How to go bare with your beauty this summer

At the height of summer, a full face of make-up becomes less appealing. After days in the sun have dusted a few freckles across your nose and given a bit of colour to cheeks that are now more golden than rosy, it seems a shame to cover it all up.

It’s the one time of year when forgetting your foundation before you jet off isn’t quite such a catastrophe, and heading into the office with a more pared-back look doesn’t have people asking if you’re unwell. Accentuating that golden glow with nude tones and light dustings of product to accentuate your features is your best bet for attaining that perfect beachy look.

Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up our pick of the best products that’ll ease you into the dare to bare trend…


Strip back the heavy matte lipsticks and opt for a gloss instead. Nude tones offer a hint of colour while the glossy effect intensifies the kind of bare-faced, dewy look that usually only exists in the land of celebrity. We love the bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss Collection for its ultra-creamy, moisturising colours that even contain plumping ingredients for fullness without the tingle. The glosses also leave behind a subtle vanilla scent – just try not to lick it all off!


When make-up is lighter, focusing your efforts elsewhere will make sure you don’t lose that freshly pampered feeling. A splash of colour on the nails from the OPI Go Nudes Set, featuring the brand’s five best-selling nude shades, will pop against tanned skin and provide a high shine for a touch of glam. Plus, they’re the perfect travel size, so you can switch up colours while living the life of luxury poolside.


For a slightly more dramatic take on the nude tones (come on, we can’t go completely cold turkey), L’Oreal’s La Palette Nude by Color Riche is perfect for sweeping a layer of colour across the eyelids. A more intensified eye look will compensate for fewer products on the skin, and can be layered up to be light and subtle or full of drama, depending on your mood.

Ready to trial a lighter look this summer? Take on the trend when you travel and nail a subtle and understated look before you hit the beach with our onboard range of beauty products. It’s not so scary after all!