How to prevent Makeup meltdown

With Lora Gladwin

Lora Gladwin has some great hints and tips on keeping your makeup fresh in the summer heat.

Lora is an independent make-up artist so her recommendations are totally unbiased and purely based on her preferences.

Even if you love the sun, hot and humid weather isn’t ideal for keeping your make up looking fresh. Here are some hints and tips to help your make up stay put and looking gorgeous.

Firstly, make sure your skin is prepped correctly and don’t skip the toner. A toner helps remove any excess oil, as this can cause your makeup to slide. The better condition your skin is in the better the makeup will look.

Definitely invest in a primer, you’ll be amazed at the difference it will make. It’ll make your skin appear smoother, help diminish the look of fine lines and make your make up last longer. For oily skin look out for primers that contain silicones as they will help to give a matt appearance to the skin and control oil. My favourite for this is Benefits Porefessional £24.50 available at Debenhams.

Less is definitely more when it comes to summer make- up, so swap your usual foundation for something lighter such as a tinted moisturiser or BB cream(blemish balm). The added bonus of these is that they include a SPF (Sun Protection Factor). If you feel you need more coverage then you can always apply a concealer where it’s needed .If you have great skin then you can just bare all and use sun cream to keep your skin protected.

To combat the dreaded panda eyes replace your regular mascara and eyeliner for the waterproof versions and voila – no more panda eyes. Try and use cream eye shadows instead of powder ones.

Powder blushers can look cakey in humid conditions so try a lip and cheek stain such as Benefits Benetint or my personal favourite Daniel Sandlers Water Colour Fluid Blusher £15.50.This has excellent lasting power and is sweat and waterproof and is one of my hero products that I use on clients’ time and time again. 

A mistake I’ve seen many women make when trying to combat excess oil and shine, is to keep reapplying powder to their shiny areas. But in the heat this can also look cakey and it will also emphasise any fine lines. So instead of continually applying powder, use blotting paper. It is an inexpensive and far better way to remove any excess oil. I like Boots Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets £2.66.

If you have a special occasion such as a wedding coming up and really need your makeup to look flawless all day then Urban Decay All Nighter MakeUp Setting Spray £19.50 is the product of choice. This hero product promises to make your makeup last 16 hours and also has cooling agents which are perfect for brides in this current heat wave.

I hope these hints and tips have been helpful to you. Do try them and enjoy the British summer without any worry of makeup meltdown.

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