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How to create a summer makeup look

Summer is a season of colour, warmth and radiant beauty. It is the perfect time to update your make-up routine to incorporate the vibrancy of the season into a gorgeous look. This guide, carefully compiled by our Skins Experts, provides you with a detailed set of steps and product recommendations to create the ultimate summer make-up look. Whether you are a make-up artist, make-up lover or new to the world of cosmetics, this Skins Guide has all the information you need to shine this summer.

Summer make-up in 11 steps

A summer make-up look always starts with hydration, sun protection and a good primer. Then we choose a light foundation and bronzer to achieve that ultimate summer glow. We also tell you how to illuminate the eyes with colourful shades and highlight the lips with a subtle, moisturising lip shade. Discover our make-up tips and meet the best make-up brands for summer, including Laura Mercier, Rae Morris and Westman Atelier.

Step 1: A glowing base

Well-cared-for skin is the first step for any make-up look. A daily skincare routine is therefore essential, also during summer. Proper cleansing, serums and a moisturiser all contribute to a radiant base. During summer, however, you don't want to wear a moisturiser that is too rich, as it will make your make-up melt off faster. We therefore recommend the C.E.O Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C by Sunday Riley. This weightless gel cream enriched with vitamin C hydrates and brightens the skin.

Step 2: Prep, prime and protect

Wearing a protective UV factor is essential for your skin, even on a cloudy day or when you are indoors all day. After all, UV rays pass through windows and clouds. The transparent Vinosun High Protection Cream SPF 50 by Caudalie offers effective protection and feels light under make-up. To ensure your make-up stays on beautifully all day, we recommend the Pure Canvas Primer - Illuminating Transparent by Laura Mercier . The lightweight formula gives skin a nourished glow and creates a perfect canvas for your make-up.

Step 2: Prep, prime and protect

Wearing a protective UV factor is essential for your skin, even on a cloudy day or when you are indoors all day. After all, UV rays pass through windows and clouds. The transparent Vinosun High Protection Cream SPF 50 by Caudalie offers effective protection and feels light under make-up. To ensure your make-up stays on beautifully all day, we recommend the Pure Canvas Primer - Illuminating Transparent by Laura Mercier . The lightweight formula gives skin a nourished glow and creates a perfect canvas for your make-up.

Step 3: A lightweight foundation

In summer, you want a light, breathable foundation that makes your complexion glow. Try the Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier, Our favourite foundation in summer when it comes to light and natural coverage. The nourishing formula of this Tinted Moisturiser with tamarind extract and antioxidants helps to provide long-lasting hydration to the skin. In addition, it contains a broad-spectrum SPF 30 factor, so you are extra protected from all types of radiation.

Step 4: Eliminate unwanted shine

While a summer glow is wonderful, you may want to control unwanted shine, especially during the hot summer days. The Rae Morris Invisible Mattifier is essential here. This transparent product reduces shine and keeps the T-zone matte and fresh. The best thing about this product is that you can easily apply it with your fingers for quick touch-ups throughout the day. Sitting on the terrace and want to quickly get rid of shiny skin? Then this mattifier will come in handy.

Step 4: Eliminate unwanted shine

While a summer glow is wonderful, you may want to control unwanted shine, especially during the hot summer days. The Rae Morris Invisible Mattifier is essential here. This transparent product reduces shine and keeps the T-zone matte and fresh. The best thing about this product is that you can easily apply it with your fingers for quick touch-ups throughout the day. Sitting on the terrace and want to quickly get rid of shiny skin? Then this mattifier will come in handy.

Step 5: Wear a bronzer

Bronzer is the secret weapon to create a summer glow. The Bronzing Cream Laguna by Nars offers natural, long-lasting colour for a perfectly tanned complexion. Thanks to its cream texture, the formula is easy to apply with both fingers and a brush. Focus on the areas normally hit by the sun first: the bridge of the nose, cheekbones and the highest area of the forehead. This creates a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.

Step 6: Vibrant cheeks

For a real summer effect, we recommend the Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Petal. This blush stick is perfect for creating a colourful glow as if you spent all day outdoors. Apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks and lightly on the cheekbones for a lifting effect. The creamy formula creates rich colour and in addition, you can also use the blush stick to add a beautiful pink tint to your lips. This makes the blush a versatile addition to your summer make-up bag and on the go.

Skins Expert tip: 
For a natural, beautifully buildable effect, first run a blush brush along the Stick, then dab it onto the skin.

Step 6: Vibrant cheeks

For a real summer effect, we recommend the Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Petal. This blush stick is perfect for creating a colourful glow as if you spent all day outdoors. Apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks and lightly on the cheekbones for a lifting effect. The creamy formula creates rich colour and in addition, you can also use the blush stick to add a beautiful pink tint to your lips. This makes the blush a versatile addition to your summer make-up bag and on the go.

Skins Expert tip: 
For a natural, beautifully buildable effect, first run a blush brush along the Stick, then dab it onto the skin.

Step 7: A hint of colour

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with colour. Try the vibrant hues of the Eyeshadow Quad Orgasm palette by Nars. The pink and gold shades remind us of Golden Hour, are easy to apply and stay on well on a hot summer day. In addition, Orgasm's shades are both unique and universal, matching any complexion.

Step 8: Water-resistant mascara

A water-resistant mascara is a must for summer. The Mascara Tears In Rain by Byredo offers volume and length while being resistant to water and perspiration. Whether you go swimming, enjoy a long day at the beach or simply have to brave the hot weather - with this mascara, you never have to worry about it running, smudging or streaking. In addition, the modern design of this mascara is an eye-catcher for any make-up bag.

Step 8: Water-resistant mascara

A water-resistant mascara is a must for summer. The Mascara Tears In Rain by Byredo offers volume and length while being resistant to water and perspiration. Whether you go swimming, enjoy a long day at the beach or simply have to brave the hot weather - with this mascara, you never have to worry about it running, smudging or streaking. In addition, the modern design of this mascara is an eye-catcher for any make-up bag.

Step 9: Glow, glow and more glow

To make your summer look really shine, we recommend the Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick in the shade Nectar. You can use this highlighter at any time of day to brighten certain parts of your face, creating a beautiful glow on cheekbones, for example. Or accentuate the Cupido arch of your lips for an extra touch of shimmer. This highlighter is essential when you want to achieve a summer look.

Skins Expert tip:
Try applying the highlighter under concealer. The peach-shade Nectar is perfect for fighting discolouration under the eyes. It brings the eyes to life and is ideal for dry skin as its nourishing formula provides extra hydration. t

Step 10: Nourished, radiant lips

Creating nourished, radiant lips is a great addition to any make-up routine. We recommend the Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm by Ultra Violette in combination with the Go Nude Lip Pencil by RMS Beauty. By combining the depth of the lip pencil with the nourishment of the lip balm, you achieve beautiful colour and hydration. The lip balm is enriched with SPF 50 to protect the delicate skin of the lips from the sun, and the nude shades of the lip pencil are ideal for creating a natural look. This way, you are all set to embrace the summer days.

Step 10: Nourished, radiant lips

Creating nourished, radiant lips is a great addition to any make-up routine. We recommend the Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm by Ultra Violette in combination with the Go Nude Lip Pencil by RMS Beauty. By combining the depth of the lip pencil with the nourishment of the lip balm, you achieve beautiful colour and hydration. The lip balm is enriched with SPF 50 to protect the delicate skin of the lips from the sun, and the nude shades of the lip pencil are ideal for creating a natural look. This way, you are all set to embrace the summer days.

Step 11: Ready, set, go

As a last step, the Makeup Setting Spray van COOLA Suncare cannot be missing. You mist this setting spray and high-quality SPF 30 in-one over your make-up, so everything stays on beautifully and long-lasting. This allows you to touch up your sun protection throughout the day, even when wearing make-up. In addition, the hydrating formula is enriched with aloe vera and cucumber, which soothes and refreshes sun-kissed skin. Ideal for in your bag when going to the beach, a festival or the terrace.