A Look For Summer

17th July 2009

When it comes to this time of year, says mary Linehan, there’s something about the high temperatures that unleashes the ‘je ne sais quoi’ in us Brits. Here’s a superb new cosmetics collection that gives a quite brilliant boldness to daytime makeup and a sophisticated, grown up take on bronzed and beautiful for the evening.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection 2009

There was a time when this bronzed goddess look would have been the result of hours in the sun. Now it can be achieved more sensibly thanks to some great self-tan products. The big secret is use a good shimmery highlighter for a sunkissed radiance.

Get The Look:

Bronze Goddess SunBlush Illuminator £25 (Limited Edition) • Sun Indulgence Lotion for Face SPF15 & 30 £20 • Pure Color Lipstick in Golden Goddess £15 • High Gloss in Golden Goddess, Coral Goddess & Rose Goddess

All products are from the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection.

Photo: courtesy of Estee Lauder Cosmetics.

Stockists: Estee Lauder Counters nationwide

Top make-up artist Jo Adams offers advice to help you achieve a sophisticated, grown up take on the sun kissed summer look.

• Use soft neutral caramels and espressos to create a softer, elegant smoky eye effect

• Less is definitely more for this look… void heavy eyeliners and switch to a waterproof pencil that glides on easily and stays put

• To use, take the pencil and scribble right into the upper lash line to define rather than line, finishing with waterproof mascara

• For a more luminous finish, use a moisturising shimmering skin perfector – works well alone or underneath a base; a well known tool to shade gorgeous cheekbones and add a hint of colour

• It’s important not to overdo the lip colour as this look is all about understated beauty

And a final piece of timely advice from Jo:

“Self-tanners are very dehydrating. Plus, we tend to need to apply it to our faces more often, due to the effects of exfoliators and adept anti-aging products, which can cause the skin to shed more quickly – so it’s important to choose a product specifically designed for the face to counteract this.”

Try Estée Lauder Golden Perfection Self-Tanning Lotion for the Face (£20), which contains moisturisers along with reparative and protective ingredients.

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