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It’s true; a new season doesn’t require a total makeup bag refresh, but as the weather gets warmer, it’s worth taking stock of your summer makeup staples and evaluating what else you might add, and what can be put away until autumn and beyond.
Put full coverage foundations and dense lipsticks on hiatus, and invest instead in products with smarter textures and a real-skin finish. Cream bronzer and gel or liquid blush can look fresher and more flattering than powder, and often come with skin-hydrating benefits, too. Lip tints, nourishing balms and juicy lip oils pull a look together just as much as a matte lipstick, but also supply moisture you can slick on throughout the day.
And on that note, it’s worth considering that when temperatures suddenly shoot up, anything you apply in the morning is unlikely to stay there all day. For the GH beauty desk (who generally prefer to reapply than load on seriously long-wear formulas in the heat) the best summer makeup products are quick and easy to use. Give us textures we can scribble, buff and blend with our fingers and we’re a very happy team.
So with low maintenance as our mantra, and an eye for the freshest and most flattering beauty looks, we’ve tried hundreds (yes, really) of this summer’s best new makeup products and found these are the summer makeup buys that’ll be in our bags this season. Scribble, buff, and blend this way…
Shop: Good Housekeeping beauty team’s summer makeup buys
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Voyeur Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
Beauty director Eve Cameron touts this as ‘the best eye pencil’ she’s ever used. ‘It glides on without dragging and offers enough playtime for smudging and softening. It can also be used for a crisp line – even a little flick – and then it stays put all day.’
Senior beauty editor Alexandra Friend has been wearing this juicy tinted lip oil on repeat. ‘It’s a colour and care hybrid, really – it looks lovely, and it feels like a wonderful cross between a balm and a gloss.’ Four shades give a pretty, lip-defining wash of translucent colour, and there’s a clear one too, for summer makeup that never looks overdone.
Alex is also leaning heavily on Jones Road’s Miracle Balm this summer, which ‘gives skin a pretty, outdoorsy flush’ as well as lending a healthy-looking gloss to the high points of the face. ‘Dig in deep and warm this up on your fingers before applying, and try across the bridge of your nose and even over your eyelids,’ she says. Try the shades Tawny, Sunkissed or Dusty Rose for an easy sun-flushed look.
Glow Naturale Glowing Nail Polish Duo
And on Alex’s nails? ‘My favourite summer pedicure is a bare-look one,’ she says. ‘Translucent varnish looks fresh and is more forgiving when it chips. This one is pink, healthy-looking and super-shiny. I won’t go back to colour any time soon.’
Bronze Show Velvet Matte Pressed Powder
Acting beauty editor Anna Lao-Kaim is pregnant, so doesn’t anticipate jetting off to the med anytime soon. Her answer? This bronzer. ‘Over self-tan, it completes my two weeks on the beach effect,’ she says. ‘It’s a plant-oil infused powder, so blends in quickly, and the peachy undertones add fatigue-fighting brightness.’
Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow
Beauty writer Phoebe Lee opts for cream eyeshadows come summer, and this is her new favourite. ‘It’s so beautifully creamy and offers the prettiest wash of colour over the lid. One layer lends a subtle daytime twinkle, or it can be built up to something more dramatic in the evening. The best part? They require no brushes or expert skill; just dab with a finger, blend gently, and go.’
Fresh Face Perfecting Concealer
Acting beauty ed Anna also relies on this bargain concealer as a finishing touch. The formula is full of hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, so if you’re prone to dry patches, this is less likely to cling to them. The texture is plush and serum-like, lending glow as well as light coverage.
Triple Precision Brow Definer
Anna’s final port of call for her low-key, low-effort summer makeup? This 3-in-1 brow product. It has a pencil, pen and spoolie brush to define and add subtle colour to brows, which frames the face and pulls a look together, pronto.
Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator SPF25
Beauty editor Fleur Fruzza calls this her ‘favourite hyaluronic acid-packed summer base.’ It’s an under the radar find from Clinique, which supplies a plush, juicy finish to skin, as well as a tiny amount of coverage to even out tone.
Solar Glow Universal Radiance Drops – Sunrise
Also in Fleur’s arsenal are these highlighter drops from Dolce&Gabbana Beauty. ‘When I’m not wearing foundation and want something super lightweight, these create a very natural-looking, luminous glow without shimmer.’
Nudies All Over Face Colour
‘When it comes to makeup, texture is key,’ says Fleur. ‘I find I’m always drawn to light, sheer formulations. I love these cream blushers for their barely-there finish.’
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