I love summer. The longer days. Parties. People just seem happier when it’s sunny (or maybe that’s just me).
What’s not so hot is foundation melting off, smeared liner and smudged lips.
Here are 11 of my top tips for summer.
1. Cleanse your skin properly
Asian skincare is huge right now, and one of the best techniques to come from it is the Double Cleansing Method.
Start off with an oil cleanser which will melt off your makeup, SPF, dirt and oils that have built up on your skin. I’m currently obsessed with the Muji Oil Cleansing for sensitive skin.
Follow it up with a water based cleanser. I love Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – just add some onto a cotton pad and wipe all traces of oil and dirt off.
2. Incorporate oils into your routine
The summer sun can cause skin to feel dry and dehydrated pretty quickly, so moisturising is a step I never miss.
I love using skin oils as part of my moisturising routine – either alone or by adding a few drops into my normal moisturiser. You don’t need much – 2 or 3 drops will do your whole face. If you don’t want to use an oil during the day just add a few drops into your night cream (and yes, we all should be using a night cream, but that’s a post for another day).
Here’s some suggestions for different skin conditions
Acne prone skin – Marula oil
Dry skin – Argan Oil
Oily skin – Grapeseed oil
Damaged skin – Blackcurrant oil
3. Use a hydration serum
I’ve been testing out Sukin Purely Ageless Botanical Hydration Booster for the last few weeks and I’m impressed. Less is definitely more – I rub 2 drops into my face and neck and follow with my moisturiser. Any more than this and I start to resemble an oil slick.
4. Use sunscreen every day!
Speak to any dermatologist and they’ll tell you that the number one thing you can do to help the health of your skin is to use sun protection.
There are 2 types of sun protection – chemical or physical. A chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV radiation, and a physical sunscreen blocks the UV radiation.
Even if you are using skincare products that contain SPF it’s always best to use a stand alone product if you are going to be outside.
SPF can cause flashback, so if you are going anywhere there might be flash photography make sure you let your makeup artist know so the right products can be used.
5. Use a primer
5. Use less productsSummer is all about gorgeous, natural, glowing skin. Find a light coverage foundation, a BB cream, or tinted moisturiser that you love. The aim is to have a ‘your skin but better’ look, so if you want to stop your makeup from creasing in the heat leave the heavier foundations for the cooler weather. You can use a concealer anywhere you might need to cover a blemish (look for a concealer that matches your skin color)
6. Grab your bronzer
7. Add some blushBlush is basically a magic product that can make you look instantly younger and healthier. Sweep a small amount of powder blush on the apples of your cheeks. Use a tiny amount and build up to the right amount of coverage, and don’t forget to blend the edges up, and out and along the cheekbones.
8. Eye primer
9. Bright eyes
If there’s a time for experimenting with bright colors it’s summer. When I’m talking to clients I often get them to choose a color that they are drawn to, but wouldn’t normally wear, and just give it a go. It’s amazing how the right bright pink lip can brighten the face, or a gorgeous red can enhance your eyes.Leave the matte lipsticks at home, and opt for a more hydrating formula. To get a more natural looking application just tap the lipstick on your lips using a finger, blot and repeat until you get the intensity you want.