How To Step Up Your Beauty Routine This Summer

When it comes to the summertime, it’s all au naturel, dewy skin. It’s ‘how quickly can I do my make up this morning? How little makeup can I get away with wearing?’ – whatever it takes to get us out into that sunshine the fastest. Summer allows us a little breathing room both in fashion and our beauty habits as well as the freedom to start daydreaming about our holiday ventures.

In addition to all of our summer wanderlust and barbecue plans, we’ve been lusting after summer’s best beauty trends. If you’re ready to get ahead on your summer beauty prep, check out these expert-approved tips.

Bold Pops of Colour

Think soft, dewy skin, barely there makeup, a quick stroke of mascara and a red lip to set the whole look off.

Employing a pop of colour is one of the easiest ways to go from poolside to dinner ready and gives the illusion that you’ve put much more effort into getting ready than the reality. The same trick goes for a pop of colour elsewhere on your face such as a bold eyeliner. The rule of thumb is to pick one feature as the focus and let the colour do all the talking while keeping the rest of your makeup look minimal.

Skincare at the Forefront

One of the biggest beauty trends welcomed by all has been the move away from full coverage foundation. Instead, we’re all about caring for our skin so that the makeup we do decide to wear has the perfect base to make itself at home. Foundations are all about the skin-first, breathable formulas that provide the right amount of colour to your complexion, gentle coverage and tone your skin correctly to avoid the feeling of wearing a mask. Favourites include Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and it Cosmetics CC Cream.


Research from the British Association of Dermatologists found that although moisturisers with SPF provide sun protection, it’s to a lesser degree than that provided by sunscreen. Although this is a better solution than nothing, it’s not suitable for prolonged periods in the sun. Most dermatologists recommend you invest in separate SPF to apply over your moisturiser or makeup. Instead, makeup containing SPF should be thought of as a second line of defence instead of a replacement for a sunscreen which ideally should have both UVA and UVB protection.

In terms of coverage, it’s recommended by dermatologists that we use SPF 30 as a satisfactory form of sun protection in addition to protective shade and clothing.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, and Emirates Woman.

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