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Summer Beauty Tips & Top Beauty Secrets

By Hannah Prynn - 4 years ago | Updated
Summer Beauty Tips

Since the warm weather is fast approaching, keeping your skin fresh, hair healthy and makeup sweat-proof can be a chore. But with our summer beauty tips and tricks, you too can simplify your beauty routine to achieve a summer-ready look with minimal effort. We have even rounded up our favourite holiday essentials that will have you ready to handle all that heat.


Maintaining good skin health when in the sun is simpler than you think. There’s no need for a lengthy summer skincare routine, just follow these top tips and you can get your complexion in check for the warm weather.


Wearing a moisturiser in the summer is key to keeping your skin hydrated. Moisturisers with SPF will protect the skin against sun damage, pollutants and bacteria while slowing down the ageing process. So a skincare investment is totally worth it in the long run.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30


Our top pick: Perfect for all skin types, this creamy moisturiser will provide you with medium sun protection while effectively hydrating the skin, leaving you with a comfortable feeling complexion.


Primers are the real skin saviours during the summer season as they smooth skin texture and create a beautiful base for makeup. Forming a shield between foundation and your skin’s natural oils to ease makeup application and enhance longevity, primers are the perfect product for summer conditions. You can wear them beneath makeup or alone, but either way your skin will look even more flawless than before. So why not invest in one?

Benefit The POREfessional Primer

Benefit The POREfessional Primer


Our top pick: This formula is a favourite among beauty influencers and professional MUAs. It has a weightless, oil-free texture which glides on your face to blur and prep the skin beautifully.


With more flesh on show in the summer, your skin needs to be looking and feeling its best. Exfoliating your body from head to toe on a regular basis will help keep your skin soft, smooth and supple. Scrubbing away dead skin cells also prevents dry patches and makes hair removal methods that little bit easier. Not to mention, it can improve circulation!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub

Nuxe Reve De Miel Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub

£20.42 £21.00 (3% off)

Our top pick: This heavenly-scented, honey-infused body scrub works to nourish and softly scrub away dead skin cells for a gorgeous and glowing appearance. It’s a spa in a jar, if you ask us.


Gradual tanning lotions are a great, natural-looking alternative to regular fake tans. They are much easier to apply with no mess or stained clothes. Specially formulated with a hint of tanning pigment to give your skin a golden glow, you can build up to your desired colour. All you have to do is apply it like an ordinary daily moisturiser and you can reap all of the benefits of a fake tanning product. Result.

What is the best instant tan?

When you're looking for an instant tan, you're going to want a formula that is transfer-proof, tone-adapting and quick-drying. Not to mention, you need a product that promises no streaks or orange patches and can withstand anything from sweat to rain. Luckily, some of your most-loved self-tanning brands supply just that.

Some of the best instant fake tans come from brands such as Bondi Sands, Isle of Paradise, Bali Body and Vita Liberata, all of which are continuously praised and recommended by beauty editors and influencers alike. If you're new to the world of instant fake tanning, you can rest assured that these top-dog brands will provide you with a flawless, airbrushed finish every time.

How long does instant fake tan last?

Typically, instant fake tan can last anywhere between 24 hours to a few days. It all depends on the individual product. Some instant fake tans may wash off easily just hours after use, whilst others may give a more long-lasting colour that's harder to scrub off in the shower.Instant fake tan formulas are designed to provide a quick, sun-kissed fix, so you should expect short-term results. However, some can be gradually layered to create a darker, longer-lasting glow.

Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk

Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk


Our top pick: You can achieve a sun-kissed, golden glow with this easy-to-use tanning milk. The fabulous, fool-proof formula allows you to build a natural-looking tan that will have you all set for the summer season in no time. With skin scented of cocoa butter – it’s a blissful body treat.


Achieving simple, sweat-free summer hairstyles is what we all aim for, right? With humidity affecting locks for the worse and chlorine drying out strands, your hair can be left in a brittle mess − but with these top tricks you can maintain a healthy hairdo, no matter the weather.

Haircut and style

Keep your hairstyle looking its best for the summer by getting a good haircut to eliminate split ends. For a healthier look, you can opt for a shorter hairdo if you fancy a change. You can even keep cute and cool in the heat by wearing your hair in a top knot, ponytail or braid. A stylish 'do needn’t be so complicated.

Slip Silk Skinnies - 6 Pack

Slip Silk Skinnies - 6 Pack


Our top pick: These silk hair ties have truly changed the game! They are perfect for keeping your hair in place without tangling or damaging your strands.

Dry Shampoo

In the heat the last thing you want to think about is hair washing and heat styling. Make your haircare routine simple by using a few sprays of dry shampoo between washes. It’s a quick and easy remedy that will not only absorb excess oil and freshen up your do, but will also add texture and a touch of volume. Sounds like the best of both worlds if you ask us.

Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo

Wella Professionals EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo


Our top pick: Give your hair a boost of refreshment with this dry shampoo. The fragrance will leave your hair revived, refreshed and not to mention, deliciously scented. It's perfect after long-haul flights, post-poolside fun and beach days.

Deep conditioning

To maintain luscious locks throughout the scorching summer months, make sure you use a deep conditioning treatment on your tresses to keep them soft and hydrated. When your hair is exposed to intense sunlight and chlorine more than normal, it will begin to crave some conditioning care. Using a deep treatment mask or leave-in conditioner twice weekly on your lengths will help restore lost moisture and keep your locks looking strong and healthy this summer.

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector

£18.95 £28.00 (33% off)

Our top pick: A restorative, conditioning masque is all you need to revive dry and delicate strands – especially after sun exposure. This one is a hydration boost in a bottle and will instantly repair damaged tresses.

Sun protection

Just like your skin, your hair needs to be protected from the sun and heat exposure too. Sun protection for your hair will help to minimise the effects of damage and breakage, meaning you can maintain a healthy mane throughout the summer months. It’s important to shield your strands from UV rays too, especially in hotter climates, to prevent colour change. After all, no one wants to sport dry and brittle lengths, do they?

Evy UV/Heat Hair Mousse

Evy UV/Heat Hair Mousse


Our top pick: This styling mousse guards against UV filters whilst also giving locks some va-va-volume. It’s the ultimate summer holiday essential to keep your locks looking and feeling luscious.


Maintain a flawless finish in even the hottest of temperatures with our top picks of the best makeup buys.

BB Cream

Wearing a BB cream in the warmer months is a great way to get coverage, sun protection and comfort at the same time. Trying a lighter base will also help any freckles to show through if you're lucky enough to have them!

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF 25

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF 25


Our top pick: With SPF, vitamin C and a good amount of coverage (somewhere in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation), this is a great little number to have in your makeup arsenal.


Try a dusting of powder bronzer to the cheeks, nose, forehead and jawline for a beautiful, bronzed complexion. For a luminous glow, you can switch up matte skin for a dewy base. Just mix a drop of liquid illuminator into your moisturiser and voila, a dull looking complexion is instantly brightened – it’s a summer beauty tip that can’t be missed.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Powder

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Powder


Our top pick: The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is a classic, reaching cult status as soon as it was released. Sweep it over skin for a sunkissed finish.

Powder & Makeup Fixer

Setting your makeup in place for the day is essential for prolonging the wear of makeup - especially in the heat. As well as using powder, makeup fixing mists work miracles at locking down your summer makeup looks with no smears or smudges. Result.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

£9.60 £12.00 (20% off)

Our top pick: This cult classic setting spray is your best friend when it comes to keeping makeup in place for long lasting wear. It will take your look from day to night without the need for touch ups.

Waterproof eye makeup

Waterproof formulas are designed to hold up against sweat, water and smudging: a lifesaver in the humidity. Mascaras are no exception - they are key to keeping your lashes looking full and flawless in the summer, whether you are in the pool or at the beach. They're the perfect product to pop in your beach bag to enhance the longevity of your makeup on the go. Start opting for a waterproof mascara or liner to prevent those panda eyes and flaunt a long-lasting eye look with no worry.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara


Our top pick: This mascara does it all. Volume. Length. Curl. It’s waterproof formula means you can rely on this mascara to give you fluttery, full lashes that last all day.

Cheek stains over blushers

Blush comes in a range of different formulas including cream, liquid and powder – but when summer strikes, you need a cheek stain to give you long-lasting colour and hold. When it comes to hot temperatures, cheek stains are the way forward. You won’t have to worry about touching up your look because they’re literally budge-proof. You can even double up and use cheek stains as a lip colour too – what’s not to love?

ICONIC London Sheer Blush

ICONIC London Sheer Blush

£20.00 £21.00 (5% off)

Our top pick: The revolutionary formula that brings every complexion a beautiful rosy flush. ICONIC London Sheer Blush is a makeup essential for a long-wearing blush colour.


Caring for your nails in the summer season is very important, especially if you want to keep them healthy and nourished. These top tips will help your nails get the best out of the summer. After all, keeping your colour and hi-shine finish for the summer is what we all dream of, right?

Embrace the colour

Wearing a bright and bold nail polish in the sun will give you gorgeous summer vibes, so why not add a pop of colour to your fingertips and toes? A hot pink or peach shade will certainly add an essence of fun to your style, while giving the illusion of a tanned complexion – bonus!

Nails Inc Kiss My Peach Nail Varnish Duo

Nails Inc Kiss My Peach Nail Varnish Duo

£12.50 £15.00 (17% off)

Our top pick: This pretty and peachy set from Nails Inc simply screams summer. The pink-orange duo makes a marvellous manicure that will certainly suit every skin tone.

Seal in polish with a top coat

Top coat is your best friend when it comes to adding the final touch to your fingertips. Not only will this extra coat of goodness prevent your nail colour from chipping, but it will also impart a hi-shine finish onto your nail colour. After all the effort of painting your nails and waiting for them to dry, why wouldn’t you want to seal in the colour for a longer lasting mani?

Jessica Brilliance High Gloss Top Coat

Jessica Brilliance High Gloss Top Coat


Our top pick: Working to protect and prolong your mani, this top coat gives your nails a gorgeous glossy effect whilst drying in almost an instant. Manicures just got speedy.

Nourish your cuticles

It’s important to nourish and protect your cuticles to maintain a healthy set of nails. Just add a drop of cuticle oil or treatment onto the base of each nail and rub in circular motions to allow the cuticles to fully absorb the moisture and voila, conditioned cuticles right before your eyes.

Cowshed Nourish Cuticle Oil

Cowshed Nourish Cuticle Oil

£9.00 £10.00 (10% off)

Our top pick: A treatment oil with an apricot scent, this offering from Cowshed provides ultimate nourishment to dehydrated cuticles. It works to revive and soften cuticles while leaving your nails delicately fragranced with a bright, citrus aroma. Buy now!

So there you have it. A mega round-up of our top summer beauty tips and tricks for a fabulous beauty regime that won't take up your entire morning. For more beauty secrets take a look at the eco-friendlysunscreens you need this Summer.

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