Welcome to From The Beauty Desk. Every month, the Red team will share their must-have products. Whether that’s fail-safe skincare they’ve been buying for years or a game-changing new discovery that has earned a prized place on the bathroom shelf, they’re here to recommend the products that are really worth your money.
Sandals. Tick. Sunglasses. Poolside outfits. Tick. Next up: beauty. If you haven’t quite nailed your warm-weather repertoire, then we’re on-hand to help. We’re sharing the products we swear by and will be buying on repeat, both for sunny days at home and hot holidays abroad. We’re talking our go-tos for glowing skin, transformative hair buys, hard-working makeup and innovative SPFs. Plus, a lust-worthy scent to put on your wishlist. Happy holidays.
Eve Cameron, Beauty Director
Finding a sunscreen to wear every day in summer that doesn’t clog my pores, leave a white cast, feel sticky or pill under makeup is a challenge, but I do have a few I use on rotation. This is one of them. It contains a new filter that protects skin even better from harmful UVA rays, and feels so featherlight, it’s a joy to use. I apply it over my serum or sometimes over a moisturiser if my skin’s feeling dry.
I’m not good with self-tan, mostly because I tend to apply it in a panic the day before I’m going to be exposing pasty, rather veiny legs. For me, Sun-Lite is a much better option. From a brand founded by former beauty journalist Kate Shapland, it’s a wash-off tint that gives an instant, gentle hint of bronzed colour with subtle iridescence. The effect is just enough to even out the skin tone and make it look a little glowy and luminous, but not sparkly. The addition of caffeine helps to tackle puffiness – useful in the heat.
Alexandra Friend, Senior Beauty Editor
I already know this will be one of my products of the year. It’s an incredibly sheer SPF30 sunscreen in the form of a translucent face powder, to wear on bare skin or over makeup. It gives a flattering semi-matte finish and unlike some powders, doesn’t feel at all drying.
On bright days, I layer this with another SPF product underneath: an SPF serum or lotion first, then my makeup, then the Supergoop. If it’s not that bright, or I won’t be outside very long, I’ll wear it on its own. It’s small enough to carry in my handbag and great for on-the-go touch-ups.
Bryedo perfume is worn by some of the coolest women I know. So, if you haven’t quite found "the one" yet, the brand’s scents are worth seeking out. I've just switched to wearing Vanille Antique from its Night Veils line, which delivers a smoky wallop of gorgeousness. You get vanilla in its earthiest, rawest and less-sugary form. There’s no denying it’s expensive, but this is the kind of perfume that makes it hard to stop sniffing your own wrist. It also lasts all day and well into the night.
Fleur Fruzza, Beauty Editor
As much as I love a sun-kissed face, I’m trying hard to expose mine to as little UV as possible and I am finding makeup/skincare hybrid is really helping me resist temptation. When worn over SPF, these non-shimmery, vitamin E-infused drops give the skin a natural-looking holiday glow without the sun exposure. The pretty packaging and fact that they smell like holidays is a bonus.
The beach is where my fine hair comes into its own – a bit of humidity and salt water do wonders for its volume and I’m forever trying to replicate the effect. Unlike some texturising sprays, this one, which contains sea salt, never feels crunchy or sticky and goes easy on fine hair, leaving it feeling light and soft. It’s the closest I come to the real thing.
Anna Lao-Kaim, Acting Beauty Editor
"Scrub" and "soothing" aren’t two words you’d normally put together in the beauty lexicon, but they’re appropriate descriptors for this gentle aloe-vera based scalp exfoliator. A dollop worked into a hot summer scalp after a day in the sun feels heavenly – add water to work in into a cleansing lather and leave on for five minutes before rinsing and shampooing as usual. It nixes itching and helps hydrate lengths too.
If you prefer a subtle and functional body lotion, look away now. The scent of tropical flowers practically bursts from the lid of this little pink pot as soon as you open it; smoothing this plant oil-rich cream over your limbs negates the need for a standalone holiday fragrance. A little goes a long way in terms of hydration as well, yet the texture is beautifully lightweight.
Phoebe Lee, Beauty Writer
Although I tend to wear less makeup over the summer months, I find I need my cleanser to work harder than ever. Multiple layers of SPF and a busy commute means it needs to obliterate any scrap of makeup and perspiration, all without stripping my skin. An impossible feat? Not when this cleanser comes into play. It’s a lightweight gel texture, that when met with water, emulsifies into a frothy, makeup-melting milk for satisfyingly clean, yet hydrated skin.
My approach to summer makeup is decidedly laissez-faire – anything that I can scribble, buff or blend with my fingers piques my interest. Unsurprisingly, I adore Charlotte Tilbury’s newest launch: three miniature cream wands that sit neatly in one case. There’s a buttery eyeshadow to define eyes, a dual lip and cheek stick that lends both colour and sheen, and a non-glittery highlighter that adds a subtle gleam to cheeks. All are refillable and there are five shades to choose from depending on the look you’re after. My go-to is the "Pretty Fresh" for a flattering pinky glow.
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