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Switch up your make-up

We’re changing to more summery beauty products

The sun is out (more than usual, anyway) and we’re changing to more summery beauty products. Here’s what the Emerald Street team are switching to for summer. Remember to keep your winter shades as back up – we live in Britain and it does rain all the time


Solid foundations

“This is the time of year when I switch my all-covering foundation for a lighter one that sits better over sunscreen and doesn’t look so ‘done’,” says editor Anna. “In cooler months, SUQQU’s Frame Fix cream foundation in N002 (£62, Selfridges) is worth every penny as it lasts for ever, has an SPF of 25 and covers up redness – it’s miraculous. For summer it’s Sara Hill’s Velvet Sheer (£28). Hill’s a make-up artist and believes in letting your natural skin shine through. Her range goes from Espresso, the darkest, to Linen which is pale enough for me (as you’d hope from someone based in Glasgow).”


Quick dry nails

“I’m a creature of habit with my nail polish,” says deputy editor Mollie. “I’ve tried all sorts of colours, finishes and designs but I return to the same two shades: Violet Underground by Diego Dalla Palma (£7.24) for the autumn and winter months, and Coralicious by Rimmel (£2.99, Boots) when the weather warms up. Violet Underground is a smart plum, which complements my dark wintery uniform. Coralicious, in contrast, is a bright coral that looks great with pale denim and white – something I usually roll out when the sun shines. It dries in 60 seconds – a useful thing during the months I want to be outside as quickly as possible.”


Face up to SPF

Assistant editor Siobhan has replaced her usual moisturiser with a combination approach: “As the weather has got less bitingly chilly and my skin's stopped being so grey I've switched from Benefit’s thick, rich Total Moisture Face Cream (£29.50) to a serum-SPF pairing that suits my combination skin. I apply Bioderma's Hydrabio Serum (£12, Escentual), which is light and dries almost instantly, then smear on Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Defence SPF 50 (£35), an oil-free moisturiser that works well as a base for make-up.”


Summer scents

“Through winter I like to wear Chloé’s Eau De Parfum (£47 for 30ml, Boots) which has a grown-up profile, with amber and cedarwood notes that suit the smarter look of my winter coats and boots,” says content marketing manager Victoria. “Since it’s got lighter, I have changed over to Marc Jacobs Daisy (£54 for 100ml, Boots), a fresh, floral fragrance. A lighter scent feels right for sunny days but I also like the principle of switching scents: it’s a proper mark of welcoming the new season.”

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