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Nothing spells youth quite like a healthy, sun-kissed radiance. For that, look to these makeup essentials 
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Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Daiquiri Dip, $33, Fenty Beauty
Fresh-faced flush calls for a creamy blusher like this one, which goes on sheer for buildable colour, and is sweat- and water-resistant.
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Exclusive Creation Éclat du Désert, $92, Chanel
A universally flattering shade, this limited-edition illuminating powder imparts a subtle peachy shimmer for a soft glow.
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Pure Color Love Cooling Highlighter in 002 Sultry Shine, $42, Estée Lauder
Infused with water, this balm-type highlighter not only illuminates, but also gives skin a literal refresh, imparting both a cooling sensation and a pearlescent lit-from-within radiance when applied.
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Glow On in Bright C oral, $33, Shu Uemura
If powder blushers are your jam, turn up the heat with a vivid shade like this one from Shu Uemura, which has synthetic mica pigments that ensure great colour payo even upon contact with perspiration.
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Oil-Infused Lip Tint in Reef, $40, NARS
This gel-oil hybrid keeps those puckers moisturised with nourishing raspberry seed oil, pomegranate extract, and vitamins A and E—all with a delicious shine.


Newsflash: Sunscreen plays just as important a role as water in helping to keep skin looking youthful and supple. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re indoor or outdoors—diligent sun protection is the way to go if you want to avoid premature skin ageing. The new technologies behind the latest sunscreens deliver perks beyond basic UV protection. Chanel’s Le Blanc UV Essential SPF 50/PA++++, for instance, is infused with potent antioxidants for defence against environmental pollution and oxidative stress, while keeping skin hydrated and healthy-looking. Working to keep skin moisturised is Decorte’s Sun Shelter Multi Protection SPF 50+/PA++++, which has a water-based formula that doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on skin, nor leaves that dreaded white cast when applied. Then there are the multi-action ones such as SK-II’s Atmosphere Airy Light UV Emulsion SPF 30/PA+++, which is fortified with the brand’s proprietary ingredient, Pitera, to plump, smooth and boost the skin’s resilience. There are even those that give skin a luminous glow while shielding it from UV rays and blue light, such as Glowscreen SPF 40 from Supergoop!, which can be worn on its own or under makeup.
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From far left: Glowscreen SPF 40, $55, Supergoop!. LeBlanc UV Essentiel SPF 50/ PA++++, $90, Chanel. Sun Shelter Multi Protection SPF 50+/PA++++, $58, Decorte. Atmosphere Airy Light UV Emulsion SPF 30/PA+++, $99, SK-II