The start of a new season often calls for an update to our beauty routines. From swapping rich day creams for lightweight moisturisers to applying a higher SPF, it makes sense to make a few small tweaks as the weather heats up. So, when it comes to the hair, make-up and skincare products to invest in while enjoying lazy afternoons in the sun, look no further than these carefully chosen beauty buys from ELLE’s editors…
'As summer hits and lockdown eases, I'm looking forward to getting dressed up for dinners out and long afternoons in pub gardens with friends,' says Izzy Edwards-Brown, ELLE Content Editor. 'I'm Australian, so I like to pair my favourite summery styles with bronzed, glowing skin, but I always build up my tan gently and safely.'
Izzy's summer beauty picks:
‘I like to layer SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum and with a simple moisturiser for a dewy glow under make-up.'
'I use retinol in the evening so it’s super-important for me to protect my face from the sun during the day. I prefer to use mineral sun lotions, such as Hawaiian Tropic’s ultra-spreadable Mineral Milk SPF30, on my face, as I find zinc-based formulas work best with my sensitive, acne-prone skin.'
'I use NARS Creamy Concealer where I need it to help even out my skin tone.'
'A long-lasting mascara always completes my beauty look - I swear by Kevin Aucoin Curling Mascara.'
‘After a year spent dreaming of the day when I’ll be sat by a pool in the south of France with a chilled glass of rosé in hand, the summer can’t come soon enough,' says Katie O'Malley, ELLE's Acting Digital Editor. 'Having saved a bit of money thanks to endless park walks in lieu of pricey brunches, I'm planning to update my beauty routine. I'm fair with sensitive, combination skin, so I'll be investing in products that hydrate and protect.'
Katie's summer beauty picks:
'Glossier Super Glow with vitamin C nourishes and smoothes my skin, without feeling too heavy in the summer months.'
'Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Air Soft Face SPF30 is my go-to SPF. It's lightweight and non-greasy, so it sits well under make-up and provides long-lasting hydration without clogging my pores.'
'Davines Love Curl Mask hydrates my naturally curly, and often frizzy, hair.'
'My trusty Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment will keep my lips moisturised and soft.'
Supercharged Sun Protection
‘I might not be able to actually travel to the Amalfi Coast this summer, but I want to look the part, even if I’m just sat in Brockwell Park. Wherever I am, daily SPF is an absolute must in my skincare routine,' says George Driver, ELLE's Acting Beauty Director. 'I have a regular to dry skin type, so anything with hyaluronic in is for me!'
George's summer beauty picks:
'When it comes to SPF, I look for a mattifying and non-greasy formula, like Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Care Face Lotion. To soothe my skin after a sunny afternoon outdoors, I'll apply Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Aftersun later in the day.'
'After a year stuck inside without an excuse to wear make-up, I’ll also be wearing a swatch of Gucci's Sky Blue Céleste Eyeliner.'
'As there’s nothing worse than parched, chapped lips, I’m already applying layers of Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm.'
‘The best thing about summer, second only to beer gardens? Wearing the brightest lipstick you can find,' says Olivia Blair, ELLE's Digital News Editor. 'I'm fair-skinned and super-prone to sunburn, so daily use of SPF30+ is also a must for me, particularly as I'm hoping to spend time at the beach near to where I grew up.'
Olivia's summer beauty picks:
'Laura Mercier’s Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick is long-lasting and doesn’t smudge, no matter how many Aperol Spritzes you consume.'
'Pink and gold tones are my summer eyeshadow go-tos and Charlotte Tilbury’s Exagger-Eyes Palette is a fail-safe way to achieve that.'
'No one loves that sticky, slathered feeling, so Hawaiian Tropic’s easy-to-apply and lightweight Protective Dry Oil Continuous Spray is a welcome addition to my skincare routine.'
'As my hair is subject to losing any style when it’s exposed to the warm air, I rely on a quick spritz of KMS Hairstay Anti-Humidity Seal Spray to combat frizz.
Hawaiian Tropic: let the goodness of the tropics help your skin thrive
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