The Summer Series: Beach Makeup

I know what you’re thinking: “Makeup? When you’re on the beach?” But I’m not talking about all things tropical and sandy, I’m talking fully packed dusty stoned, sea breezy, flicking Kopparberg bottle caps around before you sit down kinda beach. Welcome to the H.O description of Brighton beach. I don’t love it as much as it’s slightly quieter companion in Hove – with the view bar and restaurant being my favourite lair for a scorcher of a summers day, but seeing as I’m central this week I thought i’d make the most of it.

The Base: For an afternoon at the beach there’s no doubt i’m applying SPF, my favourite of the bunch being a La Roche Posay Offering. Once i’ve done this I just want a small amount of coverage and anything with more SPF just feels excessive. So out came the This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle. Easy peasy, blended in with my hands, done. Next I pop on a smidge of the Origins Plantscription concealer and that is my base done. For my powder/bronzer combination I used a light dusting of the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Sun Power – looks scary but gives a perfect “I don’t need to sunbathe, I’m already tanned” look to my secretly pale face. No one needs to know it’s about three shades lighter than my body.

Cheeks: For cheeks I stuck with bright, light, cream formulations. The Aerin Blush in Freesia was lightly blended into my cheeks, with a dab or four of the Jouer Highlighter in Champagne – beautiful!

Eyes: I kept my eyes fairly simple, but seeing as we were going to dinner with family in the evening, I blended a little of my Clarins Khol Eyeliner along the top of the lash line, for a subtle definition, without being over the top or too harsh for day wear. I then wanted to keep my eyelashes looking fairly natural, so again, that Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mini i’ve got hanging  around was whipped out for a fluttery, natural look. For brows, I lightly penciled the front and the arch in with the Topshop brow pen I can’t stop going on about, and brushed them through – just to let them know who’s boss.

Lips: For lips, I stepped ever so slightly out of my comfort zone and went for pink (PINK!! *gasps*), I dabbed it in very lightly so I don’t know what I’m making a fuss about, but I actually really like a pink lip with very minimal eye makeup. I think it’s the way to go. I used Brighton Rock by Topshop, but I’ve recently been trying out a couple of other pinks that I will have to fill you in on very soon…


  1. Fran Leanne
    24 Jul 2013 / 1:44 pm

    So pretty! I'm definitely getting some tax-free make up when I'm at the airport 🙂


  2. Lillian ParisianToBe
    24 Jul 2013 / 1:47 pm

    Lovely – as always! I must get my hands on that Jouer highlighter.
    xo Lillian +

  3. Emily
    24 Jul 2013 / 1:57 pm

    So beautiful, and that Aerin blush looks amazing! x

  4. Talisa Tossell
    24 Jul 2013 / 2:06 pm

    That aerin blush is awesome!

  5. Katie
    24 Jul 2013 / 2:45 pm

    I have been obsessed with your blog and yt lately! I'm still obsessed with my Dr Jart, you made me rekindle my love for it! You look amazing here :)! X

  6. Megan Young
    24 Jul 2013 / 3:02 pm

    your skin looks AMAZING wow!

  7. Justine J
    24 Jul 2013 / 3:07 pm

    I love the colour of this TopShop lipstick! And I also love the name – Brighton Rocks 😀 xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  8. Zoe
    24 Jul 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Gorgeous photo! You look lovely, i love the look of that blush x

  9. Shradha G Loves
    24 Jul 2013 / 3:24 pm

    Lippy looks lush
    S xx

  10. Sophie
    24 Jul 2013 / 3:39 pm

    You look so pretty with a pink lip!

  11. Alissia DTN
    24 Jul 2013 / 4:05 pm

    The Aerin blush looks like a beaut!
    You're such a pretty girly! 🙂 x

  12. Maddy
    24 Jul 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Love the lips, they look so natural and beautiful! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  13. Mollie Browne
    24 Jul 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Such a pretty summer look!


  14. Martyna
    24 Jul 2013 / 6:29 pm

    I need to get my hands on the Aerin Blush! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  15. tiffany
    24 Jul 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Absolutely love the lipstick! x

  16. Simply Naturale
    24 Jul 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Loved the look i've also got my hand on the mint journal you pictured above i love it! I just picked up a mac lipstick in See sheer its a lustre finish and its a perfect neutral slight reddy pink colour which i know you'll love, worth a visit especially if you have a back to M.A.C ready like I did!

    Eloise xo |
    Twitter @mystylewarrior

  17. Isabella Speight
    24 Jul 2013 / 6:58 pm

    You always look so gorgeous! This look is so pretty!

    Also, I'm doing some filming in Brighton tomorrow – thought it would interest you as you live there too!! 🙂


  18. Claire
    24 Jul 2013 / 8:06 pm

    So pretty Susie, I always have eyebrow envy in every post 🙂

  19. katielouise x
    24 Jul 2013 / 8:49 pm

    gorgeous photo! so pretty and would die to have amazing skin like yours. serious face and skin envy happening right now!

    Katie-Louise xx | 

  20. Missmacbeauty
    24 Jul 2013 / 9:09 pm

    Love the makeup!


  21. Anya
    24 Jul 2013 / 9:59 pm

    That's such a lovely makeup look! I really like the look of the Origins Plantascription concealer, I'm not keen on the collection lasting perfection one but I've heard this is similar but better!

  22. Lauren L.
    24 Jul 2013 / 10:30 pm

    Never heard of Aerin, the blush looks pretty though! Great post x

  23. Devyn
    25 Jul 2013 / 1:57 am

    Simply lovely! 🙂

  24. ModestGlamAmor
    25 Jul 2013 / 11:31 am

    Great post…will definitely some of these out lovely look…..please feel free to drop by my beauty and fashion blog

  25. Lauren
    25 Jul 2013 / 9:02 pm

    you look lovely :)! I also love the topshop lipsticks!

  26. Amber Hunter
    25 Jul 2013 / 11:50 pm

    It's funny because my definition of beach is the exact opposite of yours! I live in South Florida so I've got a sandy, salty beach haha. But still, great summery makeup picks!

  27. Louise Nickel
    26 Jul 2013 / 4:45 am

    Beautiful! =] Loves it xx.

  28. Izzi
    28 Jul 2013 / 9:33 am

    such a beautiful summer look!!

    A beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog by Izzi

  29. Madeline
    29 Jul 2013 / 5:30 pm

    Damn you and the jouer highlighter, now I absolutely have to have it !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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