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Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert3 years ago
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With summer plans stacking up — if you need us, we'll be sampling the cocktails of every rooftop bar in London — now’s the time to rediscover your love of {make up}. There's no shortage of {trends} for you to try out, and there's certainly plenty of new releases to sate your appetite for a new make up wardrobe...

With everything from glimmering shadows to brow-laminating gels and shine-defying bases, allow us to introduce you to the formulas you'll be falling for (otherwise known as the Hot Girl Summer essentials...):


As striking by day as they are by night, adorn your eyes with the high-performance and ethereal-looking colour of Urban Decay’s {24/7 Eyeshadow Mono Moondusts}. Supercharged with super-fine shimmer, each vegan and cruelty-free hue boasts an addictively creamy texture that effortlessly glides onto skin, treating it to brightening caffeine in the process (tired eyes, begone!).


Freeing up valuable space in your tote, VIEVE's exclusive {Lip Dew} comforts and softens dry lips, all while casting a non-sticky, reflective sheen to rival your go-to lip lacquer. Powered by good-to-skin ingredients, the nourishing formula is infused with raspberry seed oil extract (a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient) and detoxifying green tea extract, which's known to soothe dryness and soften chapped lips.


Parrying both sun damage and look-melting heat, Charlotte Tilbury's {Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer} protects, hydrates and primes skin, leaving it well-equipped to face the day. Boasting a weightless and satiny-smooth texture and filter-like finish, this fragrance-free formula features SPF 50, and a proprietary pollution defence complex to neutralise the effects of environmental aggressors. Apply before make up and pat yourself on your back for protecting your skin!


Whether you want to go BIG with blush or simply create a fresh-faced flush, there's no better option than Anastasia Beverly Hills' {Stick Blush}. Complete with a brush for on-the-go application, the buildable and blendable formula glides over skin with ease, bestowing long-lasting, soft-focus colour. Available in five naturally flattering shades, this ultra-lightweight cream melts into skin to create a radiant and seamless finish.


Put the soap away, {PATRICK TA} has made it oh-so-easy to get a laminated brow look from home — without turning to household cleaning supplies. Coming in a malleable, tacky texture that can be moulded and pressed into shape, the {Major Brow Lamination Gel} coats each strand to give an impeccably styled, fluffed-up look.


It's 2021; filler shades in eyeshadow palettes shouldn't be a thing anymore. Allowing you to express your creativity and personal style by curating your own colour story, Hourglass' Curator Collection features three refillable and recyclable {palettes} — each consciously crafted from tin and recycled plastic — and the vegan, pressed powder {Curator Eyeshadow}. With 40 shades, spanning from everyday neutrals to bold brights and everything in-between, as well as matte, satin, metallic and shimmer finishes, you have endless combinations to choose from!


A godsend for oily skin types, Laura Mercier's {Tinted Moisturiser Oil Free Natural Skin Perfector} delivers soft-focus, sheer coverage and a delicious demi-matte finish that looks just like real skin. Providing hardcore shine control without drying your skin, it's infused with oil-absorbing powders as well as broad-spectrum SPF 20, to keep your base at its best.


A sunny week’s holiday in a (seriously pretty) gold and ballet pink palette, Jouer's {Sunswept Bronzer Duo} unites two complementary shades of velvety, oh-so-subtle, satin-finish bronzer in three shade options to match and flatter your natural skin tone. The light-to-medium option contains soft tan ‘Sunlight’ and neutral tan ‘Suntan’, while the medium-to-deep version unites golden honey ‘Sunkissed’ and rich terracotta ‘Sunset’ hues, and the deep-to-dark option holds rich cocoa 'Sungaze' and warm cappuccino 'Sunglow'.

Bethan Robinson
Writer and expert
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Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.