The sun is out at last!
And that means only one thing ... hot new summer trends.
Everyone has pulled their maxi dresses and sandals out from the back of the wardrobe, but what about make-up? New season colours, DIY nail art and so much more ...
Summer and a tan go together like bread and butter, it's just not the same without. But there are easy ways of getting that sunkissed glow, without having to turn yourself into toast.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer £21.50
A unique blend of bronzing pigments in a reflective base makes for seriously shimmery stuff. Great for all skin tones, and its long-wearing, oil-free formula feels light on the skin, making it everyday-wearable. Quick and easy to apply, just smooth it on for a sheer, healthy-looking radiance.
Illamasqua Powdered Metal £22.50
Available in 3 shimmering shades, this multi-functional powder is the ultimate must-have for high-pigment bronzing. Apply the powder to your face and body using a big, fluffy bronzing or kabuki brush to create a subtle sheen or an all out extreme metallic finish. It can also be used as an eye-shadow or highlighter.
Maybelline Dream Terra Sun Bronzing Powder £5.99
For those of us glow-getters on a budget there is this more purse-friendly bronzer. Naturally there is not the same level of shimmer and shine as there is in Illamasqua's Powdered Metal, but it still achieves an 'I've been on the beach all day' sort of glow.
A trend rapidly picking up speed is the rise of 'DIY nails'. Inspired by the likes of Minx nail treatments in beauty salons, nail wraps are becoming ever more popular and are now available in places like Boots and Superdrug amongst many others.
Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps £6.65
A quick and easy way of achieving a designer-look manicure is to use Nail Rock wraps. Available in tons of different playful prints and colourful arty designs, there is a nail wrap to suit everyone.
Barry M Magnetic Nail Paint £4.99
Fun nail effects is becoming quite the speciality of Barry M with Crackle, Foil, Croc, Glitter and now Magnetic. Choose from 4 different colours, paint it on and then hover the special magnet over your nail to watch the effect appear.
Models Own Nail Art Pen £6.00
A must for all creative types dying to try out their own personal designs. A range of different colours are available, and it comes with two different nibs to create detailed patterns.
Colour Pop Lips
Juicy, summer lip colours have hit the beauty counters, and it's all about brights. Offset those tans with a pop of colour to get you noticed.
Bourjois Sweet Kiss Shine Lipstick £7.99
A luminous, satin finish coupled with high-pigment colour ... what more could you ask for? Look out for shade #74 'juicy tangerine' a bright coral/orange which would look knock-out against summery bronzed skin.
Max Factor Flipstick Colour Effect £8.49
This innovative double ended design gives you plenty of options when it comes to colour. One one end; a bright, rich and creamy colour, and on the other; a lighter, iridescent shimmer. The two shades complement each other beautifully, and a personal favourite of mine is #30 'gipsy red' which can achieve an effect like this...
Maybelline Color Sensational Popsticks £7.19
Perfect for when you want to look polished but not too over-done on holiday, by the pool and on the beach. A low-maintenance sheer glossy finish with a hint of a tint in five different fruity shades. With their cute colours and delicious scent, you'll want them all!
So there we have it, the best of the summer beauty trends. Be sure to pack some of these little gems into your holiday suitcase and have fun in the sun. Don't forget this too...
All beauty products look their best on healthy, protected skin. Stay safe, stay beautiful :)