13 Beauty Pros On Their Top Summer Beauty Buys

Keen to update your make-up bag with some reliable recommendations? We asked some of the world’s top beauty professionals which products everyone should own for summer. From silky bronzers to flattering lipsticks and sweat-proof mascaras, here’s what they wouldn’t be without…
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‘Beija Flor’ Elasti-Cream, £46 | Sol de Janeiro

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Adeola Gboyega

“The scent of this product had me at hello. The formula is also seriously hardworking. Skin feels incredibly supple and smooth post application – plus, it’s a dream to apply.”

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

‘Instaglam’ Compact Deluxe Banana Powder, £52 | Rodial

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Chynara Kojoeva

“Make-up and heat don’t always go hand in hand so to make sure everything stays in place, this is what you want. Not only does it correct redness and blue undertones, it also keeps make-up intact for longer, which really came in handy with for my clients during the Cannes Film Festival.”

Available at LookFantastic.com

Cream Shadow Stick, £25 | Bobbi Brown

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Jennifer Oliver

“These are so easy – just swipe them onto the lid, blend the colour in with your finger and you’re set. Because it's waterproof and promises 24-hour wear, this won’t budge – even on long summer days. The shades I like are ‘Golden Amber’ and ‘Cinnamon’.”

Available at BobbiBrown.co.uk

Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Colour, £23 | Rose Inc

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist, Mira Parmar

“This multipurpose product is the perfect choice for lips, eyes and skin – it’s great for streamlining your make-up bag, especially when travelling. I love the colours ‘Anemone’ and ‘True Pink’.”

Available at SpaceNK.com

CEO Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Cream, £60 | Sunday Riley

Recommended by: Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist, Camilla Hewitt

“When you want to look like you’ve spent a week on the beach, this clever formula will even out your skin tone and flood your complexion with hydration. It’s a summer must-have.”

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Les Beiges Bronzing Cream, £43 | Chanel

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Ashley Dayes

“Chanel fans know this is the ultimate summer bronzer. Super creamy, it also gives your skin a nourished and healthy finish. In the summer I almost think of it as a foundation/bronzer hybrid as it lends the kind of coverage other bronzers can’t.” 

Available at Selfridges.com

Tinted Moisturiser, £28 | Authored

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Gemma Peace

“This is perfect for those summer days when you want lighter coverage and a hydrating base. It gives you a seamless finish like a ‘second skin’. The best part is it doesn't cling to any dry patches and lasts all day.”

Available at TheAuthored.com

UncompliKated SPF50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray, £36 | Kate Somerville

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Sophie Tilley

“A setting spray is something I use on all my clients – even after I’ve finalised their look with powder as it smooths everything down for a more natural finish. This one lends a soft-focus finish to your make-up and also protects your skin with SPF50 – it just ticks all the boxes.”

Available at KateSomerville.co.uk

The Hydrating Illuminator, £60 | La Mer

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist & Hairstylist, Cat Parnell

“This is one of those products you can mix with everything or use on its own. For a more natural glow, add it into your foundation to sheer it out. Another pro tip – if you have any left over on your hand or palette, mix it with a bit of your cream or liquid blush to turn it into a blush/highlighter hybrid.”

Avaiable at LookFantastic.com

Solid Lip Serum, £22 | SANN

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist, Jessica Kell

“This is an absolute saviour come the summer. Not only is it extremely nourishing and hydrating (perfect in the heat) it also delivers a splash of colour. It makes for a beautiful finishing touch when paired with a waterproof mascara and a sweep of cream bronzer.”

Available at SannBeauty.com

Glowscreen SPF 30, £32 | Supergoop

Recommended by: Celeb Make-Up Artist, Katie Jane Hughes

“We all know how important it is to wear an SPF, and this formula is protective and wearable all at once. The best bit is the highlighter effect it gives off. Whether worn under make-up or on its own, it's fast become one of my go-tos.”

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, £19 | Rare Beauty &  Les Beiges Water Fresh Blush, £42 | Chanel

Recommended by: Make-Up Artist & Brand Founder, Ruby Hammer MBE

“A cream or liquid blush instantly lifts your complexion and adds a subtle pop of colour that’s perfect for summer. They’re also incredibly versatile. There’s no need to confine the products to your cheeks – blend it onto your eyelids and lips as well for a soft monochromatic look.”

Available at SpaceNK.com & Chanel.com

Moisturising CC Cream In 'Tan', £58 | By Terry

Recommended by: Make-up Artist, Frankie Neal

“I like buffing a little bit of this CC cream onto my cheeks, nose and the forehead to give my skin a summer glow. You can also add a little bit into your foundation to add some warmth. It blends out effortlessly and feels light as air on the skin.”

Available at LookFantastic.com

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