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20 of the hottest new holiday beauty essentials you need in your suitcase

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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Summer holidays are here, bringing with them the annual challenge of cramming everything we own into a small, wheely suitcase.

While clothes and wedge sandals don't weigh too much, our usual beauty arsenal is often enough to sink a ship, meaning we need to pick carefully when choosing what to take with us to our sunnier destinations.

To help you with your packing mission, we've combed through all the latest and hottest beauty releases, plus all the cult classic products, to bring you this edit of the must-have beach items.

  • Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact

    Sweep this brilliantly matt bronzer across your cheekbones and over the tip of your nose to enhance your holiday glow. £30, clarins.co.uk

  • Avene Thermal Water

    An absolute holiday essential, a cooling spritz of this gentle spray will calm heat-irritated skin and help soothe sunburn. £4.99, lookfantastic.co.uk

  • Charlotte Tilbury beach sticks

    Like giant colouring in pens for your cheek and lips, these shimmery, lightweight beach sticks glide on easily to give a subtle tint of colour. We particularly like the peachy-pink shade 'Moon Beach'. £30, charlottetilbury.com

  • James Read day tan SPF15 for face

    This moisturising gradual tan can be applied every 2-3 days to add an extra hint of holiday glow, perfect for those who prefer to keep their face out of the sun. £22, jamesreadtan.com

  • Aveda sun care protective hair veil

    This lightweight mist settles over hair to prevent it from harsh UV light, salt and chlorine damage for up to 16 hours. Plus it's waterproof, so doesn't need to be reapplied every time you go for a dip. £21.50, aveda.co.uk

  • bagsy Beautiful Eyes 24 hour eye colour in Pearly Bird

    This pencil eye colour from new British beauty brand Bagsy is light and creamy but stays in place all day long, even in the heat. The shimmery gold colour is universally flattering, plus the packaging is divine. £14, feelunique.com

  • Neom wild mint and mandarin body scrub

    Slough away dead skin cells before your holiday to give your body a healthy boost and ensure you maintain an even tan. Just one teaspoon of this luscious, organic scrub from Neom is enough to cover your whole body (plus, it smells absolutely divine). £34, neomorganics.com

  • Bumble and bumble surf infusion

    Bumble and Bumble's original salt Surf Spray, released in 2001, is a cult classic. This new version, which also contains an oil to help protect hair in the heat, is the ultimate product for effortless, beachy waves that shine. £21.50, bumbleandbumble.co.uk

  • Rimmel London Salon PRO

    Rimmel's Salon PRO varnishes give a vibrant pop of colour that lasts and lasts, even in intense summer heat. Hip Hop is the perfect pinky-red shade for afternoons spent lounging on the beach. £4.49, boots.com

  • UNITE 7 Seconds Conditioner

    Infused with protein and moisturisers, this is a miracle treatment for dry and tangled post-beach hair. Simply spritz all over your hair and leave for seven seconds before brushing through. £16.90, unitehair.co.uk

  • Rodial Glamstick in Bang

    A tinted lip butter enriched with cocoa butter and vitamin E, this pale pink shade will give you a subtle hint of colour while keeping your lips moisturised in the sun. Love! £25, rodial.co.uk

  • bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

    Most foundations are too heavy to wear in the summer heat. Swap your usual coverup for the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, a tinted hydrating gel cream with SPF30 that glides on to provide lightweight coverage. £26, bareminerals.co.uk

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

    A handy travel-sized version of Urban Decay's cult Naked eye palette, these six shades will be your holiday eye shadow staples. £23, urbandecay.co.uk

  • Bourjois Magic nail polish remover

    This is by far the easiest (and most compact!) way to remove nail varnish on holiday. Simply pop each finger in the pot and you're good to go. £4.99, boots.com

  • Nivea Body In Shower Lotion

    It's essential to moisturise on holiday to ensure your skin combats the drying effects of the sun. But if the thought of slathering on a heavy cream in the heat makes you sweat, this in-shower moisturiser is the perfect solution - simply apply in the shower and rinse off. £3, boots.com

  • Kerastase Soleil Aqua Seal

    A must-have beach product for anyone with coloured hair, this spray forms a protective barrier over the hair that will prevent colour damage from the sun and chlorine. £17.40, lookfantastic.com

  • MAC Haute and Naughty Waterproof Mascara

    MAC have finally released a waterproof version of their bestselling two-in-one mascara. Pulling the wand through the small opening gives lashes high definition while pulling it through the bigger opening gives lashes of volume, all with a new, humidity proof formula. £19, maccosmetics.co.uk

  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

    A truly multi-tasking product, Elizabeth Arden's cult classic can be used as a lip balm, a moisturiser and to soothe sunburn. Plus, the big tube will last for at least a whole summer. £26, boots.com

  • Compact Tangle Teezer

    The best-selling Tangle Teezer is the quickiest, easiest and least painful way to detangle beach hair. We love the new compact version for slipping into our beach bag. £12.25, lookfantastic.com

  • Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

    Face wipes come into their own on holidays - use them to remove sand, dirt, sweat and all other grime at any time of the day. These Burt's Bees pre-moistensed towelettes are infused with white tea extract to calm sun-irritated skin and are made with 99.1% natural ingredients. £5.99, burtsbees.co.uk

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