Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Our summer beauty must-have products. Image writer’s own.

It’s peak beach-going season and we’re sure many of you are in holiday mode. Whilst we prefer a much simpler approach to beauty in the summer months, there are still some products that we use and rely on. From the perfect spritzes for beachy waves, to the vibrant lip and cheek colours we love. Here are our must-haves:

Ouai Wave and Texturising Sprays, available from Cult Beauty
Ouai is the brainchild of Jen Atkin, hairstylist to the Kardashian-Jenner clan among others. As a result she counts Alexa Chung, Gigi Hadid and more among her clientele. We love her sprays for the perfect undone, effortless hair. It helps that they all smell amazing too and we hope the line expands to perfume in the future. The texturizing spray doubles up as a dry shampoo as well, which is an added bonus. We can’t get enough of Ouai.

Body Sorbet x The Body Shop, $27.50
These gel to cream body lotions are so refreshing and lovely on the skin in summer. Available in a range of fruity scents, our picks are the Grapefruit and Moringa offerings. Pro tip: For an extra refreshing dose of moisture, pop this in the fridge before applying. It works a treat when it’s humid outside.

MAC Liptensity Lipsticks, $50
We’ve already shared the love for these lipsticks on FashioNZ in the past but they are some of our favourite lipsticks for summer. Longwearing and vibrant, they’re low maintenance and fuss free. Our pick is the shade Eros, a warm hot pink. For neutrals, Doe and Smoked Almond are effortless and go with a range of makeup looks.

Nars Luminous Weightless foundation, $75 from Mecca Cosmetica
Lighter bases are key at this time of year. Admittedly we are just as likely to forego foundation for concealer but when a heavier base is needed, this is our pick. We find this foundation has more of a satin finish and like the name would suggest, it is truly lightweight on the skin. It is easy to build up coverage with this one or wear it more sheerly.

MAC Mariah Carey blush, $52
You cannot beat a bright, coral blush and Sweet Sweet Fantasy, from MAC’s limited edition collaboration with Mariah Carey is beautiful. This deep coral would complement a wide range of skin tones and look stunning paired with a touch of bronzer too. We are obsessed. Peaches, also from MAC is another of our favourite blushers in summer.

Mecca Sunbrella Invisible Superspray, $22
After spying this innovative product on Zoe Foster Blake’s Instagram, we had to nab one of these for ourselves. You spritz the spray on to your palms and then tap on to your face. It’s designed for the harsh UV rays this side of the world, with SPF50. It’s the perfect thing to apply under makeup if you’re not in harsh heat conditions. If you’re after something a bit stronger, we love the Oasis Beauty sunscreens.

Sophie Putze also writes at Nana Wintour.