shades.
30ml - £27.00 - Available from Smashbox
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation SPF 15
Charlotte Tilbury is an absolute staple in my personal makeup bag and my professional kit so it will come as no surprise that one of her products has made into my top 10. The Magic Foundation is a semi matte coverage which is a long-lasting formula promising to stay in place for 13 hours. As well as providing an SPF 15 protection, it also improves the appearance of those pesky wrinkles and fine lines.
30 ml - £34.00 - Available from Charlotte Tilbury
Sienna X Priming Day Cream SPF 30
Sienna X Priming Day Cream has an SPF 30 and is formulated to brighten the complexion and fight against the damaging effects of blue light and Infrared Type A due to the Marine Bamboo ingredient. This is a great cream for those with a dry skin type and can be used as a primer underneath a makeup application. It is very mild on the skin and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. Vegan Friendly.
50 ml - £39.00 - Available from Sienna-X
Kerastase Creme UV Sublime
Kerastase UV Sublime cream is a luxurious nourishing leave-in conditioner. Containing lashings of Vitamin E, it helps to prevent dry hair and can tame frizzy locks for up to 24 hours, leaving hair silky smooth and glossy.
150ml - £24.80 - Available from kerastase
Jane Iredale Hand Drink SPF 15
Our hands have taken quite a punishment over lockdown with all of the extra hand washing so replacing moisture back into the hands is even more crucial right now. The Jane Iredale Hand Drink is a super hydrating formula which also includes SPF 15 broad spectrum sunscreen and smells deliciously fresh with a hint of lemongrass. This non-greasy cream absorbs quickly into the skin and really protects and heals dry, cracked skin. The White and Green Tea together with Liposomal encapsulated Apple Extract fights against antioxidants and improves the appearance of skin tone. The hands are one of the first places to show signs of ageing and this is a great addition to keep in your hand bag.
60 ml - £19.95 - Available from Jane Iredale
MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer
Mac Cosmetics Studio Finish concealer is a high performance longwear concealer and offers a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB SPF 35 protection. This is a really creamy consistency perfect for concealing blemishes and skin imperfections as well as offering water resistant coverage up to 12 hours. It contains antioxidants together with Vitamin A and E to nourish the skin.
7g - £17.50 - Available from Mac Cosmetics
Spring is definitely in full bloom… the sky is blue, the birds are singing, the smell of freshly cut lawns fill the air and daffodils are smiling at us as we pass.
It is such a special time - we usually take the opportunity for a spring clean, the evenings are light meaning we know that summer is following behind. We just feel better in Spring - but even more so right now, everything feels so much more vibrant during lockdown. Nature sounds louder, trees look greener and flowers look brighter and bolder than ever before and this has really inspired me to pick my favourite lip colours inspired by the most vivid spring in years!
Even if you don’t have the time to apply a full face application when it comes to makeup, adding a pop of colour on your lip can lift your face and your mood. It’s amazing how wearing a bold colour can send your confidence rocketing sky high. When you think of a red lip, you think powerful, sexy and statement. The same can be said for a fun fuscia, a delicious coral, a playful orange…
A natural look finished with a bold lip can look amazing - you can match your colour to your dress or accessories or even colour-clash for an experimental look. There is no better time to have some fun, try something new and embrace your inner diva.
Here are my top picks of lip products and palettes;
Illamasqua - Antimatter Lipstick in “Glow” - £20.00
Beautiful coral toned and creamy in texture. This lipstick is long wearing so ideal for special occasions without needing to top up regularly. Semi-matte finish, highly-pigmented and the perfect spring makeup companion.
Available from www.illamasqua.com
MAC Cosmetics - Lipstick in “All Fired Up” - £17.50
If you are wanting to make a statement, this is the perfect shade for you. A vivid fuscia with a matte finish. Bold colours can be high maintenance so perfect your outline, fill the colour, blot and repeat for a fabulous application. This lipstick is long-wearing.
Available from www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Dear Dahlia - “Paradise Aurora” Shine Lip Treatment in Bronze Sky - £25.00
Product junkies will love this gorgeous little gem. The beautiful marbled packaging and the dinky size is perfect for a purse or small bag. This high-shine gloss is ideal for those who want a fresh spring look - and the plant-based ingredients are super hydrating so it nourishes your lips as well as looking fabulous. A new favourite for sure.
Available from www.feelunique.com
Urban Decay - Matte Vice Lipstick in “Afterdark” - £18.00
If you are looking for a bold colour with more of a pink/plum tone then this is a great option. The colour is intense and has a creamy but matte finish. It contains conditioning and hydrating ingredients including vitamin C and E.
Available from www.urbandecay.co.uk
Charlotte Tilbury - Hot Lips Lipstick in “Tell Laura” - £25.00
This matte lipstick is a warm red with a fabulous orange undertone. As an avid fan of the Charlotte Tilbury brand, she has yet to disappoint. This lipstick has light diffusing pigments so has a multi dimensional finish and would be beautiful accompanied by a golden/bronze skin tone.
Available from www.charlottetilbury.com
Diego Dalla Palma - Lip Palette in “L’Art De Triomphe” - £29.00
Another goody for the product junkies out there. The black and white stripe packaging is very chic but the goodness certainly doesn’t stop there. This palette contains 4 stunning colours perfect for spring and summer (probably autumn and winter too just for the gorgeous nudes in there). With a range of textures and tones, this is a great palette that will see you through spring and onwards.
Available from www.lookfantastic.com
Dior - Lip Palette in “Backstage” - £39.00
A palette of 9 shades which range from glossy, satin and buildable matte finish. They can be mixed and matched to switch up tones and intensity and there is something in here to suit every skin tone.
Available from www.dior.com
NARS - Audacious Lip Palette in “Wild Thoughts” - £35.00
I simply love this palette of pretty pink shades, from light pink through to berry and plum shades. These lip colours are richly pigmented and can even be mixed and layered to create your own personalised shade. Creamy in texture and other palettes are available in different shades.
Available from www.narscosmetics.co.uk
NYX Cosmetics - Whipped Wonderland Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream Set - £30.00
And the award for the longest product name goes to…
Don’t let that put you off though. This set of 12 mid-sized lippies is great value and boasts a great range of colours with a matte metallic finish. Ranging from bright pinks, orange and corals to deeper reds and purple undertones (plus a couple of bonus colours that aren’t really every day wear but you could have some fun with them). For the price tag, this is a great selection and nice quality too.
Available from www.nyxcosmetics.co.uk