Summer’s here, and it’s your time to shine!
From beachside adventures to garden parties, we all want to bask in the sunlight looking our best. However, achieving that natural summer glow requires the right beauty arsenal.
If you’re London based like me, you’ll know that we’ve not had the best summer weather-wise; however we’ve been promised there are still some sunny days ahead. And don’t forget there may still be some time to plan a last minute European break, where the temperatures are still scorching right through to October!
As a Personal Stylist in London with over ten years of prior experience in make-up and skincare consulting, I’m excited to reveal my top 5 make-up must-haves for summer 2023.
With a key focus on some very cool, ethically sourced products – say goodbye to heavy make-up and hello to products that capture the essence of the season and help you achieve that coveted sun-kissed, dewy look. I hope you enjoy browsing my Edit. Let’s dive in!
1) Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
First things first – the sun may give you a nice tan, but it’s definitely not your friend as far as skincare goes. As per NHS recommendations, your sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 makes for a perfect choice. Offering protection against UVA and UVB rays, it’s also enhanced with vitamin C and zinc oxide, both of which benefit your skin.
Choosing a mineral sunscreen is not only environmentally friendly but also ensures more protection compared to chemical options.
2) ARK Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
To achieve a radiant base, apply this hydrating primer before your foundation. This primer gives your skin a smooth and wrinkle-free texture with a luminous finish.
The winner of Beauty Shortlist Awards 2020, ARK Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer not only preps your skin for make-up application but also serves as a sunscreen and moisturiser all at once.
With hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and vitamin E, it keeps your skin nourished and hydrated, making this primer one of the best make-up products on the market to create that summer glow. Bonus: It’s vegan-friendly!
3) Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Foundation
After your primer has settled into your skin, it’s time for some summer foundation – and Estee Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Foundation does the job wonderfully.
It’s lightweight, breathable, and it makes your skin look fresh and healthy. With SPF, sweat and humidity resistance, it’s perfect for long summer days.
This product is available in 27 shades and is the 2022 winner of the Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards.
4) Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm
The Evercalm™ Overnight Recovery Balm by REN Clean Skincare is a powerful and regenerative balm designed to soothe and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep, ensuring you wake up with a radiant and refreshed complexion this summer.
This product is specifically formulated to address the needs of sensitive and reactive skin types, but it can be beneficial for all skin types seeking hydration and nourishment.
What’s more, this product is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and its packaging is recyclable.
5) Merit Beauty Bronze Balm
A beautiful summer look is not complete without a high-quality bronzer. The Merit Bronze Balm is buildable and easy to use, giving your face a natural warmth or additional depth, while keeping your skin hydrated all at once.
This cruelty-free, vegan product is available in multiple shades and can also be used to sculpt your features to achieve a more defined look.
To recap, the five summer make-up bag essentials in 2023 include a mineral sunscreen, a moisturising primer, a lightweight foundation, an overnight recovery balm, and a bronzer for a soft, glowing look.
If you’re feeling unsure about how to achieve your make-up and skin care ideals, as well as your style goals, please don’t hesitate to reach out, I’d love to hear from you. As a personal stylist in London and Surrey, I offer both virtual and face-to-face consultations.