Fashion & Beauty

Make It Summer All Year Round

a tanned girl with a glowing complexion leaning against the wall in the summer sunset
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Summer is the most highly anticipated season of the year. There is a huge variety of different fashions to follow from festival to holiday and beachwear. But there comes the end of season when our tans start to fade and our beachy hair just doesn’t quite look the same as it did on holiday. Here are our tips on how to keep up a summery appearance long after the holidays have finished!

Summer’s absolute number one agenda is of course, to tan tan tan! Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to jet off around the world more than once or twice a year and the UK weather provides limited sunny days you can catch to top up your tan and obtain a natural glow. Therefore I would definitely recommend trying out “Cocoa Brown Tan” which is available in Superdrug, Primark and online. Even Made In Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh raves about it for a natural summer look.

Next on the list is keeping your nails looking gorgeous. Light, pastel and bright colours will really help you to look more tanned than you actually are. Even if fake tan isn’t for you, these summery colours will really help your skin colour pop. Don’t forget your toenails in case your sandals and flip-flops get to make their final appearance! Try Barry M’s new gel range or head to your local salon for a pamper.

Mainstream / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Mainstream / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Don’t neglect your hair either. Although natural seasalt sure does a good job at styling your hair even without you trying, there are many ways to keep up that appearance. Think Jennifer Aniston, Marissa in the OC or Sienna Miller (before the bob) – tousled waves will give you an effortless look that’s perfect for any occasion. Try Vo5’s salt spray to look like that typical Cali “beach girl” and rock the perfect summer hair all year round. This look really suits all hair colours as well, don’t be afraid to try loose curls just because you’re not beach blonde.

After looking after your skin, hair and nails it’s time to focus on your face. Summer is all about looking low-maintenance and natural so don’t go back to the heavy eyeliner and layers of foundation as soon as the season is over. My top products to focus on would be getting yourself a really good bronzer and highlighter. More expensive brands such as MAC do tend to be the best but Rimmel and Maybelline also offer good cheaper alternatives. Try to find a powder highlighter with some shimmer in to use around your cheekbones and forehead, which will help you keep that perfect summer glow.

So there you have it, just by following these easy points, you can obtain your beachy appearance and make it summer all year round!