So obviously nobody in real life does a total make-up bag edit when it comes to summer like we do with our wardrobes. But adding even just a few of the following can make a difference to the look (and longevity) of your makeup when the sun is shining. So here are my summer make up bag essentials which I always have in my make-up bag for long-lasting prettiness from June to September.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, SPF15, £52
My cannot-live-without base which eliminates redness, softens fine lines, minimizes pore size and creates the perfect flawless base for make up.


Chantecaille Tinted Moisturiser, SPF 15, £58
I still haven’t found anything to beat this. The formula is excellent – provides fantastic coverage yet looks super sheer. It makes you look like you’re not really wearing make up but just have a lovley, healthy glowing complexion.


Burberry Fresh Glow, £34
My go-to highlighter for day or evening. I use it on top of tinted moisturiser, blended on the top of cheekbones and under the brow arch.


Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder, £27
Still one of their bestselling products because it suits every skintone. It has a very subtle golden shimmer which flatters everyone and makes you look like you’ve had a weekend in the sun even when you haven’t. Even more beautiful on tanned skin.


Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil Primatif, £21 (in Defining Brown)
Brown eye pencil is for most people way more flattering than black. So unless you are going for a purist Chrissie Hynde eye, I would use brown every time – especially during the summer when your skin is warmed up with colour. This pencil has the softest velvety texture which is so easy to apply and only smudges if you want it to.


Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara, £22
Creates pretty long, sweeping lashes and stays put in the pool or the beach (if you are at a pool or beach that requires a bit of mascara. I know mine does)


Nudestix Skin Concealor Pencil, £24
A fabulous concealor from this new brand where everything is in the form of a chunky crayon. Especially easy to apply under the eye or a dot around the nose. Fantastic colours too.


Charlotte Tilbury Nude lip, K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick, £23 and Lip Lustre gloss, £16.50
If it’s good enough for Kate Moss, it’s good enough for me. Charlotte Tilbury’s well researched nude lipsticks are brilliant. Kate wears Penelope Pink lipstick with Lip Lustre Gloss in Seduction. It really is the perfect nude with (or without) a tan.

words by Lucia Ferrari