5 summer make-up trends you’ll want to try

From bold neon eyes to sun-kissed skin, these are the beauty trends to look out for.

Rikki Loftus
Friday 07 June 2024 09:50 BST
Freshen up your beauty routine this summer with these hot looks (Alamy/PA)
Freshen up your beauty routine this summer with these hot looks (Alamy/PA)

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With summer round the corner, freshen up your usual beauty routine with these new make-up trends, which are set to be popular this season.

Celebrities are already hitting the red carpets with on-trend rosy doll cheeks and bold neon eyeliner, and beauty experts are on hand to show us how we can give the new looks a go at home.

Here are the summer make-up trends you’ll want to try for yourself…

1. Bold neon eyes

The top trend for this summer is neon, so don’t be afraid to go bold with your looks using neon eyeliner and eyeshadows.

They are the look to go for this season, says Rachael Divers, resident make-up artist at Face The Future.

She suggests using brightly coloured eyeliners or eyeshadows to create a striking winged liner or a bold wash of colour on the lids.

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette, £15.99, LookFantastic

2. Wet look

Beauty lovers are opting for a fresh, dewy aesthetic and ‘glass’ or ‘wet’ skin is everywhere in summer 2024, says beauty expert Hayley Walker, a make-up artist for Justmylook.

“This look can be achieved using cream, liquid and glossy formulas that create a dewy glow. To heighten the look, moisturise and hydrate during your skincare routine before applying make-up to achieve a smooth canvas,” she says.

“A hydrating mask or hyaluronic acid creams work perfectly for this. As part of your make-up routine to achieve a wet-skin look, opt for a serum, lightweight foundation that provides a moisture boost and a smooth, natural-looking finish. A liquid highlighter is useful here as it enhances a dewy, luminous finish.”

The look aims to create a glowing, luminous complexion, leaving you with a wet, glass appearance.

Soap & Glory Glow & Dew It Skin Illuminating Base & Primer, £12.99

3. Sun-kissed

The minimal make-up sun-kissed look is a must-try for the summer, with many opting for a natural, bronzed finish.

Moisturising and applying SPF are essential to create a soft, fresh-faced look and Walker advises to opt for a lightweight serum foundation to ensure a natural-looking base, avoiding full-coverage, matte-based products.

“Tinted moisturisers work well for this look for a minimal, bronzed finish. Apply cream blusher to enhance the natural, no-makeup appearance, imitating sun-kissed cheeks. Opt for gloss or lip balm instead of lipstick here and finish the look with a hydrating setting spray.”

Iconic London Instant Sunshine Bronzing Drops, £22

4. Smokey eyes

Grunge is back for the summer and you can make a statement with a bold look by adding dark eyeshadow into your make-up routine.

Divers shares that “lived-in liner” is gaining popularity, with smudged and smokey eyeliner looks adding an effortless edge to any make-up style.

Walker tells us how to get the aesthetic by carefully blending dark eyeshadow from the outer corner of your eyes into the crease.

“Blend this well to your preferred intensity; remember to be bold with this look. Next, apply an eyeliner, which can be liquid or pencil. Start from the outer corners of your eye and work your way inward. This will enhance the look, deepening the smokey effect. Finish the look with mascara.”

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Rivage Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow, £54

3ina The Every Single Day Mascara in Regular, £15

5. Doll blush

Doll-like rosy pink cheeks are trending this summer and Walker shares how you can achieve the look.

“You can perfect this look using cream or matte blush, however, I recommend opting for a cream-based blush to create a smooth, fresh-faced finish.

“Apply a light layer of pink, rosy blush onto the apples of your cheeks to bring colour to your face. Enhance the look with a highlighter for a subtle shine effect.”

Sleek Feelin’ Flush Cream Blush, Lip and Eye Tint in Coral Crush, £6.99, Boots

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