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Must-have summer make-up

The Summer Make-up Switch Over

It’s time to ditch the heavy, matte textures of winter, in favour of fresh, natural-looking colour that will withstand long sunny days spent outdoors. Avoid make-up meltdown with these five simple product switches, your complexion will thank you for it.

Switch: Foundation for tinted moisturiser

As winter fades, so should cold weather-induced dryness and uneven skin tone that requires heavy duty coverage. Take advantage and swap your usual foundation for a sheer formula like Laura Mercier’s cult Tinted Moisturiser. Easy to apply, it will give a bare-skin look that’s ideal for warmer climes.

Switch: Primer for SPF

It's best to wear SPF all year round (yes, even on gloomy winter days), but it’s even more vital when the sun is shining. Opt for a skincare, rather than suncare, formula which will provide an excellent base for your tinted moisturiser, and leave you looking radiant, not greasy; Crème de la Mer The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid is wonderfully lightweight.

Swap: Black eyeliner for blue

Nothing peps up an evening eye look like a slick of black liquid liner, but dark kohl can be a little heavy for holiday. We suggest taking on one of SS14’s favourite beauty trends and trying out blue liner – from cobalt to turquoise, this colour is an easy way to update your liner look. Try Lancôme Artliner 24H in Sapphire for a truly modern lash line.

Switch: Powder blush for cream cheek colour

Powder blush is supreme for contouring, but it can feel too matte and dense teamed with pared-back summer skin. Cream cheek colour, like Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Cheek Glow, is easy to apply on-the-go, and can be blended with fingers for a natural flush. Pink, peach, nude and coral shades are the perfect complement to a golden tan.

Swap: Lipstick for hybrid gloss

Hybrid lip colour is the perfect compromise between colour and comfort, and Dior Addict Fluid Stick is up at the top spot when it comes to performance. Newly launched, this product offers high pigment hues with a gloss finish that lasts all day like a stain - an impressive combination when it comes to the demands of summer.

Shop all the swaps below.

Read our 10 Tips for a Perfect Tan.

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