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Top Makeup Essentials for Luminous Summer Skin

by Letisha Tate-Dunning
Top Makeup Essentials for Luminous Summer Skin

When the weather heats up, it’s time to move away from heavier bases and opt for more dewy, luminous makeup looks that will make your skin look amazing. As always, try different products and see what works best for you and your skin, but here are our top 5 picks of the essentials:



1. BB/CC Cream


The “Blemish Balm” or “BB” cream is fast becoming women’s best friend. Combining coverage, moisturiser, sunscreen and skin-perfecting ingredients, if you wear just ONE item of make-up on your face, it should be this. A “Colour Corrector” or “CC” cream is in a similar vein, but packs more punch in the anti-ageing department.



Garnier BB Cream – Miracle Skin Perfector, SPF15, approx. $18


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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, SPF30, approx. $76




2. Foundation


While BB/CC creams are fab for everyday wear and ease of use, sometimes we need something a bit heavier for those special occasions. The type of foundation you need is heavily dependent on the type of skin you have. See our article here for explanation on the different types and how to apply it.



Doll Face Mineral Powder Foundation, $40 


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Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, SPF15, $60


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3. Primer


Primers are often not really seen as ‘essential’, but if you want your foundation looking its best and staying on all day, then a primer is a must. Not only does it create a smooth, even surface for your foundation to adhere to, but it also creates a protective layer between your skin and your foundation. Like foundations, there are many different types of primers that suit your skin type, and many help to correct and even out skin tones.



Doll Face Primer, $36 


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NARS Pro-Prime Pore-Refining Primer, $68 


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4.  Illuminator


A highlighter and a concealer in one, an illuminator is your secret weapon against disguising wrinkles and contouring your face. Apply it down the ridge of your nose, under your eyes and just underneath the eyebrows to give you a youthful appearance.



Revlon PhotoReady Skin Lights, approx. $37



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Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat Radiant Touch, approx. $60


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5. Bronzer


A lot of people think bronzer isn’t for them, but there are so many different shades and colour options out there now there’s definitely something for everyone. If you’re fair-skinned, opt for a cream-based one with pink undertones, or if you’re more olive-skinned, go for something with more coral tones.



Thin Lizzy 6-in-1 Professional Powder, approx. $50 for the 6-in-1 professional powder set

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NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder, $72 


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