Beauty Tips & InspirationHello Sunshine! How to summer-ise your beauty routine
Summer-ise your beauty routine
Gilly Ferguson

Get ready for the summer – these are the 20 beauty items you really must have as the weather warms up…

Looking for a quick payday perk-me-up? Buckle up. For nothing will fast-track that feel-good feeling quite like these 20 (summer essential) beauty buys.

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

Shades of summer:
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
Givenchy Khôl Couture Waterproof Retractable Eyeliner, 04 Cobalt
Hazel eyes: Cobalt
Coral Tips

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

Dior Vernis - Summer Dune Collection Limited Edition, 648 Mirage
Gucci Vernis À Ongles Nail Polish, 414 Peggy Sunburn
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.

Pai The Impossible Glow Hyaluronic Acid & Sea Kelp Bronzing Drops, 30ml

Add to your daily moisturiser for a radiance boost, or solo across cheeks for a deep beach bronze and skin that sings.

Lancôme Idole Ultra Wear Highlighter Stick, 02 Intense Gold
A swash across cheekbones, decolletage, nose, or even knee caps will bring a sprinkle of jet-set glow.
Gucci Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil Powder, 02
What’s the difference between powder and liquid makeup? It’s a personal preference, but those with oily/combination skin types may prefer the mattifying, long-lasting fix-appeal of Gucci’s envy-inducing bronzing powder.
Benefit Eye Beam Gel Highlighter For Eyes & Face, 10ml
It’s like a holiday for your face. Crease-proof, weightless and long-lasting (8hrs), it’ll erase exhausted eyes in a flash. Dot and blend onto inner corners of eyes, brow bones and cheekbones.
Smells of summer:
Best Summer Perfumes

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 (it’ll last longer), if you’re looking for the best summer perfume, look no further.

Gucci The Alchemist's Garden The Last Day of Summer Eau de Parfum, 100ml

Not a summer person? This is awkward. Before you go, at least bookmark this EDP from Gucci. It just might change your mind…

Maison Margiela Beach Walk Eau de Toilette, 30ml
Concocted to capture the carefree bliss of a summer’s day on the beach, with notes of lemon, ylang ylang and coconut milk. One for fans of the fresh/floral fragrance family.
TOM FORD Eau De Soleil Blanc, 100ml
Bright, crisp and drenched with sparkling citrus, this one is for days when you want to feel more joyful – with a floral amber signature (said to boost confidence, and power). A warm and sensuous summer scent.
Dolce & Gabbana Fruit Collection Lemon Eau de Toilette, 150ml

If you prefer to think of your perfume as a piece of clothing, this EDP embodies  the very best of summer dressing. Think high energy, zesty print sundresses – ideally worn on the Sicilian coast, but also Norfolk. Part of the fruity/fresh fragrance family, with notes of lemon (shocker), ginger and bergamot. 

Best Summer Body Care

If you really want to enjoy summer, then 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, this 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 this. Deploy first thing for a joyful mood boost, or to jolt yourself out of a late PM heat slump.
OUAI Wave Spray, Travel Size, 30ml

Like a dip in the ocean while staying dry. Mist this onto damp or dry hair for a beachy feel (with or without the beach), or hit the roots for extra volume. Suits all hair types and temperaments.

Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm, 100ml

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

TOM FORD Soleil Brûlant Shimmering Body Oil, 100ml

Destination: dewy. Laced with the scent of Soleil Brulant, this delivers gorgeously gleaming ‘lit-from-within’ skin.

Diptyque Summer Citronnelle & Geranium Body Spray Limited Edition, 100ml

Combining pleasure and practicality, this is a one-of-a-kind scented mosquito repellent. Blending lively, aromatic notes of lemongrass, neroli and eucalyptus this fresh-but-floral body spray smells incredible, and keeps mozzies at bay.

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