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As soon as summer hits and windows are rolled down, the volume is turned up,and our critically (self-)acclaimed summer playlists are put to work. Like the weather, music is a mega vibe-driver, with the undeniable power to rule the energy of a person or place, and sometimes even the beauty we reach for. We like to believe that we transform into slightly elevated versions of ourselves as the weather warms up, and our change in music taste and beauty regime often reflects that — so to make the transition into summer even cruisier, we’re lining up the summer tracks that can stand the heat, and matching them with the beach-ready beauty that can do so too.
Pop music worthy of a poolside blast has a key point of difference, complete with that shoulder-shimmying kind of beat so groovy the sun feels instantly brighter, and that elderflower-laced spritz of yours tastes that bit sweeter. According to us (and likeminded sunscreen aficionados) there’s no greater poolside beauty moment than the layering of skin-protecting SPF, pairing perfectly with a line-up of sun-soaked tracks like Calvin Harris’ Slide and Feels, WILLOW’s Wait a Minute, Tints by Anderson .Paak, and the now-viral Funk Wav remix of SZA’s The Weekend. Donna Summer’s I Feel Love (and the recent Sam Smith reiteration) fit the bill too.
Swapping out an overbearing coconut scent, white cast and greasy finish for something a little lighter, fruitier and almost undetectable on the skin, an all-over coat of Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face SPF 50+ collection for face, body and lips is the key ingredient in the mix to stay cool, calm and covered all summer long (along with a trending pastel bucket hat and chic shades). Regardless of the beaming rays that accompany them, there’s just something about these songs that feels warm — so if you’re turning up the heat with these red-hot bangers, come prepared to slather (and re-slather) on the good stuff.
There’s that certain type of girl with an undefinable aura—the kind that makes you certain she was born for the summer: shaggy sun-kissed waves, lightly-freckled skin, an endless collection of denim cut-offs, and somehow—according to their Instagram feed—always stumbling upon a field of daisies. If you recently watched Looking for Alaska on Stan or regularly listen to the likes of Maggie Rogers and HAIM; you know the vibe.
For those hitting replay on airy, sun-filled tracks by fearless femmes with the voice and presence to fill any space, you’ll probably already have an affinity with honest, cool-girl beauty brands like Frank Body, Go-To, Summer Fridays and RMS. As you complete your summer playlist with tracks like Chinese New Year by Sales, Summer Girl from HAIM, literally anything from Maggie Rogers’ oeuvre, and a sprinkling of Florence and the Machine and Mallrat, stock up your skincare kit with caffeinated scrubs from Frank Body and brightening essentials from Summer Fridays (hello Overtime Mask and CC Me Serum). When it comes to makeup, smooth on Go-To’s Zincredible Tinted for instantly hydrated, protected skin with a touch of colour and minimal coverage, and press RMS’ Living Luminizer and Lip2Cheek into your apples for an effortless cool-girl glow that’s actually effortless.
We all know someone (it might even be you) that emerges from their shell as soon as the sun comes out, and festival season kicks in. They’re the firecrackers and the party starters, putting Lizzo on blast at any given opportunity—and they’re not afraid of colour, glitter or gloss… not one bit.
For those upping the volume on Cardi B’s I Like It, Dua Lipa’s One Kiss, and the aptly named Hot Girl Summer featuring your girl Nicki Minaj, head straight to Urban Decay, MECCA MAX and Smashbox for seriously loaded colours and textures to make you seen and heard. You could drip in gold with the ultra-luxe Naked Honey Palette, swipe on Too Faced’s Lip Injection Extreme Gloss for juicy, scene-stealing lips, or go all out with In Your Dreams’ sparkling balms, gems and glitters—the options are endless.
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Effortless summer hair, in its most natural form, is a by-product of prolonged exposure to the salty beach air; think textured, salt-struck waves with a bit of grit through the ends. It’s the enviable look we use tongs and texturisers to recreate all year round, that seem to come into their own in the summer. Beachy summer music—like beachy hair—is soft, floaty, and a little romantic, with airy tracks driven by banjo or ukulele. Catchy classics like Stolen Dance by Milky Chance, Vance Joy’s Riptide, Miley Cyrus’ Malibu and literally any Vampire Weekend number are all prime examples of this, and—like beachy hair—are a potent reminder of dreamy days by the water.
If these tracks are to your taste, then we’ve got your summer hair sorted: Bumble and Bumble’s cult-classic Surf Spray and L’Oreal Professionnel’s Tecni.ART Beach Waves spray serve up instant beach hair in a bottle, all summer long—perfect for adding a bit of oomph to your hair on the days you don’t make it to the beach. When the sand, sweat and salt spray build up, treat yourself to a scalp cleansing and exfoliating treatment once a week to keep your hair happy, healthy and free from unwanted grit—the 3-More Inches Exfoliating Scalp Treatment will work a treat.
If anything’s going to make a summer party hit its peak, it’s those cult-classic, generation-bending, boogie-inducing bops that bring everyone (we repeat; everyone) to the dancefloor. If you’re lining up tracks like Steal My Sunshine by LEN, Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader, Notorious B.I.G.’s Mo Money Mo Problems and Bill Withers’ Lovely Day, then we know you’re not afraid to bring back some mega beauty moments from the past—think blue eyeshadow, saturated blush and coral lips (just not all at once).
In your kit this summer? Stila’s Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow in Something Blue for an instant, opaque slick of colour on the lids, Jouer’s Bouquet D'Amour Six Shade Blush Palette for all of the cheek options, and Lipstick Queen Lipstick Saint in Coral Red for a sheer, Fanta-stained finish. Rotate between the three throughout summer for a look as fun, positive and inviting as your music taste.
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