Want to know what our top ten summer makeup essentials are?
Take a peek inside our makeup kit and find out the summer makeup essentials we’ll be using on our clients (and ourselves!) to create fresh, pretty and melt-proof looks.

  1. Tinted Moisturiser/BB Cream

Perfect for evening out skin tone and giving you a wonderful base to work on, the latest tinted moisturisers and BB creams now protect and care for your skin too. Some tinted moisturisers contain sunscreen, but our preference is definitely a BB cream. They’re a brilliant all-in-one that combines SPF, primer and anti-ageing ingredients while giving light to medium coverage – job done!

  1. Liquid Concealer

We tend to use a liquid concealer all year round, but in summer, you definitely want to switch to a lighter version. Not only is it easier to blend into your skin, liquid concealers also won’t melt or look caked or creased as easily as heavy formulas. Choose a light-diffusing one and use it to conceal under-eye shadows and minor imperfections (the light diffusing particles will reflect light to make your skin appear perfect!).

  1. Bronzer

Whether you use a gel or a powder, bronzer is one of our summer staples. It makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter and generally healthier with a little warm glow added to your skin. Keep it looking natural by applying it to where the sun natural hits your face: forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose. Powder is the easiest to apply, as you can build it if you need to and most compacts have varying shades you can easily blend to look authentic.

  1. Sheer Eyeshadow

Rich, deep eyeshadows are perfect in autumn and winter, but you want something lighter for summer. Lighten up your look with a sheer version of your favourite eyeshadow: it’s subtler so you can’t go overboard with it and layering up with a cream first, followed by powder, gives your eyeshadow extra staying power.

  1. Gel or Cream Blush

If you prefer a blush rather than a bronzer, or you wear both, then ditch the powder blush and go for a gel or cream in summer. They’re lighter, sheerer and will add just the right amount of colour and glow to your cheeks – think “gentle jog” radiance rather than “steep hill climb”.

  1. Vibrant Colours

Just like our wardrobes get a hit of bright colour at this time of year, so do our makeup palettes. As well as looking summery, bright colours actually brighten the face and add a glow to the skin, making you look healthier. Whether you go for a bold eyeliner or a punchy blush, try experimenting with one area of your face, especially if you normally stick to neutrals.

  1. Blotting Papers

No one wants to look like an oil-slick at any time of year, let alone in the summer! To avoid that tell-tale t-zone shine, we don’t go anywhere without blotting papers in our bags. Quick and easy to use, you simply press them on to your skin to banish the shine without losing that healthy-skin glow – perfect!

  1. Lip Stain or Lip Gloss

Heavy matte lipsticks are way too much for summer, so swap them for a lip gloss or stain. Our usual go-to is a gloss, but we’re trialling some lip stains too this summer and so far, we like! They’re long-lasting and give a sheer, buildable coverage that you can even use gloss or balm on top of without it travelling anywhere. Go for traditional sweet pinks or peaches or be a bit bolder with tangerine or grape shades.

  1. Waterproof Mascara

This is a given, and there are plenty of really good waterproof mascaras available now that won’t leave you with the dreaded panda eyes after you’ve been for a swim. Alternatively, you could have your eyelashes tinted (especially if you’re very fair) or invest in extensions which last 2 to 3 weeks with in-fills.

  1. Setting Spray

One of our favourite brands Urban Decay produces All Nighter Setting Spray, and believe us, it is an absolute godsend! Spritzing this all over after you’ve applied your makeup means it will last all day and long into the night, which is ideal for weddings, festivals and any other big events you have this summer. In fact, it’s in our kit all year round, it’s that good.

And there you have it! Our top ten summer makeup essentials that’ll keep you looking great all summer-long with no trace of melting, smearing or stickiness in sight.

Not sure what to do when it comes to your summer look, or even what shades to go for? We’ll happily give you a makeup lesson and pass on all our hints and tips. Simply get in touch to find out more.