Is there anything more British than discussing the weather at any given opportunity, and having a moan about how it’s not quite your perfect desired temperature? We spend months wishing for warmer weather and wondering when we can finally disrobe from our endless layers, only to complain as soon as the sun finally comes out and basks us in its glorious rays. Admittedly it’s almost too hot to function right now, but I’d rather that than wondering if chunky cardigans really go with my choice of summer outfit. If you’re sweltering, wondering when your car got the ‘sauna setting’ upgrade or simply off to somewhere hot and exotic somewhere soon, keeping your makeup in place can be super tricky – and the last thing you want to worry about when there’s cold rosé to be consumed. So to keep you looking and feeling fabulous, here are my six tips on how to keep your makeup in place all day and ensure you look fresh even when it’s boiling…
PRIME & PROTECT
I used to use a primer religiously under my makeup daily, but in the last couple of years I’ve fallen out of love with it as I’ve spent more time layering up my skincare instead; however, during the summer months it can be an absolute life saver by helping to create a barrier between makeup and skin. The silky texture helps to prevent slipping, creasing and generally sweating off, so is a great pre-base step even if you’re minimising your overall look. Opting for one with added SPF will give you bonus points for multi-tasking and effectiveness too! I’m currently obsessed with the ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF, which doubles up as a primer and lightweight moisturiser in one.
One of the biggest causes of makeup movement is the oil within many base products; these can be great in terms of offering hydration and a silky texture, but in the heat they mess with your foundation and cause it to sweat right off. Make sure your skincare products are as light as possible, plus check your foundation’s ingredient list to ensure it’s oil-free; it will help keep makeup in place for so much longer and help you to resist the heat.
It can be tempting to layer up and create a look that’s flawless, but if you want it to last for longer the priority should be using only what’s absolutely necessary. Keep your base light; if you can get away with just a touch of concealer where you need it, even better. Don’t even attempt to contour or buff in three different eyeshadow shades, instead revealing as much of your beautiful natural skin as you can. It’ll look healthier, fresher and reduce the movement potential – plus a dusting of bronzer will give skin an effortless glow. (Anything that saves precious morning moments is also a winner!)
WADE INTO WATERPROOF
Although waterproof makeup shouldn’t be worn every day (it’s much trickier to get off and can leave eyes sensitive,) it’s a dream come these warmer moments when you’d do anything just to keep everything in place. Waterproof mascara is an obvious choice, but increasingly brands are launching products that have been designed to stay put even at the gym – foundations, powders, concealers, lip colour and even blushers now offer longevity we once could only dream of. As this weather shows no signs of waning, it may be worth investing in a few essentials you can rely on. Clinique Fit is a great range developed for gym go-ers, and includes everything from powder and mascara to cheek tint and facial spritzes.
DUST TO FINISH
Translucent powder may have a certain reputation, but it’s really not reserved just for old ladies and creating a super matte finish; it’s a great way of setting your makeup and locking product in place, without creating a heavy or cakey result. I love it as a final step as I know it’s sure to keep my t-zone in check for longer, plus dusted over eyes and lips it can set colour in place without dulling down the result. I always carry a little to tackle that t-zone shine and help to re-set my base in place. You can’t go wrong with the budget-friendly Rimmel Translucent Powder or Shimmer Brick, if you’re asking.
SET & REFRESH
One of those steps a pro would never be without, a setting spray can help lock in your products and ensure there’s minimal slippage throughout the day; if you get a great one you can also spritz it on to refresh your look once it’s starting to look a bit tired, cooling you down in the process too. Blotting papers also provide a really simple but effective way of refreshing your face, removing excess oil and moisture without touching the makeup beneath – popping some in your bag could save embarrassment or the need to start from scratch when you really just want to head to the pub as soon as it hits 5pm. NYX do some great ones for only a fiver!
If you can’t be bothered with all that faff, go face naked (but still use your SPF obvs) and embrace the warmer temperatures while you can…
Do you have any top tips or other easy ways to keep your makeup in place, especially in the heat?
(Clarins Bronzer featured available here, priced £32.00 – press sample.)