Summer is here! And what better way to turn heads than with a luminous, irresistible look. We handpick 10 essentials for a step-by-step guide to perfecting that summer glow.
LA PRAIRIE PURE GOLD RADIANCE NOCTURNAL BALM
A good skincare regime always starts the night before. Inspired by ancient rituals, begin your nightly routine with La Prairie’s nocturnal massage stone to stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic flow, accompanied by the collection’s latest addition, the Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm. Skin is restored overnight, and come morning a new radiance emerges and you’re ready to take on the day.
Available in-store at La Prairie
FENTY COOKIES N CLEAN WHIPPED CLAY DETOX FACE MASK
Who doesn’t love some whipped dessert in the summer? Founder Rihanna set out to create a detoxifying face mask that would be “caring enough to leave your skin looking and feeling soft.” That, she does. The mask not only tightens pores, reduces excess oil and shine, and refines skin’s texture, it’s also fun to use. Massage into skin to mix the encapsulated charcoal into whipped clay, and watch the mask transform from white to grey.
Available at Sephora Hong Kong and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong
NATURA BISSÉ DIAMOND EXTREME SERUM
Summer is all about good vibes. Natura Bissé is celebrating this with their latest serum, formulated with their Smart Energy Complex, a powerful infusion of energy that results in luminous, firmer-looking skin with less visible lines and wrinkles. With a nourishing scent of lavender, good and calm skin is just a serum away.
Available in-store at Natura Bissé
HOURGLASS VANISH AIRBRUSH PRIMER
Many overlook the importance of a primer when applying their makeup, yet it’s the key to a look that lasts all day, especially in the summer season. As the name suggests, the primer gives you an airbrushed finish while absorbing excess oil to give a multidimensional complexion. And of course, true to the brand’s ethos, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
Available at Sogo Hong Kong
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN TEINT FÉTICHE LE CUSHION
Never failing to amaze, this first-ever foundation from the French shoe master boasts a formula infused with diamond powder, plus SPF 30 protection to shield your skin from UV rays. There’s no missing that signature Louboutin red; each compact is a unique piece, hand-embroidered and embellished with a golden coat of arms on its red felt.
Available at Lane Crawford
NARS SUMMER UNRATED BLUSH/BRONZER DUO
This might just be the hottest summer yet with NARS pairing up its two iconic shades, orgasm and laguna. The result? A sun-kissed look with dimension, thanks to the micronised blush pigments that ensure an irresistibly soft and blendable application, while the bronzing powder helps give the look of naturally tanned skin.
Available in-store at NARS
NARS ORGASM BODY OIL
Guess what? We’re not done with the orgasm shade yet. No summer look is complete without a glowing body. This silky, lightweight formula delivers a natural-looking golden pink shimmer that’s simply irresistible. A layer of this decadent dry body oil that’s steeped in nourishing ingredients and you’ll find yourself in paradise.
Available in-store at NARS
LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT PURE SETTING SPRAY 16HR
Given summer’s intense heat, especially with masks still being mandatory in the city, it’s a struggle to keep makeup intact. Here comes the solution: Laura Mercier’s new micro-fine setting spray that locks in make up for up to 16 hours of wear. Its beloved, plant-derived matrix with 12 clean ingredients helps soothe, nurture, and protect skin.
Available in-store at Laura Mercier
AESOP MARRAKECH INTENSE EAU DE PARFUM
Don’t walk out the door without a spritz to impress. Designed for all genders and personalities, this fragrance comprises an earthy mix of clove, sandalwood and cardamom to whisk you off to the vibrant city of Marrakech, a perfect addition to your summer look that lingers not only on your body but also on the mind.
Available in-store at Aesop
PARAKITO MOSQUITO & TICK PROTECTION MOISTURIZING DRY OIL SPRAY
Mosquitoes are facts of life, and just one bite might ruin the mood. Fret not – this innovative spray features the brand’s HydrActiv-Complex™ as well as vitamin E, jojoba oil, sweet almond extract, shea butter and liquorice extracts. Using plant-based actives with no alcohol or DEET, the non-greasy formula provides six hours of protection for a worry-free day outdoors.
Available at hk.parakito.com
Originally published in ECHELON Issue 8