My go-to summer make-up looks (in partnership with Natural Collection Cosmetics)

Lipstick in ‘Crimson’: £2.49, Natural Collection. Hydrating and radiance primer: £2.99, Natural Collection. Hydrating and radiance foundation in ‘Pecan’: £2.99, Natural Collection. Sunglasses: Asos (sold out but buy similar here). T-shirt: £15.99, Mango. Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell.

For a blogger, I don’t actually have much of a makeup repertoire. And it took me a long time to accept that, in fact, there’s nothing wrong with that.

I stick to what I know, what I’m comfortable with, and like to feel like myself. I basically have two looks: a bright lip or glowy and tanned.

And there’s nothing I love more than a red lip.

Lipstick in ‘Crimson’: £2.49, Natural Collection. Hydrating and radiance primer: £2.99, Natural Collection. Hydrating and radiance foundation in ‘Pecan’: £2.99, Natural Collection. Blusher in ‘Apricot Dream’: £1.99, Natural Collection.

It’s funny, I only started doing a red lip about 5 years ago, but since then, it has almost become my signature. I love how it can transform a simple look to something with a bit more punch in minutes. And now, with Peggy, I rely more and more on makeup that can help lift my look quickly and easily – and for £2.49, this ‘Crimson’ lipstick is it (no one notices those dark bags once your lips are the main attraction).

Hydrating and radiance primer: £2.99, Natural Collection. Hydrating and radiance foundation in ‘Pecan’: £2.99, Natural Collection. Blusher in ‘Apricot Dream’: £1.99, Natural Collection. Highlighter stick in ‘Coral Glow’: £2.49, Natural Collection. Translucent powder: £2.49, Natural Collection. Kohl eye liner in ‘soft grey’: £1.99, Natural Collection. Liquid eyeliner: £2.49, Natural Collection. Length mascara in black: £2.49, Natural Collection. Lipstick in ‘Crimson’: £2.49, Natural Collection. Dress: £88, Free People (this colour is old but link here to new colourways – the yellow is gorgeous). Bag: J Crew (old). Sandals: £80, Dune.

And moving onto my more everyday look.

This is basically the makeup I wear most days (albeit with a bit of extra bronzer on holiday) – primer to keep everything staying put and for extra ‘glow’, a good foundation that will stay all day (even in humidity), eyeliner and blusher. My whole routine takes about 15 minutes to do and helps me feel camera ready in a flash, all held together with some translucent powder (to help with sheen).

Hydrating and radiance primer: £2.99, Natural Collection. Hydrating and radiance foundation in ‘Pecan’: £2.99, Natural Collection. Blusher in ‘Apricot Dream’: £1.99, Natural Collection. Highlighter stick in ‘Coral Glow’: £2.49, Natural Collection. Eyeshadow in ‘Crushed walnut’: £1.99, Natural Collection. Translucent powder: £2.49, Natural Collection. Kohl eye liner in ‘soft grey’: £1.99, Natural Collection. Liquid eyeliner: £2.49, Natural Collection. Length mascara in black: £2.49, Natural Collection. Lipbalm in ‘Pink wafer’: £1.99, Natural Collection.

Shirt: Uniqlo (old) .Bag: £65, Sezane. Shorts: Urban Outfitters (old). Earrings: £4.79, Mango.

For me, the hero product of my holiday was the highlighter stick. It glides on so easily and can be as layered or as sheer as you like – I rub it along my cheekbones and love the glisten it creates – perfect for those balmy evenings over your moisturiser.

And the best bit? All the makeup is under £3. Yep, you read that right. And tried and tested over a month of my holiday, I’m definitely a convert.

This a sponsored project with Natural Collection at Boots, all makeup application and art direction my own.

8 Comments

  1. Do you find that the red lipstick bleeds tho? Or “eats” off weirdly? Or comes off on Chris?
    I love the look but fear it would end up smeared all over my face so don’t attempt it often!!

    1. So with red lipstick I find it does come off when you kiss etc but i always blot it quite well – or for everyday, I often just ‘dab’ the lipstick and rub it in rather than a full on red lip, so I get a hint of colour but doesn’t transfer x

  2. Your smile, with or without the red lipstick, lights up your face! I do like the red lip though – I always feel a bit too done up with a red lip, but it’s just so natural on you, I must try harder!

  3. Hmmm does it really stay on though? Is it as good as some of the more expensive brands- although brand and packaging have a lot to do with the price I’m a bit hesitant about getting really cheap makeup as for me it’s not about how it looks on first application it’s about the quality, the pigments and the staying power especially on holiday when it’s hot and humid

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