How to achieve refreshed, dewy summer skin

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After what seems like endless rain and cold, warmer weather is finally on its way! That means short shorts, travelling and skin recovering from months of dryer-than-dry air. Make-up wise, nothing says a fresh face more than natural, glowing skin and vivid colours. This summer, it’s all about getting lighter and brighter.

It’s time to say goodbye to heavy foundations and let your skin breathe with Shu Uemura’s lightweight BB Under Base Mousse with an SPF of 30. Like tinted moisturisers but with more skin benefits, BB creams give light, natural looking coverage and sun protection. If you’re not ready to let foundation go and want a little more coverage- try a thin layer of Yves Saint Laurent’s Teint Touche Éclat over La Roche Posay’s mattifying Anthelios Face Fluid in SPF 30 for a luminous, delicate finish.

To breathe a bit of life into pallid post-winter complexions, RMS lip to cheek in Demure or Beloved is hydrating, goes on smoothly and is just the right splash of creamy colour. For oilier skin, try a powder blush like Chanel’s Joues Contraste or a cult cheek stain like Benefit’s original sheer rose-tinted Benetint which gives a healthy, dewy glow that lasts all day.

When it comes to eyes, lay off the thick, dark eyeliner and opt for the subtler yet effective tight-lining. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Liquid Eyeliner has a thin brush that makes getting between the lashes easy and is absolutely smudge, heat and sweat proof. Nothing makes you look more tired than a thick line of eyeliner on your bottom lash line, so really open up the eyes by leaving it bare and focusing only on the top. Curl lashes with an eyelash curler (Shu Uemura is much celebrated and for good reason) before applying a few layers of your favourite mascara.

On the lips, there’s no time like summer for bright, vibrant colours. Whether it’s orange or pink, now is the time to get creative with your pout. Instead of dark, matte lips, try something like Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioners in Dizzy or Shell Shock for a sheer splash of colour. Full of nourishing organic ingredients like Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Rose-Hip Oils, it will keeps your lips smooth and flawless. As a bonus, it’s also free from the synthetic fragrances and parabens found in many commercial lip colours.

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