Sarah Brock Reveals Her Tips For The BEST Summer Makeup Ever

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Now that summer is on the way, it's time to ditch the heavy makeup looks that you were wearing in the darker winter months and go for a gorgeous, light and glowy look. Here are my top tips:

Wear a primer with a SPF

Primers with an SPF are a great way to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, whilst perfecting the look of your skin - which means you can wear less makeup. Two of my favourite recommendations are the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF30 and also the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect SPF30. It also means that you don't have to layer different skincare products on to your skin, which in hot weather can make skin feel overloaded.

Invest in two good concealers

Often in the winter months when you are wearing a heavy foundation, you don't need much concealer as the foundation will cover a lot of imperfections. If you can apply concealer only in the summer months, you will still be able to cover your imperfections while letting your skin breathe. You need one excellent concealer for under the eyes (the Bare Minerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is one of the best). You'll need a different consistency of concealer (more heavy and not as dewy as the under eye concealer) for any other areas you want to cover, for example blemishes or redness. A concealer which is fantastic for this is the new NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer.

Wear a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation

If just wearing concealer alone doesn't give you enough coverage, first apply a tinted moisturiser and then follow with your concealers. The feeling of thick, heavy foundation is not pleasant in hot weather, but a tinted moisturiser will even out your skin tone and feel lighter and more fresh on the skin. There are many tinted moisturisers on the market; I love the Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Tinted Moisturiser, the Clarins Hydraquench Tinted Moisturiser and Chanel CC Cream.

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Keep highlighting to a minimum

So many of us (including myself) love using highlighters to add light and give the skin a youthful glow. However, during the brighter summer months you need to be careful as in the sunshine too much highlighting can look overdone. If you are using a tinted moisturiser, this could be enough highlight for the skin anyway - but if you still really want to add highlighter, only apply a tiny amount and use a subtle product that doesn't have too many highlighting pigments. The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector is one of my favourites as it has no sparkle, just a tiny amount of sophisticated shimmer.

Add light to your eyes

Switch dark, smokey eyeshadows for lighter, brighter eyeshadow colours and opt for formulations that have more staying power to avoid creasing in warmer temperatures. Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils are so quick to use and very longlasting (shades Amber Haze and Champagne Diamonds are gorgeous for summer). Apply to the top and bottom lashline and blend with your fingertips across the eyelid for a quick, modern and fresh summer look. Finish up with several coats of a glossy black waterproof mascara, like Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara.

Use lighter textures on the lips

I love a fresh, moisturising lip colour or lip tint in the summer, rather than heavy, matte textures. Most makeup brands now make lighter, almost balm like textures, which when patted on to the lips give the prettiest, plump and juicy looking summer lips. My favourites are Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine and Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour.

For more makeup and beauty tips, keep an eye out for more from Sarah Brock. If you need help finding products that are right for your skin type or skin concern, take our beauty quiz to receive personalised recommendations.