While summer is arguably the best time of the year (Christmas is a very close second), keeping your makeup in tip-top condition during the warmer months is a hard graft. Let face it, makeup is not ideal in summer; the unpredictability of the weather, the humidity, the hot air outside coupled with the freezing air-con in the office all lead to greasy, running makeup that seems like a waste of time, effort and valuable product.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure your makeup stays put, and your day goes well. Summer-proofing your makeup has never been simpler, if you follow these steps that is.
Pick a moisturiser with SPF
Adding an SPF to your skincare routine during the warm months is an absolute must. We know they hold strong childhood memories of tacky, white cream mixed with sand, but SPF has grown up too. Formula 10.0.6’s Picture Perfect Day is super light and packed with skin foods such as Vitamin C to brighten and Guava to detoxify, while protecting and hydrating. Simply apply to the face and neck before makeup and after cleansing, allowing it plenty of time to dry to avoid products mixing. Step one complete!
A mattifying primer is essential
If you’re heading out out and planning on applying foundation, we recommend using a mattifying primer before application, even if you’re not prone to greasy skin (honesty, you’ll thank us!) Applying a base pre-makeup helps to combat shine, create a smooth canvas and helps makeup stay put for longer. Cover FX’s ultra-lightweight Mattifying Primer has been developed specifically to minimise the look of pores, control shine and keep skin looking fresh even after sitting on the bus for 40 minutes. We mean, just genius.
Don’t rely on the weather, give yourself a glow
If you love that dewy, glossy glow you get after a day at the beach, don’t rely on a day at the beach, rely on Beached. The brand’s Rays for Days is essentially a whole day’s worth of sunbathing in a super Instagrammable bottle. The bronzing serum can be worn alone, mixed with a base, or used as highlighter for the ultimate ‘lit from within’ radiance. Plus, (yes there’s more), the formula is infused with Australian plums to keep skin hydrated and fight environmental damage.
Prepare to shine
Ok, even if you follow the all these steps perfectly, wear a mattifying foundation, concealer, bra and perfume, somehow the shine Just. Gets. Through. Preparation is key in the battle between summer and makeup, but Makeup Revolution Translucent Bake & Blot is the key weapon. Available in ten shades, the pressed powder is formulated to create matte finish that works to control oil and hide pores without settling in fine lines. Great for blotting on the go, great for baking at home.
Always set your makeup
If you’re at an all-day event like a festival or wedding, and don’t plan on reapplying your entire look after three hours, you need a setting spray. Setting sprays have become essentials in most makeup bags, but they serve no bigger purpose than in summer. We recommend using Milani’s Make It Last Setting Spray Prime, Correct, Set over your makeup. The spray prevents fading, shine, and creasing for up to 16 hours. That’s literally a whole day. Plus, the added watermelon extracts gives skin an extra moisture boost.
Don’t forget to proof your mascara
You might think waterproof mascara is only necessary if you’re near a pool or watching Titanic, but nope, summer says we have to wear is all the time. Train journey induced sweat beads are will have a pretty good go at giving you panda eyes, but Eyeko’s Yoga Waterproof Mascara will effortlessly stop your mascara becoming your blusher. Not only is it packed with lash loving ingredients, beauty editors can’t stop raving about the volume, length and curl. We’ll take four please.
SPF your lips
We have a theory that lips are the most neglected in any summer care routine; they need SPF love as much as any other body part! Linda Hallberg knows this better than anyone, which is why her Fantastick Multi-use Lipstick with added SPF 15 is our new summer essential that we’ll be taking into the winter months with us. Available in a gorgeous array of shades, the sheer, buildable coverage can be used alone or as a glossy, super protective finish. Linda has your back, lips.
Don’t let all your hard work go to waste
We didn’t know how much we needed beautyblender’s Blotterazzi until now. We know the tried and tested trick of taking your beautyblender with you to dab and top up, but the foundation residue mess left in our handbag and the hairs wrapped around our blender just aren’t worth it. Enter, Blotterazzi. Packed in a perfect little compact, the washable (!), reusable sponges can be taken in even the smallest of clutch bags and make sure your makeup stays as perfect as the weather. That’s hot.