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Bare Beauty

Cool tropical beauty to take you effortlessly from beach to bar. Joanna Webber recommends day-to-night summer essentials.

January 22, 2019
Rebecca Murphy

Rebecca Murphy

January 22, 2019

When it comes to summer, less is more. This natural no-makeup look focuses on skincare rather than makeup to achieve a raw radiance that stays dewy no matter how high the temperature soars during the day. Then, as the sun goes down, transform the look from pared-back and peachy to golden glam with just a few tweaks.

Peachy days

Skin It’s just as important to care for your skin before hitting the beach as it as after. Try Sun Bum Premium Hydrating After Sun Gel, $10, with aloe vera for a great all-over moisturiser that doesn’t leave a sticky residue, or Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting UV Cream SP30, $48.99, for long-lasting protection. Avoid skincare products containing alcohol as they may be doing more harm than good, especially in the sun.

Face Prepare skin with a hydrating face mask to instantly bring back moisture and radiance. We love SK-11 Facial Treatment Mask, $125 for six, or Mario Badescu Skin Care Rose Hips Mask, $29, with Vitamin C, lemongrass extract, and rose hips.

Forget layers of foundation and base – this look is pared back and natural. Lighten dark circles under your eyes with a tinted eye cream like Dior Diorsnow Uv Shield BB Eye Sunscreen Crème SPF 20, $77, which comes in two shades.

For a beautiful, fresh-faced glow, try Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within Illuminating Balm, $32. It complements every skin tone and applies easily for a smooth, luminous finish that lasts.

Bite Beauty Multistick in Praline, $24, gives an effortless wash of peachy colour to eyes and cheeks. Formulated with organic ingredients, it feeds and hydrates your skin while providing weightless, high-performance coverage and a soft, long-lasting finish.

Apply from the bullet to eyelids and blend well with your fingertips or a small eyeshadow brush. Smile and apply to the apples of the cheeks, using your fingertips to blend up and out towards your temples.

Brow Fabulous eyebrows frame the face and add definition. With a light hand, glide a Revlon Colorstay Brow Crayon, $25.95, over your brows, starting at the fuller end and working towards the tip. The sheer wax-to-powder formula is buildable, so you can layer colour as you go. The aim is to have eyebrows a shade or two darker than your hair.

Using a clear mascara instead of black or brown will save you from any panda-eye scenarios at the pool, too.

Lips During the day, protect and moisturise lips with Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, $7.50. This emollient balm with SPF 25 is enriched with shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E.

Hair Swept-back tresses accentuate polished brows and contoured cheekbones while giving you that ‘just off the beach’ vibe without any hat-hair woes.

Spray hair with water until damp and apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse, $10, to the roots. Comb short hair back behind your ears and spray with hairspray. Sweep long locks into a chic bun or pony and spray to hold.

Glowing nights

Skin Spray skin lightly with Moroccanoil After Sun Milk, $28, for a cooling moisturiser with an addictive gardenia fragrance. Target specific areas with Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm, $25, to minimise any post-burn peeling on both your face and body.

Face Avoid shimmery powders and opt for a natural radiance. Dab a little concealer around your eyes to cover any dark spots before applying RMS Living Luminizer, $55, on cheekbones and above the cupid’s bow. Enriched with coconut oil, this award-winning product delivers a subtle sheen and a luxe-looking glow.

Eyes Complement your natural brow with a soft gold or pastel copper eyeshadow across your lid. Eyeshadow pencils like Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon, $37, are easy to apply and have staying power. Keep mascara light but accentuating and apply liner thinly and close to the lash line.

Lips For night, apply Bobbi Brown Downtown Plum Luxe Lip Colour, $37, with a lip brush for a precise glossy finish.

Hair Take beach hair to the next level by adding volume, texture and body. Whether it’s a pony, braid or bun, pinch small sections of hair at the roots and pull forward slightly. Rub the sections of hair together with your fingertips and spray with Kevin.Murphy BEDROOM.HAIR, $24.95, to hold in place.

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