The idea that you can only wear a particular makeup look at a set time of year is garbage – if you want to wear a gothy burgundy lip in mid-January, you have my full support – but there is a change of mood that comes as the temperature rises. I’m off smoky eyes and perfected skin and into tinted moisturiser and freckles. Summer is for messy hair at the bar and smelling like sunscreen and coconut.
It’s also the ideal time of year to get among one of my favourite products: liquid highlighters. When the sun’s out, you might as well give it something to shine on.
When a makeup artist first pressed a (now discontinued) MAC liquid highlighter into my hand a few years ago, I was slightly terrified. Powder products go exactly where you put them and you can build up slowly. They’re familiar, whereas liquids tend to spread more and be a little less predictable.
The effect, though, is more than worth taking your time and figuring it out. Liquids sink into your skin better and never look cakey. When you’re wearing very little in the way of base makeup, they’re the absolute way to go. Put a little on the back of your hand, tap onto your cheekbone with a finger, and blend out with a fluffy brush. Too easy.
Along with its eyebrow products, this is one area where Benefit excels. It has a few shades, but Sun Beam, $49, is the way to go if you’re after a golden, bronze-y tone. Considering that many highlighters are pink-toned and not great on deeper skin, this is a winner. A little goes a long way.
Also worth considering – especially if you ask the whole internet – is Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, $70. Hyper-pigmented and made to be used alone or mixed into your foundation/moisturiser, these will do whatever you want them to. The brand makes eight shades, and while it’s not a cheap product, this will last you forever.
If liquids still seem a bit hard, but you like the vibe I’m describing, try RMS Beauty Champagne Rosé Lumineser, $60. It’s a coconut oil cream, and the rose-gold colour is hard to beat. Lovely.
Mecca Cosmetica’s Complexion Brush, $44, is just the right size and density for the job. Plus, it works beautifully with liquid foundations. A classic multi-tasker.
During the week I live off four to five hours of sleep a night. So on a perfect Sunday I’ll get a sleep-in. Once I’m up I’ll grab a cup of coffee then take a couple of hours to answer emails and do boring things like expenses. Later in the morning I’ll have a big Turkish breakfast with my parents. In Turkey all meals are humungous, but in particular we spend a lot of time on breakfast. My mum makes a full spread of shakshouka, fries, homemade jams, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber and Turkish tea. You end up in a food coma.
From day one my parents instilled a strong work ethic in me. We arrived in New Zealand on a Friday and I was in kindergarten by the Monday. Moving from Turkey to New Zealand was more difficult than my parents anticipated. We immigrated in 1997, my aunty was already living here and said it would be a great opportunity for us. My parents both graduated with finance degrees in Turkey and my mum was second in her year out of thousands of students. They were told there was a skills shortage here and finding a job would
Sundays see Ezel Kokcu catching up on a bit of paperwork and then enjoying a huge breakfast with her parents.