Summer is here, isn’t it? Well, that’s the rumour anyway. I’m very happy to say that summer brings beautiful new trends with it and hopefully sees the demise of heavy contouring and overkill highlight.

Unlike Instagram makeup, the new trends for summer 2016 are softer, creamy lip colours, dewy skin, feathered brows and mile long lashes. Perfect!

Skin

Dewy skin is one of my favourite look at the moment. Its so fresh and most skin types can wear it well. Sheer formulas such as Nars Sheer glow is great if you have dry skin as this tends not to cling to dry patches as much. For heavier formulas, try satin textures such as Makeup Forever HD Foundation. Really buff this in to your skin so that it is not too heavy and looks as natural as possible.

Blush

Cream blush is a favourite of mine for getting beautiful glowing and naturally flushed cheeks. Be gentle with the application on these, you definitely only need a little bit for it to go a long way. Apply to the apples of the cheeks using your fingers and sweep outwards towards your temples, blending as you go.

Highlight

I am in love with MACs Soft and Gentle powder highlighter. Its soft and so flattering on everyone. Apply this with a brush to the tops of your cheekbones, cupids bow and below the brow bone for a natural, glowing look.

Powder

Avoid powdering the entire face, remember that a dewy look is what we are trying to achieve here. Press the powder on to the forehead, nose and chin, rather than sweeping with a brush and rubbing off all of the products already applied.

Eyeliner

Barely there eyeliner is in and Im so happy! The technique is simply applying eyeliner to the top lashes just to give the appearance of extra thickness. This can be created by using an ultra thin liner brush. My favourite is MACs thin liner brush 263. Instead of using a liquid or gel liner, opt for a black or dark brown eyeshadow. Close one and just gently push right in to the root of the lashes. Just apply this to the outer third of your eye and smoke it out using a cotton bud or a smudge brush. If you’d like to add a little flick to the outer corners, keep it soft and sweep upwards towards the brow bone.

Lips

I am a massive fan of a bright lipstick and I really think it can make such a difference to an overall look, but for the summer months, its lovely to tone it down ever so slightly. Opt for soft natural colours with a creamy texture to them. These are complimentary and flattering on most skin types. My favourite right now is Bitch Perfect by Charlotte Tilbury.