Summer Beauty Essentials

London's burning - it's a gazillion degrees and Team CB are practically dissolving at their desks. Luckily, we're equipped with an arsenal of spritzes and make up fixes to make sure we look cool despite the ever-rising mercury.

A priming potion that protects means fewer, skin-suffocating layers as temperatures begin to soar. Emma Hardie's {Protect & Prime SPF30} lends clean skin a light-reflective, antioxidant-rich veil to blur the visibility of imperfections, minimise pores and ward against free radical attack. The inclusion of a broad spectrum sunscreen means your skin is safe from UVA and UVB rays (without a chalky film). Perfect for scorching summer days.

A lightweight, skin-perfecting base is crucial. Apply gel or liquid foundation quite sparingly, blending with your fingertips for a beautiful, lit-from-within finish - sunlight can be pretty unforgiving, so forgo heavy powders or full coverage formulas. Pixi's {Illuminating Tint & Conceal} is virtually weightless, and practically melts into skin for a soft focus effect. The concealer is contained within the lid for touch-ups on your travels.

Set everything with a refreshing (cooling) spritz. Pixi's {Make Up Fixing Mist} enhances the longevity of your make up, and is rich in skin-soothing and softening ingredients to keep your complexion content. Caudalie's {Beauty Elixir} smells heavenly and feels like a summer breeze - even when its stifling. Pop the travel size in your handbag to create an oasis of calm when there's underground chaos (*shudder*).

If things get er... sweaty, a light dusting of BECCA's invisible {Blotting Powder Perfector} will soak up shine without a trace. Complete with mirror and an applicator, it's sufficiently streamlined to slip in the daintiest clutch, to leave you looking cool as a cucumber when everyone around you is a hot mess #smug.

Make up-wise, become acquainted with a long-wear, multi-tasking stain. BECCA's water-based {Beach Tints} are colour-pop pigments for lips and cheeks, which won't slide off when you're sweating. Or try Jouer's {Cheek & Lip Tints} - available in a spectrum of shades, click two together to keep your options open, and take you from desk to dinner with ease. They're really creamy, easy to blend and incredibly durable.

And if you make it home after the commute from HELL, reach straight for Peter Thomas Roth's {Cucumber Ice Cubes} - they're brimming with skin-soothing ingredients, to calm inflammation, alleviate redness and can even take the sting out of sunburn if you're feeling frazzled. A summer essential, these are a godsend when you need to do a rapid turnaround post-work - cooling and revitalising hot and bothered faces in mere moments.