Beauty Tips & Inspiration

Summer-ise your beauty routine

Summer-ise your beauty routine
Gilly Ferguson,-Contributing Editor

The 20 beauty must-haves to stock up on now for instant summer feels – and how to make the sunny mood last

Keen to update your summer beauty routine? Looking for a quick payday perk-me-up? Nothing will fast-track the feel-goods quite like these – 2023’s top 20 sunny delights.

Deployed on Mondays, meh days or just days when you simply fancy an extra shot of greatness, these sunshine-bright, happy-hued, gorgeously golden, summer-smelling beauty scorchers will satisfy all your senses…

The hottest summer shades

Blue lines

There’s something about summer that has us looking for a new (more exciting) makeup mood. Cue: blue eyeliner. Playful. Fun. Easy. When it comes to sea-blue summer hues, the eyes have it. But which blue is for you?

Dior Diorshow On Stage Liner, 181 Satin Indigo
Blue eyes: Indigo
Gucci Stylo Contour Des Yeux Eye Khol Eyeliner Pencil, 06 Céleste
Green eyes: Cornflower
Charlotte Tilbury Eye Colour Magic Eyeliner Duo, Super Blue
Brown eyes: Navy
Hazel eyes: Cobalt

Coral tips

Synonymous with summer, nothing says ‘Hello heatwave!’ quite like a coral-coloured mani/pedi.

Hot metals

The best bronzer/highlighter double acts give GREAT resting beach face. Whether you’re a fraught ‘dip my face in and pray for miracles’ type or have a 12-step contouring plan, nothing will turn your getting-ready routine around in record time quite like these beauties.

Buildable, blendable and deliciously decadent, NARS’ new cream bronzer delivers instant sun-kissed colour, with a side of silk.

For warm, sun-soaked skin, swipe this heavenly Gucci ‘golden hour’ glow across cheekbones, décolletage, nose and knee caps.
Yours for a wash of mid-winter colour, this double-duty liquid bronzer is light enough to wear on hot sticky summer days too.
Crease-proof, weightless and long-lasting (eight hours) – dot and blend onto inner corners of eyes, brow bones and cheekbones.

The most gorgeous summer scents

Proof that lazy beach days, freshly cut grass, sandy toes and that golden hour haze can be bottled, these fragrances will instantly transport you to the shore. Best sprayed on pulse points and clothing in hot weather (longer-lasting), if you’re after for the ultimate summer perfume, look no further.

Capturing the carefree bliss of a summer’s day on the beach, with notes of lemon, ylang ylang and coconut milk – for fans of the fresh/floral fragrance family.

Designed to capture how summer feels, Ilio is drenched with fresh, juicy notes of prickly pear, lively bergamot and softening white jasmine ‘to make the sun shine even brighter’.
TOM FORD Eau De Soleil Blanc, 100ml
Bright, crisp and soaked in sparkling citrus with a floral amber signature (said to boost confidence and power). A warm and sensuous summer scent.

Not a summer person? Before you go, do bookmark this. Packed with earthy patchouli, vetiver and nutmeg to invoke summertime nostalgia and the early hint of autumn, this is the one for you.

The very best summer body care

If you really want to shop summer like a pro, prolong it. Slot these beachy body care buys into your routine now and they’ll help to keep those summer feels strong, even when September sashays in.

Rituals The Ritual of Karma Body Scrub, 300g

Proof that not all superheros wear capes. With nourishing oils and sea minerals for super soft skin. Also doubles as a skin prep for self-tanning and – thanks to the oil base – will help to remove/improve fake tan disasters for a blotch-free bronze.

Le Labo Bergamote 22 Shower Gel, 237ml
Thanks to a freshly squeezed cocktail of grapefruit and orange blossom, nothing will awaken your summer senses quite like Bergamote 22. Deploy first thing for a joyful mood boost or to jolt yourself out of a late PM heat slump.

So summery you can almost taste it. Only don’t. Like the best summer body care buys, it glides on like a dream – cooling and soothing sun-dried, thirsty skin. Store it in the fridge to supercharge your senses.

Loaded with skin-soaking hyaluronic acid and monoi oil to nourish, this streak-free gelée gives endless summer feels and a natural-looking bronze 24/7/365.

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