The days may be getting longer, but honestly, I think that time is getting shorter! I seem to keep running out of it! Mums (Moms, mamas, makeup wearing papas) I know that with the holidays around the corner and everything else going on you need this to be snappy, so here they are: Tahira’s Top Three Summer Beauty Hacks

Protect + Perfect: I bang on and on about sun protection, so to save time, make sure your skincare or makeup primer has some SPF, that’s fairly easy since most BB Creams and tinted moisturisers do. For suggestions check out my posts on the topic here and here.

If you are getting a bit more tanned, use a Tinted Moisturiser/Bronze Glow, 1 or 2 shades darker than your normal colour.  If it is too dark at first, just use a drop of it, and blend out using normal moisturiser/primer/bb cream. Try: Liz Earle Bronzing Fluid , Perricone MD No Foundation SPF 30. If you use a loose powder mineral foundation, it generally has an SPF already like this one by Lily Lolo , but you can also  mix Sunscreen or a Primer like  Balance Me Beauty BB Cream or A La Carte Sunstop with it for sheer coverage. Or, if you prefer a matte look, try ILIA Setting powder with SPF 20, packaged conveniently with its own brush.

Wet Look: Who has time for Hair? Zoe sports a really good ½ top knot which looks amazing and is a fantastic. If you want your hair down, you can rock the natural beach wave by using salt spray ( I like Sachajuan) if your hair only has a light wave.  Alternatively try Boucleme Creme (For thicker curlier Hair) or Giovanni Eco-Chic Elixir (For wavy, Med-Thin Hair) into your wet or towel dried hair. Try this next Generation of high tech towels to minimize frizz: Boucleme Curl Towel, or Aquis Lisse.

Alternatively, take this time to sport the Wet Look AND condition those locks:

Straight out of the shower, comb your favourite mask or oil into your hair and tie up into a bun/knot/ some sort of braid formation, pop on a hat and voilà! ( if using oil, please wear a hat or you will burn your scalp). Try Sukin Hair Protein treatment or  Rich Argan or Almond Oil (my fave source for these is aromantic.com) and check out The Beauty Department for some wet hair style ideas.

3. Bronzed + Brights: I am obsessed with the look of glossy tanned skin and a bright lipstick. It looks great always and at any age (just saw a septagenarian sporting it). For it to work best, the lip needs to LAST (who has time to reapply mid-swim?). Try Hourglass Liquid Lips , Becca beach tint. Or, do this: Use a lip pencil to draw and fill in your lips and then take the smallest amount of balm (I mean literally, an iota) and dab gently into your lips to moisturise, try Pure Potions Ointment, Dr. Lipp Balm, or Weleda skin food. Pat with a tissue or cotton bud to remove any excess balm, reapply the pencil and you should be good for few hours. Try lip pencils by Ilia, BellaPierre, Inika or Burts Bees. Sunscreens generally make skin glow but if that is not enough for you, checkout my highlighting post here

Hot Fun in the summertime!