Summer is upon us, and boy aren’t we all loving it! The weather has been fabulous, and it looks as though it’s set to stay – so here are my tips to ensure you look beautiful all summer long.
The sun can often dry out our skin, so ensure your face and neck are always moisturised and nourished with ‘Origins Brighter By Nature SPF 35 Moisturiser’, £33, it makes skin look glowy and radiant, as well as having SPF in it to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays. If the £33 price-tag is too hefty and your student loan is all but gone, why not ask at the beauty counter for a small sample jar so you can test just how much you love it before you buy? Failing that, buy a cheaper moisturiser, but ensure it has SPF. Bear in mind though that it is often a false economy; more expensive products generally last much longer and often do the job better – you can’t put a price on looking after your skin.
Us girls might love summer clothes – beautiful wedges, long maxi dresses, daisy dukes – but that doesn’t mean the thought of baring our bodies doesn’t fill us with fear! Our bums and tums haven’t seen the sun for a long time, and are therefore looking pasty and perhaps a little less toned than we’d like. Get your bodies ready for baring all by using ‘Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion’, £2.55. Smooth it on daily, and before you know it you’ll have a golden healthy glow and showing off your bits won’t seem quite as terrifying! The body lotion is also very moisturising, so will inject some moisture into those areas you might have forgotten about over winter. Tanning also gives the illusion of creating deeper shadows and contours, therefore making you look more toned – what more could a girl want? Don’t forget that the Dove Body Lotion doesn’t have SPF, so use suncream too.
If you don’t feel quite ready to bare your face to the public without foundation, try tinted moisturiser for the summer. It’s much less heavy than your winter foundation, and gives a thin coverage which will mean you look natural, but your skin will be smooth and blemishes will still be covered. My personal favourite tinted moisturiser is ‘MAC Studio Moisture Tint’, £20 – this also has an SPF, so your face is protected from the sun. This tinted moisturiser gives skin a dewy healthy glow and lasts all day long, even if you’ve been charging around in your summer sandals all day. Another product from MAC released last month, are their ‘Lustre Drops’, £17. I have fallen head over heels in love with their ‘Sun Rush’ shade, it can be used in a multitude of ways; apply it on cheekbones and down the centre of the nose to give a healthy highlight, mix with foundation to create beautiful radiance, or use with moisturiser to give a natural sheen. I’ve been using it mixed with foundation, and it really has been giving me Kim Kardashian style glowy skin – perfect for long summer evenings with friends and a glass of wine!
If you’re going for a dip in the pool, or even braving the cold North Sea, the last thing you want is mascara running all down your cheeks! Avoid this by not using mascara at all – but don’t fear, you can still have dark eyelashes by using ‘Colorsport 30 Day Mascara’, £8.16. It takes about 15 minutes to apply, but then you won’t need mascara for a month! You can thicken lashes for nights out by a light application of mascara, but for day time this is perfect, especially when you’re hitting the pool as it won’t budge at all but you’ll still have deep dark eyelashes.
Lipstick may feel like ‘too much’ for the summer months, so instead go for MAC’s ‘Tinted Lip Conditioner’ in ‘Petting Pink’, £11. It gives your lips all the moisture and vitamins they need, prevents them from drying out in the sun, has an SPF of 15 and also has a tint of pink to give your lips a healthy sheen. You can even sweep a little on your cheeks for a creamy pink blush glow.
Milly’s Makeup Mission for the Summer: Wear your heart on your sleeve, the clothes you want, the hair you like, and the make-up that makes your heart sing with joy.