Tropic like it's hot
Sun-soaked summer days and warm sultry nights are the inspiration behind Abu Dhabi Shopping Season’s hottest beauty trends. This summer is all about glowing skin, natural makeup, and hair lightly scented with an irresistible nod towards the feminine. We’ve rounded up the latest skin, makeup, and hair products you need to upgrade your summer beauty game. Best part? They’re all available at The Galleria Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi! As part of the Summer of Style event from 7th July- 11th July, Grazia will be hosting beauty workshops featuring our favorite beauty brands.
Less makeup and more skin is the way to go this summer. Creating a mocktal of serum layered with cream is the best way to get your undereye area looking fresh, glowing, and hydrated. We recommend applying a light layer of skin-firming Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum (Dhs231, Sephora) topped with ultra-hydrating Fenty Beauty Flash Nap eye cream (Dhs130, Sephora). This concoction is the perfect recipe for a serious skin-brightening and line-plumping undereye boost.
Bold and Brushed-Up Brows
Bold brows define this summer’s no-makeup makeup look and to up your brow game, style them in a brushed-up manner. Benefit cosmetics has long been a cult-favorite of makeup bloggers and professional makeup artists alike, and their latest collection of brow products does not disappoint. To get the look, fill in your brows with Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil (Dhs130, Sephora) and follow by brushing your eyebrows upwards with the 24 hr Brow Setter Gel (Dhs130, Sephora). Take it one step further with Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel (Dhs130, Sephora). It’s a mess-proof and buildable tinted brow gel with a waterproof formula that allows you to customize the density of your brows. Don’t miss the exclusive Benefit session with Yara Ayoun on 10th July at 4pm taking place at The Galleria. Can’t make it? Not to worry. The session will be streamed the next day on @RetailAbuDhabi.
Life isn’t meant to be dull, and neither is your skin. Glowing skin is the true foundation of any look and to boost your inner radiance, you need to start with the right makeup primer. Charlotte Tilbury’s Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF 50 PA++++ (Dhs235, Sephora) hydrates, smooths, blurs and gives the skin a filtered-looking finish. Not only does your skin look illuminated and flawless but it’s also protected from UVA and UVB rays as well as from damaging urban pollution. This is your ticket to enter the glow gang.
Thanks to a subtle #nofilter movement on social media, skin-focused makeup is front and center at the moment and cake-face foundation has been left in the (desert) dust. Skin tints are an amazing way to get light coverage and still let the natural beauty of your skin shine through. We love Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint (Dhs145, Sephora) for its flexible formula and pore-diffusing effect and Huda Beauty Glowish MultiDew Skin Tint (Dhs160, Sephora) for it’s sheer, dewy coverage and second-skin finish.
We left the berry-tinged lips in the winter, and, this summer, nude lips akin to your favorite cafe au lait are the summer style. Pretty up your pout with a glossy lip color and get ready to smile your way through the summer months. We love Fenty Beauty’s collection of ultra-hydrating Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizers (Dhs100, Sephora). The non-sticky formula creates the illusion of fuller lips and comes in a range of summery shades. Nars recently debuted their collection of lightweight Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balms (Dhs130, Sephora) that leave a diffused and blurred flush of your chosen nude hue to your lips.
It’s a sultry summer night and you’re at dinner with that special someone. As you turn your head and lightly toss your hair, a gentle, fragrant aroma emanates from your lustrous locks. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume (Dhs182, Sephora) scents your hair with a delicate, floral feminine scent. It also doubles as a moisturizing treatment and leaves hair looking ultra-smooth and hydrated. To layer this scent in your hair for an added goddess-like effect, use the nourshing Honey Infused Hair Mask (Dhs256, Sephora) beforehand. It’s natural properties enhances your hair’s natural shine and elasticity, giving your hair bounce and movement. Before blow-drying, apply a few drops of Honey Infused Hair Oil (Dhs104, Sephora) to fortify your hair from the core. Not only will your hair smell incredible but it will be stronger and more beautiful, too.
With a subtle, flair for the dramatic, mono-colored eyelids are the rage this summer. Dress up your lids with a swipe of Diorshow Mono Couture Eyeshadow (Dhs173, Dior) to channel this fun and light-hearted vibe into your summer selfies and make your eyes stand out amongst the crowd. To complete the look, prime your lashes with Diorshow Maximizer 3D (Dhs172, Dior) and follow with a coat or two of Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (Dhs150, Dior).
Naturally Flushed Cheeks
Cream blushes are your answer to getting that perfect natural-looking flush to your cheeks. With easy to blend and luxurious textures, you can lightly apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks and work your way up to your temples to achieve your desired color. We love Nudestix’s All-Over Dewy Color (Dhs135, Sephora) that comes with a built-in brush and can also be used on the lips and eyes to create a monotone look. Fenty Beauty’s Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush (Dhs105, Sephora) contains an array of shades to give your cheek that perfectly natural pop of color.
Made popular in recent years by a bevy of insta-influencers, no-makeup makeup enhances your unique beauty instead of masking it. Give skin a dewy base with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Dhs235, Sephora) and illuminate your undereyes with Fenty Beauty Bright Fix Eye Brightener (Dhs110, Sephora). Accent your cheekbones with Benefit’s High Beam Liquid Highlighter (Dhs94, Sephora) and finish off with a sultry sweep of Laura Mercier Caviar Stick (Dhs140, Sephora) in Metallic Taupe across your eyelids. Define your eyebrows with Diorshow’s Kabuki Brow Styler (Dhs139, Dior) and glide Fenty Beauty’s peachy-pink Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick (Dhs100, Sephora) in Glaze across your lips.
Body Barrier Repair
This summer isn’t only about a fresh-faced glow, it’s about that body glow too. To get your skin smooth like buttah, spot treat dull and dry areas with the Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial (Dhs225, Sephora). This massage-activated mask contains potent polyhydroxy acid complex to gently slough off dead skin cells and Nordic Birch Sap to brighten and illuminate your skin. After body-masking, lock in hydration with Fenty Beauty’s Butta Drop (Dhs160, Sephora) whipped oil body cream. This non-sticky cream is loaded with antioxidants and moisture-binding ingredients to make your skin look healthy and youthful.