As we reach the height of the Summer months, the days become longer, the nights brighter and the temperatures warmer, we often find ourselves desperate for the ultimate natural summer glow that we can count on to carry us late into the evening. With the aim of a glowing complexion that feels both hydrated and healthy whilst illuminating with bright colour and radiance, makeup artist to the stars Huda Okuonhagheu shares her expert beauty tips on how she achieves her sultry summer look.
First things first (and perhaps the most important part of the whole beauty process) is prepping a healthy, hydrated and moisturised skin complexion that forms the base for your effortlessly glowing face. Before applying your makeup, wash, exfoliate, moisturise and prime your skin.
Applying powder products all over the face can often feel the skin looking lifeless and dull and often unflattering in direct sunlight. Taking a powder product and applying it to only the middle of the face helps to take the shine away and draw attention to your central features. Top tip: Make sure to look out for powders that contain hyaluronic acid for a non-drying finish to your face!
ELF High Definition Powder Sheer – £6.50
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder – £20
By Terry Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder – £38
Light Coverage Foundations and Cream Bronzers
For a natural glow, avoid heavy products and instead select lighter coverage foundation, bases or tinted moisturisers in one or two shades warmer than your natural winter colour. To add dimension, colour and sculpture to the face, apply a cream bronzer in a darker shade to your cheeks, nose and temple areas where your skin would naturally tan more.
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation – £5.95
Lancome Skins Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint – £22.50
Huda Beauty Tantour Bronzer – £26
Naturally rose-tinted cheeks have certainly become a trend for this Summer season and pink cream blushes are the perfect product to achieve this youthful look. When applying cream blush, use a damp rounded makeup sponge and press the product on the apples of your cheeks and extend it towards the cheekbones to lift the face.
Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush – £15
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream – £19
NARS Air Matte Blush – £25
Liquid highlighters are the perfect product to complete your radiant glowing face. Highlight the high points and apply with your fingers at the top of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose and the base of your chin for a naturally shiny finish.
Bourjois Sculpt Light Highlighter – £7
Benefit High Beam Highlighter – £15.50
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand – £29
To complete your face and keep your lips feeling hydrated, exfoliated and moisturised, add a pop of blush colour with a subtle velvety lip gloss. Whether that be a clear finish or natural tone, it will definitely serve to add some character to your look!
The Body Shop Speak Up Vinyl Lip Gloss – £8
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss – £18
Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss – £29