As we emerge from lockdown, it might be the first time a lot of us are starting to wear makeup again. Hurrah! There are lots of new products to try, from amazing mascaras to beachy blushers – and of course, lots of fantastic summer beauty products to get your skin and hair back to tip-top condition. Here is a list of our favourites so far.
Dr Lamia 24 Hour Anti-Age Luxurious Cream
Created by top Knightsbridge cosmetic practitioner Dr Lamia Eltohamy, this newly launched moisturiser is superb. Rich, delicately scented and absolutely packed with vitamin E and other ingredients to increase skin cell life, it’s a must for those on the go (or to lather on at home, of course). It comes in a sophisticated gold and cream pot and is the epitome of “guilt-free glamour”.
Available from drlamia.co.uk, £150
delilah Alibi Fluid Foundation
This is one of our favourite make up brands of the summer beauty. delilah cosmetics are sleek, full stop. Long-lasting foundation is a tricky product – you want it to stay but without feeling like cement. delilah has nailed it with this sweat-proof, water-proof, weightless cover-up that glides on. You only need the tiniest amount too, so it will last for ages. The light-diffusing pigments helps to give a blurred natural matte effect to the skin — this is a winner.
Available from delilah, £34
La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift
La Prarie is synonymous with both luxury and game-changing skin science. The Swiss skincare and beauty giant has reimagined its legendary caviar-infused face serum and we couldn’t wait to try it. From its super chic packaging to its heavenly smell, this potion is the real deal. After just one week of using it, we can definitely see some “gravity-defying” results. It’s the ultimate investment.
Available from La Prairie, £550
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
This little gem is absolutely perfect to fit in your purse and as we know, anything CT is a winner. The cocoa-scented product plumps skin while the creamy polymers moisturise. It’s super versatile and can be used on cheeks, lips and even eyes and was inspired, very fittingly, by the island of Ibiza.
Available from charlottetilbury.com, £30
Dr. LEVY Switzerland’s 3Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser
This ace cleanser means business. And we love the subtle, medi spa packaging. The micro surfacing element adds a slight exfoliation aspect to the cream which can be intensified by applying straight to dry skin. Dr Phillip Levy is a laser and wound-healing specialist so you know his products are going to be the real deal. No flowery packaging and perfumed scents here — this cleanser leaves your face feeling fresh and very clean.
Available from Cult Beauty, £39
utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water
Infused with CBD and Scottish lavender oil, this patented formula works as an anti-inflammatory to soothe redness on the skin, as well as its anti-bacterial effects to reduce the appearance of breakouts. But best of all, this pretty potion gives your skin a fantastic and subtle glow. For darker shades, there is a 50% deeper version. Simply spray and go about your day!
Available from utan, £18
Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
The eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay are legendary. They come in a smart case, the powder is creamy and long-lasting and the applicator top notch. I even used one for my wedding day! Naked Honey is a summery, bronzy mix of colours ranging from pale beige for a base all the way to a deep, chocolatey brown – and half the fun is mixing them! Highly recommended for summer beauty and Naked Honey is super versatile too, ideal for both casual day makeup and dramatic evening tones.
Available from Urban Decay, £43.
ST Essentials Highlighter and Glitter Gel
These products are perfect for an Ibiza glow with a bit of added sparkle. The highlighter comes in a range of shades and can be used on cheeks, lips, lids and even hair. The brand is named after its founders Sheena and Temi who wanted to “recreate products that brought about that same peaceful feeling of the beach”. They certainly do. Add some We Glow Too glitter gel for extra sass and summer beauty.
Available from ST Essentials, £22.99 for highlighters, £7 per glitter pot.
Lash Boosting 3-in-1 Mascara Gotham Black ARTISTRY STUDIO™ NYC Edition
This bad boy has three wands in one so you can go from subtle to vamp in a matter of minutes. It won a prestigious beauty award last year and contains Calendula flower extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin C to help condition lashes. This mascara doesn’t clump, flake or smudge and lasts all day. The packaging is edgy too.
Available online, £28.65
Jillian Dempsey Lip and Cheek Tints
Jillian Dempsey is the go-to makeup artist to stars such as Jennifer Aniston and Kirsten Stewart – who always look fab, don’t they? These nifty little nuggets, that are so compact you can even carry in your back pockets are multifunctional creams that give your lids and cheeks an instant pop and glow with just the swipe of your finger. They can be worn alone for a natural look or mixed with eye shadow for a glossy dimension. They are also vegan and organic.
Available from Jillian Dempsey, £24.50 each.
Label M Diamond Dust
This gorgeous leave-in conditioner by the brand that Toni & Guy swear by is a must for dry hair that has been in the sun all day. It’s even got real diamond particles in it. It’s also ultra-lightweight and leaves your hair smelling divine and comes in a chic gold and black bottle.
Available at labelm.com, £19.25
Douvall’s Lip & Cheek Oil Set
Continuing the lip and cheek theme – so handy – Douvall’s trio pack come in a glossy silver tube and is a light argan-based cream that transforms into a non-greasy moisturising oil resulting in a luscious hydrating look. When used as a light lipstick it lasts all day and as a blusher, is more long-lasting than traditional powder. It’ll be a smart addition to your make up bag.
Available from Douvall’s, £35
By Hayley Barclay, Editor