Bold, joyful and easier to pull off than you think – when it comes to summer make-up, it pays to be a shade braver…
When it comes to summer nails, the rule is go bold or go home. Not only is staring down at carnival-coloured tips and toes an instant pick-me-up, but vibrant corals, electric neons and loud-and-proud pinks bring out the warmth in your skin, leaving you looking more sun-kissed than you really are.
1. Bright colours look best on natural-shaped tips – keeping them short and slightly rounded gives a sophisticated edge to playful hues, plus it elongates the appearance of your fingers.
2. Eye-popping shades show more imperfections than nudes – buff your nails first to smooth out any ridges then lacquer up with a base coat to prevent your nails from staining.
3. Our standout shade of the season? Essie’s Nail Lacquer in Meet Me At Sunset – a rich grown-up orange that’s bright, sporty and sexy (even if you’re only brave enough to wear it on your toes).
Eyeliner is one of the safest ways to experiment with wild hues – dip your toe in the water with a sweep of colour across your lash line, then build it up towards the eye crease, depending on how daring you feel (we say: go for it!). Choose wisely – turquoise, purple, blue and emerald-green are great alternatives to black, and make eyes look brighter too.
1. Liquid eyeliners glide on and give the cleanest line and richest colour. We love this one from Stila, which has a precision nib that hugs the lash line and it’s waterproof too.
2. Slipped up? No judgement here – spot-fix mistakes without starting from scratch by dipping a cotton bud in eye make-up remover then buffing out the colour.
3. We layered a complementary colour (Barry M’s Bold Waterproof Eyeliner in Blue) from the inner corner of the eye to the centre to take the look to a new level of gorgeous.
Wearing a lipliner that clashes with your lipstick might sound like make-up madness, but as well as adding a bit of fun factor, it creates the illusion of noticeably plumper lips too. This standout twin set – high-impact orange paired with a daring pink lipliner – works brilliantly and perks up your look, without being scary. Just add confidence… and a pair of sunglasses.
1. Outline lips (right into the corners) with Barry M Lipliner in Dark Pink – be brave and build up the colour towards the middle to exaggerate the two-tone effect.
2. Add contrast with Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Risque – it might look intimidating but liquid matte lipstick packs the biggest punch and won’t slide around like creamy formulas. Apply to the centre of lips only, then stand back and be wowed.
3. With lips this dramatic, it pays to keep the rest of your look on the light side. Just add a dab of concealer, groomed brows and flick of mascara.
Photographer: Jason Hetherington / Stylist: Louise Hall / Hair stylist: Roxy Attard / Make-up artist: Emma Miles
Manicurist: Emma Welsh / Model: Erin at Established / Beauty editor: Emma Robertson