Hair & Makeup

Master Summer Makeup With These 5 Easy Hacks

Summer calls for a modern spin on fresh-faced beauty. Here, SUZANNE SCOTT shares the hottest makeup tweaks to take on board


Slick on a lip oil

If you love wearing lipstick, there’s no reason to give it up in summer – just swap to a matte formula for longevity instead. Alternatively, a lip oil delivers a texture that looks more beautiful as your skin becomes warmer, and also requires significantly less maintenance. Renowned makeup artist Gucci Westman, of Westman Atelier, always extolls the virtues of oils because they’re more comfortable to wear and add texture without looking glossy. You can apply the oil straight from the applicator, but we prefer to dab it onto lips with a fingertip, so it looks softer. Afterwards, pat any excess over the tops of your cheeks to use as a makeshift highlight.

Upgrade your bronzer

Until now, bronzer has been divisive: either you can’t go a day without it, or you avoid it at all costs because it either looks too obvious or accentuates every imperfection. Yet, it’s hard not to fall in love with the new generation of bronzers. Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Bronzer, for example, lands somewhere between a powder and a cream, so it almost melts into your skin. This new style of formula is best applied with fingers, and it’s worth noting that the more you massage it in, the more seamless and natural it will appear.

If you’re still wary, just apply bronzer to the bridge of your nose and blend out. This timeless makeup-artist trick makes skin look like it’s picked up a natural, light tan that’s radiant enough to go makeup-free.

Introduce a shot of color

Color looks incredible against a backdrop of sunshine and blue skies, and your injection could come from a fuchsia-belted Staud dress or a flash of color on your lips or eyes. Orange is essentially a summer neutral, and it looks beautiful worn on lips, cheeks or lids. It’s also one of those colors that compliments all skin tones, with peaches for pale skin or terracotta for dark tones. Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick in Agatha Orange is particularly versatile – wear it on your lips straight from the bullet for something bold, pat onto the apples of cheeks to add warmth to your skin, or apply it along your lash line with a fine liner brush – Rae Morris Jishaku 13 Vegan Deluxe Eyeliner Brush is ideal.

Add a touch of sparkle

There are no rules on vacation, especially when it comes to makeup. Now’s the time to be a bit more experimental, which means it’s perfectly acceptable to wear glitter and metallics. The trick to applying both is this: fine particles will give you a subtle finish only noticeable in direct light, while larger particles are more obvious. Additionally, if you want to create something on the subtle end of the spectrum, use a fingertip to apply glitter or shimmer. However, if you want the payoff to be bolder, apply it with a damp, dense makeup brush, such as Westman Atelier Eye Shadow Brush II.

Try a top-to-toe glow

Vacation makeup needn’t stop at your jawline – bring glowing, iridescent textures down onto your décolleté, arms and legs, too. If you have a favorite highlighter or bronzer, apply the same product to your collarbones and shins; Pai Skincare The Impossible Glow Bronzing Drops look beautiful on the body.

Meanwhile, oils, such as Costa Brazil Sol Sunlight Body Oil, not only add glow but can make your skin appear healthier, plumper and more hydrated, thanks to their ability to replace some of the moisture lost following a day in the sun. Try keeping oil in the refrigerator to provide cool relief to sun-warmed skin as you massage it in. Another great tip we’ve received from many a makeup artist is to apply an almost-clear balm to the chest, the front of your arms and down the front of your legs. It gives skin a natural sheen, and Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick in Lit is our go-to because it’s so easy to layer and blend in.


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