Find your perfect look with our top ten products to make your make-up last
It doesn’t matter how fabulous the shade of lipstick is or how silky smooth the foundation – if it’s not long lasting make-up then it’s not worth it! Because when hot flushes hit, our make-up tends to slide – never a good look. Not to mention when the summer heat takes over and all that warmth and humidity causes major make-up leakage. Re-applying make-up throughout the day is a real hassle and means that you’ll go through your make-up products twice as fast.
But don’t fret, long lasting make-up is at hand. Items such as fixer sprays keep your make-up in place and looking perfect for hours, saving precious time touching-up patchy foundation or smudged eye liner. There’s nothing worse than having spent time and effort applying your make-up, only to have it all smear off before the afternoon.
The key to keeping your look fresh and fabulous all day is to invest in beauty products that go the distance. Primers, worn beneath your make-up, are ideal for prolonging foundation wear as well as smoothing out imperfections such as visible pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and oily skin, providing a smooth base for foundation application.
But primers aren’t the only make-up buys that will last the long-haul – now there is also new technology in make-up that means everything from our foundation to our eyeliner and lipstick can stay put all day. There is even a new waterproof bronzer that will give you a gorgeous glow all day and night long. Who needs summer sun when you can fake a year-round glow?
So whether you prefer a perfect matte complexion or a luminous dewy glow, a smokey eye or a bold lip, we can help you find your perfect long-lasting make-up…
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For many, eyelids are one part of the face where ageing is accelerated, as the skin is thinner and we tend to avoid applying sunscreen here. That is, in part, why we’re rating Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer, which imparts a broad-spectrum SPF and a complex that shields neglected lids from sun, smoke and pollutants.
But it’s not just a hardy age-proofer; this tinted liquid also neutralises lids with a simple sweep of the slim, rubber-tipped pen. Wear it alone for colour correction, or under your eyeshadow to hydrate the skin and anchor pigments down for longer, crease-free wear.
When your body temperature fluctuates, your complexion is exposed to the changing temperatures making it difficult to maintain a flawless face of make-up.
The answer? A breathable, water-resistant foundation that can withstand warm weather and hot flushes. Oxygenetic Oxygenating Foundation acts as a “virtual second skin” allowing it to breathe while giving a natural looking coverage, that won’t slip, slide or wear off throughout the day.
Its innovative formula is proven to increase your skin cells oxygen intake, keeping your complexion hydrated, supple and clear. Especially gentle, it’s non irritable ingredients are perfect for skin types prone to acne, rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.
This Smashbox Primer Water mists the face with a fine cooling film which, when set, provides the perfect canvas for foundation and holds make-up in place all day.
A single drop of Make Up Forever Aqua Seal’s clever formula can instantly waterproof your favourite eye liner and mascara.
Hours upon hours of smudge-proof wear await.
Launching in Debenhams later this month.
A year-round glow is possible with the Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer. Ideal for both soaring heat and heavy downpours, this easy-to-blend bronzing powder glides easily on to the skin for natural coverage and radiant skin.
If you find your lipstick has travelled once you get to the office, then the Stila Stay All Day Lipstick is for you. In a wide range of colours from nudes to deep reds, these matte liquid lipsticks will stay in place for up to 6 hours.
Want to remain radiant from dawn till dusk? Try Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer. It contains antioxidant grape seed extract which brightens and evens out skin tone as well as botanical boosters, avocado and birch bark extracts, which help to promote a healthy, luminous glow whilst blurring fine lines and imperfections.
Not only does the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner stay put – even if you cry – but it’s also changing the way we apply liquid eyeliner. The flexible brush makes it super easy to draw on the gel and create a look as subtle or dramatic as you like.
Suitable for all skin types, this hydrating Clarins Fix’ Make-Up spray keeps your make-up in place for twice as long. Containing brightening grapefruit extract, the spray works to soften skin and control shine, leaving you with a beautiful matte complexion.
A long-lasting blusher is the Holy Grail of make-up – and we think we’ve found it in Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Crème Rouge Blusher. Glides effortlessly on to the skin for a satin finish that has excellent hold.
Whether we’re by the pool in the summer, or dashing around in the city rain this winter, bold, voluminous lashes are a must-have – and now, thanks to the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara, they can be ours. Estée Lauder actually list everything your fluttering lashes will be protected against: Water, chlorinated water, saltwater, tears, perspiration, humidity, rain and those pesky hot flushes… Perfect.
Dior’s Skinflash Radiance Boosting Make-Up Primer contains Photo-smart Pigments which attract and diffuse light across your complexion. Inspired by professional make-up artists and backstage techniques, this primer eradicates signs of fatigue and dullness, leaving you with gorgeously energised skin.
If you like a smokey eye – but not half way down your cheeks – then the MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil will help you achieve sultry results that last. In a range of shimmer, metallic and matte finishes, this easy-to-apply eyeliner won’t budge or smudge once in place.
Revlon’s Photoready Perfecting Primer creates a perfect canvas for foundation, or can be worn alone for a natural, even look. The pink tint is brilliant for balancing out skin texture and tone, especially if you have visible pores or redness.