9 Lightweight Make-Up Products For Hot Weather

In our books, summer make-up should be simple, fuss-free and, most importantly, lightweight. From a water-based foundation to a sheer liquid eyeshadow, these are the products to see you through the summer heat…
By Sapna Rao /

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THE GLOW BALM

Nu Glow In Balm, £27 | YSL

This skincare/make-up hybrid balm from YSL’s ‘Nu’ range adds instant and noticeable glow. The thin liquid texture sits well under make-up if you want to use it as a radiant primer, or alternatively, apply it to the tops of your cheeks for a glossy finish. Meanwhile, added shea butter delivers 24 hours of hydration, yet it still allows skin to breathe.

Available at JohnLewis.com

THE TINTED MOISTURISER

Light Revealer, £37 | Laura Mercier

For a luminous lift, it’s hard to beat this radiant tinted moisturiser. The mineral pigment formula is designed to be sheer, but subtle luminescent pearls give the skin a flattering glow and a lightweight veil of coverage. A blend of French algae, vitamin C and E, this plant-based hydrating blend not only gives the skin a much-needed moisture boost, but it also fortifies the skin barrier to protect it against pollutants and external aggresors.

Available at SpaceNK.com

THE FOUNDATION

Les Beiges Eau De Teint Water-Fresh Tint, £50 | Chanel

This skin tint is a bestseller for a reason. Albeit more of an investment, it’s expertly formulated with innovative micro-fluidic technology, meaning 75% of the product is made up of a hydrating water base. Micro-droplets of pigment are then blended into the formula, so when it’s buffed onto the skin, each one delivers a light, fresh dose of radiant coverage.

Available at JohnLewis.com

THE LASH & BROW PRODUCT

Beauty Lash & Brow Tint, £18 | 19/99

With three shades to choose from, this lash and brow gel subtly tints hairs without looking OTT. The thin-bristle brush coats lashes and brows with a light layer of product, which can then be built up as you go. Clean and vegan, the formula is also designed to stay put all day. A hot weather hero.

Available at Revolve.com

THE LIQUID EYESHADOW

Ombre Eclat Liquide Eyeshadow, £38 | Sisley

Balmy summer nights and holidays call for a subtle shimmer or sheen on the eyelids. To make sure it doesn’t feel too heavy, try one Sisley’s new liquid eyeshadows. Using the product’s precision tip, you can apply it directly onto the lids, blending it out with your finger or a brush while it’s still wet. Once it sets, however, it won’t crease or flake all day.

Available at JohnLewis.com

THE POWDER BRONZER

Bronze Goddess Bronzing Powder, £39 | Estée Lauder

When it comes wearing make-up in the heat, less is always more – which is where this finely milled bronzer comes in. Skin will never look cakey, or the make-up feel too heavy. Instead, the oil-free formula tames shine and lightly sculpts the contours of the face.

Available at JohnLewis.com

LIQUID BRONZER

Bronze GlowLighter, £38 | Rodial

If a liquid bronzer is more your style, this product gets our vote. Apply it to the hollows of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and under the jawbone to chisel and sculpt, then blend it out with a brush to contour, or a fluffy brush for a bronzy glow. Alternatively, mix it to your moisturiser for an all-over bronze-y tint.

Available at LookFantastic.com

THE LIP & CHEEK TINT

Lip & Cheek Balm, £16 | Typology

This lightweight tint is a great multi-tasker. Apply it to the cheeks, lips or even eyelids to add a soft flush of colour – you’ll soon see how good the pay-off actually is. With a skin-loving blend of more than 97% naturally derived ingredients, it also works to improve the condition of your skin over time, too.

Available at Typology.com

THE TINTED LIP BALM

HydraLip, £15 | Sculpted By Aimee

Lipsticks and liquid matte colours can be quite heavy in the summer, so if you’re after something subtler, give these lip balms a go. Offering a glossy glow and a good dose of moisture, they’re also available in six flattering shades. The hyaluronic acid-infused formula delivers on hydration, while jojoba seed oil keeps lips feeling nourished for longer. It even protects them from UVA & UVB rays.

Available at Boots.com

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