Hair & Makeup

The 5 Summer-Evening Makeup Looks Everyone Should Try

Balmy evenings call for a touch of golden-hour glamour – AVA WELSING-KITCHER shares 5 must-try makeup hacks for just the right amount of afterglow

Jennifer Lawrence and Jasmine Tookes boost their bronzed beauty

Go bold with your bronzer

Going big on bronzer is a classic vacation look for a reason. Start with an understated formula, such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer, adding a fingerprint-sized amount inside the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline and across your chin and temples. For a matte take, add a touch more across your eyelids and the bridge of your nose, before blending everything out with your fingertips. If a spot of shimmer is more your thing, swipe Westman Atelier’s Lit Up Highlight Stick in Brûlée where you’d normally apply blusher, starting on the cheeks, just below your hairline and on the bridge of your nose and eyelids. Finish with a bold lip – there’s nothing quite like a vibrant orange or crimson shade against bronzed skin to make your skin pop; Gucci Beauty’s Agatha Orange and Pat McGrath Labs’ Crimson Ecstasy are both worthy vacation wins.

Actors Ana de Armas and Léa Seydoux set their sights on metallic shades

Look to molten eyes

Matte eyeshadow and cat-eye liner are just too much on a balmy night – instead, look to metallic finishes that are easily blended with a fingertip should they settle into creases. By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar Color-Fix Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon 04 sets in mere minutes, so work quickly and on one eye at a time. You can then top lids with a powder metallic eyeshadow in a similar shade, or add a contrasting tone to transform it. Try Sisley’s Les Phyto-Ombres Eyeshadow in Sparkling Topaz for a universally flattering copper finish. Pat McGrath Labs’ Love Collection MTHRSHP Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic Infatuation has all your vacation-ready shades in one. To complement the look, swipe a couple of fingers across your chosen shade and mix with a body oil in your hands to pick the hues out across limbs and décolletage; finish with fresh skin and lashings of brown mascara to keep everything soft yet defined.

Dial down the base

For perfect holiday skin, look for light textures (akin to moisturizers and serums) that offer slight coverage rather than a full-on foundation. Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter has become a cult product for good reason: its hybrid formula combines the coverage of a tinted serum, the luminosity of a highlighter and the prepping power of a primer to deliver a softly diffused finish. Spot-conceal any blemishes or dark under-eye areas, then add a touch of Chantecaille Perfect Blur Finishing Powder to patches prone to sweat or oiliness.

Light coverage is best for summer climes – as mastered by Lily Aldridge and Florence Pugh
Actors Lily-Rose Depp and Simone Ashley get their glow on

Glow head to toe

Make the most of your new tan by adding luminosity to your body care, too, locking in moisture straight out of the shower with a few drops of Tan-Luxe’s Super Gloss Illuminating Bronzing Drops mixed into Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Super Anti-Aging Body Serum – a beautifully hydrating formula that feels nearly invisible on skin. For extra shine, add the bronzing drops to a body oil – such as Augustinus Bader’s velvety formula – instead. Then finish with a full-watt effect by running the Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Champagne Flash – a luminous gold – along your shins, collarbones and shoulders before hitting the beach bar.

Model Bella Hadid and actor Gemma Chan showcase a subtle sun flush

Super-boost your blush

If you’re sunburned, you may want to sit this one out, but otherwise, amplify that healthy vacation flush while it lasts with a cream or liquid blusher. Our tip? Opt for warm tones over cool: coral, rosy pink, peach or terracotta work at different intensities across all skin tones. La Bouche Rouge Le Blush in Apricot is the perfect warm coral, with its melt-in formula for easy reapplication – well worth popping into your clutch for the night. For something punchier, try Rose Inc Blush Divine Radiant Cheek & Lip Color in Anemone for a coral that truly brings out the warmth in freshly tanned skin. Press onto your complexion or dab with a damp makeup sponge across cheeks, temples, eyelids and the bridge of your nose to mimic a natural sun flush, before swiping the pigment across your lips and adding balm.


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