Just as you'd buy a new dress for a wedding or day at the races, your beauty routine may need an update too. Here, our editor shares the key products that will see you through all the special occasions in your diary this summer.
Just as you’d buy a new dress for an upcoming wedding or a day at the races, your beauty routine may need a refresh in preparation for all your special events this summer. Here, our editor talks through the key products that not only make you feel great, they're sure to see you through the challenges that long, sun-filled days can bring.
When it comes to special occasion make-up, the best place to start is always with the skin. Make sure skin is prepped to get the most out of your make-up with a good cleanse, a serum to treat your specific needs – this illuminating formula from La Prairie helps tackle pigmentation and redness – and a nourishing moisturiser.
Opt for a long-wearing foundation that will stay in place all day – Estée Lauders Double Wear foundation is a bestseller for a reason and comes in an inclusive 50 shades. To impart glow to the skin, Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter is a natural-looking highlighter that gives a perfected 'filter' to the skin, and will look great in photos. Lock things down for extra staying power with a setting spray or powder, depending on the finish you desire.
When it comes to colour, you want to keep things pretty yet seamless with the skin as direct sunlight can emphasis harsh lines and powder textures. Buff in CHANEL’s iconic mousse bronzer for instant sun-kissed warmth, then Giorgio Armani’s new A-Blush can be blended into the skin with fingers thanks to its light, liquid formula, or NARS’ gorgeous cheek palettes offer flattering hues in finely-milled pigments.
Depending on your outfit, you’ll want to compliment this with either colour on the eyes or lips. If you go for a strong eye look, Bobbi Brown’s new shimmer sticks offer an easy smokey eye that is ultra-long weraring. Or, Tilbury’s smart eye quads provide gorgeous shadows that have been designed to work together. It goes without saying that a volumising mascara, like this intense black formula from YSL is a must, and if you're expecting an emotional father of the bride speech, opt for waterproof.
For lips, a stain or matte formula is ideal for keeping bold colours put for longer and won’t need to be re-applied throughout the night. Or, if you’re keeping the rest of your look fairly simple, have fun with a high impact lipstick, like the new Ultra Shine Lip Colours from Tom Ford.
Finish with fragrance; go for something that’s a safe bet, something classic that you have worn many times before and are more than happy to throw in your handbag and reapply after hours of dancing.