Beauty insider tips and tricks for long-lasting summer makeup
We spend six months waiting for summer, only to remember the biggest downside: trying to keep our makeup on in the heat is the absolute worst. What with the sun, sea and sweat, figuring out how to keep makeup on all day is essential to surviving the season – so we’ve collected some of our best makeup tips for hot weather in one handy place.
There are a few products you can get that’ll help you keep your face on until you’re ready to take it off. If your quest for how to keep makeup on all day is mostly based on your base, start with a primer. These prep your skin and give your foundation something to hold on to, so it’s much more likely to stay put and not melt off your face. Speaking of foundation, look for long-wear formulas that’ll put up a resilient fight against humidity, heat and the – let’s face it – sweating it brings.
For summer nights out, layering is also your friend (this might be a bit heavy in the day, so you might want to stick using this trick in the evenings). Follow your foundation with powder, and for blusher do the same: use a cream or a gel as the first colour on your cheeks and then top it with a powder to seal it in (if you use a powder that’s slightly more pink, this’ll create a lovely natural blushing effect).
Waterproof mascara and eyeliners – especially gel formulas – are a lifesaver during summer. Use these and you could stand next to the sun and still come out with your cat eye intact. But the ultimate trick to discovering how to keep makeup on all day? A fixing spray. Wear your regular makeup, and spritz one of these over it and it will prolong the life of your makeup so it stays put through anything – plus they’re super refreshing, adding a burst of hydration that you and your skin will really appreciate on those dry, hot days.
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A primer is a must in the summer months. A good quality version - Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer is our favourite - will not only make skin feel silky soft, creating a flawless base for make-up, it will also give foundation, lipstick and eyeshadow staying power - even in humid weather. Our top tip: Pat this primer around the edge of your mouth to stop lipstick bleeding in the hot summer sun.
At last, a foundation you can wear in the summer - without looking caked in thick make-up! Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 is super-hydrating and features a gel base to keep skin looking light and fresh. This oil-free formula will last all day so no touch-ups are necessary.
If you find your mascara sliding down your face as the day goes on, it could be a problem with your concealer. Lancôme's Effacernes Longue Tenue concealer will last all day without attracting eye make-up. Lightly dust a little powder near your lashes to avoid excess moisture.
Swap your current bronzer for a mineral-based one in the summer months. More conditioning and moisturising than regular powders, it will stay in place all day and blend with your skin to look more natural and radiant. Our favourite is the bareMinerals READY Bronzer.
Ditch the powder blusher and opt for a lightweight gel this season. Estée Lauder's Pure Color Cheek Rush gives intense colour (use sparingly) that won't crack in the summer heat and leaves skin looking soft, smooth and youthful.
Opt for a lighter-hued eyeshadow for summer - and one that will stay in place all day without creasing. Chanel ILLUSION D'OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Emerveille is a shimmering, light and silky powder-cream that will glide onto the eyelid effortlessly. The colour won't move into the creases of your eye, or fade in patches.
When the weather heats up, swap your liquid eyeliner for a gel one. Mac's new Fluidline gel eyeliner won't budge, smudge or feather throughout the day. The brush application also makes it foolproof, so getting a perfect line is easy.
It's an obvious one, but swapping your regular mascara for a waterproof one in the summer will banish panda eyes for good. Don't scrimp on volume and length, opt for the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara to lengthen and boost lashes every day.
Swap your heavy winter lipstick shade for something lighter - but with just as much staying power. The Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick comes in a range of pretty rose, pink and red hues and will keep lips moisturised all day.
This is the ultimate secret to keeping your summer make-up in place. Unlike other make-up fixing sprays that can leave skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, the Clarins Fix' Make-Up is a light and refreshing spray that will prolong the life of your make-up at the same time as hydrating parched summer skin.