10 New Make-Up Essentials Worth Investing In This Summer

Photographs Ellyse Anderson

by Annie Vischer |

Luminous lips, high-shine eyes... this summer’s make-up mood is anything but shy

What better time to start rethinking the contents of your make-up bag than the lead-in to a heat wave? Whether your summer plans hinge on a few weeks of full-frontal sunshine in the UK, or you're one of the lucky ones and have a long-haul holiday on the horizon, 2022's summer aesthetic is beckoning, and it's all about glowing skin, statement brights and XXL shine.

Thought that opting for a sheer, glow-giving base meant you had to compromise on coverage? Think again. According to make-up artist to the stars - read: Erin O'Connor, Jenna Goldsack, Michelle Dockery and many more - Adam de Cruz, the key to working a barely-there base to your advantage lies in strategic concealer placement. 'Apply a tinted moisturiser, BB cream or serum foundation to your skin with your fingers,' he says, 'before dabbing a lightweight foundation over any areas you want to veil some more.' Duly noted.

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All That Glitters

This Ibiza-ready eye is minimum effort, maximum impact. No, really: just 'stick your finger in a pot of shimmer-heavy shadow and pat onto your eyelids, taking it right up to the brow,' says make-up artist Adam de Cruz, the pro behind the looks you see here. 'Easy, you're done!'.

High-Rise Blush

Forget pretty and barely-there – this summer’s blush packs a punch. ‘For max colour pay-off, apply NARS Orgasm Dry Body Oil first, before dusting on NARS Summer Unrated Blush/Bronzer Duo with a big fluffy brush, working up and out towards your temples,’ says Adam. ‘You get a beautiful hit of pigment and glow.’

Wild Streak

Channel ’80s Club Tropicana with block, saturated pigments in creamy textures. ‘It’s all about being playful, not perfect,’ says Adam. ‘Use your finger to sweep the colour across your lids and diffuse it towards the arch of your brow.’

Base Instinct

Holiday skin lives for glow and gloss. Go for lightweight, luminous formulas, such as NARS Light Reflecting Foundation, a skincare/ make-up hybrid that amps up both.

Loud Lips

‘For a statement bold lip, start with a bright liner,’ advises Adam. ‘It delivers grip and ensures your creamy, statement colour won’t slip.’ Pro tip: use a sword brush to apply your lipstick. ‘It’s a paint brush that’s flat on one side – great for the sides of your lips – and curved on the other, so it’s perfect for your Cupid’s bow,’ says Adam.

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NARS Summer Unrated Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
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CREDIT: Marco Vittur

‘For max colour pay-off, apply NARS Orgasm Dry Body Oil first, before dusting on NARS Summer Unrated Blush/Bronzer Duo with a big fluffy brush, working up and out towards your temples,’ says Adam. ‘You get a beautiful hit of pigment and glow.’ - Adam de Cruz.

NARS Powerchrome Loose Eye Pigment in Islamorada
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CREDIT: NARS

This Ibiza-ready eye is minimum effort, maximum impact. No, really: just 'stick your finger in a pot of shimmer-heavy shadow and pat onto your eyelids, taking it right up to the brow,' says make-up artist Adam de Cruz.

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation
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CREDIT: Marco Vittur

Holiday skin lives for glow and gloss. Go for lightweight, luminous formulas, such as NARS Light Reflecting Foundation, a skincare/ make-up hybrid that amps up both.

NARS Orgasm Dry Body Oil
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CREDIT: Marco Vittur

‘For max colour pay-off, apply NARS Orgasm Dry Body Oil first, before dusting on NARS Summer Unrated Blush/Bronzer Duo with a big fluffy brush, working up and out towards your temples,’ says Adam. ‘You get a beautiful hit of pigment and glow.’

NARS Summer Unrated Eyeshadow Palette
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CREDIT: Marco Vittur

This Ibiza-ready eye is minimum effort, maximum impact. No, really: just 'stick your finger in a pot of shimmer-heavy shadow and pat onto your eyelids, taking it right up to the brow,' says make-up artist Adam de Cruz, the pro behind the looks you see here. 'Easy, you're done!'.

NARS Orgasm Lip Mask
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CREDIT: Marco Vittur

Slick on a nourishing swipe of lip balm to add glossy lustre. Tapping it across the tops of your cheekbones with your fingers will mimic a post-facial glow too.

About-Face Matte Fluid Eye Paint
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CREDIT: About-Face

Channel ’80s Club Tropicana with block, saturated pigments in creamy textures. ‘It’s all about being playful, not perfect,’ says Adam. ‘Use your finger to sweep the colour across your lids and diffuse it towards the arch of your brow.’

Lisa Eldridge Enhance and Define Lip Pencil in Ribbon
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CREDIT: Lisa Elridge

‘For a statement bold lip, start with a bright liner,’ advises Adam. ‘It delivers grip and ensures your creamy, statement colour won’t slip.’

By Beauty Bay Matte Lipstick in Juice
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CREDIT: Beauty Bay

Pro tip: use a sword brush to apply your lipstick. ‘It’s a paint brush that’s flat on one side – great for the sides of your lips – and curved on the other, so it’s perfect for your Cupid’s bow,’ says Adam.

Rose Inc Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer
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CREDIT: Rose Inc

Have a lightweight concealer to hand if you're intent on wearing a sheer, glow-boosting base without compromising on coverage.

Shoot Credits

Photographer: Ellyse Anderson

Make-Up: Adam De Cruz using NARS

Beauty Director: Joely Walker

Style Director: Molly Haylor

Make-up: Adam De Cruz @ One Represents using NARS Light Reflecting Foundation and Summer Unrated Collection Heated Encounter

Hair: David Wadlow @ Frank Agency using Mermade Hair Tools and Living Proof

Casting Director & Producer: Christie Phedon

Digital Tech: Jess Segal

Stylist Assistant: Susie Lethbridge

Words: Annie Vischer

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