1. Wear less makeup. Ok I know it sounds obvious, but If your usual foundation is heavy it’s probably a good idea to try avoiding it on particularly hot days, or at least try adding moisturiser to thin it down a bit. Alternatively exchange your foundation completely for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream to keep your skin feeling light.
2. Keep skin clean. In the summer when we sweat more, I can’t tell you how important it is to keep your skin clean. Seriously though, don’t even start applying makeup to uncleansed skin, apart from the fact that your makeup won’t stick very well, just think of the dirt and God knows what else that’s clogging up your pores! Eww! A little tip is if you’re prone to greasy skin, give your skin a quick once over with toner before applying your makeup to remove any extra oiliness and give you the best base for applying your makeup.
3. Use the right products for your skin. If you have oily skin, don’t just throw on any old skincare products, it’s especially important in the summer to use products that suit your skin to help prevent oiliness, such as the Dermalogica Oily Skin Kit which contains everything you need for your skincare routine. Liz Earle products come highly recommended too!
4. Don’t forget Primer. It’s important to use primer anyway to give your foundation a base and to make it appear more even, but if you suffer from summer ‘oil slick face’ make sure you choose your primer carefully. I’d recommend you go for a mattifying primer such as Illamasqua’s Matte Primer or one of my personal favourites, MAC’s Matte. These will provide an excellent base for your makeup to sick to.
5. Chillax. If you’re in a rush, hot and flustered when applying your makeup you’re asking for trouble. Makeup does not like very warm skin – hence why it tends to slide off when you get hot! So if you try applying it to hot skin to begin with you’ll find application very difficult and the products are likely to not want to ‘stick’. Take a moment to cool down before applying makeup. Maybe stick your head in the fridge? Or in front of a fan?? Ha ha! A good tip actually is to rub an ice cube over your face before doing your makeup, (dont forget to dry your face after) as well as cooling down your skin it will help close up pores. 🙂
6. Blotting paper – followed by pressed powder. Japanese inspired skincare brand Tatcha make some fabulous Blotting Papers which are perfect for when you’re on the go. They remove excess oil and sweat without disturbing your makeup. A definite must if you have oily skin! You can always followed with a pressed translucent powder to stay extra matte.
7. Use a fixing spray. If you think of fixing spray, most people wit think of Urban Decay’s cult classic All Nighter Setting Spray, which is a great product but it doesn’t come cheap. New kid on the block Makeup Revolution also have an uber affordable Fixing Spray on offer for just a fiver which comes highly recommended.
8. Ditch the Cream products. I’d recommend using powder based products rather than cream based products where you can. Creams tend to slide off the skin so much more easily in hot weather so avoid if you can! Another great option is tints, so maybe change out your cream blusher for a fab tint such as MeMeMe Coral Blossom Lip & Cheek Tint, this is a lovely light coral colour that will suit most skin tones.
9. Choose the right Foundation. Personally I love a dewy / satin finish foundation, but then my skin is on the dry side so this seems to work for me. On the other hand if you have oily skin a dewy finish can leave you looking sweaty and shiny, so In that case I’d definitely opt for a matte finish product, such as NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. I have a friend that swears by it. It’s sheer enough for a light matte coverage but also easily buildable.
10. Keep it waterproof. Opt for waterproof versions of everything you can get your hands on – mascara and eyeliners are the most obvious choices. My favourite mascara Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume also comes in a handy waterproof version which I’d highly recommend! Their Contour Clubbing Eyeliners are also my go-to eyeliner of choice too, they’re crease resistant and completely waterproof so there’s no fear of smudging or panda eyes!
That’s about all I can think of to keep your makeup put this summer, I’d love to hear if you have any other hints or tips? xxx