Summer's hottest shades for eyes, cheeks and lips are a day at the beach.


This season’s must-have makeup palette takes inspiration from the mythical blue seas of the Mediterranean, drawing on gorgeous blush-to-orange sunsets, and the ancient beauty of the sand and volcanic rock beneath. These red-hot hues bring to life your love of summer! (You’ll love the colourful look more than your first beach trip of the year.) Nevertheless, you don’t need to cash in all of your travel points to relive the exquisiteness of vacation beauty first-hand. All you need are the perfect hues to heat up the powerful pigments of a lavish getaway this summer.

For a watercolour touch of Grecian teal or Aegean aqua, use a fluffy brush to sweep on creamy satin eyeshadow from your lash line to your crease (trace along the lower lash line too, if you like). To add depth and definition, rim the upper lash line using a humidity-proof gel eyeliner in a similar aqua shade. Try: Urban Decay Limited Edition Beached Eye Palette; Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil Deep End

Shimmery beiges bring the glow of the sand’s reflection. Start with a blush/bronzer duo and use the deeper bronzing brown tone to add faux tan just below cheekbones, and use the sheer blush to bring a flush of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Blend well with a clean, jumbo brush. Next, capture a natural, multi-dimensional highlight effect by applying an illuminating, highlight powder to the tops of cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, and just above your brow bones. Try: Lise Watier Havana Trio Glow

From barely there to full-on flash, an array of coral lip options mimic the electric warmth of a magical sunset. For translucent, freshly-squeezed wash of colour, a juicy gloss adds tinted shine as it protects against summer’s damaging UV rays. Try: Shiseido UV Lip Color Splash SPF 30 in Nairobi Orange

A lip stain that doesn’t parch lips? Yes please. This new, long-wear formula contains over 77% water, plus organic aloe vera extract, leaving soft, satin colour behind. Try: Clarins Water Lip Stain in Orange Water

For a full-on power-pigment effect, try a non-drying liquid lipstick that feels lights, stays put and packs a radiant colour for a captivating finish. Try: Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Carat Stick

Or, why not have it all? This new, fully-buildable innovation offers the shine of a gloss, the richness of a lipstick and the long-wear of a stain in one bold, pop-orange shade. Try: Lancôme L'Absolu Lacquer in 515 Be Happy