The sun’s shining and holiday season is edging nearer – and it's time to update your make-up bag with summer-friendly products...
1. Swap your foundation for a CC cream
“In winter, a full coverage foundation is a bit like a comfort blanket, helping to completely conceal blemishes and mask sallow skin. But come summer, it can look and feel too heavy,” says make-up artist Caroline Barnes. The solution? “Swap your foundation for a CC cream or stick. Not only do they have a lighter consistency, allowing skin to breathe, but you can also choose the specific colour to combat your exact problem; apply only in that area, and leave the rest of your skin clean.” To reduce redness, choose a green-tinted CC cream, to combat purple undertones (particularly good for under the eyes), choose a yellow tinted CC cream, and to boost brightness, choose a purple tinted cream.
Colour Corrector CC Sticks, £8.99 each, Max Factor (available nationwide)
2. Swap your cream shadow for a powder shadow
“Cream eyeshadows blend beautifully, but in heat they tend to slip and crease,” says Barnes. For longer lasting eye shadow, “choose a powder shadow, or prime the eyelid first with a shadow primer.” The hottest shades for summer? Bright aqua blue, as seen at Anna Sui, or a softly shimmering lilac, as seen at Holly Fulton.
Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £16, Urban Decay (debenhams.com)
5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Lagoon, £40, Dior (houseoffraser.co.uk)
Glam Eyes Mon Eye Shadow in Plum Romance, £4.99, Rimmel London (available nationwide)
3. Swap your pink blush for a peach blush
A strong pink blush works a treat at perking up pale pallid winter skin, but can jar against a tan. Instead, “choose a blusher with peachy tones,” suggests Barnes. “It’ll look softer against darker skin, emphasising a tan rather than working against it.” For an added summer glow, choose a blush with a subtle shimmer running through it. Apply on the apple of your cheeks, then blend up towards your temples.
Pure Colour Blush in Peach Passion, £25, Estee Lauder (debenhams.com)