Barefaced chic: foundation for summer

News flash: some people want to wear foundation in the summer. And there’s nothing wrong with that. What no one wants, however, is a heavy, obvious, layer that stifles your skin. If you keep in mind, “It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it,” you won’t go far wrong. Try a tinted moisturiser that has a little more pigment. Or add a beautifully formulated liquid highlighter or serum to a tiny bit of foundation or concealer – it gives you a fresher finish. Essentially, the key to wearing foundation in the summer is just don’t put too much on.

  1. Lisa Eldridge Seamless Skin Elevated Glow £27, lisaeldridge.com
  2. Supergoop! Glow Stick SPF 50 £22, selfridges.com
  3. Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator £29, johnlewis.com
  4. Typology Concealer £20.40, typology.com
  5. Ateh x The Organic Pharmacy Glow Serum £45, theorganicpharmacy.com

I can’t do without… A mask that will soothe your stressed-out skin overnight
I love face masks. Yes, of course, many are a waste of money and provide absolutely no benefit. And then you get those that do more harm than good (I find this especially true of many formulated with acids, which is why you should go for a trusted or personally recommended brand). While nothing in a jar or tube can absolutely mimic the skill-set of an excellent facialist, a well-formulated product, especially by someone who knows their stuff, can make all the difference to your skin. Like this wonderful mask by one of the beauty industry’s most trusted skincare experts, Dr Sam Bunting. If you have dry, dehydrated or stressed-out skin, it is a godsend. It is loaded with skin-loving ingredients, such as squalane and shea (savvy humectants that seal moisture into your skin) and niacinamide (great for blemishes and uneven skin tone). The texture is creamy – not greasy. In fact, I would say if your skin is really suffering, it is worth using this as an overnight treatment. It soothes and plumps your skin full of moisture while you sleep. I’d also recommend this for oilier skins. Many, in their quest to balance out oil production, tend to overdo it with acid-based masks. This ends up stripping the skin. Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean your skin can’t be dehydrated. Every skin needs hydration and this might just be a good place to find it. Dr Sam’s Flawless Revival Mask, £32, drsambunting.com

On my radar… Soothing serum, Parisian lip balm and a face saver
High society At last, a facial spray and a colour cosmetics range for very sensitive skin without compromising on quality. It is high-performance, cruelty-free and pregnancy and eczema safe. Tower 28, Soothing Facial Spray, £12, cultbeauty.com

Glowing report If your skin feels inflamed you need a serum to restore balance and repair your skin barrier as opposed to antagonising it further – which is exactly what this does. Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum, £38, cultbeauty.com