50 foundations, 35 fake tans and several heated debates later, Grazia’s beauty team has sorted the fluff from the fabulous to bring you summer’s must-have beauty products. Meet this season’s got-to-try game changers
Meet the team
Rose Beer, Beauty & Health Director - A self-professed expert on the art of bathing, along with every stress-relief treatment out there, Rose can usually be found, sheet mask on, toe nails drying, with her head in a Penguin Classic.
Sam Freedman, Associate Beauty Editor – With ten years’ experience and the industry’s most winning smile, Sam is fully committed to testing as many products as she can fit into each day. When she’s not at work you’ll find her in spin class. Or on holiday. This girl loves a holiday.
Phoebe McDowell, Junior Beauty Writer – Phoebe enjoys fine food, politics and knows everything there is so know about fake tan. Um-ing and ah-ing about where to spa this year? She’s your girl for that as well.
Chanelle Ho, Beauty Assistant – In her role as keeper of the beauty cupboard Chanelle’s beauty product knowledge is second-to-none. Want to know which fashion fragrance launches next Tuesday? Whether NARS’ new bronzer is powder or cream? She’s got the answer.
The Best Tan Booster
Guerlain Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil, £41.50 from House of Fraser
Applied generously to sunkissed skin this heavenly lightweight oil enhanced the depth of our tan, while lending an outrageously sexy sheen. As an added bonus it dries quicker than we can sup a sundowner and smells of our favorite Tiare flower. - Phoebe McDowell, Junior Beauty Writer
The Most Fabulour Facial Bronzer
NARS Bord De Plage Palette, £45 from NARS
Consider every summer eventuality sorted with these six carefully curated bronzing and illuminating shades (including cult pick Laguna), packed into one chic palette. Want something more ‘done’ and glamorous? Up the intensity of this pigments by adding water. - Chanelle Ho, Beauty Assistant
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The Freshest Summer Eye
Bobbi Brown Eye Gloss, £19.50 from Bobbi Brown
Opaque matte pigments were swapped for sheer, glossy colourwashes at the summer shows and we’re working to look via these beauties. High shine but non-sticky, they couldn’t be simpler to use. Sweep ‘Island Pink’ across lids for a clean, fresh finish or ‘Nude’ for something more sultry. - Rose Beer Grazia Beauty & Health
Ultimate Glow Giver
Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Serum, £35 from Dior
Glowing skin is this season’s ultimate accessory, so pat this molten liquid onto the high points of the face. Its nourishing plant oil based formula and clever blurring agents lend an iridescence so enviable you may be mistaken for an otherworldly creature. Or at least a well-rested version of yourself. - Chanelle Ho, Beauty Assistant
The Top Summer Tips
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Colours, £8.99 from Boots
Giving our usual gel mani a run for its money, Sally Hansen’s new range comes with a zero base coat policy, a wide brush that covers tips in a single swipe and a promise to improve flaky nail beds thanks to the addition of argan oil. But it was the collection’s punchy colour pay off and chic shade edit that had us sold. - Samantha Freedman, Associate Beauty Editor
The Most-Wanted Summer Lip
Giorgio Armani Front Row Collection, £27 from armanibeauty.co.uk
If you’ve still not found your perfect nude lipstick, look to Giorgio Armani’s Front Row collection, a 13-strong line designed around the concept of ‘your lips but better.’ We fell for its flawless array of shades (from rose to beige and caramel) and clever textures to thrill every taste - Think satin sheens, glosses and velvety mattes. - Chanelle Ho, Beauty Assistant
The Ultimate Summer Scent
Atelier Cologne Clémentine California, £135 from Selfridges
From cult brand Altelier Cologne comes a scent which wisks us on an endless summer roadtrip down California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Via its sexy clemetine, manadarin, juniper berry and vetiver melange we eat, sleep, drive and stop at beaches to drink beer, read books and watch endless sunsets. Let’s go! – Rose Beer, Beauty & Health Director
The Bikini Body Star
Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulute Contouring Expert, £39 from Clarins
Clothes on the spring / summer ’17 catwalks have shrunk in size, which is why you’ve never needed a toning treat more than now. For those whose fitness plans have fallen through, two weeks of smothering on this this should do the trick. Expect firmer, smoother and tighter looking skin. Grazia guaranteed! - Samantha Freedman, Associate Beauty Editor
The Most-Wanted Facial Shield
Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Hydrating and Protecting Face Mist SPF 50, £9.99 from Superdrug
Busy schedules demand multitasking heroes that are portable and practical, which is why this mighty mist has our vote. Don’t be fooled by its humble price tag, protecting against UVA/ UVB rays and city pollutants, its mist is so fine that it’s perfect for after make-up application top-ups too. - Phoebe McDowell, Junior Beauty Writer
The Holiday-Proof Mascara
Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot Waterproof Mascara, £7.99 from Superdrug
Whether you’re stuck on public transport during a scorcher of a heat wave, or find yourself taking a dip in the local lido, you can rely on your lashes not to run thanks to Maybelline’s latest wand. Volumising, lengthening and waterproof, it stretches each and every hair into fanned and marvellous form. - Samantha Freedman, Associate Beauty Editor
The Need-To-Know For The Body
This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF 30, £40 from This Works
Among women melanoma is most often found on the arms and legs which we often forget to protect when wearing shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops. This considered, we are delighted that our favourite tinted leg perfector now incorporates SPF 30 alongside its impressive blend of skin refining Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins C and E. – Rose Beer, Beauty & Health Director
The Best Summer Base
IT Cosmetics’ Your Skin But Better CC+ with SPF 50+, £30 from Selfridges
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe cult US brand IT Cosmetics. We’ll start with the fact it’s the best-selling CC Cream in the States, and will add that the teeniest dot of this clever base covers every imperfection, bestows a dewy glow, provides broad-spectrum protection, and garners countless compliments. - Phoebe McDowell, Junior Beauty Writer
Fool-Proof Fake Tan
Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan, £29.95 from Feel Unique
The self tanning process can bring with it stained sheets, streaks, sticky PJs and boyfriends that object to our 'biscuity' odour. But we’ve found the ultimate solution to a hassle-free glow. Swoosh this on 10 minutes before your shower, do some naked chores and then it wash off. Over the following hours a sun-kissed bronze will develop. - Phoebe McDowell, Junior Beauty Writer
The Summer Hair Hero
Hair by Sam Mcknight Cool Girl Texturising Spray, £25 from Liberty
It’s not the first time that we have mentioned this genius of a styling product from international session stylist Sam McKnight, and it won’t be the last. Sprayed into the roots and lengths of the hair, this whisper light spritz adds oomph, enhances your natural texture and and creates the sexy dishevelled look we all want right now. – Rose Beer, Grazia Beauty & Health Director.
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