9 Pretty Summer Makeup Looks We Can't Wait to Try This Year

The clocks have gone forward and we're starting to emerge from winter hibernation, which means it's official: Spring is here, summer is on the horizon, and with the change in seasons we're ready to experiment with our makeup looks.

I've always taken great joy from applying my makeup, but during the winter it's easy to get stuck into a rut and I find myself falling into a routine of using the same products every single day. A quick slick of concealer, mascara, and brow gel becomes my daily ritual, and (I'm ashamed to admit) my blushers and eyeshadows begin to gather dust on my dressing table. But, naturally, spring is the season for change , and since the longer days and lighter evenings mean that my social calendar is starting to pick up, I'm finally feeling ready to embrace all the pretty makeup looks I've been bookmarking on Instagram recently.

It's already looking set to be a great season for beauty. From pastel eyeshadows and glossy lips to glowy skin and under-eye blush, the latest trends and product launches have me feeling majorly inspired to dig into my makeup bag, clean up my brushes, and get playing. And with holidays, weddings, and hen parties booking out my weekends, I'm seriously in need of some fresh and fun new looks.

Below, I've shared nine pretty makeup looks that will hopefully inspire us all to get creative and experiment with something new this summer.

1. Under-Eye Blush

Pretty summer makeup looks: @ALLLISONHO



Under-eye blush may be the latest big TikTok trend, but this makeup artist-approved hack has long been used to create the appearance of brighter under eyes. What's more, the technique isn't as hard as you might think—simply apply your blush as normal, then blend it a little higher up into the under eye area. This works best with cream and liquid textured blushes, but you could also use a powder blush to lightly set your under eye concealer.

Get the look:

Charlotte Tilbury's newest blush formula arrived on the scene just in time for this look—a liquid formula and matte texture allows you to effortlessly pull off the under-eye blush trend.

If cream and liquid formulas scare you, use a makeup sponge or powder puff to gently blot this over your under eye area instead.

Alternatively, try blending a few drops of this ultra-pigmented cream blush in with you under eye concealer and buff it into skin with a small fluffy brush.

2. Lilac Shimmer

Pretty summer makeup looks: @TOBIMAKEUP



Bright and bold eye makeup looks have been trending for a few years now, but they always seem to see a resurgence as we head into summer. If you're not keep on strong, graphic looks, pastel shades and shimmer formulas offer a softer and more wearable approach. Purple in particular is set to be a big trend for summer 2023, so there are plenty of lilac eyeshadow and eyeliners to be found.

Get the look:

Creamy and pigmented, this bright glittery lilac swipes effortlessly over lids for a one-wash wonder.

This perfectly sized palette has everything you need for a monochrome eye makeup look.

Whether you want to go for a matte lilac look or a shimmery lilac look, this dual-ended liquid eyeshadow allows you to do both.

3. Painted Lids

Pretty summer makeup looks: @HIMICHELLELI



If you do fancy something a little more experimental, we love this creative 'painted' approach to eye makeup. To recreate this look, start with a muted shade blended over the lid, then two bolder colours swiped loosely over each end of the crease—eyeliners and eye paints will be easier to use than powder shadows. This is far less about precise, perfect makeup, and more about leaning into a fun and edgy vibe.

Get the look:

These eclectic shades might seem mismatched in the palette, but they're perfect for achieving a 'painted' effect.

Available in a wide range of colours, Glossier's creamy eyeliners are a great way to experiment with this look.

Proving just how easy this trend is to pull off, About-Face's liquid eye paints don't even require brushes. Just dab on at the right angle and you're good to go.

4. Glossy Lips

Pretty summer makeup looks: @AYSHA.SOW



Last year saw the meteorric rise of the lip oil—a product that miraculously doubles up as both lip tint and lip gloss, while also nourishing lips with a cocktail of hydrating skincare ingredients. The glossy lip look is certainly here to stay for summer 2023—it pairs perfectly with glowing skin, brushed up brows, and a fresh 'no makeup-makeup' look. 

Get the look:

Dior's lip oil was the one that kickstarted the lip oil trend—I'm especially obsessed with the shade Rosewood, which adds a warm hint of colour.

Leave it to Rihanna to create a lip gloss that multitasks as a lip plumper and doesn't feel remotely heavy or sticky.

Merit's lip oils are particularly pigmented, so they're great if you typically prefer a slightly bolder lip look.

5. Doll Eyes

Ahead of the launch of the Barbie movie this summer, 'doll eyes' inspired looks are already beginning to trend. This retro-inspired look is all about making eyes appear wider and brighter—so it's 100% something we can get on board with. The key to nailing this trend? A white liner to tightline the waterline, a lengthening mascara, and flawless cat-eye liner. Oh, and a pop of pastel colour if you're feeling particularly creative. 

Get the look:

With its fluffy brush and inky black formula, this Jones Road mascara is perfect for achieving long, bold, ultra-defined lashes.

The key to tightlining your waterline is to finding an eyeliner that is slightly off white—there's a reason why this Victoria Beckham is (almost) always sold out. It's perfect.

The best black eyeliners have both a super pigmented formula and a perfectly shaped brush. This affordable option ticks all of the boxes.

6. Green Lids

Green eye makeup looks are also going to be everywhere this summer. Of course, there are thousands of different ways to wear this versatile shade, but we particularly love this subtle nod to an editorial look. It's also super easy to pull off—just add a dot of colour to the outer and inner corners of the eyes and softly blend it out. Try pastel or brown-toned greens for an everyday look or experiment with neon or lime green if you're feeling bold.

Get the look:

This pale mint green has a hint of shimmer which will look super pretty when it catches in the summer sun.

Thanks to its pigmented formula and easy-to-wield crayon format, this is one of my favourite products for experimenting with more editorial makeup looks.

Stila's liquid eyeshadows have been a staple in my makeup bag for years. This muted khaki shade is so flattering.

7. Summer Glow 

Pretty summer makeup looks: @SYMPHANISOTO



Glowing skin is always in—and never more so than in the summer months. This year more than ever, it's all about a bronzed look, whether that's on your cheekbones, forehead or eyes, so warm bronzers and orange-toned blushers are set to be your go to products. Top tip: Tie the look together by using your blusher or bronzer as an eyeshadow.

Get the look:

Creamy, sheer, and buildable, there's nothing not to love about Milk's swipe-on bronzers.

This sunset-inspired powder blusher is giving me all the golden hour vibes.

Nudestix's Nudies are another makeup bag classic of mine. Sunkissed is the perfect shade for pulling off a faux sunburned look, and it also doubles up as lipstick and eyeshadow.

8. Pastel Pop

Pretty summer makeup looks: @ANAASMOOD



Lilacs, mint greens, baby blue, and cool pinks are where it's at right now, which is great because when people ask me how to start wearing colourful makeup, pastels are always shades I recommend—they're so versatile and flattering to everyone. I'm obsessed with this look, which combines pastel shades on the eyes, cheeks, lips, and nails.

Get the look:

Refy's Cream Blush is available in four dreamy shades, but this is my favourite—it's the most perfect pastel pink.

An easier alternative to collating multiple single eyeshadows or dipping between different palettes, this all-pastel palette has everything you need.

Aside from the fact that this wearable cool-toned pink is super flattering, the innovative dual-ended packaging brings me so much joy.

9. Shimmer Liner

Pretty summer makeup looks: @TRECHOLOPIS



Editorial makeup doesn't always work for everyday, but a colourful or metallic eyeliner is one way to pull it off—and it will bring you so much joy when you glance in the mirror. Plus, it's a great way to elevate a low-key, no-makeup look from day to night.

Get the look:

This muted golden-green flatters all eye colours.

A bold and bright shimmering green for those who want a truly eye-catching eye makeup look.

If colour and shimmer is a combination you're not yet ready to explore, this warm bronze option may be more up your street.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.