YSL’s summer beauty tips

YSL’s Summer Beauty Tips

ysl summer beauty tips
YSL’s vision for summer beauty 2019

When it comes to beauty seasons, summer is the one time of year when you can really experiment with colour, texture and effects and you’ll see that with YSL’s best summer beauty tips. Those couple of weeks of summer vacation away from the office and busy schedule is the perfect time to try new hues. I know of one international makeup artist who tries out new vibrant shades with his friends while vacationing in the south of France. He says women need to remember that makeup is supposed to be fun. It’s important to play with shades that appeal to you.

makeup artist tom pecheux
celebrity makeup artist Tom Pecheux

Tom Pecheux, YSL Beauty’s Creative Director of Makeup adheres to this philosophy. Here, he gives us some pro tips for flawless summer beauty and an insider look at creating the YSL summer look “For me, there is nothing more beautiful than nature, it’s the most timeless of luxuries. Maybe because I spend most of my time in cities, but when you suddenly arrive in a place that’s all about green, it’s like heaven!” he says.  “I often think of Mr Saint Laurent’s garden in Marrakech – it is a tropical haven. So I found myself thinking of the concept of escape, paradise, amidst jungle or lush vegetation. I’m really pleased with this collection because I feel it entirely captures that mood.”

YSL summer bronzing palette
YSL’s iconic bronzing powder

When it comes to summer makeup, he gets one question more than any other: bronzing.  “Oh I live for bronzing! It’s the answer for a sad day, for a sad mood, for a sad face!  And the beauty of this particular bronzer is that it’s so sheer. It suits all skin tones from very pale to very dark. Everyone can benefit from having a little bronzer, especially if they haven’t been exposed to the sun for a while. If you’re applying it to the whole face, I would suggest taking a pretty large brush, not quite as big as a powder brush.  Dust it with powder and start your application over the cheeks, sweeping across the nose, and still without adding any extra powder, continue with the leftovers of the powder by brushing it on your forehead, then your chin, then your neck – just to balance it out.”

ysl summer beauty tips
YSL summer beauty tips

He says if you only apply bronzer on your cheeks, it will look fake. The idea is not to use it as a blush, but to accentuate cheeks, forehead, chin, nose and neck. “If you apply too much, the best way to take it off is to make sure the palms of your hands are dry and just pass your hand all over your face. Somehow it works because it takes off any excess but leaves enough on your face.  But it only works if your hands are very dry – if not, you will be left with patches.”  He says that if you’ve applied too much and the hand-trick doesn’t work, add a very thin layer of foundation on top of your powder and it will even out your complexion.

YSL Vernis A Levres in orange trompe l'Oeil
YSL Vernis A Levres in Orange Trompe L’Oeil

Want to update your beauty look for summer? Add a pop of orange on the lips. “When the sun comes out and the weather warms up, orange is so easy to wear.” It’s nice alternative to red and looks beautiful with tanned skin.

YSL Dessin Du Regard in Vert Luxuriant
YSL Dessin Du Regard in Vert Luxuriant

Of course, a bold orange lip looks even more beautiful with a striking eye design. And a waterproof eye pencil is a must-have. “I like to vary the shades – black is great when worn on the top eyelid, and juxtaposed with the green or burgundy under the eyelids.  You can even mix them to create your own shade.  The texture of the pencil is creamier than the eyeshadow, so it gives a very graphic definition especially when worn close to the lash line. It really is the best way to frame your eyes.”

YSL La Lacque Couture in Vert Decadent
YSL La Lacque Couture in Vert Decadent

Don’t forget the summer pedicure if you are going to be vacationing by the pool or enjoying cocktails on the patio. “I like to think of these nail lacquers as being worn most playfully on the toes because they’re so bright.  That said, the green is very chic for finger nails! For summer, these shades are such a great look.”

YSL summer look 2019
YSL’s sumptuous summer makeup look 2019

Whatever products and shades you choose for summer, be sure to have fun. Play with colours you might not normally try. You might discover a colour that really flatters your skin tone and personal style.

YSL couture collector  summer eye palette
YSL Couture Collector Eye Palette in Luxuriant Haven

What is your favourite summer beauty tip? Would love to hear what really works for you in the hot summer weather.


  • Reply
    March 8, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    useful tips

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    Debbie Beattie
    January 2, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I love to use bronzer to accent my features

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    Cynthia Sacks
    May 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Great tips! I esp hate seeing folks with major bronzer face! And I am in love with YSL Couture Collector Eye Palette in Luxuriant Haven. Sigh. My only other tips — Stay hydrated, my friends! @cindy_sacks

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    May 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I like the suggestions provided here as to where to place bronzer so it doesn’t look fake. @Eslpi

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    Trisha Pedros
    May 2, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Great tips!! I like to keep it light with a bronzer and always a good SPF face cream! Never used YSL products but in love with the Iconic Bronzing powder!! Thank you 😊

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      Rhonda Stefani
      April 25, 2022 at 2:56 am

      Great summer tips! Going to try bronzer this year as well as a different lower lash line eyeliner color.

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