The smudge-proof mascara that’s a breeze to remove
For a pool or beach trip we love opting for the waterproof version of our favourite mascara. But to avoid the dreaded panda eyes effect on a day-in-day-out basis (which we inevitably only seem to notice after that important meeting or coffee date) we love a tubing formulation instead, like Clinique’s Lash Power: composed of little tubes that coat each lash, it won’t run during the day but unlike waterproof formulas can be removed effortlessly at night.
The comfortable matte lip that stays all day
The NARS Air Matte Lip Colour truly delivers the best of both worlds, managing to be comfortably hydrating and matte at once. A forgiving formulation, these lipsticks impart a pretty stain to the lips that won’t go patchy throughout the day, even if you do forget to reapply post-lunch. Available in a wide range of chic neutrals, you might spy some familiar NARS favourites in there, with shades like Dragon Girl and Dolce Vita making a (re)appearance in Air Matte format.
The makeup setting spray that helps top up your SPF
Even if you plump for long-lasting products, an effective setting spray is a valuable addition to your summer beauty arsenal, acting as a further layer of protection to ensure your makeup stays put, no matter the weather. Coola’s spray sets things in place and can also be deployed to refresh makeup that’s looking cakey throughout the day, thanks to hyaluronic acid and hydrating cucumber and aloe extracts. And with its SPF of 30 it will help maintain your sun protection throughout the day: win, win.
The liquid bronzer that’s heat resistant
We love a cream makeup product year round, but their glow-lending, radiance-boosting properties mean they don’t tend to excel on the longevity front – especially in the heat – in which case we like to opt for a liquid version instead, which won’t budge quite as easily. Available in three shades, Milk Makeup’s long-lasting Bionic Bronzer provides a sun-kissed glow everywhere you want to create warmth and its intensity can easily be adjusted to achieve the exact degree of bronze you’re seeking.
The budget-friendly eyeliner that will stay in place
If you’ve managed to nail the perfect cat-eye, we’re guessing you probably won’t want it budging by mid-morning. At only £5.99, this beauty from Rimmel is one of our go-to liquid liners, boasting a pitch-black formula and easy to wrangle wand that makes drawing a perfectly straight line a breeze. We find the original doesn’t smudge, but if you want some extra peace of mind there’s a waterproof version too.