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Verity Douglas
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Nothing says ‘summer’ like treating yourself to a make up-bag overhaul (amiright?). Wherever your destined, equipped with these bronzing, illuminating, dew-boosting and face-fixing heroes, it's easy to seamlessly flit from the beach to the bar. Now, did someone say... rosé?

summer make up essentials

Perfect for pared-back enhancement, Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Bronze Color in shade ‘Bondi Bae’ is the ultimate does-it-all stick when your handbag is crammed to capacity... Skin-friendly pigment for lips, cheeks and lids, this frees up much-coveted space in your beach bag while lending an effortless, monochrome look.

Working with your skin, not over it, Westman Atelier’s Vital Skincare Complexion Drops unify tone while bestowing a natural glow. Perfect for ‘freeing the freckle’, this featherlight base celebrates your uniqueness while cherishing skin with a buffet of serum-strength extracts — including revitalising tsubaki oil, ginseng and pomegranate — to dial up the brightness while lending a luminous, ‘peekaboo’ finish. Think: your skin, just dewier.

Diffusing with ease for the ultimate flush, Tower 28 Beauty’s BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm comes in six summery shades — from coral to deep, juicy berry — to offer a fresh, dewy finish. A blush that looks just like your cheeks made it, blend with your fingers then pat the excess over lips for a subtle just-finished-an-ice-lolly stain.

Great for foundation-free days, KOSAS’ Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer plumps, illuminates and counteracts shadows to lend a fresh, well-slept effect. Great when your days-at-the-beach turn to nights-on-the tiles, reach for this nearly-bare beauty to quickly detract from the impact of too little shut-eye (what hangover?).

The secret to lit-from-within skin, Saie’s Glowy Super Gel has a water-based formula that melts to deliver unparalleled radiance. Loaded with skin-loving extracts — including papaya and vitamin C — this lends the most flattering, ‘soft focus’ glow while delivering long-lasting brightening benefits. Great under make up, mixed into moisturiser or dabbed along cheek, brow and collarbones, this multi-tasking must-have is the key to making every hour ‘Golden Hour’.

It wouldn’t be summer without a new lip gloss, and Vieve’s Lip Dew is the ultimate, non-sticky option for those who crave colour with lacquer-like impact. Beautifully buttery and brimming with lip-conditioning raspberry seed oil and softening green tea, this leaves your lips gorgeously glossy and kissably comfortable.

Amp up the impact with Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish: Divine Glow Highlighter — a gel-powder highlight with crystalline pigments to grant an ethereal, scene-stealing gleam. Stunning when swept along cheekbones, this also looks great on your shoulders, shins, cupid’s bow... anywhere you think deserves attention.

Matte but not flat, set your make up in place as you counteract shine with Huda Beauty’s finely milled, flashback-free Easy Bake Loose Powder. In a spectrum of shades, this ultra-light veil has a silky consistency — lending a ‘soft focus’ finish and quickly refreshing your handiwork. Dust over your T-zone to quickly absorb excess oil, or sweep over your cream-based concealer and contour then leave it to ‘bake’ for the ultimate, long-wearing base.


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...