The name of the beauty game in summer is low maintenance. Less time spent getting ready equals more time to enjoy being outside in the glorious weather. Of course, it’s also the busiest time of the year in our social calendars, which means while we don’t want to waste too much time on our beauty routines, we do want to look our best. That’s where a summer beauty kit that works hard and plays hard is essential.
These are our a-beauty go-tos for summer beauty must-haves that will make your routine fuss-free and simple.
THE NIFTY SKIN SAVIOUR
No matter how little time you have, now is not the time to skip your cleansing step. At the end of every day you need to remove the grime and makeup build-up from your skin if you want it to remain clear and glowing (two key attributes if you have any plans to go makeup-free in summer). Cleansing in the morning is optional, although these cleansing pads make it pretty enticing. Besides cleaning the skin’s surface, they are extra hydrating so they'll nourish your skin first thing in the AM and prep it for makeup.
Good to know: In summer, you can never have too much hydration.
THE MULTITASKING HERO
OUR PICK: Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot
Cream products are made for summer. They impart a gorgeous glow onto skin, they stay put on sweaty days, and they take two seconds to apply. We love the Ere Perez Carrot Colour Pot because you can swipe it onto your cheeks, lips, and eyes for a one-and-done makeup look. It’s easy to transport in your beach bag or handbag and it delivers a natural-looking finish that can also be layered for a more ‘done’ and pigmented look.
THE GLOW MAKER
OUR PICK: Bare Skinfood Dew Drops
Oils may not be the first formula you think to reach for in summer - you probably prefer something more lightweight and gel-like - but hear us out. Firstly, a face oil is amazing for dry skin, and dry skin is a big problem in summer thanks to factors like the heat, chlorine and saltwater. Secondly, these Bare Skinfood Dew Drops leave skin looking glowing, not greasy, and are perfect for those wanting to go barefaced. You can even apply this oil strategically post-makeup to boost the luminosity on the high points of your face, or mix it in with your foundation for a natural-looking radiant finish.
THE INSTANT BRONZER
OUR PICK: Theseeke Luminosity Body Lotion
Think of a bronzed tan as a summer accessory. It elevates your outfits, makes you look ‘done’ without even trying, and lets you pare back the rest of your look. But since it’s not sun safe to get the real deal, we are all about getting the look with a self-tanner. And we’re particularly partial to an instant fake tan formula, because it’s low-fuss and doesn’t require any pre-planning. Theseeke Luminosity Body Lotion has a creamy, easy-to-blend consistency and a natural-looking bronze hue that suits all skin tones. Its formula is also packed with organic shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and rosehip oil to leave skin pampered and glowing throughout the day.
THE SUN SOOTHER
OUR PICK: St. Palm Rosewater Hydrating Mist
With 30+ degree days a regular occurrence during our Aussie summers, it’s hard not to feel the heat. A cooling facial mist is a summer must-have for combatting the effects of the sun, from a hint of sunburn to heat-induced irritation. We love a rosewater facial mist like St. Palm Rosewater Hydrating Mist because of its anti-inflammatory properties and hydrating benefits. Plus, its scent has a wonderful calming effect.
THE LASH PERFECTOR
OUR PICK: Eye of Horus Goddess Lash Curler
Instead of worrying about mascara dripping down your face from an impromptu dip or seriously high temps, reach for an eyelash curler to give you fuss-free curled, wide-awake eyes. The Eye of Horus Goddess Lash Curler is easy to use and effortlessly gives lashes a long-lasting curl that looks great without the need for mascara.
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