Sunshine Daze: 8 Late-Summer Beauty Looks For Any Occasion

Dive into the best looks of the season — playful, fresh and fuss-free


Dewy skin gleams in dappled sunlight. Sunset shades dress eyes, cheeks and lips. Flushed cheeks and sun-kissed features fake an I-just-got-home-from-the-beach glow.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


Welcome hazy days and hot nights with bronzed, glowing skin (faux, preferably). “This look is all about the new M.A.C bronzing collection,” says hair and makeup artist Carolyn Haslett, who is responsible for the beauty looks on these pages. “I started by using the Strobe Body Lotion in the shade Bronzelite on Amy Rose's neck and shoulders. Next, I bronzed her face with the Strobe Face Glass mixed with a darker shade of the Face and Body Foundation for an even-toned glow. To set liquid products in place and add a little more luminosity, I picked up M.A.C’s Medium Face Fan Brush to apply the Radiant Matte Bronzing Powder to her cheeks and around her temples.”

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


Fake a fuller lip with a highly glossed power pout in shades of burnt orange and watermelon pink. For a vibrant effect with minimal effort, Carolyn used a small lip brush to paint L’Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss in the shade 910 Bite The Maracuja on Portia’s lips. “These are great and you can wind them up instead of using a sharpener,” Carolyn says of the retractable crayon. For on-the-go application, leave the brush behind and smooth over lips for the dual benefits of a balm and gloss in one, or make a bolder statement by pairing with a lip liner in the same shade.

Portia wears Karen Walker sunglasses and Silk & Steel earrings.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


Nothing says “refreshing” like a cooling facial mist on a scorching hot day. In between shots, Carolyn spritzed Portia’s face with the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra Fine Mist to “gloss skin up”, revive her makeup look and offer skin a dose of hydration. “The aim was to ensure skin was kept as nourished as possible,” Carolyn says. She achieved this during the prep phase, too, where M.A.C’s Lightful C + Coral Grass Softening Lotion Spray was used to deeply moisturise Portia’s skin and even out her skin tone before makeup was applied.

Model’s own jewellery.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


This season, blush isn’t limited to cheeks alone. Why should they have all the fun when there’s temples, eyelids and brow bones to play with? As one of summer 2020’s stand-out trends, over-the-top blush has been spotted everywhere from the runway to real life, which is good news for those with naturally flushed cheeks. This peachy-hued draped blush look was created using a combination of M.A.C Powder Blush in the shade Bright Response, mixed with M.A.C’s Glow Play Blush in the shade Peach Pink, which Carolyn swept upwards from cheeks to temples and over eyelids. The result is an ethereal, soft and romantic look that’s easily buildable. In lieu of a peach blush, try your hand at bright pink or magenta to take blush up several notches.

Portia wears Kate Sylvester dress, Silk & Steel earrings.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


It's high time to bring your yellow eyeshadow out of hibernation. Prepare to dip your brush in shades of buttercup, lemon, mustard and citrine. Not only is yellow eye makeup an excellent way of brightening up your eyes, but it pops against a barely there base. Here, Carolyn used the new Mecca Max Zoom Liner in the shade Canary to create a floating eyeliner (or negative space eye look). She drew an extended cat-eye, then a clean line just above the crease of the eye and connected the two at the outer corner of the eye. The key to achieving this look is working with a creamy, fine-tipped eyeliner, one that offers maximum colour payoff but still glides on smoothly sans smudging. For maximum impact, Carolyn used a small eyeshadow brush to lightly press M.A.C Eyeshadow in the shade Chrome Yellow to set the liner in place and increase its opacity.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


Achieve all-over radiance by selecting the same summery shade to dress eyes, cheeks and lips. Opting for a monochrome beauty look not only gives cohesion, but will benefit your bank balance if you select multi-purpose formulas that can be applied to multiple areas of the face. Carolyn created sun-kissed skin and eyes by prepping skin with M.A.C’s Strobe Cream, followed by M.A.C’s Face and Body Foundation mixed with M.A.C Face Glaze in the shade Deep Bronze. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in the shade Sparkling Bellini added dimensional colour to cheeks. The same peachy hue is reflected on lips and eyes with M.A.C Lip Balm in the shade Pretty Me Up and M.A.C Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eyeshadow in the shade Strike A Pose. The finishing touch was a dusting of highlighter from the M.A.C Hyper Real Glow Palette.

Model's own top and jewellery.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett


Dewy, hydrated skin will always be the look du jour when it comes to warm weather beauty. Create the kind of post-facial glow we all aspire to by layering a lightweight foundation or a tinted moisturiser with your highlighter of choice. Carolyn used Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF25 and paired it with Revlon’s Skinlights Face Glow Illuminator on the high points of the face — think brow bone, cheekbone, bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow. Those with oilier skin may prefer to use a powder highlighter on top of your base product instead — it’ll help prevent your highlighter from melting into your foundation.

Photo / Carolyn Haslett

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