HELLO SUNSHINE: beauty essentials for holiday living
Keep calm and carry on with these essentials for a summer beauty regimen that’s fuss-free and fabulous, says Megan Bedford.
Adding another step to a makeup routine in the midst of summer can seem arduous, but if you’re heading somewhere special and want your make-up to come along (preferably on your face), adopting a primer as a base layer is a smart move. A good one will smooth and flatter, keeping everything where it should be, and making anything worn on top look even better than it would alone.
At the end of the day, your priority should be rehydrating your skin. Cleanse with a light gel or oil cleanser and then apply a serum or mask loaded with hyaluronic acid, each molecule of which can retain 1000 times its weight in water. Popping a single-use sheet mask in the fridge for a few minutes before applying is a quick trick to cool and calm skin that’s had too much sun exposure.
Despite this season’s glut of new foundations that tend to be of the full-coverage variety, ingredient innovations have made them very fluid and lightweight, with a little going a long way. It means if you’re wanting to retain your usual level of camouflage in the heat, skin won’t feel suffocated. Using a damp sponge to apply can create an even thinner layer that looks impeccably fresh and feels barely there.
Even more useful are lighter
BB creams that combine a number of benefits in one product, so skin prep is uncomplicated. Look for ones that combine a high SPF
(30+ or above) as well as skin-boosting hydration and anti-ageing ingredients.
Another innovation allowing us to do away with intensive make-up routines are lightweight bronzing fluids and serums. After moisturising, apply sparingly with your fingers and blend well – you’ll be rewarded with skin that looks even-toned, radiant and warm.