The summer-switch-up beauty kit

All the best breathable moisturisers, lightweight formulas and waterproof eyeliners to get you through summer

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By Elle Turner on

Granted, the weather's been a little unpredictable lately, but rest assured we have some gloriously sunny days to look forward to. And, while we're shedding layers in favour of sandals, breezy dresses and basket bags, it's worth thinking about doing the same for our face. Here are the best breathable textures, lightweight formulas and waterproof solutions to get you through summer. 


The more make-up we wear, the more likely it is to slide off when the weather feels a bit sweaty. A lighter foundation is a good place to start, so it's worth switching heavy bases to fresher-feeling tinted moisturisers, such as Origins new brilliant Ginzing one, £30. If you don't need a full face, try just popping on concealer where you need the extra coverage. Go for a more solid version, like a stick, rather than a liquid one, as this is less likely to slip. Bobbi Brown and Kiko have great options that provide impressive coverage and don't budge, and come in a good shade range.


Switch from heavy moisturisers

In summer, our skin doesn't need as much reinforcement moisture-wise as it does when it's dried out in winter. That said, it still needs to be topped up, since skin that's completely stripped will compensate by overproducing oil. The best solution is to switch to a lighter texture. Make-up artist Tracey Gray Mann recommends water-based moisturisers (like Clinique's Moisture Surge) for normal skin types and gel-based moisturisers (like Bioderma's Hydrabio Gel-Creme) for oily skins over oil-based lotions and creams, since they both "deliver instant moisture to the skin without feeling greasy".



USE a generous amount of SPF

If you've been getting by on blobs of factor 15, now's the time to switch to a dedicated facial SPF with high protection. La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Cream Gel SPF 50 is the best affordable sunscreen I've found. It's silky, with a plump gel-like texture (so you don't need a lot), but feels touch-dry seconds after application and leaves skin matte without any hint of grease or tackiness.



"Dead skin mixed with sweat and sebum can clog pores," says Mann, so it's worth exfoliating once a week. If you prefer manual scrubs, she recommends one with natural particles, "such as bamboo or jojoba beads". Pai's Kukui and Jojoba Bead Brightening Exfoliator, £24, has smooth spherical beads that roll over skin and buff, rather than tear. If you don't like scrubs, Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, £26, contains a low concentration of tamarind fruit acids, which gently lift away dead skin cells and boost cell renewal, giving you lovely glowing skin. Soak a cotton pad in the lotion and sweep over a clean face and neck after cleansing.



There's nothing like a deftly applied bronzer to have you looking positively sun-kissed. Choosing the right one, though, can be a bit of a slog. Too matte and it'll look lifeless, too glittery equals disco ball and the wrong colour will leave you looking stripy. Instead, Elizabeth Arden's new quad comes in two different options, medium or dark, and has four colours – two tan shades, one blusher and a slighty sheeny champagne – which, when mixed together, give a much more natural finish. Swirl all four colours together to apply over the tops of your cheekbones, and use the two tan shades across your temples and jawline, then buff with a fluffy brush to soften any harsh lines.


stop your eye make-up from smudging

The first things to go to pot when it gets a bit sweaty are usually mascara and eyeliner. One blitz of sunshine and the whole lot ends up smudged around our eyes and melting down our chin. What we need is something waterproof. What we need is Makeup Forever's Aqua XL Eye Pencil, £16.  Easily the most heat, sweat and smudge-resistant eyeliner I've tried, it's soft and blendable to apply, but locks into place within a few seconds and comes in a remarkable 20 shades. For a reliably indestructible mascara, try No7's Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara which bestows long, fluttery, defined lashes and won't move without an oil-based cleanser. 



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