One of our favourite parts about going on a summer holiday - aside from the sun, sea and sand, of course - is being able to ditch all the normal habits. You can have meals whenever you like, wear bikinis and floaty clothing all day long, forget that socks and shoes even exist, and trade up to sheerer makeup textures.
But you don’t have to go to far-flung places to relax your makeup routine. Even if you’re staying in your hometown this summer - or only going as far as the UK coast - this is how to ensure you’ll boast the same glow you’d get in the Caribbean.
1. Get the glow
The first step to looking sun-kissed is bronzing, and the only safe way to do it is by hitting the bottle. No need to lie out in the garden, risking burnt shoulders and a peeling nose. Tanning is easy with Rimmel’s SunShimmer range, which leaves you spoilt for tanning choice. If your legs are in need of a bit of colour immediately, rub SunShimmer Instant Tan, £6.99, into your skin. You can choose from a matte finish for day to day, or shimmer for a night out. It’s even water resistant, so it won’t start running at the first sign of rain.
If you want a tan with skincare benefits, get your glow from the SunShimmer Gradual Tan & Toning, £6.99, which gives you subtle, buildable colour and limbs that feel soft and supple. And, for anyone who doesn’t like to feel a trace of product on their skin, try the new SunShimmer In-Shower Self Tan, £9.99, which you apply in the shower and rinse before the golden hue develops.
To get a deeper tan, SunShimmer’s Self Tan Mousse, £7.99, is the product for you. The light, foam formula makes it really easy to apply without streaking, even if you’re a self tan novice.
2. Hit the pool
If you’ve got an outdoor pool near you, make like you’re in Ibiza and as soon as the sun shines, sling on your brightest bikini, grab your biggest towel and take up residence next to the water with your sunnies and a book.
Prep your face before getting in the water with Rimmel’s Volume Colourist Mascara, £7.99. Apply every day for two weeks and not only will you have long, luscious lashes to be proud of, but the clever formula tints your eyelashes, meaning that even when you’re not wearing makeup, your lashes will look black and glossy. So you can whip off your sunglasses and dive into that pool without worrying about streaky cheeks.
3. Lighten up
Summer means sheer, radiance-boosting layers of makeup for that dewy finish. For a base that pairs perfectly with your tan, apply Rimmel’s #Insta Flawless, £6.99, which gives a natural glow that looks great whether you’re on the beach or in the city. To amp up your summer colour, grab Rimmel’s SunShimmer Natural Bronzer, £5.99, and use a large brush to sweep the product across the high points of your face, where the sun tends to naturally hit.
Result? A bronzed and beautiful look that takes seconds to apply.
Want some more tips on picking the perfect self tan for your summer staycation? We’ve got you covered.