Matrix Product manager, Grace, is a self-proclaimed beauty junkie. Her day-to-day job means she’s surrounded by all things beauty from formulations and fragrances to colour cosmetics and the latest “must-have” products. As a product developer, it’s Graces job to stay ahead of the competition and know all about the latest “it” beauty products in the market and the latest big beauty trends, so who better to give an insight into her favourite summer beauty products.
Everyday Summer Essentials
Sunscreen is no longer negotiable. You can’t find an article about daily beauty routines that doesn’t mention how essential daily sunscreen application is, even in winter. My favourite new sunscreen is Ren’s Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen. The formula is perfect underneath my makeup as it contains rice starch to help stop shine (essential in the summer!), and passionfruit seed extract for a boost of antioxidants that defend against free radical damage. The formula is silicone-free and made without oxybenzone, providing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and, because it’s Ren, it’s also vegan and cruelty-free AND coral reef friendly.
Facial sprays and mists are the kind of product that you never know you need until you try it. Facial sprays are obviously great in the summer for refreshing, hydrating and cooling skin on a hot day but they can also be used to prime, set and revive makeup before post-work drinks all year round. My favourite go-to is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, herbs and rose water. These sprays are a cult favourite and are available with a range of different botanical infusions depending on what your skin needs. Choose the Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea spray to instantly hydrate & soothe skin or the Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender spray to calm and comfort skin. On hot summer days, I keep my facial spray in the fridge for an extra refreshing and cooling boost.
Multi-use products are the ultimate make-up bag essential, especially for holidays. I’m loving the Milk Makeup Glow Oil Lip & Cheek – they’re available in four shades and give a subtle sheer glow to complexions and lips. The oil comes in the iconic Milk Makeup stick which makes it travel-friendly and super easy to apply on the go. The formula includes rice bran oil which has protective antioxidant properties, along with a surge of hydration. The formula doesn’t include any parabens, sulphate or silicone and is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base is an iconic product, especially in the summer months when you want a summer glow without sitting in the sun. The lightweight, cream-gel bronzer leaves my skin tone with a slightly sun-kissed look but is more intense and buildable on fairer skin tones. The formula includes mineral waxes and powders that ensure effortless application and a matte finish. I wear it over my tinted moisturiser (foundation in winter) as a bronzer and a little on my eyes for a ‘barely there’ eyeshadow. Bonus: it lasts for absolutely ages!
A luxe industry leader adored globally by professionals, celebrities and beauty editors, even as a first-time self-tanner you can trust St. Tropez to deliver a flawless tan. The St.Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel is part of the brand new ‘Purity’ range and this gel-to-water self-tan develops a natural-looking, golden tan in just three hours, with no need to wash off. To make your tan last longer, exfoliate 24 hours before applying and keep your skin moisturised to avoid the dreaded patchy tan.
Finding the right mascara is a never-ending quest and even when I think I’ve found “the one” after a few months I inevitably want to try the latest “must-have, game-changing, lash transforming” mascara. When it comes to holidays, I always find myself returning to the award-winning Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (specifically the waterproof version!) and it definitely does the job with a smudge-free, long-lasting formula that survives the heat and the pool. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has a lash loving, collagen-fuelled formula that thickens, lengthens and curls with an hourglass-shaped brush that has been designed to coat each and every lash.