We Reveal The Winners Of The Grazia Summer Beauty Awards 2024

From ground-breaking SPF to the hero hydrator, there’s something for everyone...

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by Sameeha Shaikh |
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Over the last few weeks, the Grazia beauty team has been busy swatching, slathering and spritzing through the past year's most noteworthy product launches in a bid to crown the industry's biggest game-changers. From the best women's fragrance, to the best summer base, travel hero and summer skin saviour, this year's winners are a true reflection of the incredible innovations coming out of the beauty space right now. And the best bit? They make the perfect addition to any summer beauty kit.

Our winners include a high street hero that promises to improve your hair in just five minutes, a viral body mist which has taken TikTok by storm and industry gold-standard sun care that will protect you year-round, all of which are available to shop at John Lewis & Partners, our partner for this year's Summer Awards.

Whether you are ready to restock your every day essentials, try out a cult classics or be inspired by trendy beauty buys that are changing the beauty space, John Lewis's curated edit of brands covers all the bases. And with new products landing on its virtual and IRL shelves each week, beauty buffs can rest assured knowing they can shop the best of beauty on demand, including our summer heroes below.

Without further ado, in partnership with John Lewis, we bring you the winners and runners up of the Grazia Summer Beauty Awards 2024.

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Best Suncare For Body

Best suncare for body

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'We love a smart SPF and Shiseido is positively Mensa-worthy, infused with 66% skincare ingredients to hydrate and plump, not only does it provide seamless protection against UVA. UVB and the oxidative effect of blue light, it actually gets better with wear. Featuring Syncho Shield Repair, the protective veil is strengthened by heat and water and self-repairs when scratched. If only our make-up could do the same...'

Best suncare for body

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'The heaviest product in the brand's first-ever sun care collection features a blend of niacinimide, pongamia seed extract and cupuacu butter, and offers a highly-protective, blendable and silky finish.'

Best suncare for body

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Easy-to-apply SPF becomes especially important when you're on holiday given long days spent on-the-move and this quick-absorbing mist is the perfect answer. It refreshes, hydrates and protects all at once thanks to a light formula and clever delivery system.'

Best Suncare For Face

Best suncare for face

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'With a gel-like velvety texture and – crucially – a cast-free finish, this new-gen SPF is leading the charge in making sunscreen a joy to wear. Bursting with vitamins C to F, it delivers hefty skincare benefits too and the invisible formula even acts as a glowy primer.'

Best suncare for face

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Perfect for every on-the-go moment, this nourishing grape seed and buriti oil-infused stick provides serious protection with an undetectable, lightweight feel that you'll have no problem reapplying throughout the day.'

Best suncare for face

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Love the original cult classic formula? Well, you'll adore this new iteration with added pigments for a seriously covetable dewy glow. It works especially well under make-up and works hard to protect skin from infrared radiation and blue light.'

Best Self-Tan

Best self-tan

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Removing the icky parts of sunless tanning(the smell, the stains) and adding skincare goodness, this Bali-inspired brand with a legion of fans had us at ‘enhances skin elasticity by 114%’. Delivering a pretty sun-kissed glow that develops over 4-6 hours, the stealth skincare in the form of niacinamide, polyglutamic acid and antioxidant-rich DHA means skin is treated as you tan.'

Best self-tan

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'This aptly named mist promises to deliver the new-gen of at-home tanning. With icon Paris Hilton at the helm, the limited edition spray and glove set upgrades your run-of-the-mill self tanner thanks to a lightweight, transparent Self-Tan Water housed in a 360 airless mister. Get ready to glow whether at home or away.'

Best self-tan

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, ' Isle of Paradise has earned its rightful spot in the tanning hall of fame, thanks to its efficacious and fool-proof products. Loaded with vitamin C, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, it tends to skin while leaving behind a covetable glow.'

Best Complexion Make-Up

Best complexion make-up

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Bronzing aficionados know that the perfect bronzer is a precise alchemy between shade and formula. Well, Chanel’s illuminating offering boasts both. Each of the five colourways – to suit every skintone – comes in a trio of energising shades that can be
worn individually or together to warm up the complexion.'

Best complexion make-up

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'If you are not yet penchant to a cream blush over powder, this will quickly change your mind. Crafted from a 92% solid serum base, this skincare-cum-make-up staple easily blends to impart a perfect wash of glossy colour to the cheeks.'

Best complexion make-up

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'This hot addition to Hourglass' wildly popular Vanish Collection is the perfect finish to any look. Sheer, ultra-light and proven to instantly reduce shine, it provides a flawless finish sans any drying or caking.'

Best Fragrance Men

Best fragrance men

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'This fresh, sunny iteration of the beloved Blue Pour Homme captures the allure of basking by the Italian seaside. The woody aromatic opens with a squeeze of Sicilian lemon giving way to sun-baked cypress and a warm amber base that immediately activates OOO vibes. But it was the majolica print bottle that sealed the deal.'

Best fragrance men

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'A base of warm cedarwood oils, incense and pine needles make this a fresh and aromatic offering that quickly transports you to a thriving, overgrown woodland with the purpose of recharging the senses.'

Best fragrance men

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'One look at this ocean-coloured bottle is enough to settle you into the holiday mood, but the scent is altogether a deep retreat. Inspired by the backdrop of sunny Sicily, it is blended with a cocktail of citrusy bergamot, zesty lemon, and juicy red orange for a delicious and bright olfactive offering. This is summer bottled up.'

Best Fragrance Women

Best fragrance women

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'One spritz transports you to a balmy evening in Provence. Powdery rosewater is cut with fresh bergamot ensconced in a herbaceous cloud of hyssop. This sunny scent washes over you like that first hit of heat as you step off the plane. Sumptuous.'

Best fragrance women

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Powdery white musk, sweet peas, and juicy green pears, make this a fruity-floral offering that will fast-become your go-to all summer long.'

Best fragrance women

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'The third Gucci fragrance to join the FloraFantasy collection was worth the wait. Laden with patchouli essence, magnolia essence and a dewberry accord, it boasts a soft, floral femininity that is both sensual and bold.'

Summer Skin Saviour

Summer skin saviour

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'For complexions that aren’t quite as enthralled by summer as we are, this lightweight balm is a skin whisperer in a tube. Boasting the highest concentration of centella asiatica in the Korean brand’s portfolio, combined with peptides and prebiotic alaphor it reduces redness, soothes dry patches and bolsters barriers to ‘bring skin back from the brink’.

Summer skin saviour

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Whenever anyone complains about sore, dry, or chapped skin woes, I quickly point them in the direction of this skin saviour. Healing and restorative thanks to a petroleum-based formula enriched with hyaluronic acid and a tri-blend of ceramides, it calms and cools with its balmy texture and can be used just about anywhere that needs repair.'

Summer skin saviour

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'This clever formula combats eight different 'sensitivity zones' including dry patches, post-treatment skin, pregnancy bumps and nipples. An omega 3, 6 and 9 and ceramide-enriched formula, fortified with sunflower, apricot kernel, and sweet almond oils, as well as the South Korean camellia japonica seed oil, work in synergy to intensively nourish and relieve dry, sensitive and even eczema prone skin.'

Ultimate Travel Hero

Ultimate travel hero

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Hydration on the go is a summer essential. Boosted with the unique TFC8 technology, skin is cared for from plane to beach. A triple threat, the lightweight mist takes down redness, soothes irritation and plumps up parched skin.'

Ultimate travel hero

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, '73% of people who used this clever tool said it helped to "de-stress in tense moments after one use," and one look at its core ingredients reveals why – lavender, camomile and orange 100% natural essential oils can be rolled onto pulse points to bring an instant sense of calm wherever you are.'

Ultimate travel hero

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Meet the blush that has revolutionised the blush scene. With a reimagined applicator (a jelly-looking and feeling stick) and a long-lasting natural-looking stain, you can use it on lips and cheeks for a buildable wash of colour. It's a pocket rocket.'

Best Eye Make-Up

Best eye make-up

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Nothing segues your make-up bag into summer quite like a new palette and this beautiful offering from Nars had us daubing every single shade – a rarity in the world of eyeshadow palettes. From sun-burnished terracottas to mellow metallics, there is a colour and finish to cater for every mood.'

Best eye make-up

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Come summer, you need a mascara that lasts and this offering from Givenchy was crafted with all-day wear in mind. The 90% natural-origin formula is infused with ceramide-like actives and D-panthenol to care for lashes while providing length and serious volume.'

Best eye make-up

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Organic olive tree derived wax, carnauba wax and jojoba are the soft waxes that make up this category-defining mascara. It is lightweight, long-wearing and smudge-proof, and is perfect for those who love fluttery lashes with a soft, bouncy finish.'

Best Summer Hair Hero

Best summer hair hero

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Supremely shiny locks signal healthy hair but split ends, breakage, frizz and even colour fade are triggered by the sun. Enter this speedy in-shower treatment that uses skincare-grade glycolic acid (yes, really) to deliver a glass-like finish and boost hair health in the long term. All hair types can benefit, even those lack-lustre blondes that usually find shine hard to achieve. Swish.'

Best summer hair hero

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Formulated for all hair types, this weekly treatment helps to shift pollution, heavy metals, and product buildup to detoxify and deeply cleanse scalps and strands all without leaving them stripped.'

Best summer hair hero

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'With the brand's highest concentration of patented hair-like protein alpha keratin 60ku®, this leave-in serum works from the inside-out helping to strengthen hair and prevent future breakage. You'll notice a difference instantly, with smoother, softer strands and those pesky split ends? Sorted.'

Best Make-Up Base

Best make-up base

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'For those who worship at the altar of glow, this skincare/make-up hybrid elicits the ultimate ‘status skin’ radiance and comes in 10 shades. Touted as a ‘complexion enhancer’, it can be mixed with foundation to feign the complexion of the genetically blessed, but can also be used as a highlighter when dotted directly on to the high points of the face.'

Best make-up base

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Those who adore the brand's iconic Vitamin Enriched range will love this new addition in equal measure. Boasting the same vitamin B, C, and E-enriched formula with shea butter and hyaluronic acid, this 2-in-1 provides moisture and coverage with a natural, fresh finish that is ideal for summer.'

Best make-up base

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'This all-in-one solution to sun-kissed, glossy skin covers all the bases: primer, foundation, highlighter and contour. The skin perfecter is infused with glycerin and shea butter to provide up to 24 hours of hydration, which keeps skin plump and supple while lifting the complexion with just the right amount over coverage.'

Best Lip Enhancer

Best lip enhancer

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Creating a statement matte look without drying lips out is no mean feat. But trust Charlotte Tilbury to deliver a hydrating formula that doesn’t scrimp on bold colour. The sharp bullet negates the need for lip liner too. Mwah!'

Best lip enhancer

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'If you follow beauty trends like us, you'll be well-versed on how viral the original Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick was, for all its universally-flattering, gloss-cum-lipstick qualities, but this new subtle soft pink iteration is the upgrade we never knew we needed.'

Best lip enhancer

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'This newbie has quickly risen to internet stardom thanks to its buttery balmy texture, sheer wash of colour and glossy but not too glossy shine. Available in six natural lip-enhancing shades, it makes lips look plumper, fuller and dewy thanks to a caring blend of maracuja oil, shea and jojoba butters.'

Best Body Care Hero

Best body care hero

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'When it comes to bodycare, we now expect more from what used to be a perfunctory slather. Arden’s newest addition to the Eight Hour portfolio delivers long-lasting hydration thanks to a blend of shea butter and avocado oil, with a prebiotic complex that leaves skin feeling smoother.'

Best body care hero

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Some of us aren't in the business of applying a thick coat of body cream after stepping out of a hot and steamy shower, especially in the summer, and that's where this no-fuss essential comes in. It transforms from a mousse to a silky veil of moisture that sinks in instantly before coating the skin in a delicious soft scent.'

Best body care hero

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'A potent yet gentle cocktail of 7% glycolic acid, salicylic acid  and shea butter make this a hard-working fix for a range of skin woes including KP bumps, ingrown hairs, rough skin, and body breakouts. The best bit? You can use it all over your body.'

The Blockbuster Skincare Launch

The blockbuster skincare launch

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Eighteen years in the making, this lightweight serum boasts an innovative technology called Mela B3 that halts melanin overproduction. Cue the start of dark marks fading and the end of new discoloured patches. Need more? Niacinamide is on hand to further help even out skin tone. Powerful stuff.'

The blockbuster skincare launch

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'A blend of hyaluronic-rich red algae, moisture-boosting padina pavonica, barrier repairing rose centifolia and soothing English rose, make this dual-phase, oil-in serum a hardworking hydrator.'

The blockbuster skincare launch

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Targeting both the genetic and epigenetic causes of aging, this refreshing luxe moisturiser boasts a combination of more than fifty active ingredients to stimulate, regenerate and protect skin at a cellular level. Skin is left instantly smoother and plump on first use, and after prolonged wear it has a visible reduction on fine lines. You'll especially love the healthy glow it leaves behind.'

Best Gadget or Tool

Best gadget or tool

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'If hair removal is a summer non-negotiable, allow us to introduce you to the most aesthetically pleasing at-home IPL device, well, ever. The elegant ergonomics aren’t just for show; the silicone-like material hugs curves and navigates all body parts for seamless, and spotless, depilation. Five intensity settings cater for sensitive patches and all pain thresholds.'

Best gadget or tool

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'ghd has established itself as the gold standard in heat styling, with particular authority in the hair straightener category and this tool proves why. The most advanced straightener from the masters of hair stylers, the ghd Chronos features breakthrough technology to help transform hair with 85% more shine, 2x more sleek definition, 3x more breakage protection, 24-hours of lasting style, and 3x faster styling. All that in a more compact design.'

Best gadget or tool

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'For those of us who can't think of anything worse than plucking, waxing or threading our brows into better shape, here lies the pain-free solution. This easy-to-use, fuss-free hair remover will clean brows up in seconds.'

John Lewis: Best In Class

John Lewis: Best In Class

Verity Clark, acting beauty director, says, 'Selling eight mists an hour since launching, this lightweight ‘skinscent’ – milky, musky fragrances that mimic warm skin – has become something of a viral scentsation. The best-selling recipe? Sweet vanilla, sugary violet and sultry sandalwood. A triple treat, if you will, that’s at once cosy, sophisticated and deliciously moreish. Yum.'

John Lewis: Best In Class

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, and vitamin F powerfully combine to target the entire eye area, helping to reduce the look of Crow's Feet and eye bags, while leaving a more lifted and firm appearance.'

John Lewis: Best In Class

Sameeha Shaikh, beauty writer, says, 'Meet the scent that made the entire Grazia beauty team cry "oooh" in unison. A seductive blend of warm saffron, sensual tuberose and cosy vanilla and musk make it an absolute head turner.'

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