Ahh summer, it really is the best time of the year, isn’t it?
The days are longer, our skirts get shorter, and for the first time in months we’re finally letting our feet see the light. But our wardrobe isn’t the only thing that changes with the season: Call it the summertime effect, but when the cold weather is done and dusted for another year, it’s time to put our winter products to bed along with our coats and uggies.
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A new season invites a new beauty routine, and since summer is just around the bend, now is the perfect time to start using products that are synonymous with sunshine, sea and sand.
Welcome, your seasonal beauty overhaul awaits…
Ready, set, summer.
#1 LOVE YOUR LASHES
Steamy summer nights, unexpected afternoon downpours and sweaty beach sessions call for lash-enhancing, waterproof mascaras that promise to make your peepers pop without running, smudging or clumping. With just a smattering of freckles, big lashes are your best accessory in summer, so keep one of these on hand for impromptu, eye-popping touch-ups.
bh loves: Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara, essence STAYS No Matter What 24h Waterproof Volume Mascara, Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof
#2 STAY ROSY
Fewer beauty looks go better with summer than supple, radiant skin, and when it comes to humid weather, powder is not the answer. Unlike creams and gels that sink into the skin, powder will most likely just sit on the surface, cake up and crumble, or sweat right off. Lightweight and easy, cream blushes are the perfect way to beat the heat and add a touch of colour to your cheeks, lips and eyes for all-over sun-kissed prettiness.
#3 SOOTHE YOUR SKIN
Thanks to all-night-long electric blankets, heat-blasting air con, windy weather and pants round the clock, our skin needs a much richer, thicker and more nourishing moisturiser to see us through the winter months. But now that the shorts are on and the sun is out, your skin is taking a big, deep breath of fresh air. Put away those heavier lotions and break out your lightweight oils and creams to ensure your pins stay silky smooth all summer long. Slathering on the heavier stuff that’s designed to treat parched winter skin can be as uncomfortable as wearing a jumper in December, so look for products with ingredients like aloe and jojoba to see you through muggy summer days.
#4 ACE YOUR BASE
While you might not be into the full swing of summer just yet, you’re already starting to sport a natural glow. And since your complexion is likely to turn a couple of shades darker in the coming months, now is the best time to invest in a new foundation that will enhance your natural summer glow, not inhibit it.
While you’re going to want some coverage, these are the months to let your skin do it’s thing, so weightless, moisturising, and SPF-induced foundations or tinted moisturisers are your go-to pick this season.
bh loves: Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation SPF20, Clinique 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer, Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat, Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF 15
#5 STYLE YOUR MANE ATTRACTION
Right now, our hair is in a transition phase between winter – where it craved moisture and replenishment – and summer – which should see us struggling to combat frizz and humidity.
To prepare your locks for the onslaught of salt water, UV rays, chlorine and sweat, turn to the products that keep your hair looking gorgeous all season. Whether you’re looking to shield it from sun damage, halt humidity hair ‘mares or get some sexy sea breeze texture, these products will help you achieve perfect summer, swelter-proof styles.
bh loves: Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, Indola Innova Wonder Treatment, De Lorenzo AfterGLOW, ELEVEN Australia Sea Salt Texture Spray, John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray, Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask
#6 SIMPLIFY YOUR SCENT
Like the season itself, summer scents shouldn’t be too complicated. Swap your heavier, more brooding winter oud for a clean, crisp, fresh fragrance that’s synonymous with summer soirées and rooftop cocktail parties. As the temperatures rises, pair your summer maxi with one of these sophisticated and surprising scents.
bh loves: Marc Jacobs Mod Noir, Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino, Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose Eau de Parfum, Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance
#7 BRIGHTEN YOUR LIFE
The best thing about beauty is that while there are trends to love and tips to follow, nothing is out of bounds. And if ever there was a time to experiment with your look – it is now. You might love your nude lipstick and dark nail combo, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up every now and then. It’s a proven fact that brighter colours boost your mood, so this summer, be brave and go bold.
bh loves: Butter London Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer, Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipgloss in Solar Coral, Esteé Lauder Pure Color Envy SculptingLipstick in Impassioned, OPI in California Raspberry, Becca The Ultimate Colour Gloss in Flamingo, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia
What changes do you make to your beauty look in summer?