Summer holidays is the time of music festivals, drinks in the garden and beautiful vacations away all of which require very different makeup looks. I’m going to show you how to achieve four different looks for four different events so you can slay your summer away.
The dewy sun kissed look is a classic holiday makeup trend. It’s a pretty easy look to achieve naturally as we tend to sweat like crazy but you want it to be a bit more controlled and glamorous rather than hot and flustered. For this look I used Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty light wand for that illuminating look, topped by her Film Star Bronze and Glow Duo. The liquid highlight gives you this gorgeous candlelit glow. I also used the same pallet on the eyes putting the bronzer in the crease for definition and highlight on the lid. A nude or soft pink glossy lip is the perfect way to finish off this look. I used Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in ‘Mauve Matte’, some of my favourite formulas as they are so long wearing and comfortable on the lips with Kiko Lip Pumping Gloss over top. I have to say I don’t know how much plumping this lip gloss actually does but it has a beautiful finish.
When I think of summer nights, I think of drinks with friends outside on beautiful roof top bars and garden parties which is what inspired me to create this look. I used the Urban Decay Original Naked Pallet which I’ve had for years and you can’t go wrong with. Any brown shade is perfect to smoke out the crease with light shimmer on the eyelid to create that classic summer smokey eye. I used Maybelline eyeliner and smudged it along the lash line to add that extra definition. You don’t really need an eyeliner pencil you can also just smudge a darker eyeshadow shade to save time. Hula Bronzer from Benefit my tried and true on the cheeks with the same Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow Highlight (they don’t sell the highlight as a single so even if you don’t like the contour shade, you’re kind of stuck with both). Finally, a classic red lip is the perfect way to take any look from day to night and add an element of glamour to it. I used my Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in ‘Bing Matte’ with Estee Lauder Gloss Over Top to give it some lip juice.
Music festival season is definitely upon us this summer. I have to say the only music festival I’ve ever been to is Guildfest when I was 14 which was muddy, miserable and definitely not the height of cool. Since you might be spending a couple of days getting ready in a tent every morning you need a fun easy makeup look that doesn’t require a lot of effort. Glitter is the best way to cover up those under eye bags from the night before. I used Stargazer Spectrum Stars underneath the eyes. I also used The Gypsy Shrine face jewels on the forehead, a quick and easy way to give the illusion that you put in more effort than you have. Wrning- when you sweat, the face jewels tend to slip and fall off, so locking it down with some extra glue is recommended. I get all my festival products from a shop called Ad Hoc on the Kings Road in London which stocks everything you could ever want as a festival lover. You don’t have to do this step but I added a striking pastel pigment on the cheeks in the shade ‘Apron Matron’ from Crow and Pebble to add a hint of colour. I used Makeup Geek single shadows in ‘Pegasus’ and NYX Bright’s Pallete on the eyes. Some shades are less pigmented than others so you need to build them up. To finish it off I mixed together Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick shades ‘Pink Metal’ and ‘Fireball Matte’.
You can afford to be more artistic with your approach to makeup for day festivals as you only have to wear it once rather than re-create the look every day. It’s an opportunity to let your creativity out which is what I did with this look. I ended up unintentionally creating a very intergalactic look whilst still maintaining that festi vibe. I again used my NYX Brights Palette and single shadow from Makeup Geek in ‘Daydreamer’ on the eyes. I also placed a pale lavender shade from the NYX Brights Palette over the cheeks to give it an ethereal edge. I used a stick shadow from NARS’ Erdem collection in ‘White Phox’ as highlight. I love this product, but you can find a very similar eyeshadow for much cheaper that will give you the same duo chrome effect- KIKO’s stick shadow in ’42’. I added Stargazer glitter chunks to the side of the face and Gypsy Shrine face gems under the eye. Sticking things under the eye is always a challenge as the skin is much thinner, so had to go in with false lash glue instead of regular glitter glue. I understand not everyone wants to put such a strong glue underneath their eyes, so would say stick to a product that isn’t as fiddly. I used the same Makeup Geek and NARS shadow on the lips to tie everything together.
I hope this article has inspired you to get creative, feel confident in your makeup abilities and be prepared for any event that comes your way this summer.
Words By Lily Hollingworth- Beauty Contributor at Ragged CULT Magazine