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Summer is great for many reasons: tinnies in the park, my newfound love for football, not having to wear many clothes, etc. But one area where summer can be a bit of a pain is when it comes to a beauty routine. What your skin loved in the colder months suddenly starts to feel greasy and cloying, and the heavier makeup that looks great by artificial light starts to look cakey in direct sunlight. Here are some products which make the transition to summer easier.

I know I say it a lot, but you really must be wearing a facial SPF come summertime. The Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield is totally brilliant (thin, quickly absorbed and highly protective) but pricey. If your purse strings are a little tighter, I point you in the direction of the equally brilliant, although slightly thicker Mad Hippie Facial SPF.

On top of these, a lighter and more glowy foundation is generally a good bet. Looking overly matte and made up in summer just never jives well. Two great base options are the Lancôme Skin Feels Good Foundation and the Juice Beauty CC Cream. They feel light, hydrating but never sticky or greasy, and help boost sun protection. The one downside is the colour range – both leave something to be desired. I like to spritz any base in summer to help it achieve maximum blended-ness. A new favourite is the Tula Urban Defence Mist, which is super hydrating without added too much extra sheen. It’s also great for sensitive (or, dare I say, sunburned) complexions.

Other makeup items I’ve been reaching for more often recently tend to be those of a creamy, melty, blendy variety. The Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes fit this bill perfectly, acting almost as a cheek stain to give the most natural summer flush. The Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera is another summer staple. It can be worn n eyes, lips and cheeks, has a wonderfully creamy but long-lasting formula, and the brick red shade looks sunkissed without ever seeming false.

On the brows, rather than a usual gel-with-a-wand, I’ve recently been favouring the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. The waxy formula looks natural because it adheres to hairs rather than the surrounding skin, but unlike other brows products, this one sticks around. In fact, no amount of putting on or taking off of sunglasses can make it smudge.

For lips, a more natural look seems to be key. I adore the new Lipstick Queen Girls Will Be Boys, another of their colour adjusting options that turns from pale grey to a matte, natural pinky mauve. It looks like no lipstick, if you lips were perfect in tone and shape. For a bit more pizazz, I highly recommend the (also new) Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath. It’s basically a clear lip gloss, but it’s one of the very best I’ve ever used.

Skincare-wise, keeping it light is essential. Even the “driest” of oils starts to feel like chip fat in direct sunlight. I’ve been loving two serums which fit the lightweight bill perfectly – the Indeed Labs Pepta Bright and the Body Shop Tea Tree Solution. The former is a brightener, which fades marks and hyper-pigmentation amazingly effectively (perfect for when you’re wanting a sheerer base). The latter is a surprisingly brilliant blemish fighter. It also reduces redness, adds a hint of hydration, and leaves the face slightly tacky, making it an ideal primer.

Finally, fragrance. Bucking all trends, I’ve been way into a summer musk. But these aren’t the heavier, sexier musks of winter – my top two are decidedly fresher and cleaner. A great cheapie is the Body Shop White Musk L’Eau, which adds pear, lily of the valley and rose to its signature musky aroma. A pricier but extremely delightful option is Terasse St. Germain from Parisian perfumers Jul et Mad. It’s musky, but also fruity thanks to its rhubarb and citrus notes, and floral thanks to the heavy hit of freesia.

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Featured image via Vogue Japan / Julia Noni

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