Warmer weather is (finally) upon us here in the UK, and while this is great news for us sun-starved Brits – it does pose a problem for our make-up. Hot weather means more sweat and more grease, which can mean disaster for our make-up.
Thankfully, the beauty industry has come up with an arsenal of tips, tricks and products to help us keep our make-up in place.
Less is more
Before you apply any make-up, remember in the summer less is more. Try to use thin layers of make-up and only use products you really need to, this will allow your natural beauty to shine through and stop the dreaded make-up slip.
Use a primer
After your moisturiser and before your make-up, be sure to apply a primer. Look for one that’s designed to stop shine and pay particular attention to your T-zone.
Apply foundation in criss-cross strokes
Use foundation sparingly and apply using criss-cross strokes. This will blend better and give you a cleaner finish. If you do start to sweat during the day, this will also help to avoid that streaky foundation look.
Use a cream blush
Powder blush can accentuate greasy areas as it clings to the grease. Try using a cream blush instead. This will blend in more and will give you a more natural, sunkissed look.
Set with powder
Once you’ve applied your base, set it with some translucent powder. Instead of using your brush to drag the powder across the skin, try to dab it onto the skin. This helps the powder sit on the face correctly for an even finish.
Use a wax brow pencil
Wax products have a thicker consistency than powder, which means they have better staying power. Use a wax brow pencil to define your brows and comb through.
Opt for a lip stain
Lipstick can melt and smear in the sun, so consider using a lip stain instead. This will give you a subtle hint of colour and is more likely to last the day.
Use waterproof eye products
To stop your eyeshadow creasing use a dedicated eyeshadow primer (or, failing that a slick of concealer). Then use waterproof mascara and eyeliner to help avoid smudging.
Use a setting spray
If you’re going to be out all day and you want your make-up to last, use a make-up setting spray. This forms a protective barrier to help your products stay put for longer.
Keep some blotting papers to hand
Have a stash of blotting papers in your bag to mop up any excess grease/sweat throughout the day. This is a better option than piling on the powder, as this can look patchy when you apply too much.