Simple beauty fixes for a summer in the sun
Summer beauty should be easy, so we demand a lot of our products, expecting them to perform well and require little maintenance once applied.
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Luckily there are plenty of new solutions on offer to meet our exacting requirements, so there’s more time for enjoying the sun.
I want to top up my SPF over makeup
Daily sun protection is a prerequisite to keep skin healthier for longer and reapplication is key. It’s no longer okay to apply it once early in the morning and expect it to protect you all day, nor is it safe to rely solely on SPF in foundation. Thus the development of new ways to easily up your protection without disturbing your makeup. Use a traditional cream formula in the morning and try one of these later on in the day, as well as covering up and reaching for a hat.
bh loves: The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Face Mist SPF45, $64.95, Brush on Block SPF 30 Mineral sunscreen, $44, Skinsmiths Daily Defence Compact SPF 50+, $59, Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30, $62
I want to look sunkissed, (sans the sun)
Rely on your SPF and recreate the look of a post-Pacific getaway (even if you’re staying home!) with a hint of bronzer. Matte formulas devoid of shimmer are great for imperceptible everyday colour. Apply with a fluffy powder brush to areas that would naturally darken in the sun – think the bridge of the nose, across the top of the forehead and cheeks. To avoid a patchy result that catches in certain areas, try setting your foundation with a light dusting of translucent powder before applying. A touch of more radiant cream or powder bronzer sets off a tan when tapped in with fingers along cheekbones, temples, shoulders and collarbones.
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I want to feel confident baring my legs
There’s absolutely no suggestion you should feel the need to do anything more than pop on some shorts and head outdoors to feel confident. Enjoying yourself regardless is crucial. However, for some people it’s easier said than done, particularly if you’d like to cover visible veins or give your skin a touch of colour. Applying fake tan the day prior is useful and helps camouflage bruises and veins, but if you’re time poor a touch of body makeup is simple, and many remain waterproof and transfer free. A touch of body luminizer or subtly radiant body lotion, particularly down the shins can also create a leg-lengthening illusion.
I want to master an easy pop of colour
Look pretty, rather than painted, by choosing new textures designed to be applied quickly with attached applicators or your fingers. Cream, gels, balms and tints melt seamlessly into skin, enhancing your au natural look without requiring any expertise or ongoing surveillance, so you can get on with clinking drinks or readjusting the sun umbrella. A tinted balm with added SPF is the MVP or summer colour.
bh loves: Shiseido UV Lip Color Splash SPF42 in Miami Pink, $36, Revlon Kiss Cloud Blotted Lip Colour, $22, Well People Nudist Multi-Use Cream in Creamy Rose, $38, Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush, $70
I need to revive my skin and hair after too much sun
In general parched post-beach skin need the equivalent of a long, cool drink too. If it’s looking a bit pink calm quickly with an aloe gel. The soothing effect is glorious but they can have a hefty alcohol content so follow up with a buttery body cream to lock in hydration.
If you just want to soften up, choose a silky body oil that’s feather-light and dry to touch in a flash and use after your shower. Hair too, becomes dry and brittle with too much sun exposure, Like a lip balm for your hair, apply a leave-in moisturizing treatment focusing on the ends to nourish and add shine.
bh loves: L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Nutrifier Dryness Defense (DD) Balm, $19, Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Body Oil, $99, Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment, $38, Nivea Soft Mix set of 4 tubs, $12.99, Bondi Sands Aloe Vera After Sun Cooling Gel, $13.99
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I want eye makeup that won't budge in the heat
Waterproof makeup doesn't just mean products that won't wash away when you dive into the pool or under a wave. They are also indispensable during those hot and sticky summer days where you do everything you usually do and still your cosmetics seem to bid you adieu by lunch, or worse, smudged panda-like around your eyes. New releases seem to have concentrated not only on staying power but in the intensity of colour, so you’re not getting a
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* Which beauty products make life esier for you in summer?