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Get The Look: Summer Nights With LAQA & Co., Gerda Spillmann + theBalm Cosmetics

Get this gorgeous fresh look – perfect for summer nights – with this easy tutorial and a handful of hardworking products. Editorial Exec Grace walks you through it:

Rita Ora | Summer Nights Make-Up


Your lips are one of the easiest places to wear a bit of shine. Look for something with a subtle sparkle, rather than full on glitter. LAQA & Co.’s Fat Lip Pencil has a moisturising formula, to leave a buildable pop of colour that catches the light beautifully. These aren’t just pencils, they’re little pieces of art too! LAQA & Co. cover their packaging in unique artwork by up-and-coming artists looking to get their work seen and they get a cut of the profits too!


Balmy evenings call or a primer to keep your skin hydrated but ensure your make-up stays put in the heat. Gerda Spillmann’s Hydro Pearls primer plumps fine lines and reduces the appearance of pores, creating an even blanket for make-up to be applied over. The silicone-free formula protects skin from environmental irritants. For normal to oily skin, you can use this in place of moisturiser, but if you have dry skin layer it between your usual moisturiser and foundation to create a dewy finish. It pairs perfectly with Hollywood favourite, Bio-Fond Cream Foundation. After three cocktails you’ll look as great as you did when you walked in, we promise!


This Rita Ora look (see above) from earlier this year is our inspiration – warm matte browns layered with a shimmer strategically placed in the centre of the lid and a highlight in the inner corners of the eyes. The perfect smoky shimmery eye requires a few shades – theBalm cosmetics NUDE ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette holds 12! To keep things modern, opt for finely milled shimmer to catch the light, instead of big chunks of glitter. Don’t be afraid to play around with different textures and shades – start light, build, blend and have fun!

– Grace