Essential Beauty Products Londoners Need to Buy This Summer

Photo of India Doyle
16 May 2017

Air conditioning, heat sweats, ice cream stains and body odour: nothing says summer in the city like streaky make up and a constant sense of unease. Fear not! We’ve cobbled together this highly useful beauty guide to surviving summer while staying on fleek.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Whether running to and from the office in the sweltering city heat or simply making a laid-back segue from beach bar to well, beach bar, a good powder is essential for keeping your sophisticated summer vibes on point. Made from French ‘cashmere’ talc, this oil-free powder is perfect for combating the heat and will ensure that you look fresh all day long.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 29g, £29

Skinnydip make up bag

Keep your make up safe and stay in style with a new summer-friendly make-up bag that’s perfect for the beach. Fill with chic products for the ultimate humble brag.

SKINNYDIP Dazzle holographic make-up bag, £14

Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara

Statement lashes are essential for any season, but in summer they can be a key asset for otherwise laid-back looks. Channel maximal lashes with Benefit’s high impact mascara and channel old school glamour all day long.

Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara 8.5g, £20.50

Pixi Glow Tonic

Extolled as a miracle product by many a beauty blogger, the benefits of Pixi Glow tonic are self evident. A combination of botanical ingredients such as aloe vera and ginseng ensure toned, oxygenated and healthy looking skin all summer long.

PIXI Glow Tonic 250ml Detailsh, £18.00

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

For summer emphasising natural beauty is key, which is why Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette is your perfect secret weapon. The rose-hued neutrals offer a versatile range of colours and shades, ensuring ample room for experiments and playfulness.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, £39.50

MAC Fruity Juicy Calm Heat lipstick

Designed specifically for summer, this heat-proof lipstick from MAC is guaranteed to be a power player in your make-up bag. Offered in a shade of shimmery peach, the ultra-pigmented formula ensures long-lasting wear without compromising on the subtlety of the shade. Plus the case is super summery, too.

MAC, Fruity Juicy Calm Heat lipstick, £16.50

Trish McEvoy Face Colour Duo

When occupying that no-man’s land between sun-kissed and burnt, having a versatile blusher / bronzer kit could prove to be your saviour. This light powder version from Trish McEvoy ensures a subtle and light finishing touch.

Trish McEvoy, Face Color Duo in Natural Weekend, £22.00

NARS Monoï Body Glow II

The result of distilling the tiare flower through coconut oil for ten days, NARS’ Monoï body glow is a nuanced fragrance that both refreshes the skin and smells delicious. Wear throughout the warmer months for a light, captivating scent.

NARS Monoï Body Glow II, £44.00

Korres Lip Butter

A fruity saviour for chapped lips, Korres’ pomegranate Shea butter instantly soothes and nourishes, ensuring totally soft and hydrated lips.

Korres Lip Butter, £8

JINsoon, Nail Polish in Keppel

An essential finish to any summer outfit, highlight fabulous sandals with this minty shade from JINsoon – high gloss and long lasting wear means you’ll reap the rewards over and over.

JINsoon Keppel nail polish, $18

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