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.

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Skin sal­va­tion

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.

Lighten up

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.

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