Love Island might be over for another year, but the UK's favourite dating show lives on in our beauty routines as the trendsetter for summer and beyond. From defined lips to gorgeously feathered lashes, the Islanders have once again provided some must-have day and night looks. Want to learn how to do make-up like the Love Island girls? Get those Mallorca villa vibes with our guide to their stunning looks, starting from the base up.
Recreate the Love Island make-up look step by step
Go for dewy skin
Glowing, gorgeous, dewy skin is one of those beauty trends we love, and it's here to stay as Love Island fans embrace the natural make-up look popular in the villa this year. Prepping your skin is crucial for achieving this radiant look, so make sure your skincare routine includes nourishing, vitamin-rich products. Use a highlighter to glow in all the right places, pairing it with a matte concealer and foundation to draw attention to your best features. Don't be afraid to swipe it across your cheeks, brow bone and nose for fresh-faced appeal.
Keep the contouring light
Previous years have seen some epic contouring game from the Love Island villa. This year contestants kept their contouring light, working with cream bronzers carefully applied for a sun-kissed but subtle look. If you're a newbie to this TikTok favourite, our beginner's guide to contouring can help you work out your face shape, best shade and where to apply your bronzer.
Defined lip make-up is in
Gemma stole our hearts this year with her matte brown lip look – we absolutely love how she paired it with a summery, radiant base. Matte lipstick has always been a staple of Love Island, and this year was no exception! Many of Gemma’s co-stars also adopted a pigmented matte lip with glowing skin and defined brows. Pair with a liner for a more dramatic and defined evening make-up look.
Try out our top-rated Avon True Ultra Matte Lipstick in the shade Nude Suede.
Enhance your eyes with false lashes…Of course, it wouldn't be a hot summer of dating without fluttering falsies! Layer your lashes with some bold and beautiful false eyelashes, especially if you're keeping the rest of your eye make-up on the subtler side. A touch of brown liner to create a soft transition to your lid is perfectly on-trend this season.
...or go big with the mascaraNot keen on the fuss of a false lash? Recreate Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu's neutral glam look by going big and bold with your mascara. This works really well with a touch of brown eyeshadow and eyeliner, especially if you've nailed your sun-kissed bronzer application.
Make your make-up last
We might not be lucky enough to enjoy the same weather as the Love Island cast, but a good primer and setting spray will beat the UK summer heat (and humidity!) to ensure your look lasts all day long. Pick an ultralight formula that'll sit nicely on top of your skin – this will highlight your skincare prep work without feeling sticky.
Use our Prep & Set Spray before and after your make-up routine to keep your glam in place!
Must-haves for your beauty routine
Looking fresh-faced and glamorous at all times isn't easy (especially if you’re not living in a Mallorca villa), but there are a few essentials you'll want to keep handy for recreating the Love Island looks. We recommend popping the following into your make-up bag.
- An illuminating moisturiser rich in vitamin C
- A radiance-boosting serum
- An eyeshadow palette that covers natural looks, and one with a bit of glitter
Final beauty secrets from Love Island
While every season surprises us, a few trends pop up year after year. The most important of these, we think, is that a fake tan is the best tan! While it might be tempting to sit in the sun for hours, the Islanders apply sun lotion and sprays rather than exposing their skin to harmful rays. Healthy skin provides the best base for your make-up, and skin that hasn't been sun damaged is a great place to start. Top it off with SPF make-up, and you'll stay beautiful and protected from harmful UV rays.
Something else we love from Love Island? The fact that gorgeous make-up doesn't have to break the bank. Many of the show's most eye-catching looks are budget-friendly, which makes recreating them easier than you'd expect. Be brave and try it out!