As a beauty therapist my advice is to always begin with a great skin care routine.  Ensure you use products that are lightweight and water based to hydrate the skin and remove any access oil and or perspiration.  One of my favourite products is the Bobbi Brown Hydrating tonic.  It smells amazing, it’s calming on the skin, it’s hydrating and little goes a long way.  Apply this after cleansing your skin and before moisturising.  Oh and don’t over clean your face, there’s a fine balance between cleaning and stripping the skin from it’s natural oils.

A light weight water based moisturiser to hydrate your skin.  I’m in love with Emma Hardie’s Age Support Face Cream.  It’s packed with marine and botanical extracts to hydrate and nourish sun-stressed skin.  Just what I need in this heat.

Not everyone can forgo foundation, but finding the right formula to suit your skin is key to achieving flawless looking skin that feels light and looks natural. Opt for water based foundations, or CC creams. Foundations that are build-able in coverage.  There are some great options on the market and some of my favourites are Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hour long lasting, it’s light and gives the skin a perfect glow.  NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moistrizer with SPF 30, light coverage.  Another favourite of mine is Dior Skin Forever SPF 35 it blends well, it’s light wearing and long lasting. You can also add some moisturiser to this or a touch of liquid highlighter for a more dewy look.  The trick is to keep your layers thin.

It’s all about the eyes.  If you want to add some sparkle or colour a long wearing shadow stick is your best friend. Try By Terry, Bobbi Brown or Charlotte Tilbury, they have some beautiful summer colours to choose from. These quick drying easy to apply shadows are build-able in cover, you can keep the look natural with a small slick of colour on the eye lid or blend up to brow bone for a soft smokey eye.  Finish off with a long wearing smudge proof mascara such as the Balm Scuba Water resistant Black mascara.

A dual purpose cheek and lip balm will keep your skin looking moisturised, feeling hydrated and add a pop of colour.  I love Bobbi Brown’s pot rouge or RMS Lip to Cheek organic gel product for hydration and colour.  NARS The Multiple for lips, cheeks and eyes!  And lastly Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek a cream lip and cheek duo with a matte finish for those of you who want to ward off excess oil.

Pops of colour will give a fresh summer vibe and leave your skin feeling light and ready for summer.

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