Take your summer makeup beyond bronzer with a shot of one of the season’s most vibrant colours. Rachel Marie Walsh reports.

One trend that may finally cut through the ubiquity of contouring and nude lips is summer’s explosion of sugary shades on sheer, dewy skin. 

Pick a feature to light up and team it with brushed brows and an SPF-enriched tint for no-fuss holiday beauty.

Berry Juicy Lips

Coloured lip oils are this season’s glamorous alternative to balm. 

Lancôme’s Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil, €22, and Clinique Pop Lip and Cheek Oil (available June 10), €20, give lips a great plumped-up, conditioned appearance. 

Both leave a very strong colour-deposit for this product type and look like sheer gloss, while maintaining their comforting face-oil texture.

There is also a return to Nineties, My So-Called Life-style berry lips this month, as seen on the Marni and Kenzo catwalks in September. 

These can easily be achieved with pencil’s like MAC Lip Pencil in Beet, €17, or a rich full-colour lippy like Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipstick, €21, in 714.

Get the look: Summer makeup

Berry lips were extremely popular on the Met Gala red carpet, with every second starlet rocking Ribena-mouth of some dilution. 

Strong blackberry shades like those worn by Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were a bit panto villain-ish, but I really liked Jessica Chastain’s raspberry-pink take on the look. 

She wore NARS Audacious Lipstick, €30, in ‘Vera.’

It you must over-draw your lips, try deftly concealing the lines with the doe’s foot applicator in Too Faced’s new Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick, €20. 

I like ‘Bend and Snap!,’ a deep raspberry.

Gelato Cheeks

Forget sculpting and highlighting, now is the time to bring back pretty pink cheeks. 

A rosé flush of cream, gel or wet-to-dry powder looks youthful and requires minimal buffing. 

To flatter your natural contours and prevent over-blushing, start at the apples and try laying two fingers flat by the end of your nose to mark where the colour should stop.

I am currently hooked on the limited-edition shades of NARS Dual Intensity Blush, €39, in the brand’s new collection: ’Sexual Content’ and ‘Liberation’. 

Fair-skinned Léa Seydoux wore the former in lieu of bronzer to the Met Gala earlier this month with slicked-back hair and a very strong boysenberry lip (a blend of NARS Satin Lip Pencil, €26, in ‘Het Loo’ and ‘Hyde Park’). The results were stunning.

Laura Mercier’s new ‘Cocktails Á Saint Tropez’ colour collection offers three très-cute Colour Dots Lip and Cheek Sheers Gel Sticks (below), €32. 

Get the look: Summer makeup

They give a gorgeous wash of vibrant colour that is both easy to apply and a cinch to sustain. I like a little ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ the subtle cerise. 

The formula is rich in emollients and wax, which makes blending a breeze but is not ideal for very oily skin. 

Speaking of flushed cheeks, I was thrilled to see Laura Geller arrive at Debenhams and House of Fraser before Christmas, mainly because of her signature Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush (below), €31.50. 

Get the look: Summer makeup

The New York artist has yet to make her entire range available this side of the pond but this velvety cream-to-powder colour is the best of what we have. 

‘Cantaloupe’ and ‘Guava,’ a classic sheer peach and peachy pink, respectively, are perfect summer shades. 

You can finger-build the colour’s intensity without the product caking. 

Application really is goof-proof and the formula suits all skin-types.

Eye Candy

You may baulk at the notion of pink or lavender shadow washed over and above the lids, as seen on the Dior and Lanvin catwalks for summer, but both look far prettier than they sound. 

Pink enhances every eye colour and light or satin shades suit any complexion (just don’t match them to your lips and cheeks!). 

Lavender is a little too close to blue on the colour wheel to make sapphire peepers pop, but brown eyes look gorgeous in any shade of purple.

Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Eye Palette, €46, available in ‘Sunkissed Pink,’ ‘Sunkissed Nude’ and ‘Sunkissed Gold,’ holds a choice of pinks in radiant or glittering finishes. 

Each quad comes with a gold-bronze option to frame the shade, as well as a black powder with which to line the eyes.

BareMinerals ‘The Instant Attraction’ Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 Palette, €36, offers a sunset-inspired hues best suited to medium and dark complexions. 

Like all the brand’s “Ready” powder products, each shade blends seamlessly and has excellent staying-power. The ‘4.0’ formula contains cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine and cucumber-ingredients for soft, soothed skin around the eyes.

Lily-Rose Depp’s gorgeous Met Gala eye look was a blend of lavender, deep purple and baby-pink Chanel.

Get the look: Summer makeup

Makeup artist Sam Bryant told Harper’s Bazaar how she brushed Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow (above), €32.50, in ‘Rose Pétale’ all over the lids, and blended the light and dark purple shades from the Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow Palette, €50, in ‘Tissé Cambon’ into the contour and corners of the eyes for definition.


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