It's time to shake-up your make-up

With the warmer weather incoming (fingers crossed!) and our social calendars slowly filling up, now’s the perfect time to update your make-up. We sat down with two experts from L’Oréal – Val Garland, Global Makeup Artist, and Katie Hodge, National Education Manager –  for a chat about how to refresh your make-up bag for summer, as well as reloading it with the products you need to create the summer trends you'll be seeing on social media (and in real life, too). 


Being cooped up in our homes for the past year or so (the less we say about it, the better) meant our make-up routines for work and going out-out changed completely. Aside from a single swipe of mascara for our morning meetings, our make-up bags remained untouched. With restrictions ending, “now’s the time to refresh and relearn new trends and tips,” says Katie. And the shift in lifestyle means we’ll be embracing our best bits instead of covering up the things we want to hide – cue an updated make-up bag. 


Shopping your current stash is a great place to start. Pour out the products from your make-up bag and decide what needs renewing, upgrading or throwing away. Remember to check the date on your make-up as it will tell you how long you can use the product after opening. Cream-based products, like foundations and concealers, will have a shorter shelf-life than others. Psst! Don’t forget to recycle your empty make-up using Maybelline’s recycling scheme. Take your past-it palettes, unloved liners and finished foundations to an in-store recycling station – you’ll find one in Boots stores up and down the country. “It’s always good to speak to a make-up artist to see what the new tips or products are on the market, so you can see what you need to renew,” says Katie. The good news is that trends often come back around (hello again, double denim), so hang onto those favourite party-starting palettes!


Running low on your make-up must-haves? Fill your beauty bag and fall in love with a new (or old) favourite. We'll see you at the checkout. 


"The summer season is all about going bold and amplifying your natural beauty,” adds Val. “Whether it’s a bright lip or a daring eyeshadow, you’re going to want to get back out there with a fresh, new look which means refreshing your make-up bag with some new summer staples.” And with glowing skin and coloured liner taking centre stage this season, it’s time to go haul out and replenish your stash with some old or new favourites.

Feeling inspired? Here’s a collection of make-up picks to take for a test drive. 

Complexion perfection

More and more of us are jumping on the less is more bandwagon. Hitting the sweet spot between skincare and make-up tinted moisturisers provide a lightweight, dewy coverage, making them perfect for those hazy summer days. As Katie says: “It’s all about letting those summer freckles show.” Is that cheering we hear?

L'Oréal Paris Skin Paradise Tinted Moisturiser

Get your blend on

Skin quenching goodness with SPF20 and up to 24-hour hydration? Check. Fall hard for this tinted moisturiser that evens out skin tone and perfects that sought-after healthy-looking glow. Apply it like your regular moisturiser and watch the compliments come rolling in.

NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Luminous Tinted Skin Serum

Take the tint

Infused with tremella mushroom, treat your skin to up to 12-hour hydration. Available in five skin-adapting shades to suit all skin tones, this skincare-meets-make-up serum is perfect for luminous-looking skin that lasts. Tempted? We knew you would be!

Cake-free coverage

If you’re looking for something with a little more staying power (late night garden parties, we dig you), then a light-to-medium coverage foundation is your new best friend.

L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation

Ace your base

Packed with skin-perfecting pigments, this liquid foundation delivers a natural-looking radiant finish. The creamy formula has a boost of hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extract to help keep your skin moisturised. And with 40 true-to-you shades, you’ll find your hue. Oh, hey there, dewy skin.

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear

Make it matte

Foundation in a powder? Yep, you read that right. With the lasting coverage of a liquid foundation and the ability to mattify like a powder, this really is a one-swipe wonder. With up to 24-hours of wear, the formula is humidity, water and sweat-proof. Wow.

Lips don't lie

The secret’s out – lips are back in the limelight. And as Val tells us: “There’s nothing like a classic red,” for the warm weather. With glosses promising super staying power and those always in fashion colours, find yourself a new shade for summer.

Maybelline Lifter Gloss Plumping Hydrating Lip Gloss Hyaluronic Acid

Get the gloss

Bring a lifted look to your lips with this hydrating formula. Blended with hyaluronic acid (a skincare gem when it comes to hydration), get a glossy shine without the stickiness. Contouring to your lips, all it takes is one swipe of the smooth applicator wand for a shimmering finish.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Gloss

Lip it real good

Silky-smooth and buttery-soft, get sheer-to-medium coverage that melts on your lips without leaving them sticky. Satisfy your colour cravings and choose from a range of kissable shades for a splash of shine. Mwah!

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick

Pump up your pout

With an arrow applicator for precision and control, the matte formula glides on effortlessly, leaving you with lips that look the part. And thanks to 12-hour staying power and comfortable wear, you can go from desk to dancefloor in a flash. 

The eyes have it

Stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight, now’s the time to show those smokey liners and loaded lashes a glam good time. From brightly coloured lids to lined and defined peppers, it’s all eyes on our eyes.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Long Lasting Liner Stick

Line and define

Budge-resistant. Smudge-resistant. Fade-resistant colour. Take it to the limit with this powerfully pigmented liner. Choose from matte or metallic finishes in 24 shades and get a bold colour that stays day and night.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Kick some lash

This trending mascara is a must-have. Delivering volume by the bucket load and limitless length, just one coat of this lightweight formula brings all the drama. Infused with bamboo extract, get fuller-looking lashes that last.

L'Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Balm Noir Mascara Black

Bigger is better

With a silky-smooth formula – meaning no clumping, flaking or smudging – coat your lashes to get extreme length. And with a brush full of bristles that separates your lashes, the fanned-out look is finally within reach. Win, win.

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette – Brights

Load up your lids

This palette is about velvety-soft textures meeting mesmerising finishes. With a rainbow of colours to choose from – we’re talking electric yellows to deep-blue hues – score a scorching hot summer look in a range of bright and bold colours.

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette Utopia

Side-eye worthy shades

From glittery golds to pretty pinks, this palette is full of standout shadows, giving you the freedom to create limitless looks – whatever you’re up to this summer. And with matte or metallic shades, trust us when we say this palette is as close to perfection as you can find.

What are you waiting for? Try out new trends and product picks to nail down a fresh summer look – we’ll see you at the BBQ.