Go bold with your bronzer
Going big on bronzer is a classic vacation look for a reason. Start with an understated formula, such as Refy’s Cream 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 Elaluz’s Stick Bronzer with Camu Camu 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 velvety matte orange shade against bronzed skin to make your skin pop; Gucci Beauty’s Agatha Orange and a punchy satin watermelon hue, like Charlotte Tilbury’s Miranda May, are both worthy vacation wins.
Look to molten eyes
Matte eyeshadow and cat-eye liner is just too much on a balmy night – instead, look to metallic finishes that are easily blended with a fingertip should they settle into creases. Bobbi Brown’s Longwear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze 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. Pat McGrath Labs’ Limited Edition MTHRSHP Sublime Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Decadence 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 Rae Morris Invisible Mattifier Face Powder to patches prone to sweat or oiliness.
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 This Works Skin Deep Golden Elixir – a skin-enhancing serum comprising 24-karat gold for sheen without stickiness. Follow up with French Girl Organics’ Lumière Shimmer Oil, packed with hydrating camellia and argan oils, varying the shade according to your coloring. 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.
Super-boost your blush
If you’re sunburnt, you may want to sit this one out but, if not, 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. Ilia Multi-Stick in At Last is the perfect tawny pink with a hint of berry and, 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.