Planning an escape to the sun? Whether its on our own beautiful shores or to some far flung location you need to re-think colour for lips, eyes and foundations.

Sunshine plays tricks with the light so you need to think ultra bright when it comes to cosmetics. Even if you are already sporting a tan from a bottle or a natural one, shades that you use throughout the year will look bland and can often be ageing in the bright sunshine.

So whether you’ve just returned from vacation and want to keep that bronzed glow alive, or are just about to head off for your well deserved break or want to look your best whilst having fun in the sun we’ve put together a selection of both new and best loved  products to brighten up your days in the sun.




Foundation wise too you need to change in the summer months unless you want to end up like a grease slick at your favourite outdoor event or at that poolside party. Go for one with long lasting staying power and an SPF factor.

Here’s our favourite staying power foundations with shades great for the summer

Estee Lauder Doublewear SPF10  in Fawn

Chanel Ultra Le Teint – BD51


MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15  – NC30



Bronzing Powder is a must item during the summer. Used instead of a blusher it highlights your features and brushed all over the face can give you a great glow. Both these products blend beautifully when your brush is swirled round the compact. The Sisley Product gives an amazing glow and is suitable for both summer and winter whilst the Stila Putty Blush is great as a dual product. whil Sensai Natural Veil is a natural looking powder with SPF20 and is water-resistant and brushed over foundation gives it ultra staying power.

Sisley-Phyto Touch Sun Glow Powder – Trio Peche Doree to enhance a fair skin & Trio Miel Cannelle for an olive skin

Stila Putty Blush and Bronzer Duo – Bronzed/Gerbera

Sensai Natural Veil Compact SPF 20



Waterproof eyeliner and mascara is a must for the warmer weather as even if you are no where near the beach or the pool sweat can make your eye makeup run. Opt for a waterproof mascara and eyeliner and use a powder eyeshadow. Eye brow colour move or smudge with sweat and water so use a topcoat to seal it that makes it waterproof

Lancome Monsieur Big – Waterproof and really gives a big volume

L’Oreal Perfect Slim -Waterproof Eyeliner in various shades stays put whatever

Fenty Beauty Longwear Flyliner  – Water resistant with its own fine brush. Great for packing

L’Oreal Longwear Waterproof Topcoat for the Brows wouldn’t be without it now.


Eyeshadow is best kept to neutral shades as a base with brown, taupe, gold and bronze or even a rose pink used for definition in the socket. We love to wear –

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Lumieres et Vibrations

Fenty Beauty Snap Shadow – True Neutrals

Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad – Rose Prism



Lips need not only colour but protection so a cream long lasting lipstick is the order of the day. Chose one that preferably contains vitamins and oils to protect the lips. If you are going bare-faced  then the brighter the colour the better.

L’Occitane Pressed Fruity Lipstick – Spring Sunrise (Main Picture)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Whipped Matte Liquid Lip – Love Forever

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer – Hot Cherry

MAC Love Me Lip Colour – Coffee and Cigs


SOS (Save Our Skins)

Must have products to pack and go with…

Biossance Squalane Hyaluronic Toning Mist refreshes, revitalises makeup, hydrates and moisturises day and night and on the go. Alcohol free formula cruelty free and vegan.

Sensai Bronzing Gel SPF 6

This tan-enhancing tinted gel will instantly veil skin in a sheer bronze colour for a subtle, sun-kissed glow with an even, natural and flawless, dewy finish. Looks so natural I was blown away by the effect of the Amber Bronze. The perfect thing for those who sensibly avoid the sun’srays to their face



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