Summer is an exciting time for beauty, with a plethora of launches in everything from skin and haircare through to make-up. We pick our 5 favourite summer beauty staples…
Hourglass Veil Retouching Concealer
Veil Retouching Concealer, £25.00, HOURGLASS at spacenk.com
The first thing to know about this product is that it is not a standalone concealer when it comes to blemishes. It is sold as ‘your concealer’s new best friend,’ and that is exactly what it is. Added to your own existing make-up routine it makes your products pack that bit of extra punch; adding weightless illumination and brightness. I love it under my eyes as it hydrates and brightens without creasing. Basically, it does for your face what coffee does for your mind – need I say more?
Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm in Pink Glow
Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm in Pink Glow, £44.50, BOBBI BROWN at asos.com
This fab new illuminator is perfect for making bare summer skin that little bit more perfect. Available in three shades; I tested the Golden Glow as I like to give myself exactly that, especially now that the sun is finally out. I am a long-term fan of MAC’s strobe cream and this product has definite similarities but its texture allows it to be applied all over the face with the added bonus that it also moisturises. I am not yet brave enough to go out without foundation, but have found that it makes your foundation far more glowy – without turning you into an oil slick. Highly recommended.
Ouia Sun of a Beach Ombré Spray
Sun of a Beach Ombré Spray, £20.00 OUIA at selfridges.com
Remember the days of Sun-In — the pungent spray-in hair lightener that turned so many teenage heads yellow? Well, in the hands of Ouia think a reinvented, gorgeously scented summer spray that will freshen up blonde highlights and add warm copper tones to brunettes when activated by the sun (or hairdryer heat). With nourishing oils and a deliciously tropical scent, this is a sure winner for balmy days.
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder, £24.50, URBAN DECAY at fabled.com
Following on from their cult setting spray, Urban Decay have launched a powder that not only sets your make-up but also blurs imperfections and makes your foundation waterproof. Creating a matte finish, buff this over your foundation before applying your usual blusher or highlighter as it is entirely translucent. The magic of this powder is that allows the luminosity of your skin to shine through while literally locking the moisture out. I managed a run and a full day’s work without my make-up budging. Essential for a summer toolkit!
L’Oreal Paradise Eyeshadow Palette Cherry my Cheri
Paradise Eyeshadow Palette Cherry my Cheri, £14.99, L’OREAL at superdrug.com
This mouthwateringly scented palette has 16 shades from warm neutrals through to rich burgundies in both matte and shimmer finishes. The fruity fragrance really does bring out my inner-kid and the product itself doesn’t disappoint. L’Oreal products just get better and better and these eyeshadows emulate much pricier brands with their cream/powder fusion. A great summer gift if you can bear to part with it.
Have you a new summer beauty product that you can’t live without?