Are you ready for Summer...?

With lighter evenings and brighter mornings, it's finally time to start thinking of sunnier days. Here at Hogies Online we love a change in season, and have plenty of top tips to make sure your make-up bags are ready for Summer. Whether you are planning a holiday abroad, parties in the UK or just dreaming of long, lazy beach days, it's a great excuse to review skincare routines and get creative with Summer looks.

Get Organised

First thing's first, have a good clear out. Getting to the bottom of your storage baskets, cosmetics and make-up bags is a great way to identify what products you actually need to top up. Most make-up has a shelf life (did you know your mascara should be replaced every 3 months?) so make sure your existing makeup is in good condition. It will also mean that you will make fewer impulse purchases, meaning you can treat yourself to the items you really need!

Check the date on your sun cream, most are OK to use for a year, but if your sun protection has started to separate, or if there's a change to smell or texture, it's time to replace it!

And whilst we think about UV rays, it's important to check that your sunglasses are offering the right protection, even in the shade. Check your glasses have the CE mark on the inside arm, and if you are treating yourself to a new pair, ensure they offer 100% UV protection (usually found on the lenses sticker). We have a huge range of Men's and Ladies sunglasses - check out a sneak peak of our range below!

Celine Audrey Black ladies Sunglasses

Carolina Herrera Havana Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Men's Sunglasses RB3025 W3275

Get Inspired


There are so many ways to find Summer inspiration, from magazines to weekend supplements, social media and YouTube tutorials, but our favourite is Pinterest.

Whether you are looking for new make-up trends or hair tutorials, there are boards for everyone. You are bound to find more inspiration than you expect! It's a great way to research new products and your favourite brands too. Create a Summer board and get pinning (and don't forget to follow the Hogies Online Pinterest board for the latest in Summer trends!)

Dior Kingdom of Colours Makeup Palette

Yves Saint Laurent 5 Eyeshadow Palette 10

Urban Decay Naked 3 Pink Eyeshadow Palette


Get The Look

Sun-kissed summer looks are everywhere this year, with bronzers making a welcomed return. Complexion-wise, clean, glowing bare skin is a perfect summer look, easy to create and maintain, whether at home or on holiday. It also makes a perfect base for a bold lip.

Many make-up artists recommend buying a different foundation, for summer to compliment your skin tone and condition, but remember a tinted moisturiser is a great option for the transition between months.

Another easy way to tap into SS19 trends is to go for bold colourful nails '_x0093_ everything from bright yellow to rainbow nails (our OPI and Nail Inc sets are great to achieve this colourful finish). Otherwise, a well maintained peachy nude nail is a great holiday look, and easily complements any holiday outfit.

Nails Inc Superfood Nail Varnish Collection

Dior Rouge Lipstick 520 Feel Good


Get Creative


Summer is great to get creative with your look. Why not try out a new hairstyle or find new ways to style your existing cut? Imperfectly perfect buns are a great way to dress an outfit up or down on a sunny day, and hair accessories are happily no longer just for kids!

It's also a great time to introduce a pop of colour '_x0093_ from a statement lip to bold tinted eyeliners'¦creating impact with your make-up is a great way to refresh your Summer look.

Summer is also a great opportunity to try out new perfumes. If you usually favour deeper, oriental or woody scents, why not try a lighter floral or citrusy scent? Or layer your fragrance to create your own unique summer blend.

Most importantly, have fun.

Summer is a great time to mix up your look after Winter.

Shake yourself out of your usual routine and get creative.

Moschino Miniature Eau De Toilette Gift Set

Butterfly Twist Lola Coral Snakeskin Effect Flip Flops

Calvin Klein Eternity Fragrance


Get in Touch


Tell us how you are getting ready for Summer - are you updating your cosmetics or planning to try a new look? Come and join the conversation over on social media!