Olivia Munn looks ready for summer. Photo: Getty
It's official, pink blush is back for summer. Except this time, it's all about aiming high. "Just like long layers and poker-straight hair, wearing blush below the cheekbone can drag down your features, so it's important to perfect the placement," says make-up artist Fern Madden. For the ultimate pick-me-up, apply a rosy-pink shade slightly above the apples of the cheeks, buffing the product towards the temples so that the colour gradually softens as it reaches the outer corners of the eyes. Remember, you want just-pinched, not post-spin-class-flushed, so it's best to start off lightly - you can always apply extra product at the end.
Although powders are flattering, when it comes to heat-proofing your make-up routine, cream blush is a good summer option. Creams are not only longer-wearing, they are less messy than loose powder - they also moonlight as the ultimate lip tint. Simply blot any excess product onto the lips for an effortless stain. If you're new to cream blush, try Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Calypso Coral, $42.
or Becca Crème Blush in Turkish Rose, $48, for a foolproof flush.
As for the rest of your make-up, wearing blush closer to the eye makes the whites look instantly brighter. All you'll need is a coat of mascara and a slick of brow pencil to finish off the look, and you're good to go.
But as any summer lover will tell you, nothing sets off a peachy glow quite like a lovely tan. And we know the healthiest way to tan these days is to fake it. Proving you can indeed improve on perfection, St. Tropez's latest glow-getter is everything you want in a sunless- tanning product. Infused with aloe vera, the lightweight formula is just as big on hydrating as it is on colour, requires next to no rubbing in and boasts clever odour-blocking technology for the perfect just-back-from-holiday-looking glow, minus the "fake-tan stink". Ideal for beginners.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Gel, $45, 1800 358 999.
Hot tip To stretch the life of your tan, it's important to moisturise like a bandit morning and night. Don't forget to exfoliate problem areas such as the knees, feet and elbows before reapplying.