By Zoë Huxford.
It can be hard to look and feel your best when you’re (literally) sweating your face off. It’s frustrating getting ready for the day, only to feel your make-up sliding around by 11am. In the heat, nobody wants much on anyway, especially if it’s not going to last.
Here are our top 5 summer beauty essentials that will keep you picture perfect all day.
Foundation – Technically this isn’t really a foundation, but Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint aptly named - perfect for summer. It’ll make you feel like you have something on to even out skin tone or cover up blemishes, but not so much that it’s uncomfortable or god forbid, cakey. For anyone who wants just a bit more coverage from their foundation, you can’t go wrong with NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation.
SPF – This one is non-negotiable. We all know what sun damage can do, and how inevitable it is if you don’t wear SPF! We’re also the first to admit how absolutely horrid lotions can feel - which is why we love Tarte’s TarteGuard sunscreen powder SPF30. It’s a powder, so there’s no waiting for anything to sink in, and it’s transparent, so just swipe it on top of your makeup and that’s it. It’s that easy..
Lipstick – There will never be a time here at Voir where the bold lip is not championed. Dare to be different! The secret reason we love this look so much, is that if you wear a bright lip, you don’t have to wear that much else. Basically, it’s easy to trick people into thinking you’re wearing more than you are. We recommend a bare face, brushed up brows and a good red lip. If you want to test the waters, then go for Kate Moss’ collection with Rimmel in #1. If you’re after another one to add to the collection, then go for Charlotte Tilbury in ‘Carpet Red’.
Highlighter and Bronzer – The second-best thing to being a bronzed glowing goddess is looking like one. Choosing a highlighter or a bronzer just seemed impossible so we had to pick both and nowadays, it couldn’t be easier with the abundance of 2-in-1 palettes on the market. NYX do a fantastic one in various shades, so you can mix and blend to find your perfect shade. If you want to splurge a little, then Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate is the way to go. A little pricier, but make-up artists everywhere swear by this. (Hot-tip: blend some bronzer into the sockets of your eyes to bring the whole look together.)
Cleansing Oil – We’re just as passionate about making sure you remove all the built-up-over-the-day-nasties off your face as we are making sure you look fab in the first place. Sulkin’s cleansing oil is pretty much everything free – parabens, sulphates, fragrance, the list goes on. This essentially means that it makes for happy skin (even sensitive!) but doesn’t compromise on effectiveness. This stuff works.
Artwork by Sasha Green