Everything gets easier in summer: the days are longer, the pressure lifts and life slows down a little. Getting ready in the morning no longer means layering up in tights and boots – and since you’ve got a little extra time to play with, it’s just the right moment to get experimental with your makeup.
If you’ve spent most of your life layering on multiple coats of concealer and base to achieve a flawless finish, it’s time to put your brush down. This summer, a smattering of freckles across your nose and cheeks is the ultimate contrast to a glowing tan – but if you’re not naturally freckled, there’s no need to worry. Fake freckles are ALL the rage – and they’re so easy to do!
Just smooth out your skin with your favourite primer (we love #Insta Flawless Skin Tint Primer, £6.99), then arm yourself with a brown kohl eyeliner and get creative. Try to vary the size and spacing of the freckles to make them look as natural as possible – then dust over a shimmery bronzer and you’re good to go!
Ditch the smoky eye and thickened lashes of winter, and instead draw attention to your eyes with the addition of a hyper-coloured liner. This high-impact look is way easier to nail than it seems – just grab aMagnif’Eyes Double-Ended Shadow + Liner, £6.99, and run the vivid blue shade across your upper lash line.
You can keep it crisp and cool by stopping there, or amp up the drama by bringing it down into the inner corner of your eye in a point. It’ll contrast perfectly with a simple pair of denim shorts and a white top – or try the colour-blocking trend by throwing on a bright orange shift dress.
HOT TIP: To take this look into the late hours: flick your eyeliner pen around, and smudge the grey shadow under your lower lash-line. Sultry – and simple!
Bold brow, nude lip
Our favourite thing about summer makeup is the sheer textures and softer approach. But don’t think a nearly-nude face is less striking, as it’s all about enhancing your natural features. One of our go-to summer catwalk trends laid all the emphasis on brows, leaving everything else, including the lips, looking simple and flawless. Just slick on a nude lip like Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick in Better & Brighter, £6.49, layer on Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99, and turn your attention to your arches.
To master this look, you’re going to need to give your brows some love. Arm yourself with Rimmel Professional Eye Brow Pencil, £2.99, and thicken them up, lengthening the outer tip of the brow to enhance the drama. With three great hues to choose from, it doesn’t matter what colour your hair is – there’s the perfect colour match for you.
Once you’ve got a shape you love, it’s time to find your light. Deploy your secret arch-shaping weapon: the Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil, £4.99. Bring light and shape to your brows by tracing the pencil under your arch, paying special attention to the highest point of the brow.
Which of these trends will you be debuting in the sun this summer? Find out how to ace warm-weather makeup.