Let's face it, heavy makeup melting down your face is not a good look - whether that's during summer or even just on warm autumn/winter days. Follow our top tips for fresh light makeup.


Start with the right moisturiser. Find a light, non-greasy good quality moisturiser - oil-free ones are the best for this. View some of our best moisturisers here.

Protect your skin 

Sun protection is vital to protecting your skin and health long term and should go on after your moisturiser. Even better, some moisturisers already have SPF built in, which makes the layering even lighter and the job quicker! Look out for at least 30 SPF. SPF should be worn ALL year round. Check out our full SPF range here.

Keep it light

Keep your foundation light, and even better, use a tinted moisturiser to keep the number of layers to a minimum on hotter days. Less foundation means less product sliding off your face in the heat.

Clinique has a great CC Cream in their Moisture Surge collection that is lightweight and contains a high SPF - view here.

Estée Lauder has a lightweight CC Cream in their Revitalizing Supreme range that has anti-ageing properties alongside hydrating and colour correcting - view here.

Avoid shine

Cream foundations and shimmering creams can make you look less dewy, and more... shiny.


A soft subtle bronzer brings depth and a sun-kissed glow. A powder bronzer is best for less sliding.

View Bronzers here.

Keep it sheer

Stick to sheer versions of your usual lip and eye colour for summer for a lighter look. Heated skin can cause heavy powders and eyeshadow creams to cake and clump.

Give your look some staying power.

Finish off with a good but light fixing spray to keep everything in place and as waterproof and matte as possible.

Browse our full range of beauty and skincare products here

Louisa Maher