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The 10 Minimal Makeup Must Haves For This Summer

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We’re in the throes of high summer and things are really hotting up out there – the last thing we need is, in the words of Huda Kattan, “cake face!” In the sweltering heat, your skin calls for hydrating mists, high levels of SPF and a more minimal approach to makeup. Thanks to innovative brands and their skin friendly creations, we’ve rounded up a list of multitasking summer skin makeup must haves – moreover, you won’t have to carry all your makeup around with you to top in the day. Summer 2021 is all about the au natural – without going bare!

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Glow Coco Hydrating Mist – Huda Beauty
At, this is one makeup and beauty brand we can always count on, and this 3-in-1 hydrating mist primes, sets and refreshes any makeup look. The Glow Coco Hydrating Mist promises a dewy look while flooding cells with thirst-quenching coconut water.

Made for the summer heat, you can pop this spray in the fridge for a cool spritz throughout the day, the spray also works to plump and protect as it balances dry, fatigued, sensitized skin – promoting equilibrium without blocking pores.

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Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++ - NARS 
Nars’s Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30/PA+++ is the all in one tinted moisturizer you were looking for. Going beyond being a tinted moisturizer, the product offers up a plethora of shades, and uses an advanced, oil-free formula that has a buildable coverage. Moreover, it contains SPF, shielding your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, while also reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in as little as four weeks!  

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Vanish Airbrush Concealer – Hourglass Cosmetics
For those of you that want nothing more than full coverage despite sweltering outdoor temperatures – this concealer is the one for you. Hourglass’s full coverage, weightless, waterproof concealer with innovative micro-spherical powders that blur and brighten for up to 16 hours of instant skin perfection – is perfect for the poolside too. This crease-resistant, light-reflecting liquid concealer blends into the skin and diffuses the look of pores and fine lines. The highly pigmented formula evens skin tone to conceal dark circles, blemishes and other imperfections for a smooth, natural, airbrushed finish.

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Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder - GloWish
All year round, we want nothing more than for our skin to have a sunkissed warmth, and Huda Beauty's GloWish Soft Radiance Bronzing Powder swirls two glow-giving tones in one beautifully marbled pan.

Available in five duo-tone shades, this unique formula boasts a silky sensorial, non-powdery texture and emulates a post-holiday glow. This skin-blurring bronzer blends effortlessly for a smooth finish that lasts up to 12 hours. Inspired by Huda's bestselling skin care range, Wishful, it also contains conditioning ingredients like Damascus rose oil to hydrate the skin, as well as ensuring a silky and seamless application. 

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Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum – Natasha Denona
Natasha Denona’s Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum is the instant flush you can apply with your fingers, a brush, on top of your makeup or on clean skin and offers up the ultimate natural blush.

The silky serum-like formula treats skin to a deep wave of moisture – giving instant and long-lasting hydration, even after you’ve removed your makeup, via an innovative ‘skin thirst relief complex’ formulation. Its highly pigmented so you only need a minimal amount, and melts into the skin and blends easily for a delicate, tinted glow.

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Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter - BECCA
Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is the ultimate highlighter when it comes to achieving a subtle lustre or building a blinding gleam. Comparable to ‘crushed gems in a compact,’ the powder formulation is so fine that it works on the skin like a cream and offers a phenomenal glow where you want it. Perfect for exaggerating cheekbones or defining cupid’s bows, this brightens inner corners of the eyes and lends a ‘pop’ to collarbones or exposed shoulders.

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Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer – Honest Beauty
This Honest Beauty product is another multitasking wonder we all need in our makeup bags - the Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer is a double-wanded hero that lengthens, nourishes and volumizes your lashes. The primer preps and conditions, and allows you to layer the mascara effectively, which is the key to length, drama, definition and fullness. This long-lasting formula is supercharged with jojoba esters and beeswax, which moisturizes and conditions, for healthy lashes that feel as good as they look.

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Satin Kajal Liner – Victoria Beckham Beauty
The only way to achieve the fashion icon’s signature smoky eye is with this ultra-impactful Satin Kajal Liner by Victoria Beckham Beauty. The kohl eyeliner delivers long-wearing, highly pigmented color that skims effortlessly over your skin. The creamy formula moves to create any effect you want – be it winged and clean or smudged and smoky. Leaving a velvety finish, it sets into a waterproof block of color that has crease-free staying power. The eyeliner’s decadent formula is infused with skin-loving ingredients, including chamomile extract to soothe the delicate skin around your eyes, plant-derived vitamin B5 to deeply hydrate and bolster your skin and, vitamin E to protect cells from free radical damage. Available in a plethora of statement colors – you’re only dilemma is choosing just one!

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Major Brow Shaping Wax – Patrick Ta
Patrick Ta’s Major Brow Shaping Wax comes in two brow-enhancing editions: ‘Tinted’ and ‘Clear’ and is the ultimate brow shaping product. Packed in a rose gold compact, these soap-like waxes shape and set your brows in any way you please. The ‘Tinted’ formula is the perfect solution to sparse arches as it fills in your natural shape for subtly defined, believably flawless eyebrows, while the ‘Clear’ wax can be smoothed over your eyebrows to create a just-laminated look or ultra-fluffy brows.

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Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF50 – Ultra Violette
Your lips need sun protection just as much as your skin does and trust us – burnt lips are no cakewalk as they can often take some time to heal and the pain just isn’t worth it – which is why this product will not only have your pout looking perfect, but also protected. Ultra Violette's Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF50 glides on like a dream and leaves your lips all soft and smooth with a healthy shine. Available in four shades, the balm is packed with sustainable lanolin to deeply hydrate, shea butter to soothe and soften dry, chapped lips and sweet-smelling cacao seed butter to seal in moisture.

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