A simple summer beauty routine
  • Sort out your make-up bag for summer with help from the experts at Boots.

Step one: Start with a UV protective base

Applying a lightweight moisturiser under your make-up not only helps brighten your complexion but choosing one with SPF and 5* UVA protection likeNo7 Early Defence Day Cream, £19.50, means effective daily defence from the sun and environmental stress – essential for summer when you are outside for longer.

“Protecting your skin from the sun and environmental stress is really important, particularly if you want to proactively delay the signs of ageing," says Dr Mike Bell, Skincare Scientific Advisor for Boots UK. "With Double Defence technology we have created a powerful and broad-spectrum antioxidant complex which has been designed to neutralise damaging free radicals that cause the skin oxidative stress, helping you keep your skin looking younger for longer.”

Step two: Find your foundation match

“Our skin’s complexion can change colour slightly in the summer," says Jo Watson, No7 Colour Scientist for Boots UK. "To ensure your skin is looking beautiful and flawless, check that you are wearing the right shade of foundation to suit your skin tone – particularly if you have been spending lots of time in the sun! Your skin might also be in need of some post-winter hydration too so switching your foundation for a lighter formulation will help you achieve a more natural glow.” 

Read our review of the No7 Match Made Foundation service here

Step three: Apply in daylight

“Bright sunlight means make-up mistakes are easier to spot so if you can, apply in natural light," says Jo. "Heavy foundations and powders show up more easily on the skin so try swapping to a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser for a seamless, natural finish.  If you are a fan of contouring you may need to tone this down a little too to avoid an unnatural look.  Try using highlighters, a lighter bronze palette and blush to create a more subtle finish which will enhance your natural features.”
Try NEW No7 Shimmer Palette, £13.50 – whether it’s to enhance your natural glow or add a healthy look to your skin, it will give it an immediate lift.  Made up of a selection of flattering shades for any skin tone, the NEW No7 Shimmer Palette is available in two shades. 
For no-fuss highlighter application, sweep SEVENTEEN Skin WOW! Primer, £5.99, gently onto the cheek and brow bones to reveal a subtle shimmering finish.

Step four: Add a pop of colour

“Lots of sunshine and natural light can wash you out so now is a good time to try a bolder, brighter look," says Jo. "If you are not a fan of bright colours, just try a lipstick that is just one or two shades brighter than you would normally wear.  You will be surprised how in the summer daylight these changes are less radical than you think and actually will work to enhance your features.”

Step five: The finishing touch

Just as you started with UV protection - finish with it too. Ensure you wear 100 per cent UV protection sunglasses to keep your eyes protected.  This can also prevent the delicate skin area around your eyes from being exposed to the sun for too long causing premature ageing.  That way your summer beauty routine can help keep you protected in the years to come.


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