You only need 4 products to create summer’s top makeup look

Summer makeup look Em Rata

Thank you, multitasking makeup!

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / December 13 2019

If you were to think of the ultimate summer makeup look, chances are you’d envision a glowing and natural base, a pop of colour on the cheeks and full and fluttery lashes. The problem with this ‘no makeup’ makeup look is that it can take a lot of work to make you look like you’ve done nothing at all. Unless you have the right products in your makeup kit. The secret is to reach for multitasking formulas. 

Here’s how to achieve the ultimate summer makeup look using only four products.


Create your base

Because summer is all about embracing a natural-looking complexion, opting for a luminous foundation is the way to go. And while you want your base makeup to give you a radiant and dewy glow, it’s also essential that it lasts and protects – especially on days when the mercury soars above 30 degrees. Max Factor’s new Radiant Lift Foundation ticks all the boxes. The SPF 30 formula applies seamlessly with buildable coverage, allowing you ditch your concealer and perfect your base a whole lot quicker. Plus, it promises to last all day without the need for touch-ups.   


Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation


Double up on glow

One makeup trend that’s become popular in recent years is using the same colour on your cheeks and eyes to create a cohesive makeup look. While you can use bronzer or blush to achieve the single-toned look, highlighter is our new go-to. After applying your highlighter to the high points of your face, add a swipe of product across your eyelids. We recommend Sephora Collection’s Face Shimmering Powder for the task as the finely-milled powder leaves a subtle wash of radiance on the skin, without looking over the top.

Sephora Collection Face Shimmer Powder
TOP TIP: Applying a highlighter to the centre of the eyelids will brighten up your overall look (not to mention tired eyes), making you look wide awake and well-rested.


Define and line your lashes

In summer, the top two requirements for any mascara are that it’s waterproof and it effectively lengthens your lashes. Another we’re adding to the mix is that it reaches the roots of our lashes to make them look thicker and lined (sans eyeliner). It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Mascara’s unique wand enables you to reach all the way to the root of your lashes to mimic the effects of tightlining, while the formula lengthens and thickens lashes with clumping.

It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Mascara


Apply a pop of colour

Instead of piling on heavy contouring or bronzing products, reach for a lightweight cream blush this summer. One of our favourites for the job is ILIA’s Multistick. The multipurpose stick features a cream-to-powder formula that delivers a healthy flush of colour to the cheeks and it can be applied to your lips and eyes, too.

ILIA Multistick

Looking for more makeup tips and tricks? Then check out the beginner’s guide to magnetic lashes and discover the biggest eyebrow trend for 2018

What’s your favourite multitasking product? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.