4 ELLE Editors Share The Summer Beauty Buys They Can’t Live Without

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Photo credit:  Sophie Brown / Hannah Graham
Photo credit: Sophie Brown / Hannah Graham

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…

Glow Boosters

'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.'

Hydration Heroes

‘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:

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:

Beach-Inspired Brights

‘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:

Hawaiian Tropic: let the goodness of the tropics help your skin thrive

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