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Bernicia Boateng’s Glow-Getting Summer Makeup Tricks


The heatwave might have passed but with lockdown easing and more of us delving back into our beauty bags, makeup artist Bernicia Boateng is on hand to share her summer makeup tips. She’s the woman behind model Jourdan Dunn’s flawless radiance and Bernicia knows exactly how to achieve that gorgeous summer glow. Here, she shares some of her insider tricks. Over to Bernicia…


Step 1: Prep & Prime

Prepping your skin will ensure your makeup lasts longer. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream for this because it’s rich and gives my skin that plump, glossy glow, which I adore. I apply it all over my face with a brush and press in with my fingers for an immediate boost. 

Primer is a summer essential for me – I’m currently using Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Perfecting. A teardrop amount on the back of my hand is enough to cover the key areas. I like to use my fingers and apply the formula around my nose as this is where my skin tends to be oily.

My pro tip: Use any excess primer and buff it into your cheeks and chin. This leaves you with just the right amount of glow, rather than a super matte finish. 

Step 2: Apply Your Foundation

Next up is foundation. I am obsessed with foundation and love NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in New Caledonia, which is perfect for me. Generally two and half pumps is enough and I apply using the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Brush, which allows me to really buff the formula into my skin for a flawless finish. 

It’s worth noting that the particular foundation is buildable. I find that one layer offers a natural finish, while two layers makes me feel like I’m ready to hit the club. 

My pro tip: Always buff in with your brush and work outwards from the centre of your face for a seamless, natural look.


Step 3: Touch-Up & Brighten

If you want a really simple summer look you can skip foundation and just use a concealer. A good formula can help disguise dark circles and marks. I like to use Chantecaille Real Skin Eye & Face Stick under my eyes and buff in with Hourglass’ Concealer Brush. This product is amazing because it looks like a second skin and helps to correct any imperfections. 


Once I’ve smoothed out any marks, I like to highlight and brighten my under eye area with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Amande. I also apply it down my nose, on my chin and just above my lip for a little bit of a highlight and contoured effect. While you can use your fingers to blend it out, I like to use Hourglass’ Small Concealer Brush

My pro tip: Use a tapping movement rather than swiping up and down with your brush to ensure the formula is really buffed into your skin for a flawless finish. 

Step 4: Bronze, Set & Blush

Using my Hourglass Veil Powder Brush, I like to use a cream bronzer on my cheeks for a very subtle contoured effect. Don’t forget to set your makeup. I have quite oily skin, so I love Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder for keeping everything in place, especially under my eyes. If your skin is on the dry to combination side, I really recommend Chantecaille HD Perfecting Powder as it is super fine, doesn’t leave a powdery finish and ensures your makeup lasts all day. 

Following this, I like to add a pop of colour courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Blush. The Grapevine shade offers a gorgeous plum hue, which I buff into the apples of my cheeks with a small powder brush. I like to over-use blusher to bring back some life and colour. Foundation can sometimes take away some of your features. A good tip is to add a tiny amount of blusher to your nose, forehead and chin too for a natural finish. 

My pro tip: For a touch of sparkle, look to Becca Ignite Liquidified Light Highlighter. I use it on the tops of my cheekbones to give my skin a little bit of sparkle for summer.


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